This  month we’re working on the words BIG, MEDIUM, and LITTLE (and their synonyms large, huge, tiny, small, etc). I found some wonderful books for this unit, and was able to purchase them thanks to another grant from the STARS foundation to create a basic concept book library! I’m going to start including examples of the follow-up activities also, so that you can reinforce the concepts at home if you wish. Enjoy!

We started with a classic – Goldilocks and the three bears. I used the Jan Brett version which was available in our school library, but any version would work. There is a BIG bear, a MEDIUM bear, and a SMALL bear. And then there are big, medium, and little porridge bowls, chairs, and beds. Our activity after the story was coloring pictures of the bears (big, medium, and small) or pictures of the beds (big, medium, and small), and labeling them. And then asking/answering many questions about which bear was big, which bear was small, which bear is this? Etc. Click here for the activity.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Our next book was a new one for me – Big Al and Shrimpy by Andrew Clements. Big Al is a big fish, and Shrimpy is a tiny one, but they find things in common and become friends. When Big Al needs him most, Shrimpy saves the day! We talked about the big-ness and little-ness of course, but it was also a nice lesson about how being little doesn’t mean you can’t help your friends. After the story we sorted attributes about the two fish, including which one was big or little, but also story comprehension questions about which fish was brave, which fish was strong, and which fish could zig-zag the best. Click here for the activity, and here for the directions.

Big Al and Shrimpy

A new favorite book of mine was Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake by Thomas Taylor. A little mouse finds a HUGE cupcake, but he’s not strong enough to carry it home. He asks his friends to help. They aren’t strong enough to carry it either, but they all ask to try a bite, and he shares with all of them. By the end of the book, the cupcake is much smaller! So small, in fact, that he can carry it home in his tummy. For our activity, I made a coloring page with a small cupcake, a medium cupcake, and a big cupcake. The kids chose toppings from a deck of topping cards, and had to say which cupcake would get the topping. Sprinkles on the medium cupcake, or the small cupcake? A candle for the large cupcake? You can’t have too many cupcakes. Click here for the activity, and here for the directions.

Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake

Other books for big, medium, and small: