2nd Graders and Geometric Scaling: Inch by Inch

March 23, 2018

Our second graders have begun studying scale, the ratio of the length in a drawing or model to the length of the real thing. Inspired by the poem One Inch Tall by Shel Silverstein, students investigated the ratio of a one-inch person to the world. They chose to represent their understanding in several different ways. They calculated whether the original poem's examples were realistic, changing them where they thought necessary. Some students illustrated the poem themselves, some built a room for a one-inch tall person, and some chose to write a poem for a three-inch person. Throughout all of these mini-projects, the students collaborated by measuring, drawing, building, writing, and discussing geometric scaling.