I Wish That I Had Duck Feet 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 the story 'I Wish That I Had Duck Feet' by describing pros and cons for each of the narrator's ideas. Students will also match rhyming pairs from the story.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this lesson on I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Theo. LeSieg (Dr. Seuss), students will be able to:

  • Describe the pros and cons of each of the narrator's wishes
  • Identify and generate rhyming words

Time Length

90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


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


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


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

  • guess
  • horns
  • spout
  • wish


  • Copies of I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Theo. LeSieg (Dr. Seuss)
  • Construction paper
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Prepared index cards (See the Rhyming Words activity)

Lesson Instructions and Activities

  • Preview the vocabulary terms with students.
  • While reading I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Theo. LeSieg (Dr. Seuss) to students, pause at the appropriate times to ask the following discussion questions:
    • Why does the narrator want duck feet?
    • What are some problems duck feet could cause?
    • What are the benefits of having horns?
    • What are the drawbacks of having horns?
    • What are some of the advantages of having a whale spout?
    • What are the disadvantages of having a whale spout?
    • Turn and talk: Would you like to have a long tail? Why?
    • What are the pros of having a long nose?
    • What are the cons of having a long nose?
    • What is a Which-What-Who?
    • Turn and talk: If you could have one wish from the story, which would you choose? Why?

Pros and Cons

Materials needed: construction paper, pencils, crayons, scissors

  • Provide each student with a set of materials.
  • Have students fold a piece of construction paper in half lengthwise (like a hot dog).
  • Have students fold the same piece of construction paper in half horizontally 3 times so that, when unfolded, it creates 8 sections.
  • Have students cut the crease on the top layer of each of the 8 sections to the crease in the center to create 8 separate flaps. Label the flaps: Duck Feet, Horns, Whale Spout, Long Tail, Long Nose, Which-What-Who, Me, and My Wish. (See picture)

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