Jim and the Beanstalk Activities

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching. She previously taught high school in several states around the country.

After reading 'Jim and the Beanstalk' by Raymond Briggs, use these activities in your preschool or early elementary school classroom to let students think more about the plot and meaning of the book.

Jim and the Beanstalk

Jim and the Beanstalk, a fun take on the classic children's story of Jack and the Beanstalk, was written with young children in mind who already know the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. After reading this book, engage your early elementary students in these activities that allow for both group and individual work and that provide students opportunities to use mathematical, analytical, and creative skills while connecting things they are learning in the classroom to the story.

Measuring and Comparing Head Sizes

For this activity, students will work in pairs to measure their partner's head. This is the same thing that Jim does when he measures for the wig and glasses.

Begin by putting students into pairs. Give each pair two long pieces of string. First, demonstrate what to do using either an aide or a student in the class. You will take the string and measure around the head, just above the ears. Pinch the string to mark the head size. Then, lay the string next to a ruler or yardstick to see how many inches the circumference of the person's head is. Gives students time to do the same thing.

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