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.


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


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


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

Vocabulary and Phrases

  • Opposite


  • 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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