What our Dr. Seuss lesson plan includes
Lesson Objectives and Overview: Dr. Seuss teaches students about the life of this famous children’s book author. They will be able to identify him and list facts about his life. They will also learn about his place in history and why he is important. This lesson is for students in 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade.
Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the yellow box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. For this lesson, the needed supplies are scissors, glue, construction paper and colored pencils, and the handouts. To prepare for this lesson ahead of time, you can gather all the necessary supplies and copy the handouts.
Options for Lesson
Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. For this lesson, some of these options include allowing students to work in pairs for the activity. For an additional activity related to this lesson, you can have students create their own book in the style of Dr. Seuss. You can also plan a special Dr. Seuss Day, where you display his books and read from them aloud. You can do this for an entire week and have a Dr. Seuss Week! Additionally, you can have students create images based on his books or invite the school librarian to speak to your class about his work.
The Teacher Notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. It reminds teachers that while almost every student will have heard of Dr. Seuss or read at least one of his books, many students will not know anything about his life or background. It also highly recommends using some of the additional online resources to help enhance this lesson. This page includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.
DR. SEUSS LESSON PLAN CONTENT PAGES
Doctor or Author?
There are three content pages included with this lesson. The first section of this lesson describes the author’s early life and background and explains how he became an author. Students will also learn about where his pseudonym – the fake name he uses for his writing – came from. Dr. Seuss actually began writing in college as the editor of the humor magazine Jack-O-Lanter. He was actually kicked out of the magazine but kept writing for them under the fake name Seuss! His father had always wanted him to become a doctor, which is why he started using “Dr.” as a part of his name. “Seuss” is actually his middle name!
Dr. Seuss — whose real name was Theodore Geisel — actually planned on becoming a professor, not a writer. He attended Oxford College in England, where he met his future wife. When they got married, he dropped out and moved back to the United States, where he first started using the name Dr. Seuss and began publishing cartoons. He worked as an advertiser, filmmaker, illustrator, and poet before becoming famous for his children’s books. Students will then learn about some of his early books, including his first ever book, And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street. This book was published in 1937, ten years after he dropped out of Oxford College.
Books, Books, and More Books
The next section of this lesson lists some of Dr. Seuss’s most famous and important books and includes facts and information about each book. Students will also learn that Dr. Seuss’s first book was turned down by publishers 27 times but he never gave up! Some of his most famous books are Horton Hears a Who, which was written in 1954 and turned into a movie in 2008; The Cat in the Hat, published in 1957, which used less than 220 vocabulary words and was one of his most successful books; Green Eggs and Ham, published in 1960 and contained only 50 different words; and Oh, the Places You’ll Go, written in 1990, and is often gifted to graduates or used during graduation ceremonies!
The final section sums up Dr. Seuss’s career and talks about two special days. The first is Dr. Seuss Day, the day people celebrate his life and work every year. The second is Read Across America Day, a day for kids to celebrate reading. Dr. Seuss had a huge impact on children in the United States and around the world, even though he never had children of his own. He wrote and illustrated 44 children’s books which have been translated in 15 different languages.
Here is a list of the vocabulary words students will learn in this lesson plan:
- Theodore Geisel: The name Dr. Seuss had when he was born.
- Read Across America Day: Held on Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2nd. A celebration for kids, students, and teachers to focus on reading and its importance.
- Dartmouth: The first college Dr. Seuss attended at age 18.
- Jack-O-Lantern: Dr. Seuss became the editor of this magazine in college.
- La Jolla: The city where Dr. Seuss died.
- Oxford: The college where Dr. Seuss met his wife.
- The Saturday Evening Post: Published a cartoon the year Dr. Seuss was married.
- Springfield: The city where Dr. Seuss was born.
- Helen Palmer: Dr. Seuss married her in 1927.
- Theo LeSeig: A second name Dr. Seuss had used instead of his real name.
DR. SEUSS LESSON PLAN WORKSHEETS
The Dr. Seuss lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. These worksheets are intended to make sure that students have understood the lesson material. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.
CUT AND PASTE ACTIVITY WORKSHEET
Students will work on their own for the activity (they can also work in pairs if you’d like them to). First, they will cut out words and form them into Dr. Seuss book titles. Then, they will glue those titles onto a sheet of paper. Using colored pencils, they will shade each title a different color.
MATCHING PRACTICE WORKSHEET
For the practice worksheet, students will first match facts with names, place names, and important objects from Dr. Seuss’s life, like “Jack-O-Lantern” and “Helen Palmer”. Next, they will match his story titles with facts about those stories. For example, they would match “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” with the fact “First book published in 1937”. They can find all of the information they need for this practice worksheet in the content pages of the lesson.
DR. SEUSS HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT
The homework assignment is split into two parts. In the first part, students will work with a parent or other family member to read Dr. Seuss quotes and describe what they think the quotes mean. In the second part, students will write a short rhyming poem that they think the author might have liked.
Worksheet Answer Keys
This lesson plan includes answer keys for the activity worksheet, the practice worksheet, and the homework assignment. The answer key for the homework assignment offers some possible answers to the prompts, but also notes that student’s answers for this assignment will vary. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.