Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who Lesson Plan

Instructor: Frank Clint

Frank has been an educator for over 10 years. He has a doctorate degree in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction.

Use this lesson plan to teach students about lessons found in 'Horton Hears a Who.' The lesson also incorporates language and writing standards about adjectives and recalling information from experiences to answer questions.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify and understand the lesson in a story and write about it.
  • Make a connection between a lesson and an event in their own lives.
  • Identify and use adjectives that mean the same as big, small, quiet, and loud.
  • Write a diary from the point of view of a character in a story.


This lesson will take 30-45 minutes. Each station activity can take up to an additional 30-45 minutes. Stations do not need to be completed all at one time.

Curriculum Standards


Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.


Use frequently occurring adjectives.


With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.


Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.


Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.


Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.


  • Lesson
  • Good deeds
  • Person


  • Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
  • Paper
  • Writing utensils
  • Poster paper
  • Markers or crayons


  • Read Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss aloud to students. As you read, stop to point out and discuss the following key details:
    • Words used to describe size and sound. Write them on a chart tablet or whiteboard if you prefer.
    • Evidence of themes, such as 'A person is a person no matter how small,' and 'It is good to do good deeds for others.'
  • After you finish the read aloud, lead students in a discussion about the lessons in the story. Ask students the following guiding questions:
    • Lesson: A person's size doesn't matter.
      • What did Dr. Seuss mean by 'a person's a person no matter how small?'
      • What lesson does this teach us?
      • What do you think it feels like to be a Who?
    • Lesson: It is good to do good deeds for others.
      • What was the most important thing Horton did in the story?
      • Why was this important to the Whos?
      • How do you think it made Horton feel to protect the Whos?
      • Have you ever done something kind for a friend, family member, or someone you didn't know?
      • How did you feel?

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