Being One Inch Tall

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Lesson Introduction: 

Opening our students’ minds and having them see the world from different perspectives can have a positive impact on their lives. Through Shel Silverstein’s “One Inch Tall”, this unit allows students to imagine what the world would be like if they were only one inch tall. It would enable them to use powerful and imaginative words to describe how their normal day-to-day life would seem from a perspective of somebody only one inch tall. It would be a great introduction to a unit on environment and looking at microcosms that exist all around them.

Learning Objectives: 

In this lesson, students will have opportunities to:

  • Read, discuss, and respond to poems.
  • Use poetry to imagine their world from a different perspective.
  • Write a poem that follows the structure of Shel Silverstein’s poem.
  • See how poems inspire other poems.
Materials and Resources: 

To teach this lesson, you will need:

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  • worksheet to write their own poems
  • laptops; Using PowerPoint to create their “Book of Poems” 
  • Charles Brice reciting “One Inch Tall” by Shel Silverstein 


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