After reading SMALL in the classroom or library, use the activities below to expand the themes of size, feelings, and empowerment.
How big are you? Have students measure each other with ribbons. Cut the ribbons to size, label, and use these to find things bigger and smaller than themselves. What is bigger than you? What is smaller than you? You can do this exercise indoors or outdoors.
Draw a line down the middle of a sheet of paper. Have the students draw or write what makes them feel small on one side. Have them draw or write what makes them feel big on the other. Share as a group.
Tell a Story
Have students write and illustrate their own, shorter version of SMALL with a beginning, middle, and end.
Page 1: I feel ___.
Page 2: Until…
Page 3: I feel ___ because I am ___.
There is also an activity kit for SMALL, which can be downloaded here, for free.
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Gina Perry is the author and illustrator of SMALL (little bee books, 2017). She was always the smallest girl in her class. Reading big books and swinging super high made her feel big when she was small. She now lives with her family in New Hampshire. She is the author/illustrator of TOO MUCH! NOT ENOUGH! (Tundra, 2018)