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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Writing Activities

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

'One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish' is a delightful book written by Dr. Seuss. The activities below have been designed to help lower elementary students connect with the story.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Dr. Seuss wrote a wonderful story in his book, ''One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.'' With its whimsical rhymes and rhythms along with creative illustrations and fun creatures, the book is a favorite for kids of all ages. Turn the book into a series of mini-lessons by using activities to keep learners engaged. The activities below, designed for use with lower elementary students, have been created to help students learn as they read and remember this classic Dr. Seuss story.

Rhyme Time

Materials: writing paper, pencils

Use this activity after having already read the book aloud to students.

  • Start with a discussion about rhyming. Ask students to share several examples of words that rhyme.
  • Give each student a piece of paper and a pencil.
  • Do a second reading of the book and explain that this time, while you read, students are to listen for words that rhyme. Encourage them to raise their hand every time they hear a rhyme.
  • As students begin to point out the rhymes while you read, stop to write the rhymes on the board. Invite students to also write them on their papers.
  • At the end of the book, count (as a class) how many rhymes you were able to identify in the story.
  • Go through the rhymes together so that students get practice in reading and saying each of them.

Writing Rhymes

Materials: writing paper, drawing paper, pencils, colored pencils or markers

  • Put students into groups of 3 - 4.
  • Give each group a piece of writing paper and a pencil.
  • As a class, review the idea of rhymes and talk about how they occur in the book. Read a couple of pages again to students so that they can recall the rhythm of the rhyming in the story.
  • Next, instruct each group to create 5 - 8 sets of rhyming words on their paper. Walk around to offer hints as needed.
  • Once they have several rhymes on their papers, ask each group to choose a couple and write sentences for them (be sure they place their rhyming words at the end of the sentences so that they mimic the pattern in the book).
  • With their sentences written, encourage each group to practice reading their rhyming sentences to each other. Encourage them to try to read them in such a way that their rhythm matches that in the book.
  • Now, give each group drawing paper and something to draw with.
  • Ask each group to draw illustrations for the sentences they have written.
  • Finally, allow time for each group to share their rhyming sentences with the class.

Fun With Adjectives

Materials: drawing paper, crayons or colored pencils

Use this activity after having already read the book aloud to students.

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