Lesson Plan

Dr. Seuss Day Art Project

Students experience the brilliance of Dr. Seuss through listening to his books and learning about art through his characters
Jessica M.
Classroom teacher
Hite Saunders Elementary School
Huntington, WV
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects Arts
Objectives

Students will be able to...

...create a Dr. Seuss inspired character

...illustrate a single page from their own Dr. Seuss inspired book

...demonstrate the correct use of the English language through grammar and spelling

Subjects
English Language Arts
literature
reading
writing
Arts
design
drawing
Grades 5
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook: Read a Book

Activity: Reading

Teacher reads aloud a Dr. Seuss book of his/her choice. Place the book under an ELMO and project the book onto a SMARTboard if available.

Student Instructions

Students will listen as the teacher reads a Dr. Seuss book of his/her choice.

2 Direct Instruction: Critique

Activity: Conversing

Tell students that giving a critique of someone's art means that you are looking at the art and giving feedback on all the aspects that you can see and how all the aspects relate to each other. Have students critique how each picture relates to the storyline of each page. What aspects are great? What aspects need work? What do you think of the characters? What do you think of the book overall?

Student Instructions

Look at the book. Can you give me a critique of the pages and how they connect us to the story? A critique means that we are giving the artist/author feedback about how the pictures look and how they relate to the story as we read it. What parts of artwork do you think are great? What parts of artwork do you think need work? What do you think of the characters? What do you think of the book overall?

3 Guided Practice: Drawing Cartoons

Introduce the Drawing Cartoons app. Show the students all the features that come free on the app and how they can help them plan or create a new character for their own storyline.

Student Instructions

Please watch as I introduce you to a new app. This app is called Drawing Cartoons. It allows you to explore and design new cartoon characters with help from the many features that it offers.

4 Independent Practice: Drawing Cartoons

Allow students who wish to create a character using the Drawing Cartoons App to get an iPad/Tablet and start exploring the app and creating new characters.

Student Instructions

The app I have just shown you has been downloaded to all the iPads on the cart. Please get an iPad and explore the app for yourself. What do you like about the app? Just a reminder, your character should be school appropriate. Please abide by this rule, or you will lose access to the iPads and your right to continue working on a digital design for your character. If you do not wish to use Drawing Cartoons to create your own character and would rather work by hand, please explore the app before you begin drawing by hand.

5 Wrap Up: Day Count and Product Display

Activity: Creating

You will assist the students while they explore the Drawing Cartoons App and begin to work on their own digital or hand-drawn characters. Explain to all the students that they will not only be creating the character/characters and setting, but they will also be building the plot through their depiction. They must also include the text that they would envision being on this page within their own book. Quickly, mention that students will be working on this over the course of one week, and all products should reflect thought, concentration, and neatness. Student products will then be displayed throughout the hallway of the school for a reading/art display in the following month.

Student Instructions

Please explore the Drawing Cartoons App and begin to work on your own digital or hand-drawn characters. you will not only be creating the character/characters and setting, but you will also be building the plot through your depiction. You must also include the text that you would envision on this page within your own book. You will be working on this over the course of one week, and all products should reflect thought, concentration, and neatness. Your final products will then be displayed throughout the hallway of the school for a reading/art display in the following month.