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Teaching Short-Vowel Discrimination Using Dr. Seuss Rhymes

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Teaching Short-Vowel Discrimination Using Dr. Seuss Rhymes

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three consecutive 30- to 35-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Sarah Dennis-Shaw

Avon, Massachusetts


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology





  • Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss (Random House, 1963)

  • Sentence strips and pocket chart

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1. Before beginning the lesson, print out or copy a class set of the Pup in Cup worksheet.

2. Using a photocopier, enlarge each section of the Pup in Cup worksheet and copy onto paper. There should be a total of four pages–one for each section of the worksheet.

3. Using the enlarged sections, cut out the pictures for Pup in Cup (color them if you wish) and copy the sentences onto sentence strips. Also copy the sentences from Hop on Pop from pages 4 and 40-41. The following sentences should be written on sentence strips when you're finished:
  • Pup is up.

  • Pup in cup.

  • Pup on cup.

  • Cup on pup.

  • Cup on cup.

  • We like to hop.

  • We like to hop on top of Pop.

  • Stop, you must not hop on Pop.

4. Copy enough picture sort worksheets for small groups of 3-4 students.

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