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        Dr. Seuss  


Oh, the places you'll go with Dr. Seuss' books!

"You're off to great places! 

Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting. 

So ... get on your way!"



The Cat and the Hat

Green Eggs and Ham

Hop on Pop

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

My Many Colored Days

Daisy-Head Mayzie

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street

Horton Hears A Who!

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

The King's Stilts

Horton Hatches the Egg

McElligot's Pool

Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose

Bartholomew and the Oobleck

If I Ran the Zoo

Scrambled Eggs Super!

On Beyond Zebra

If I Ran the Circus

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Yertle the Turtle

Happy Birthday to You!

The Sneetches and Other Stories

Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book

I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sellow

The Cat in the Hat Songbook

My Book About Me

I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories

The Lorax

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

Hunches in Bunches

The Butter Battle Book

Oh, The Places You'll Go! Deluxe Edition

A Hatful of Seuss

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!

Gerald McBoing Boing

Ten Apples Up On Top!

There's A Wocket In My Pocket

The Foot Book

Fox In Socks

Dr. Seuss' ABCs


Dr. Seuss' Biography


Dr. Seuss' real name was Theodor Geisel. 

On books he wrote to be illustrated by others,

he used the name LeSieg, which is Geisel spelled backwards.

March 2nd is his birthday and Read Across America is celebrated the same day.


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On The Loose With Dr. Seuss!


Dr. Seuss Character Bingo:  Make Bingo cards using clip art or scanned images from the books you're going to use of the characters.  Don't forget to make corresponding "calling cards" with the appropriate character name.  Use wrapped red and white peppermint disks or other appropriate items as markers for the cards.


Books: If you're low on Dr. Seuss books, ask your students to bring in any they have ahead of time.  This will give you more flexibility until you have time to add to your own collection.


Compare & Contrast: Use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast two books.


Graphing: Graph favorite Dr. Seuss character


Graphing: Graph favorite Dr. Seuss book


Rhyming: Anything rhyming goes with this unit!  Dr. Seuss is all about some rhyming!!! :)


Writing: Use Dr. Seuss coloring pages as writing topics.  Have the student color the page and then write a story about the picture.  Less advanced students will write about what they see in the picture utilizing color words, etc.  More advanced students can write to retell the story.


Guest Readers: Have guest readers to come in and read to your class.  Utilize administration, community leaders, volunteers, grandparents, parents, older students, teachers from other classes, etc.


Dr. Seuss Quilt: Have students create quilt squares based on the characters in the books that you read. 


Word Order: Take some of the recognizable sentences from some of the books and write them on sentence strips then cut the words apart.  Have students rebuild the sentences in the pocketchart.  Provide a model of the sentences if needed.


Song: Dr. Seuss On the Loose

(tune: Old MacDonald)


Dr. Seuss is on the loose,

And this how we know.

Cats, hats, eggs and ham,

Cats, hats, eggs and ham,

Cats, hats, eggs and ham,

We love his fun books so!

~ Author Unknown


AR: I noticed yesterday when looking through our AR book list that LOTS of the Dr. Seuss books are on the AR list.  Many of them on the first grade level which I was particularly interested in.



Ten Apples Up On Top!

I just bought this book a couple of weeks ago at Wal-Mart.  It's great for reinforcing number words and to use with an Apple Unit.  My second graders will also be able to read it since it's a Beginner Book.  Hopefully there's an AR test to go with it. :)


Bulletin Board:  Create a number word line with the help of your students.  Take their picture with a digital camera (or have them draw their self) and mount the pictures on butcher paper or a bulletin board in number line fashion.  (straight across) Have each student create a number word card for their picture (first person in line does "one", second "two", etc).   Mount the cards under the pictures.  Next, have each student glue the appropriate number of red apple cut-outs on top of their head in the picture.    If you have 20 students or less, you can go up to 10, and then underneath, create a new number line counting backwards.  You can caption your board "Ten Apples Up On Top!".  Classes with fewer than 10/20 students can have some students double up or you can pull in other teachers, administration, etc.  Classes with more than 20 can create one number line and rename the board "___ Apples Up On Top!"  OR, you can do other number variations by adding apples in 2s, 5s, or 10s.  Just change the number word cards to numbers.


Fine Motor: Buy 10 plastic apples and see if any of your students can be the Master Stacker by getting 10 apples to stack on top of each other.  May not be possible, but I'm sure they'll have a lot of fun trying.


Number Words: Label the apples above with number words one through ten and let the students practice putting them in the correct order. 


Ordinal Words: On the opposite side of the apple, in random order not the same as the number words, label the apples above with an ordinal word.  Students practice sequencing them in order.


Feltboard: Use the feltboard and felt apples programmed with numbers to let the students practice sequencing "Ten Apples Up On Top." 





The Cat In The Hat

Hat 1:  Use a large piece of white construction paper and have students paint, color, or glue on red stripes.   Cut "tabs" in the paper by making 1 inch cuts along the bottom and turn the tabs outward.  Cut the inside out of a paper plate.  Roll the striped paper into a cylinder, insert the cylinder into the paper plate and staple the tabs of the cylinder to the paper plate.  The plate forms the brim of the hat.  Add a chin strap if needed.


Hat 2: Have students paint or color red stripes on a white lunch bag.  Roll the bottom of the lunch bag up and staple to a paper plate brim as described above.


Hat 3: Print one copy of the hat at this link for each student on cardstock.  Have them color or paint on the red stripes.  Staple the hat to a white sentence strip and fit to the child's head.  To make an adjustable band using rubber bands rather than stapling, go to this page for directions:


Hat Pattern:


Dressing Up: Have students wear white, red or black.  At school, add one of the hats from above, a black nose and whiskers with face paint, and a red construction paper bow tie pinned to their shirt.  Too cute!  Take pictures of each student for the bulletin board idea below!


Art Project:


Similar Art Project:


Bulletin Board: Do the dress up activity and one of the art projects above.  Find a good colored clip art of the Cat in the Hat or scan in one from the book and print it to the size of a sheet of paper.  Mount on a sheet of red construction paper as well as the pictures of each student dressed up.  (If you need to make smaller student pictures, then make a smaller Cat in the Hat to match)  Put all the student pictures and the art projects up on a black background and hide the Cat in the Hat picture amongst them.  Caption the board: Which is the real Cat in the Hat?  The kids will get a kick out of trying to find him.  Or if you want to be sneaky, put a tiny picture of him peeking out of a lower corner of the board.


Snack: Red and white candy canes.  My kids love them!


Red & White Parfait: Create a red & white parfait for each student in a clear plastic cup by spooning in red jello, then white Cool Whip.  Continue the pattern.  End with white Cool Whip and you can top with a red cherry or sprinkle with miniature red M&Ms.


Red & White Hat Snack: Frost a white sugar cookie with white frosting.  Stack alternating red & white Life Savers in the middle, gluing them together with white frosting.


The Cat In The Hat Living Book CD: great for Computer Station


The Cat In the Hat board game: great for Games/Puzzles Station


The Cat In the Hat plush animal with Thing One and Thing Two: great for your Reading Station.  Students read books to/with them.


Patterning: Use the two sizes of hat patterns at these links and print on white cardstock.  Color the red stripes with markers, cut out and laminate.  Now you can use the hats for patterning.  AB - big hat/little hat, AAB - big hat/big hat/little hat ... etc.  If you want to add a C or more, copy the blank hats on red, white, or other colored construction paper.


Poem: I think I typed up this poem (not positive, but it looks like something I'd do) and added a table to the bottom of the page with two columns and the directions to "Write the rhyming pairs."  At the top of the page is the poem with the rhyming words underlined.


1 cat on a sunny day,

Put on his hat and went out to play.

2 cats when the sky was blue,

Put on their hats and went to the zoo.

3 cats on a rainy day,

Put on their hats, but had to stay.

4 cats when the snow came down,

Put on their hats and went to town.

5 cats on a windy day,

Put on their hats and blew away.

~ Author Unknown ~


This year I'll retype it for one group with number words and let them find and circle the rhyming words and write the number words at the bottom of the page in a table.  The other group will circle the number words and write the rhyming words.  Then let them use a highlighter to highlight all sight words.


Hat Tachiscope (sp?): Use this hat pattern to make a tachiscope.  Label each stripe red/white, etc for students to color.  Reduce the pattern so that you have enough room at the bottom or side of the page to create a strip of words in the __at family (at, bat, cat, etc).  Copy one for each student and have them color the hat, cut it and the word strip out.  Cut two slits in the hat and run the word strip through the slits.  Students can pull the strip through the hat and practice reading the words.  *more advanced students can practice reading sight words, spelling words, etc.  You can even pair students up and have one student hold the hat and call out the spelling word to the other student and have him spell it.

Hat Pattern:


ABC Hats: Use this hat pattern to create ABC hats.  Copy the hats onto cardstock and color in the red stripes.  Program each hat with a black letter of the alphabet.   Cut out and laminate.  Students match objects or picture cards beginning with each sound to the appropriate hat.


I created these printables similar to the idea above


Hat Beginning Sounds


Hat Word Match


Linda asked if she could reformat the Word Match for the Smartboard, so she created this file.


Smartboard Word Match


I'm getting a Promethian board and was having trouble seeing the words on the green background on my computer,

so I tweaked her file a bit and now we have this flipchart.  The only problem is I could not get the pen color to save

as white.  So every time you open the file you have to change the pen color. :(


Word Match flipchart


Thanks Linda for sharing your idea!


ABC Sequencing: You can use the same hats above and have students sequence the hats in the correct order.


Number Sequencing: Use this hat pattern and program each with a black number.  Laminate.  Students will sequence the numbers correctly.


Matching: Use these hat patterns to create an ABC matching activity.  Copy 26 large hats and 26 small hats.  Program the large hats with a capital letter and the small hats with a lowercase letter.  Laminate.  Students will match the hat with the correct lowercase letter to the hat with the correct capital letter.


Math Mats:  Use fish bowl math mats programmed with numbers.  Have students count the correct number of fish into each bowl.


Pin the Hat on the Cat: Play pin the Hat on the Cat like pin the Tail on the Donkey


Rhyming Song: I saw a rhyming words book at the link below and this song just popped into my head!


(tune: The Mulberry Bush)

Cat and hat are rhyming words,

Rhyming words, rhyming words.

Cat and hat are rhyming words,

They sound a lot a like!

~C. Montgomery


*use this in the pocketchart and you can replace the underlined words with new words for different verses*


Song inspired by booklet @



Balancing Act: The basics for this idea came from the 'net, but I LOVE it!  It sounds like it would be a blast!  Divide students into teams.  You will need one clear, plastic plate and cup for each student on each team.  (One plate and cup per student in the class)  Does the plate and cup have to be clear? No, but that adds to the illusion that they'll break if dropped.  Have each team member line up one behind the other, single file.  The first person for each team races to a spot and picks up a plate and sets a cup on top of it and balances it on one hand while racing back to their team members.  Once there, they hand off the plate and cup to the next team member and that team member races down (still balancing the plate and cup on one hand) and places another plate and cup on top of the one he already has.  Then they race back to their team and repeat the sequence.  The team that drops theirs first is out and the last team left balancing is the winner!


If you didn't want the team out when they dropped their plate/cup, then just have them go back and start again.  The first team to balance all the plates/cups wins.  For this way, you don't need very many people on a team.


Story Elements: Have students cut out answers and glue to the correct story element.


Cat In the Hat Story Elements


Glyph: Cat in the Hat glyph


Erase-A-Rhyme: (scroll down)




__at Word Family printable:


Cookie Recipe: (you still have to have a hat cookie cutter  ???)


The Cat In the Hat Mini Unit:


Green Eggs And Ham

Green Eggs and Ham: If you do this book, you have to make green eggs and ham! :)  The kids will "eeww", but most will eat it and like it.  I mix everything up at home.  Beat the eggs and add food coloring, then I soak ham slices in either milk or water with green food coloring added.  Then remove the ham, pat dry and take it to school in a ziplock bag.  The eggs go in a jar with a lid.  I even bought an electric skillet just for this.  Then we cook the food during class.  Don't forget the butter or Pam for the skillet!


Funny story:  I bought the new electric skillet to use for this last year.  It came in a big box.  I had everything ready at school to cook and the kids assembled safely away from the heat.  I took the skillet out of the box and OH MY GOSH!, it had to be assembled!!!!  The handle had to be put on the lid and the legs had to be put on the skillet.  I was shocked.  I assumed (and you know what they say about that) that it was all in one piece!  So we had a class on how to assemble new purchases before using them.  Luckily my husband put a small toolbox together for my classroom.  So I had all that I needed to handle the task.  We discussed following the directions in the box for assembly, different types of screwdrivers, etc.  Luckily, I wasn't being observed that day, but everything turned out fine! :)


In the past, before I got the skillet, I typed up directions for cooking green eggs and ham in the microwave.  I had the students work together to read the directions to me (with a lot of assistance) so that I could cook the food.  Each one got their own copy with a picture of ham and eggs at the bottom to color green.  These were put into their Poetry Journal.  I also had a second copy of the instructions for my readers to cup apart and glue onto another sheet of paper in the correct order.  Now I guess I need to type up new ones for the electric skillet. :)


Recipe Cards: The Mailbox  Kindergarten Feb/Mar 1999 has the picture cards for making their version of Green Eggs and Ham.


Graphing: Do you like green eggs and ham?  You might want to do this one twice.  Once before eating and then again afterwards and discuss the difference. 


Differences: After you do the activities above, this leads naturally into discussing differences in appearances and how things really are.  Appearances can be deceiving!


/gr/: Make a list of all the words that begin with "gr."


Green: Make a list of all things green.


Emergent Reader: (not Seuss related)  All Things Green


Word Family Sort: Label a picture of ham with ___am, and a picture of eggs with ___eg. 




Green Eggs and Ham Living Book CD: great for Computer Station


Green Eggs and Ham board game: great for Games/Puzzles Station


Rhyming Words: Each student should have their own copy of Green Eggs and Ham.  After reading, they will find all the rhyming words/word families and record them on a sheet with eggs.  Each rhyming word pair or word family goes on one egg.



One Fish  Two Fish  Red Fish  Blue Fish

Use this book to reinforce the colors/color words "red" and "blue" and when mixed they make purple.  Also the number words "one" and "two."  Fish and fishing works well, too.


Graphing: Use Pepperidge Farm goldfish crackers and graph the colors.  They are yellow, green, orange, red, and blue (I think). 


Fish Shape Book: Use the link below to create a class book.  Use the unlined shape and add text.  Students add the illustrations.

Pg 1 One fish (glue on 1 die-cut fish or draw one fish)

pg 2 Two fish ( add two fish)

pg 3 Red fish ( add red fish)

pg 4 Blue fish (add blue fish)

pg 5 Three fish (add three fish)

pg 6 Four fish (add four fish)

pg 7 Green fish (add green fish)

pg 8 More fish (add lots of fish)

pg 9 Five fish

pg 10 Six fish

pg 11 Black fish

pg 12 Mix fish (add red, blue, green, black fish)

pg 13 Seven fish

pg 14 Eight fish

pg 15 Pink fish

pg 16 Late fish (fish with ripples from fins; similar to jet vapor trails)

pg 17 Nine fish

pg 18 Ten fish

pg 19 Let's do it again, fish!  (Fish lined up on their tails like they're going to do it again)

written by Cindy Montgomery '05


Fish Shape Book unlined:


Estimation Jar: Place red gummy fish in a jar and have students estimate how many fish there are and record their answers on a slip of paper.  Graph their answers and then count the fish with the class.  Discuss who guessed the closest, etc.


Going Fishin': Pull out your fish pond (paper blue water or box, paper fish with paperclips at mouth, fishing pole with magnet) and let your students fish for sight words, numbers, letters, spelling words, etc.  If they can read or spell the word, they get to keep the fish.  If they can't, read or spell it for them and throw the fish back in the pond.


Fish Print Quilt: Paint the students hand with red, blue, orange, or green paint.  If they have red, blue, or green paint, have them stamp their hands on a white square of construction paper one time with fingers together, end of thumb curled out. (not whole thumb)  If they have orange paint, they stamp their hands twice (one of top of the other) on their white square.  Mount the quilt squares on black bulletin board paper leaving a border and trim between each square.  Line them up 4 across in the order of: green fish, orange fish, red fish, blue fish. 



The Mailbox  Aug/Sept 2002


Venn Diagram:


Fish Shape Book lined:


Phonics With Dr. Seuss:




Daisy-Head Mayzie


Headband: Staple a green pipecleaner to the middle of a green sentence strip.  Hot glue or staple a flower colored and or decorated by the student to the top of the pipecleaner.  Adjust to fit around student's head.  To make an adjustable band using rubber bands rather than stapling, go to this page for directions:



There's A Wocket In My Pocket


Sound Pockets: Make or purchase paper pocket shapes.  (I purchased some made from thick cardstock at the school supply store.  I think they're gingham.)  Program each pocket with a letter.  Have students sort items that begin with that letter into each pocket.  [Pocket B - ball, Pocket A - apple]  You can provide manipulative type items (the kids like these better, but you have to spend time collecting them) or picture cards.  If you use ABC Tubs, then borrow one item from each tub. 


You've Got A Wocket Where?:




My Many Colored Days





Hop On Pop


Hopping Contest:  Put up a start line and have students see how far they can hop (jump). 


Rhyming Contest: See who can come up with the most real words that rhyme with "hop" and "pop."

bop cop lop mop sop top stop
shop slop drop flop crop swap whop


Initial and Final Sounds:



Bartholomew and the Oobleck


Oobleck: Use this in  your Discovery Station or your sand/water table.  The kids will love it!



And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street


Bulletin Board: Have students create a mural on the board.  Create a street and vote on a name for the street.  Then have students create things for the mural that they might see on the street.  Title the board: Things To See On ____ Street




Connect the Dots:




Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!







The Foot Book


*"Footprint" denotes with a shoe unless otherwise stated.  I don't do "feet" and my students are often embarrassed to have to remove their shoes for various reasons: dirty, torn or no socks, dirty feet, stinky or torn up shoes, or they just don't like people messing with their feet!*


Bulletin Board: The title for this board came from the 'net ... Feet! Feet! Feet! Oh, how many feet I meet!  Students can trace their feet on colored construction paper and then you can staple them to your board in a winding path.  (Maybe use two paths coming towards each other) OR, also from the 'net ... paint old shoe soles (different kinds) and them use them to make prints around the board.


I adapted the title from the board above to ... Feet! Feet! Feet! How many feet to my seat?  because we did a math lesson on using paper feet to measure for nonstandard measurement.  So after the lesson, I stuck some of the feet up in the hallway.



Left/Right: Use this book to practice left and right.  Have your students practice by standing on one foot.  Call out "left foot" and have everyone stand on their left foot.  "Right foot", continue.  Give them a few seconds between calling to place both feet back on the floor for a rest.  There's sure to be lots of giggles and laughs involved in this one, especially as you try to mix it up and get a little faster! ;)


More Left/Right: Have each student trace their left and right foot onto different colors of construction paper and label each with an "L" or "R".  You can tape these on their desk, table or floor to help them in L/R identification.  You can even use them to create a path around the room for the children to follow.  Have then say "left", "right" as they step on each footprint.


Alphabet Sequencing: Cut out footprints and label each with a capital/lowercase/capital & lowercase letter.  Laminate.  Students sequence the ABCs in order to form a path. 


Position Words: This is a good book to work on position words.  After reading the book several times, reread it and have the students insert the missing position word by looking at the illustrations.


Non-standard Measurement: Use the pattern below to measure things around the classroom.  Create a Record Sheet for students to record their answers.  [ table = ___ feet, etc]

Feet Pattern:



Fox In Socks


Socks are the way to go with this book!  Oh, the things you can match with lots of socks! :)  Coordinating unit: Socks


Patterns: Use the Ellison sock die-cut to cut socks from different patterns of wallpaper, laminated wrapping paper, etc.  Young students can pair the socks matching the patterning.


Pairs: The socks created above would also be great to use in reinforcing "pairs."  Have students create pairs of socks and then record how many pairs they made and how many socks there were. 


Counting by 2s: Use the pairs of socks created above to practice counting by 2s.  Have students pair up socks and place the pairs in a line.  Then they can add number cards to create a 2s number line. (Number cards: 2, 4, 6, etc.)


Matching: Use sock cut-outs to create matching activities for capital/lowercase letters, numbers/dots, compound words, contractions, dots/number words.


Sequencing: Use sock cut-outs to make sequencing activities for ABCs, numbers and number words.


Fox in Sox:


Fox in Sox Relay Race:




I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories


Literature-Math Crossover Lesson:



Dr. Seuss' ABCs


ABC Bingo: Play ABC Bingo using teacher-made or commercial Bingo cards.  (submitted by Kara)




Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! - The Mailbox  K-1  Feb/Mar 2005

Read To Your Child booklet - Teacher's Helper  Feb/Mar 2001

The Mailbox  Feb/Mar 2003



Dr. Seuss - Read Across America


Lessons from Dr. Seuss


Dr. Seuss Activities


Horton Hatches the Egg


Dr. Seuss Activities for Kids


Learning With Dr. Seuss


Doorknob Hanger (printable)


Dr. Seuss


Dr. Seuss (links)


Living Books (scroll for Dr. Seuss .. several titles)


Welcome to Seussville!


Dr. Seuss


And To Think I Learned It With Seuss (the graphics are missing, but the text is still there)



Dr. Seuss


Lesson Exchange: Dr. Seuss


Dr. Seuss


All About Dr. Seuss (webquest)


Cut Loose With Dr. Seuss


Event Calendar - March (scroll down towards bottom)


Dr. Seuss Activities


Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!


Reproducible Bookmarks


Unit Study With Dr. Seuss


Dr. Seuss


Dr. Seuss - Read Across America





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