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)
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Just as fruits and veggies are rich in nutrients, Fresh-Picked Poetry is loaded with nourishing content and brain-boosting vocabulary. The poems in this collection can be read in bite-sized bits, making it perfect for packed days or easily distracted audiences. Children are drawn to the natural rhythm of poetry, and the lively poems in Fresh-Picked are sure to please a crowd.
Share the Bounty as Models for Writing and Healthy Eating:
In celebrating the plethora of produce at farmers’ markets, Fresh-Picked Poetry offers a bountiful variety of poems. These forms provide great models for writing. After reading “Delightful Bites”, where words take the shape of steam rising off warm-from-the-oven breads, children can write their own shape poems. After enjoying the banter between a green zebra tomato and dinosaur kale in “Wild Dreams in Two Voices,” young writers can try their hand at a two-voice poem. Not only will Fresh-Picked whet children’s appetite for poetry, with its focus on farm-fresh produce, it will reinforce healthy eating as well.
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Michelle Schaub is a children’s author, poet, and teacher. Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market (Charlesbridge 2017) is her debut picture book. Her poems have also appeared in several anthologies and children’s magazines. Michelle teaches middle school language arts, where she shares her love of poetry with her students. When she’s not teaching and writing, Michelle loves hiking, biking, and exploring farmers’ markets.
For complete standards-aligned lesson plans, story hour kits, and printable activities to accompany Fresh-Picked Poetry, visit http://www.michelleschaub.com/fresh-picked/
Follow Michelle at @Schaubwrites
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