Daisy Head Mayzie Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

What would you do if there was a plant growing out of your head? That's what happened to Daisy-Head Mayzie! Let's find out what happens in this lesson as we read ''Daisy-Head Mayzie'' by Dr. Seuss.

Lesson Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Create their own daisy-head headband
  • Write a list of rhyming words


45-50 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.


Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.


  • Copy of the book, Daisy-Head Mayzie by Dr. Seuss
  • Long strips of construction paper
  • Drawing paper for each student
  • Lined writing paper for each student
  • Crayons or markers
  • Scissors


Begin by introducing the book.

  • Talk about the author/illustrator. Ask students if they can recall any other books by Dr. Seuss.
  • Read the title of the book. Ask students if they have any ideas as to what the story might be about.
  • Look at the cover picture and allow for discussion.

Next, read the book aloud.

  • Stop from time to time to point out some of the rhyming pairs.
  • Also, stop from time to time to discuss what is happening in the story.

Once you have finished reading the book, discuss the following:

  • Why was this book titled Daisy-Head Mayzie?
  • Is this story real or make-believe? How do you know?
  • What would you do if your friend had a plant growing out of his/her head? What if it was you?
  • How do you feel about the way the teacher handled the situation? How about the principal? The parents?
  • Why do you think Dr. Seuss wrote this book?
  • What do you think about all the rhymes in the book? Can you remember any of them?

Guided Activity

To retain student interest before the Independent Activity, guide students in creating their own daisy-head headband.

  • Have students draw, color, and cut out a daisy (using the white drawing paper).
  • Use a long strip of construction paper to measure each child's head and create a headband.
  • Attach each student's daisy to their headband so that the daisy is sticking up above their head when the headband is on.

Independent Activity

Next, take students on a rhyming word hunt as you reread the story Daisy-Head Mayzie to the class.

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