Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? 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 enjoy learning about different sounds in Mr. Brown Can Moo by Dr. Seuss. They will define vocabulary words, listen to a read aloud, answer questions, and participate in a role-playing activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define specific vocabulary words
  • identify appropriate sounds with certain words
  • make inferences about characters, animals, or objects


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2

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

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3

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

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.4

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

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.7

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


  • Safety pins
  • Crayons
  • Two to three coloring pages of each:
    • bee
    • cork
    • horse
    • shoe
    • rooster
    • rain
    • train
    • butterfly
    • horn
    • cat
    • clock
    • hand
    • eggs
    • hippopotamus
    • goldfish
    • thunder
    • lightning


  • cork
  • squeaky
  • rooster
  • owl
  • whisper
  • hippopotamus


  • 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, Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss.
  • Then ask which animal makes a moo sound.
  • Now explain that you are going to read the book out loud.
  • Afterwards, ask these questions:
    • What kind of animal is Mr. Brown?
    • What sound does a cow make?
    • Has anyone ever ridden a train or a horse?
    • Who likes fried eggs?
    • Have you ever been to the zoo and seen a hippopotamus?
    • Are you afraid of thunder and lightning?
  • Now show students the page in the book that corresponds to these questions:
    • What is the purpose of a cork?
    • Is the character riding the horse properly? What is he supposed to do when riding the horse?
    • Which animal wakes you up in the morning and which one makes sounds at night: rooster or owl?
    • What do people typically use when it's raining outside?
    • What do cats drink besides water? Do you like milk?

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