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#2820. Taking Care of Whoville

Reading/Writing, level: Kindergarten
Posted Thu Feb 27 13:41:57 PST 2003 by Nancy Roberts (nthomasroberts@attbi.com).
Falling Creek Elementary, Chesterfield County, USA
Materials Required: Pipecleaner/ pink cottonball/ tiny puffball?/papercup per student. Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
Activity Time: Thirty minutes
Concepts Taught: Reinforce listening skills, comprehension, retelling, brainstorming solutions, extending, writing.

This is a very simple lesson that encourages higher level thinking and gives fun purpose to writing.
Begin by reading Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss.
Encourage students to retell specific events that put Whoville in danger. Together, review the efforts Horton made to protect Whoville. This can become a very good social studies lesson that reinforces social responsibility.
Then we make our own Whovilles. Just stick the end of half of a pipecleaner into glue and shove into a pink cottonball. I like to add a dot of some kind (Whoville)to the cottonball. It can be a tiny puffball or just a dot from a marker. Then we place our Whovilles in small paper cups at our tables.
This is when we begin to brainstorm the ways we will protect our Whovilles from any danger. You can write whole group or individually. You could make a big book of instructions on how to take care of Whoville.