Ch 4: Dr. Seuss Books Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

This chapter helps you incorporate works by Dr. Seuss into your curriculum. You'll find lesson plans and short lessons explaining Dr. Seuss's life, poetry, and popular books.

Dr. Seuss Books Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

This chapter offers teaching resources that were composed to provide teachers with different ways to use works by Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a Dr. Seuss, to help improve students' reading skills. Topics covered in these lessons include:

  • Dr. Seuss's biography
  • Poetry by Dr. Seuss
  • The Lorax
  • The Butter Battle Book
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas

These lesson plans provide handy resources for teachers wanting to incorporate works of Dr. Seuss into their class. Use the lesson plans to develop your curriculum, and use the short lessons as part of your in-class instruction.

How It Helps

  • Learning objectives: This chapter covers many different learning objectives for lessons on books and poetry by Dr. Seuss.
  • Classroom discussion topics: Coming up with questions for classroom discussions can be difficult. This chapter provides you with topics related to Dr. Seuss that can help jump-start a discussion.
  • Classwork suggestions: Use these resources come up with assignments you can give to your students regarding Dr. Seuss.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning reading lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific reading topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your reading class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related reading lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important reading concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant reading-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

50 Lessons in Chapter 4: Dr. Seuss Books Lesson Plans
Oh, the Places You'll Go Lesson Plan

1. Oh, the Places You'll Go Lesson Plan

Can your students pinpoint the techniques used by Dr. Seuss in his book, 'Oh, the Places You'll Go?' A text lesson introduces and exemplifies these, an analysis of the book gives students a chance to show what they know, and a quiz reinforces learning. Related lessons and extensions help to take instruction further.

The Lorax Comprehension Questions

2. The Lorax Comprehension Questions

Do not shy away from using ''The Lorax'' in your class, no matter the age of your students. There is something for everyone in this delightful text. This lesson contains comprehension questions related to ''The Lorax'' appropriate for any age.

The Lorax Discussion Questions

3. The Lorax Discussion Questions

''The Lorax'' is an amazingly deep book. It isn't just a cute little story for kids; it is a huge politically-themed work with layered meaning throughout. This lesson includes discussion questions related to ''The Lorax'' that are appropriate for both younger and older students.

If I Ran The Circus Activities

4. If I Ran The Circus Activities

Sometimes the best way to learn from a story is to participate in activities related to that story. This lesson offers individual and group activities related to Dr. Seuss's ''If I Ran the Circus''.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas Activities & Games

5. How The Grinch Stole Christmas Activities & Games

''How the Grinch Stole Christmas'' is a classic story that children of all ages can enjoy. This lesson offers games and activities appropriate for all students. The activities range from very active to quiet, thoughtful projects.

My Many Colored Days Activities

6. My Many Colored Days Activities

''My Many Colored Days'' is a Dr. Seuss book that subtly reviews emotions with children. It explains, in color and animal analogy, that all people have many emotions and that is okay. This lesson offers activities to go along with the book.

The Sneetches Lesson Plan

7. The Sneetches Lesson Plan

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.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Lesson Plan

8. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Lesson Plan

'One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.' Listen to those fun words. Can you hear the words that rhyme? In this lesson plan, students will practice rhyming words while reading a wonderful book written by Dr. Seuss.

Oh the Places You'll Go Activities for Elementary School

9. Oh the Places You'll Go Activities for Elementary School

The wisdom of Dr. Seuss will never get old. 'Oh, the Places You'll Go' teaches elementary students to roll with the punches life may throw at them and never give up on their goals. Use these activities to help drive the ideas in the book home.

Dr. Seuss Literacy Activities

10. Dr. Seuss Literacy Activities

This lesson will include activities and opportunities for teachers to encourage literacy among primary school children. These ideas can be used by any teacher interested in creating their own activities to encourage literacy using the works of Dr. Seuss.

The Foot Book Lesson Plan

11. The Foot Book Lesson Plan

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.

The Cat in the Hat Lesson Plan

12. The Cat in the Hat Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students summarize a story in sequence and understand terms used in the story. They will decode CVC words using word families while reading the classic Dr. Seuss story 'The Cat in the Hat.'

If I Ran the Zoo Lesson Plan

13. If I Ran the Zoo Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will teach your students about the book 'If I Ran the Zoo' by Dr. Seuss. They will also participate in activities that will help to reinforce the new material they learned.

Dr. Seuss Math Activities

14. Dr. Seuss Math Activities

Chances are, your students love Dr. Seuss and all of the silly characters in his books. This engagement can help when it comes to a subject that might make students a little nervous: math. Use these activity ideas to engage your students in math through Dr. Seuss books.

Dr. Seuss Science Activities

15. Dr. Seuss Science Activities

Dr. Seuss books have long inspired younger readers to explore their imaginations and the world around them. Use these Dr. Seuss inspired science activities with your students to engage them in literary and scientific fun.

Dr. Seuss Political Cartoon Lesson Plan

16. Dr. Seuss Political Cartoon Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to examine the political cartoons of Dr. Seuss and connect them to the events of World War II. They will discuss political cartoons as primary sources and learn how to read them.

Dr. Seuss Political Cartoons: Explanation & Analysis

17. Dr. Seuss Political Cartoons: Explanation & Analysis

Dr. Seuss is a well-known children's author, but he also created hundreds of political cartoons. In this lesson we will examine some of these political cartoons and analyze the meaning.

Great Day for Up Lesson Plan

18. Great Day for Up Lesson Plan

This lesson uses Dr. Seuss's 'Great Day For Up' to teach sorting and categories. The lesson includes large and small group activities as well as a creative writing piece.

Yertle the Turtle Lesson Plan

19. Yertle the Turtle Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students compare and contrast characters and acquire new vocabulary while reading 'Yertle the Turtle' by Dr. Seuss.

Fox in Socks Lesson Plan

20. Fox in Socks Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students understand alliteration, assonance, consonance and rhyme. Student will also learn to differentiate words by phonetic patterns while reading 'Fox in Socks' by Dr. Seuss.

Green Eggs and Ham Lesson Plan

21. Green Eggs and Ham Lesson Plan

Students will love the rhythmic story 'Green Eggs and Ham' by Dr. Seuss. They will define relevant vocabulary words, listen to a read a-loud, answer comprehension questions and participate in an activity.

If I Ran the Rainforest Lesson Plan

22. If I Ran the Rainforest Lesson Plan

This lesson is an investigation of the rainforest using the Cat in the Hat Learning Library book 'If I Ran the Rainforest.' The lesson includes reading activity for the story and the creation of a rainforest mural to show information learned from the book.

I am not Going to Get Up Today Lesson Plan

23. I am not Going to Get Up Today Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students retell a story in sequence and identify vowel patterns within words while reading 'I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!' by Dr. Seuss.

If I Ran the Circus Lesson Plan

24. If I Ran the Circus Lesson Plan

Using touchstone texts to support learning in your classroom is just smart. This lesson plan focuses on Dr. Seuss's 'If I Ran the Circus' to help students work on descriptive words and comparing, then do a fun activity.

Horton Hatches an Egg Lesson Plan

25. Horton Hatches an Egg Lesson Plan

Teach character traits with 'Horton Hatches an Egg' by Dr. Seuss. Use this lesson plan to teach students to pay attention to character actions, words, and feelings when determining character traits.

I Wish That I Had Duck Feet Lesson Plan

26. I Wish That I Had Duck Feet Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students retell the story 'I Wish That I Had Duck Feet' by describing pros and cons for each of the narrator's ideas. Students will also match rhyming pairs from the story.

There's a Wocket in my Pocket Lesson Plan

27. There's a Wocket in my Pocket Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan and the book 'There's a Wocket in My Pocket!' by Dr. Seuss to help your students identify and recreate verses using rhyming and spelling patterns.

Dr. Seuss' Are You My Mother? Lesson Plan

28. Dr. Seuss' Are You My Mother? Lesson Plan

This lesson will help young learners build vocabulary and sight words using the book 'Are You My Mother?' by Dr. Seuss. Students will use repetitive reading to develop sight word recognition, and will have a chance to expand their vocabulary by creating new characters in the book.

Dr. Seuss' Wacky Wednesday Lesson Plan

29. Dr. Seuss' Wacky Wednesday Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students learn to ask questions about the text and understand how illustrations bring meaning to the text while reading 'Wacky Wednesday' by Theo. LeSieg (Dr. Seuss). Two activities will get students engaged in the story.

Ten Apples on Top Lesson Plan

30. Ten Apples on Top Lesson Plan

This lesson uses Dr. Seuss' 'Ten Apples Up On Top' to teach students how to write simple addition sentences and find the missing term in an addition sentence. The lesson includes large and small group work, as well as kinesthetic and artistic components.

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who Lesson Plan

31. Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach students about lessons found in 'Horton Hears a Who.' The lesson also incorporates language and writing standards about adjectives and recalling information from experiences to answer questions.

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? Lesson Plan

32. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? Lesson Plan

Students will enjoy learning about different sounds in Mr. Brown Can Moo by Dr. Seuss. They will define vocabulary words, listen to a read aloud, answer questions, and participate in a role-playing activity.

Daisy Head Mayzie Lesson Plan

33. Daisy Head Mayzie Lesson Plan

What would you do if there was a plant growing out of your head? That's what happened to Daisy-Head Mayzie! Let's find out what happens in this lesson as we read ''Daisy-Head Mayzie'' by Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss Art Lesson Plan

34. Dr. Seuss Art Lesson Plan

The illustrations of Dr. Seuss is some of the most iconic works of art of all time. Use this lesson plan to engage students in the evaluation of his work, as well as apply their knowledge to creating illustrations of their own.

Dr. Seuss Lesson Plan

35. Dr. Seuss Lesson Plan

Educate your students about Dr. Seuss with this lesson plan. They will study two text lessons, take two follow-up quizzes, and participate in three fun hands-on activities to reinforce the newly learned material.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Lesson Plan

36. How the Grinch Stole Christmas Lesson Plan

Did the Grinch really steal Christmas? Two text lessons prepare your students for analysis of this famous Dr. Seuss story. Additional resources and activities provide opportunities for ongoing instruction.

The Butter Battle Book Lesson Plan

37. The Butter Battle Book Lesson Plan

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.

The Lorax Lesson Plan

38. The Lorax Lesson Plan

This lesson plan takes a look at both The Lorax and Dr. Seuss's early career. Through The Lorax, the metaphors of pollution and industrialization are illuminated, while the reading on his early career provides insight into his purposes for writing the book. Whole class (or group) discussions facilitate the learning in this lesson.

Dr. Seuss Small Group Activities

39. Dr. Seuss Small Group Activities

Dr. Seuss wrote many books that generations of people love to read. These five activities are designed for your fourth through sixth grade students, allowing them to study the talented author through a hands-on learning approach.

Dr. Seuss Lesson Plan for Preschool

40. Dr. Seuss Lesson Plan for Preschool

This lesson plan uses Dr. Seuss books to teach preschoolers about the story elements of characters, setting, and events. The plan includes interactive group activities and art.

Dr. Seuss' Birthday Lesson Plan

41. Dr. Seuss' Birthday Lesson Plan

To celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday, your students will read and analyze some of his books, then plan a birthday party to which the characters of these books are invited.

The Lorax Project Ideas

42. The Lorax Project Ideas

The Lorax is a wonderful Dr. Seuss book with something for all ages. The activities below can be used to help students connect with the story and identify meaning within.

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

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

'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.

Wacky Wednesday by Dr Seuss Activities

44. Wacky Wednesday by Dr Seuss Activities

Dr. Seuss' book, 'Wacky Wednesday,' is one that students will enjoy as they search for the wacky fun on each and every page. Use the activities below to get students even more involved in the reading of 'Wacky Wednesday.'

Horton Hears a Who Activities

45. Horton Hears a Who Activities

While Dr. Seuss books are always fun, they are great educational resources as well. This asset offers multiple active and thought-provoking activities to get your students thinking deeply about the concepts presented in Seuss' 'Horton Hears a Who'.

Sneetches Activities

46. Sneetches Activities

Have you read 'The Sneetches' by Dr. Seuss to your students? This book is rife with social implications yet still fun, with its crazy made-up words. This asset offers multiple fun activities to get your students thinking deeply about and engaging with the story.

Dr. Seuss Project Ideas

47. Dr. Seuss Project Ideas

Are you doing a unit on Dr. Seuss? These projects give your students the opportunity to study the setting, characters, and plot of Dr. Seuss's work by both comparing his works to each other and by bringing some of his work to life.

The Lorax Activities

48. The Lorax Activities

'The Lorax' is a fun Dr. Seuss book that also teaches an important lesson. Use the activities in this asset to help students draw meaning from this story and enjoy it at the same time.

Yertle the Turtle Discussion Questions

49. Yertle the Turtle Discussion Questions

Oh the fun you will have when reading in rhyme; you will learn and grow and have such a good time. These discussion questions will guide students of all ages through deep contemplation of the lessons learned from Dr. Seuss' 'Yertle the Turtle.'

The Butter Battle Book Discussion Questions

50. The Butter Battle Book Discussion Questions

'The Butter Battle Book' is a clever book by Dr. Seuss that, while it might appeal to young readers, makes a profound and unmistakable political statement. This asset provides discussion questions to help readers explore this statement.

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