Teach Beginning Readers Using Horton Hatches the Egg: Activities and Worksheets

Teach Beginning Readers Using Horton Hatches the Egg: Activities and Worksheets
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Get Young Readers Engaged

Let’s discover some homework activities kids enjoy doing. These activities based on one of Dr. Seuss' most popular books feature fun, interactive activities using the familar Horton character, and they are designed for children who can:

  • Read words and write them in a sentence
  • Retell a story
  • Answer simple questions and fill in blanks
  • Work independently with moderate supervision

These activities are simple to present, take about ten minutes, and require few supplies. A free worksheet to download is included.

Horton Activities

You’ll need:

  • Copy of Horton Hatches the Egg
  • Blank index cards
  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Rubber cement
  • Pictures for the following words: bird, egg, tree, hunter, sea, circus, nest, vacation, elephant

Using the blank index cards, prepare flashcards by gluing the pictures to one side of the card and writing the identifying word on the back.

ABC Order Sorting Activity

Use the picture flashcards to teach kids to connect the spoken and printed word. Point to the words, say them, trace with a finger, and encourage kids to imitate. Shuffle the cards and place them word side facing up. Invite the kids to arrange the words in ABC order, and help them when necessary.

For another fun activity, use the picture side of the flashcards and have the children tell how the picture relates to the story. For instance, for the nest picture, they could talk about Horton sitting in the nest.

Fill-in-the-Blanks Horton Worksheet

Copy and paste the following worksheet into any word processing program and print a copy, or just download from the media gallery by the title Lesson Plans for Dr. Seuss Books: Horton Hatches the Egg.

Kids find the flash card with the correct fill-in-the-blank word and write the words on the sheet. The word bank can also be printed out and used instead of the flashcards. To extend this activity and reinforce learning, read the sentences out loud.

  1. Maysie is a ________.
  2. Horton sat on the nest and hatched the _______.
  3. Maysie went on a _______ instead of coming back to her egg.
  4. Horton is an _______.
  5. The egg was in a _______.
  6. Horton rode the ship across the ______.
  7. The hunters put Horton in a _______.

Word bank: bird, egg, vacation, elephant, nest, sea, circus

Reading Comprehension Activity

Read the story of Horton aloud to refresh children’s memories. Talk about his faithfulness and integrity, and contrast his behavior with Maysie’s irresponsibility.

Copy and print the worksheet below, or download from the media gallery. This activity is a good assessment of the child’s comprehension of the lesson, because they need to use remembered information to complete the task.

Use the list of words. Circle the words that describe Maysie in red, and the words that describe Horton in blue.

  1. Faithful
  2. Honest
  3. Dishonest
  4. Lazy
  5. Responsible
  6. Keeps promises
  7. Mean
  8. Kind

Helping children with homework is easy with resources like these. Use one or all of these fun projects to help your children understand and enjoy the book.

Reading List

Reading books aloud is an excellent way to encourage literacy and vocabulary development in early readers. Here are two additional books on the theme of keeping promises:

A Promise is a Promise, Robert Munsch

Arthur’s Promise, Marc Brown

Image Credits

Image credit: Dr. Seuss Cartoon by Greg Williams under CC BY SA 2.5


  • Author’s classroom experience