The Butter Battle Book Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan on Dr. Seuss' 'The Butter Battle Book' to guide your instruction on conflict, disagreements, and resolution. After reading the short book, analyze the story with our text lesson and invite students to find problems in common before coming up with solutions of their own.

Learning Objectives:

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • give loose definitions for key terms
  • summarize the plot of The Butter Batter Book by Dr. Seuss
  • brainstorm solutions to a given conflict


30-60 minutes

Key Vocabulary:

  • Disagreement
  • Conflict
  • Resolution

Curriculum Standards:


Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).


Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.


Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events


NOTE: This lesson includes a class reading of The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss. If your students have already read the book, adjustments may be necessary.

  • Begin the lesson by reading Dr. Seuss's The Butter Battle Book aloud to students. Show them the pictures as you read.
  • After the reading, distribute paper copies of The Butter Battle Book Summary & Analysis lesson. For younger classes, the lesson can be read aloud as students follow along on their own copy. Pause after each section to answer any questions students may have.
  • Ask students to provide definitions for key terms (disagreement, conflict, and resolution). Write class definitions on the board.


  • On a piece of paper, students should write down three conflicts (arguments, fights, disagreements) that they have had recently with family or friends. Have students summarize the conflict down to one sentence.
  • Divide the class into groups of three or four students.
  • Students will now take turns sharing their conflict sentences, with each student taking note of how many others in their group have similar sentences on their own papers. How many students fight with their siblings over belongings or space? Encourage conversation about the similarities between students' lives.
  • Now combine or rearrange groups so that students are in groups of 5-6. Have them do the same. What kind of arguments are most common?
  • Have each group decide on the three most-common conflicts in their lives. Now, have them problem solve to come up with potential solutions to each of the arguments.
  • Come back together as a class and have each larger group share their three most-common conflicts and their solution ideas. Discuss as a class. Through conversation, connect what they just did how the Zooks and the Yooks responded to their conflict. Which is a healthier response?

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