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The Foot Book Lesson Plan

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

This lesson plan uses Dr. Seuss's 'The Foot Book' to teach students about opposites. The lesson includes the story, group kinesthetic activities, and a creative writing project.

Learning Objective

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify words that are opposites.
  • State or demonstrate the opposite of a common word.

Length

60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.K.5.B

Demonstrate understanding of frequently occurring verbs and adjectives by relating them to their opposites (antonyms).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.1

With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

Vocabulary and Phrases

  • Opposite

Materials

  • The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
  • Materials for writing and illustrating

Lesson Instructions and Activities

  • Begin by reading The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss.
  • Discuss:
    • What were the different types of feet in the book?
    • Can you think of any other types of feet that could have been in the book?
  • Introduce the idea of opposites. Go through the book again, looking for opposites.

Opposite Charades

  • This kinesthetic activity presents the students with multiple examples of opposites.
  • Put the students in pairs, and give each pair a different set of opposite words (hot/cold, tall/short, etc.)
  • Give the pairs a couple minutes to plan. Then pairs take turns acting out their words in front or the class while classmates guess what opposite words are being portrayed.

Opposite Simon Says

  • One student is ''Simon.'' Simon stands at the front of the class and gives and demonstrates a direction (put your hands up, sit down, march fast).
  • Students respond by doing the opposite of what Simon said. Responding students could be the entire class, or one student at a time.
    • For example, Simon says, ''Put your hands up,'' and everyone puts their hands down to the floor.

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