Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.
- Evaluate famous illustrations by Dr. Seuss
- Recreate characters of Dr. Seuss by following step by step drawing directions
- Create an original illustration inspired by Dr. Seuss' work
- 60-90 minutes
Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.
- A variety of Dr. Seuss books, such as:
- The Cat in the Hat
- Green Eggs and Ham
- The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
- The Lorax
- Horton Hears a Who
- Copies of step by step directions of how to draw the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax and the Grinch (you can find them with a simple online search)
- Divide students into pairs or small groups.
- Give each pair or small group a copy of a Dr. Seuss book and blank writing paper.
- Students will explore the book and make notes about what they notice about the illustrations.
- After 5 minutes, students will pass the book to the next group. They will repeat this process with their new book, jotting down anything else they notice.
- Repeat this process until pairs and groups have seen at least three books.
- Call on students to share out what they wrote. Record responses on the board as a list of characteristics and elements of Dr. Seuss art. Responses can include, but are not limited to:
- Use of crosshatching
- Pen and ink lines
- Bright colors
- Whimsical characters
Make Your Own
- Tell students that they are going to pretend that Dr. Seuss hired them to illustrate an up and coming book that he wants to publish.
- Their illustration must have characteristics of the classic Dr. Seuss illustrations, but it will include a new setting and character.
- After students have drawn their illustration, divide the students into small groups. The small groups will review one another's illustrations and work together to create a Dr. Seuss inspired story. Their story must include everyone's illustration as main characters and settings. The students can look at Dr. Seuss books for inspiration about writing style and word choice.
- Allow students to share final products.
Dr. Seuss Characters
- Tell students that they are going to practice drawing some of Dr. Seuss' most famous illustrations.
- Distribute sketch paper, pencils and felt tip pens to students.
- Use the step by step directions to model how to draw each of the following characters:
- The Grinch
- The Cat and the Hat
- The Lorax
- Students will select which character they would like to draw.
- Distribute the appropriate step by step directions to the students.
- Students will practice with the pencil. Once they are pleased, they can trace over it with the felt tip pens.
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