- George Shrinks - "George Unshrinks"
George is tired of being small, and wants to do things "the regular way." While an afternoon sci-fi flick plays in the background, George, Dad and Junior all find themselves "re-sized." George is the size of your average 10 year old, Dad finds himself George's size and Junior is as big as an elephant. Regular sized George and mini-Dad have to work together to stop giant Junior from wrecking the Shrinks' house before Mom gets home. When Perdita does return, she finds her brood snoozing on the couch, each the exact same size as she left them.
- Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - "Episode #1393"
Lady Elaine still believes a giant owns the big Frisbee -- and that he's coming to get it. In his "real" neighborhood, Mister Rogers thinks Lady Elaine is feeling very small compared to a giant. He recalls how small he felt when he was a child next to his parents.
Do in Class
- Between the Lions: Big and Little - Talk about dimensions and ways to describe different sizes, and demonstrate size differences using books and toys.
- Boohbah: Matching Sizes - Look for opportunities during your day to match size to need. Let your child find the right-sized lid for the pot you are using, or choose the best bag to carry toys to grandma's.
- George Shrinks: Three-Inches Tall - Imagine what the world would look like if you were only 3" tall. (Section 4)
- Teletubbies: Big Cookie - Try making one very, very big cookie! Decorate it with two eyes and a big smile, just like Tubby Toast.
- Clifford: Measuring Up - Develop understanding of words associated with size, location and comparison in this interactive game. Select the tallest, lowest, longest and smallest objects as Clifford and his friends test your knowledge.
- Clifford: Which Clifford? - Determine which activities Clifford could complete as a puppy or full-grown dog based on his size.
- Curious George: How Tall? - Estimate measurements using non-standard units in this self-leveling online interactive game.
- Cyberchase: Jigsaw Puzzle Size-up - Tackle a jigsaw puzzle with pieces changed to different sizes.
- Cyberchase: Number Machine - Create a number that is larger than the one Hacker makes.
- Cyberchase: Send in the Trolls - Put a series of trolls in order based on size.
- Reading Rainbow: Make a Really Big Number - Click the spin button and drag the number that appears to the place value that will help you make the biggest number possible.
- Actual Size
By Steve Jenkins
Published May 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Co
How big is giant squid? How small is a pygmy shrew? Sometimes numbers aren't enough to make size clear. Jenkins's cut and torn paper collages are one and two page illustrations of animals, or in the case of the very very big, parts of animals. Opening this book to the double-page full-size Goliath Birdeater Tarantula (12 inches across) might cause you to reach for something larger than a fly swatter.
- Gigantic! How Big Were the Dinosaurs?
By Patrick O'Brien
Published April 2002 by Owl Books
Take a romp through prehistoric times to discover dinosaurs. O'Brien focuses on 14 dinosaurs, from size, to physical characteristics, to personality. To give students a better idea of the enormity of these giants of years past, there are pictures comparing them to modern objects or humans.
*As most PBS children's programs offer one year extended taping rights for teachers, please feel free to tape them now and save them for use in your classroom during the school year.