Horton Hatches an Egg 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.

Teach character traits with 'Horton Hatches an Egg' by Dr. Seuss. Use this lesson plan to teach students to pay attention to character actions, words, and feelings when determining character traits.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe a character and their character traits.
  • Compare two characters in a story.
  • Identify evidence that shows their character traits.


This lesson will take 30-60 minutes.

Curriculum Standards


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


Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.


Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events


Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.


  • Character
  • Character traits
  • Responsible
  • Irresponsible
  • Lazy
  • Committed
  • Faithful


  • Horton Hatches and Egg by Dr. Seuss
  • Chart tablet or whiteboard
  • Construction paper
  • Writing utensils, markers, crayons

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