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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: Dr. Seuss Lesson Plan

written by: Jacqueline Chinappi • edited by: Benjamin Sell • updated: 2/26/2012

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is a Dr. Seuss classic with plenty of material to incorporate and expand on learning. After reading the book the teacher can convey a lesson plan which will help children understand reading comprehension, various animals, poems, and dioramas.

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    Overview

    Elements of this lesson plan include:

    • art project
    • poems
    • learned about various animals
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    The Lesson Plan:

    1. The first part of this lesson plan is to introduce the student to the Dr. Seuss book “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”. Before reading the book remind the children what they have previously learned about books. Ask them these questions:

    • Question: What are the various parts of a book? Answer: Front Cover, Back Cover, Pages.
    • Question: What is another name for the person who writes the book? Answer: Author.
    • Question: Who is the author of this book? Answer: Dr. Seuss.
    • Question: What is another word for the name of a book? Answer: Title.
    • Question: What is the title of this book? Answer: One Fish , Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

    2. Proceed with reading the book for the students. After the book ask some questions to encourage thinking and comprehension on the material just read:

    • Question: Name two words that rhymed in the book. Answer: Many answers available, the whole book rhymes!
    • Question: On page 17, we see he has 11 fingers! How many fingers do we all have? Answer: Ten.
    • Question: On page 12, we learn that some have 2 feet, some have 4 feet, some have six feet, some have more. How many feet do we have? Answer: Two
    • Question: Can we name something with four feet, six feet, and more feet? Answer Options: Four Feet (Paws, etc.): Dogs, Cats, Horses, Pigs. Six Feet: Some caterpillars have 4, 6, 8 and even 16 feet.
    • Have children talk about all the various types and color fish they have ever seen

    3. Create rhyming poems using at least two of the words from the book. Example may be to use Cook and Ned. The child can then create a poem using Ned, Bed, Cook, Nook, Hook, etc.

    4. Homework Project: Using a scene from the book, have the children create a diorama. Explain what a diorama is and what it is the purpose. Dioramas show a scene from the book. An example can be the various types of fish we meet in the beginning of the book.

    After the lesson the children will have been quizzed on the various parts of the book, learned about various types of animals and how many feet they have, used reading comprehension to explain what has happened in the book, created a poem, and created a diorama for homework.

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    References:

    "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" By: Dr. Seuss