Quoting Seuss "Craft"

Yesterday I told you about our week long dive into the themes and messages found in some well known Dr. Seuss books (you can read about them here.)  Today, I wanted to share with you a little craft we did in class as well.  And like I said yesterday, I use the term "craft" loosely ;)

I asked my students to find the "main" quote from each of the Dr. Seuss books they were reading. For example, the Horton Hears A Who! group chose "A person's a person no matter how small", while The Lorax (Classic Seuss) group choose, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, things aren't going to get better.  They're not."  The students discussed what they thought the quote meant and then wrote a small response to the quote.

I took a picture of each child and printed them out.  The students then colored their pictures with identifying features for each book.  If the students had Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories , they drew shells on their backs.  The Green Eggs & Ham group drew red hats and yellow shirts.  Whatever the main character of the book wore/looked like, the students tried to emulate that in the picture.

They then mounted it and we put it on the board.  Done and done!

Here is the sample one I did so you can see what it looks like.
I did Cat in the Hat for myself, since none of my students used that book.

Cute right?   It didn't take us very long to complete, and the students were totally into it because they got to use their own pictures.  I would say it was a win-win in my book!

Here is the quote bubbles and response sheet I used.  Feel free to use it in your room too! 


  1. Loved it yesterday. Love it even more today! Requires depth of thought and adds fun--just like the doctor himself!! Thanks so much!

    1. Thanks Karen (and thanks for coming back two days in a row :) )

  2. This is such a cute idea!!! What grade did you do this with? Think it would work with 6th graders?

    1. I did it with 5th graders, so I am sure it would work with 6th :)

  3. This is an absolutely terrific lesson! I went and rounded up all the books today - ready to use next week. Thanks for all of your hard work and for sharing with everyone.

  4. I really like this activity. I am going to try to squeeze it in this week. Thank you!

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  5. Love your blog, and all of your ideas! I am still pretty new to the blogging world. I just added your button to my blog seeing as we teach similar grade levels. Thanks!!! :)

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  6. I LOVE your lessons!! This is absolutely adorable! And clever! I'm going to attempt it with 3rd graders. Wish me luck!

  7. I am excited to try this out with my students!!! Thanks a zillion for sharing your lesson :)



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