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Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Short and Tall Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Short and Tall Lesson Plan

Objective: To learn about size in terms of short, tall, shorter, taller, shortest, and tallest


  • Harold and the Purple Crayon: Big, Bigger, Biggest! by Namrata Tripathi
  • The Big Bigger Biggest Book by Sami

Fine Motor Skills:

  • CCBS 96-103
  • Short, Shorter, Shortest Worksheet (
  • Tall, Taller, Tallest Worksheet (

Prewriting Skills: TTPWS 1

Craft/Activity: Paper Tube Penguins



  • Paper tubes from paper towels and toilet paper
  • Black, white, and orange construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  1. Cut the paper tubes into small, medium, and large sizes.
  2. Cover each tube in black paper.
  3. Cut the white paper into three ovals and nine small circles. Cut the orange paper into three small triangles.
  4. Glue the ovals, circles, and triangles onto the black tubes to create penguin eyes, beaks, and bellies.
  5. Use the paper tube penguins to discuss size. For example, arrange the penguins from short to shortest and then tall to tallest.



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Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills (Grade P). 2011. American Education Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60996-328-6
Schiller, Pam and Pat Phipps. The Complete Daily Curriculum for Early Childhood (Revised). 2011. Gryphon House. Inc. ISBN 978-0-87659-358-5
Tracing Trails Pre-Writing Skills. 2014. School Zone Publishing Company. ISBN 978-1601591173

Image Credits

Paper Tube Penguins © 2014 Heather Johnson

Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, children, dogs, and cats. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing and master's degrees in library and information science and English studies with a concentration in linguistics.

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