Harper Collins Children's Books Presents

"One of my fondest childhood memories is lying on my dad's chest as he read Dr. Seuss stories to me. He was the author I asked for at bedtime as a young child again and again. Seuss's books are unique, full of magic and wonder. They read like dreams come to life, and would make my imagination soar as I drifted off to sleep. 'The Cat in the Hat' is the masterpiece. It's funny, strange and utterly unforgettable." David Walliams

Is the Cat in the Hat going to visit your school?

Creative writing competition - Now Closed

The Dr. Seuss Creative writing competition is now closed. Thank you for entering your class' work. We're absolutely blown away by your creativity! Unfortunately, there could only be one winner, and that was Brent Knoll Primary School with their wonderful short story called Silly School Day. Well done everybody!

We’ve got loads of lesson plans to help you and your class learn all about Dr. Seuss and his wonderful characters. There’s also a lesson plan dedicated to helping your class create their own Seussian style story if you'd like to try it out!

– Shared Reading– Spelling– Sequencing– Debate– Drama And more…

 

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Lesson Plans

The Cat in the Hat Competition Lesson Plan

The Cat in the Hat Competition Lesson Plan

  • Shared reading: share and enjoy the story
  • Discussion: discuss the events and characters
  • Planning: support children to devise word banks, themes and ideas
  • Creative writing: children write part of a class story ready to enter the competition
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The Cat in the Hat - Key Stage 1 (Year 1)

The Cat in the Hat - Key Stage 1 (Year 1)

  • Shared reading: children are encouraged to participate in the reading and link their own experiences to the theme
  • Role play and word reading: use the story to create a role play area with speech bubbles to encourage use of dialogue
  • Spelling: use nouns from the story to explore plural endings –s and –es
  • Creative writing: support children to write their own versions of the story
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Fox in Socks – Key Stage 1 (Year 1)

Fox in Socks – Key Stage 1 (Year 1)

  • Shared reading: enjoy discussing the story with children and attempting the tongue twisters
  • Individual/paired reading: children re-read sections of the story with a partner practicing reading slowly to read the tongue twisters accurately
  • Spelling: children explore spelling alternatives for common phonemes
  • Creative writing: support children to create their own tongue twisters
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Green Eggs and Ham – Key Stage 1 (Year 1)

Green Eggs and Ham – Key Stage 1 (Year 1)

  • Shared reading: explore the story, enjoying the rhymes and relating the content to the children’s own experiences
  • Group reading games: play a word/sentence bingo game and a rhyming word game
  • Sentence writing: support children to write sentences based on models from the text
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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – Key Stage 1 (Year 1)

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – Key Stage 1 (Year 1)

  • Shared reading: enjoy reading and discussing the story together
  • Creative writing: substitute words from the text to develop your own verses
  • Planning and writing directions: draw and hide pictures inspired by the text, then create directions to help others find them
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Key Stage 1 (Year 2)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Key Stage 1 (Year 2)

  • Shared reading: read the story together then ask children to retell it around a circle
  • Paired reading: children re-read and discuss reasons for events in the story, then formulate their own questions
  • Sequencing: discuss and sequence key events from the story
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Horton Hears a Who! – Key Stage 1 (Year 2)

Horton Hears a Who! – Key Stage 1 (Year 2)

  • Shared reading: read and discuss the story, using your voice to emphasise rhyming patterns
  • Theme discussion: hold a class discussion on the theme of kindness
  • Poster about including others: children create posters to encourage kindness
  • Individual writing a diary entry: children write the story as a diary entry from Horton’s point of view
  • Spelling investigation: children investigate the /air/ sound spelling alternatives (air, ere, are, ear)
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Oh, The Places You’ll Go! – Key Stage 2 (Year 3)

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! – Key Stage 2 (Year 3)

  • Shared reading: explore themes and sub-themes in the story
  • Paired reading: children prepare a reading of the book for an audience
  • Creative writing: children write their own page for the book
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The Lorax – Key Stage 2 (Year 3)

The Lorax – Key Stage 2 (Year 3)

  • Shared reading: share the story, discussing themes and cause and effect
  • Theme discussion: children think about conservation, the environment and people’s values
  • Drama: children work in groups to re-enact the story
  • Word investigation: children investigate and extract rhyming words
  • Debate: children explore the characters’ viewpoints through debate
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