25 February 2009

Teaching character with Dr. Seuss

We've begun a theme unit on Dr. Seuss in preparation of his birthday next week on March 2nd. In addition to being a lot of fun and fairly accessible new readers, many of Dr. Seuss' books lend themselves very nicely to teaching various character traits. Here's a list that I came up with:

  • The Cat in the Hat: honesty, responsibility, obedience
  • The Lorax: care for the earth/stewardship
  • Bartholomew and the Oobleck: contentment
  • The Sneetches: not judging based on appearances/looking at the inner qualities of a person
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas: anti-materialism/contentment
  • The Butter Battle Book: getting along with others
  • Horton Hatches the Egg: patience, commitment, value of life
  • Horton Hears a Who!: compassion, protecting the powerless
  • Green Eggs and Ham: trying new things, leaving your comfort zone
  • Yertle the Turtle: humility and compassion in leadership

What other life lessons has Dr. Seuss taught you?

Teaching values, improving reading skills and having fun at the same time works for me!

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