Introduction: To stimulate children's curiosity before reading this poem, strategically
place Band-Aids on your body.
"BAND-AIDS" by Shel Silverstein
I have a Band-Aid on my finger,
One on my knee, and one on my nose,
One on my heel, and two on my shoulder,
Three on my elbow, and nine on my toes.
Two on my wrists, and one on my ankle,
One on my chin and one on my thigh,
Four on my belly, and five on my bottom,
One on my forehead, and one on my eye.
One on my neck, and in case I might need 'em
I have a box full of thirty-five more.
But oh! I do think it's sort of a pity
I don't have a cut or a sore!
Silverstein, Shel. 1974. WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS. New York: Harper and Row. ISBN: 060256672.
Extension: After reading the poem a couple of times, have chidren calculate the number
of Band-Aids that are actually on the character's body and how many Band-Aids he has in all. Ask the students which
operation they used to figure out how many Band-Aids there were.