I am not Going to Get Up Today 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 retell a story in sequence and identify vowel patterns within words while reading 'I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!' by Dr. Seuss.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this lesson on I Am Not Going to Get Up Today! by Dr. Seuss, students will be able to:

  • Retell the story using key details.
  • Sort words from the story according to vowel pattern.

Time Length

60 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


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


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:

  • Alarm
  • Choose
  • Hire
  • Understand
  • World


  • Copies of I Am Not Going to Get Up Today! by Dr. Seuss
  • Globe
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Prepared index cards (See 'A' Sort Activity)

Instruction and Discussion

  • Preview vocabulary with students.
  • While reading I Am Not Going to Get Up Today! by Dr. Seuss to students, pause at the appropriate times to ask the following discussion questions:
    • Describe the characters and setting in the story.
    • What does the main character want to do?
    • Identify the following places on a globe: Switzerland, Memphis, Alaska, China, Italy, Spain, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, London, Paris, and Berlin.
    • What does the boy want his mother to do with his egg?
    • What are some things that are done to try to wake up the boy?
    • Discuss personification in the sentences 'My tongue is asleep. And my teeth are too.'
    • Turn and talk: What do you think would work to get the boy up?
    • What does the mother do with the boy's egg?


Retell in Sequence

Materials needed: copies of book, chart paper, markers, paper, pencils, crayons

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