Green Eggs and Ham Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Students will love the rhythmic story 'Green Eggs and Ham' by Dr. Seuss. They will define relevant vocabulary words, listen to a read a-loud, answer comprehension questions and participate in an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define relevant vocabulary words.
  • Explain and identify the settings.
  • Discuss rhythmic patterns.


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


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


Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.


Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.


Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.


  • Envelopes
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Crayons
  • Print and cut a class set of these coloring outlines:
    • Eggs
    • Ham
    • House
    • Mouse
    • Fox
    • Goat
    • Car
    • Tree
    • Train
    • Boat


  • Ham
  • House
  • Mouse
  • Fox
  • Goat


  • Prior to this lesson, create a word wall of the vocabulary and review with students.
  • Begin this lesson by showing students a picture of the cover Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, then ask the following:
    • Are eggs generally green?
    • What color are eggs?
    • Do you like eggs? Why or why not?
  • Then ask students if they have heard of a type of writing called a rhyme.
  • Allow students to share their experience.
  • Mention a rhyme has words that sound alike.
  • Ask students to say a word that sounds like ham.
  • Applaud their responses.
  • Then explain that you are going to read Green Egg and Ham out loud.
  • Now ask these questions:
    • What is Sam trying to persuade the character to eat?
    • Do your parents let you eat in the car?
    • Have you ever climbed a tree? If so, discuss how high?
    • Make the sound of a train. Has anyone every ridden on a train?
    • Are you afraid of the dark?
    • Have you ridden in a boat? If so, where?
    • The character suggests he may eat green eggs and ham if Sam does what?
    • Does the character eat the meal? Does he like green eggs and ham?
    • Would you eat green eggs and ham?

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