“The Biggest Slide” is, at its core, about children overcoming their fears. In this case, the child narrator in the poem is nervous about climbing a tall slide, but once the child begins taking steps, the task seems possible. In the end, there is the joy of success as well as the joy of sliding down a tall slide as the narrator celebrates success.
This poem provides a great opportunity for important discussion about overcoming fears and facing difficult tasks. Teachers could follow the poem by having students share about a time they were worried or afraid and faced their fears. They might also talk about a time when they weren’t able to overcome their fears and how that felt.
- Have students draw a picture about something that makes them worried and then draw a picture of themselves conquering the fear or worry.
- Ask students to write a letter about a time they felt brave. The letter should be addressed to someone who is worried or afraid.
Teachers and parents might use this poem as an opportunity to study some important figures in history who had to overcome obstacles and be brave in order to find success.