Fox in Socks Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan may be used to help your students understand alliteration, assonance, consonance and rhyme. Student will also learn to differentiate words by phonetic patterns while reading 'Fox in Socks' by Dr. Seuss.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this lesson on Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss, students will be able to:

  • Recognize and use alliteration, assonance, consonance, and rhyme to create tongue twisters.
  • Sort words from the story according to phonetic patterns.

Time Length

90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


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


Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

Lesson Instructions and Activities


Students will be able to read and understand the following key vocabulary terms:

  • Alliteration
  • Assonance
  • Consonance
  • Lame
  • Rhyme
  • Shame
  • Slick
  • Tongue twister


  • Copies of Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
  • Prepared index cards (see Word Work Activity)
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Chart paper
  • Markers

Reading and Discussion

  • Preview vocabulary from the story with students.
  • While reading Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss to students, pause at the appropriate times to ask the following discussion questions:
    • What is Knox?
    • How are the words chicks and bricks alike? Different?
    • How are the words bricks, blocks, and clocks alike? Different?
    • What does Knox think of Mr. Fox's game?
    • How does Mr. Fox change the game?
    • Does Knox like the new game better? Why?
    • What are Knox's complaints?
    • What does Knox do at the end of the story?

Word Work Centers

Materials needed: paper, pencil, 2 sets each of index cards prepared as follows:

-x -cks
fox socks
box chicks
Knox bricks
ox blocks
fix clocks

-ew -ue
new Sue
dew blue
flew clue
new glue
pew true

-oe -ow
Joe crow
doe slow
foe grow
hoe bow
toe know

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