Oh the Places You'll Go Activities for Elementary School

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.

The wisdom of Dr. Seuss will never get old. 'Oh, the Places You'll Go' teaches elementary students to roll with the punches life may throw at them and never give up on their goals. Use these activities to help drive the ideas in the book home.

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

In Dr. Seuss' book, Oh, the Places You'll Go, children learn about choices, challenges, and the hurdles we all have to get through in life. Use these activities to help students reflect on these topics and how having a positive attitude will get them through anything life throws their way.

Map It


  • Map
  • Push pins
  • Adhesive labels


Put up a large map on a bulletin board. Gather information from your students, depending on their age, about the places they would like to go to in the world. You can use push pins and adhesive labels to write each student's name next to their push pins. You can set limits as to how many places you want them to identify.

A possible alternative may be to change the activity to the places they have already been. You can also make individual copies of maps and have students color in the places they have been.



  • Paper
  • Pencils


Remind students that Dr. Seuss said that they could steer themselves in any direction that they choose. Talk to students about the difference between short-term and long-term goals. Have students write five short-term and five long-term goals on a piece of paper. You can choose to have students share their goals with the class once everyone finishes.

Discussion Activities


  • None


These discussion activities will work for a small group or whole group. They are meant to be flexible and can be written on the board, printed out, or orally communicated.


  • Talk about why it is important to choose wisely in your life according to the story.
  • In the story, we learn that being alone is something we will be a lot even if we don't like it. Talk about a time when you felt like you were alone and how you helped yourself feel better, or how someone helped you feel better.
  • Talk about a time when you made a decision all by yourself.

Writing Activities


  • Paper
  • Pencils

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