Lesson Plan: Small, Medium, Large/Comparison Words

Some days I set up a little table and chair and present or review a Pre-school concept in a formal teaching style. Surprisingly, my daughter likes this, and usually plays “school” with her stuffed animals when we are finished.  Sometimes we do it on our own and sometimes with one of her friends.  It is valuable for toddlers to learn how to sit and pay attention even if for just a short time.  To review size comparison words, (a Math readiness skill) I gathered up three items of the same type in small, medium and large sizes from around the house.  As I presented the items we repeated together which of them were small, medium and large, and we would talk about why.  “The medium ball is larger than the small ball.  The medium ball is also smaller than the large ball..etc” I tried to get her to use the words “compare” and “size”. She seemed to enjoy seeing her toys up there center-stage.


After this little demonstration we read The Three Snow Bears by the very talented Jan Brett, which I checked out from the local library.  This twist on the classic tale of Goldilocks and the three bears employees plenty of size comparison words and stars an Inuit girl who stumbles upon a bear family’s igloo-home while searching for her lost team of huskies. The Arctic illustrations are beautiful and refreshingly unique.

We usually finish off with one or more worksheets about the concept, which for today were size comparison worksheets.  Please email me your lesson plans for Pre-school aged children at totsmarts@yahoo.com — because this blog is all about sharing ideas : )


3 thoughts on “Lesson Plan: Small, Medium, Large/Comparison Words

  1. Great activity and nice follow-up with the story; think about reading her other 3 bears & Goldilocks versions which closely mirror the original…there are so many that it might confuse her if you read her The Three Javelinas for example—-only you will know if she is ready for that right now.

    If the different rows of pictures are distracting, you can fold over all but the one being used and/or
    use a wooden ruler (they’re heavier and stay in place better) to pull down to mask off the underneath
    ones. (Later, when she is very confident using that technique, switch the ruler to just above the
    line so that when she eventually reads she automatically looks ahead rather than have to move the ruler down first.)

    • Yes, this is the good stuff that I need from an experienced teacher, thanks MK. I think that folding will help her as she does seem to let her eyes wander all over the page, and I am constantly pointing.

      • You might put a star or happy face or whatever might mean more to her at the left-side start of the
        line on the worksheet(s)…the goal is really to have her start on the left each time..part of training her eye to begin tracking left to right. Don’t get discouraged if she resists or seems to start right-to-left; children at this age seldom cross the mid-line (track with their eyes or use their right hand to start on the left; usually use whichever hand is closest to the task.) and that’s quite normal.

        Keep the paper and pencil work to a minimum as eventually learning to cross that mid-line is better done in physical tasks……clapping a rhythm, monkey mirroring (both of you hold up your two hands facing each other but not touching and one person “apes” the other by doing the same body movements……at her age just moving her whole body to mirror you is enough…..just realize what you can lead/work toward but always stop before it gets tedious…..

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