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Public Education Educator Resources Short or Tall Corgi

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to describe the difference between short and tall.


Grade Levels



Common Core Standard

Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/”less of” the attribute, and describe the difference.


Materials Needed

Short and Tall (Cork and Fuzz) by Dori Chaconas

Pencil and yardstick (or another short and tall item)

(3-5) AKC Guide to Purebred Dogs posters

2 different color markers (1 set for each group)




  • Gather the students together and read the book Short & Tall (Cork and Fuzz) by Dori Chaconas.
  • This book is a great way to review the concepts of short and tall.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling

  • Give the definition of short and tall using words your students will understand. For example, short is when something is a small distance away from the ground and tall is when something is a greater distance from the ground.
  • Display two items side by side, where one is tall and the other is short. For example, show a pencil and a yard stick.
  • Explain to the students that the yard stick is tall compared to the pencil because the top of it has a greater distance from the ground.
  • Explain that the pencil is short compared to the yard stick because its top has less distance from the ground.
  • Give students the pencil and yardstick to hold and compare them.

Working Time

  • Split students into groups of 4-5.
  • Give each group a printable AKC Guide to Purebred Dogs poster. You can find this at
  • Have students work together to identify the dogs that are short and tall. They can circle short dogs with one color marker and tall dogs with a second color marker.

Review and Closing

  • Bring the students together and display a clean copy of the AKC Guide to Purebred Dogs.
  • Have students give you examples of short dogs and tall dogs.
  • Discuss what makes dogs short compared to those that are tall.



American Kennel Club. (n.d.) Retrieved from

Chaconas, D. (2010). Short and Tall: Cork and Fuzz. London, England: Penguin Young Readers.