The Sneetches Lesson Plan

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.

Do you know what a Sneetch is? In this lesson, we will read ''The Sneetches'' by Dr. Seuss. We will discover what Sneetches are as we learn a valuable lesson about discrimination and accepting ourselves just the way we are.

Lesson Objectives

At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define and discuss the idea of discrimination
  • Identify something unique about themselves

Length

45-50 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1

Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.2

Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3

Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Materials

  • Copy of the book, The Sneetches, by Dr. Seuss
  • A large cut-out drawing of a Sneetch (use yellow bulletin board paper)
  • A small cut-out blue star for each student (just big enough for a sentence and a name to be written on it)
  • Tape or glue
  • Crayons or markers for each student

Instructions

Begin by introducing the book to students.

  • Identify the author/illustrator. Ask for discussion about other books the children may have heard or read by Dr. Seuss.
  • Discuss the title of the book. Ask about the word 'Sneetches.' What is a Sneetch? Do we know?
  • Discuss the cover of the book. Ask if the cover gives a hint about what a Sneetch might be.
  • Ask if there are any predictions as to what the story might be about.

Next, read the book to the class. As you read, stop on the appropriate pages to discuss:

  • What is the difference between one kind of Sneetch and the other?
  • Why do you think star-bellied Sneetches are better than the others?
  • How do the other Sneetches feel about being left out of everything?
  • Have you ever been left out of something? How did it make you feel?
  • Who is McBean? What does he offer to the Sneetches?
  • Why do the star-bellied Sneetches want their stars removed?
  • Do you think McBean was trying to teach the Sneetches a lesson or did he just want to trick them out of all their money?
  • What lesson do the Sneetches all learn in the end?
  • What lesson do you think Dr. Seuss may have wanted us all to learn from this book?

After reading the book, allow time for class discussion. Offer prompts for discussion, such as:

  • What is discrimination?
  • What does this book teach us about discrimination?
  • How does discrimination make people feel?
  • How can we avoid discrimination?
  • Would you say it is silly to try and change yourself to be like someone else? Why or why not?
  • Why is it important for people to accept themselves the way they are?

Activity

As a reinforcement to the lesson about accepting ourselves for who we are, use this activity to help each student identify something unique about themselves.

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