Activity 4D: How Old is Old? Extension: Other Life Spans and New Verses

Read the children's book How Old is Old? by Ann Combs. This delightful book seeks to answer the question to the satisfaction of a four-year-old in a poetic fashion, in which his grandfather explains that “old” is a relative concept—it depends on who or what you are. Students are to write a paragraph—or a poem—in their journal to explain “how old is old?”

Extension Activity
Other Life Spans and New Verses:
As a possible, extension activity, students may research the life span of their pet (cat, dog, goldfish, or another animal not mentioned in the book). They could write a poem that would be an extension of the book How Old is Old?


Old, poetry, life span


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Unit Reference: 
A Look At Them
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Lesson 4: How Old is Old?