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The Sneetches is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss stories. It tells the tale of prejudice and acceptance. Grab our free The Sneetches activities and printables and enjoy learning a variety of lessons with Dr. Seuss.
The Sneetches Activities and Printables
The Sneetches printable pack includes these activities.
Social Studies Activities
Human Relationships- Prejudice
Discuss prejudice with your student. The star is a symbol of superiority. It’s so silly to judge people by their outward appearance!
What does the Bible say about this? Read I Samuel 16:7. Does God judge by the outward appearance? How should we decide whether or not we want to be friends with someone? Based on their looks? Based on whether or not they have nice things?
You might also want to discuss materialism and the temptation to think that someone else has it better because they have something you do not. What really matters is NOT what we have, but who we are.
Create some of the rhyming flap books with your student. Use the books to practice reading and rhyming.
If you have the ability and the time of year is right, have a bonfire complete with hotdogs and marshmallows to roast. Be sure to invite some friends or neighbors over to enjoy it (even if they don’t have stars on their bellies!).
The Sneetches were sorted into two groups. Teach your child how to sort and classify using the food cards provided in the file. How many different ways can they be sorted? (healthy/unhealthy, food groups, food I like vs. food I don’t like, etc.)
What other items can you find to sort? Think of various ways to sort them (color, size, shape, etc.)
Help your student solve the story problems. She may even want to write some of her own!
1. Sylvester McBean charged $3 to put a star on a belly. How much did he make if he put stars on 35 Sneetches?
2. Later, McBean charged $10 to take stars off bellies. How much did he make if he took off 45 stars?
3. How much did McBean make total?
Literacy and Writing Activities
Rhyming Flap Books
The Sneetches is told in rhyme. Discuss rhyme with your student and create the books.
Reading: Star Smash!
Laminate the stars and cut out using the lines as your guides. Write words, letters, or blends (depending on your student’s ability) on each star with a dry-erase marker. Place the cards on the table (face up) with some shaving cream under each card. Point to a card. If your student can read the word (or sound out the letter or blend), he gets to SMASH the star! He should hit it (hard) and let the shaving cream fly! FUN!
Ask your older student to copy this passage of wisdom from the book:
But McBean was quite wrong. I’m quite happy to say
That the Sneetches got really quite smart on that day,
The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches
And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches.
Read and discuss You are Special by Max Lucado. How is God like the woodcarver? How are we like Punchinello? How does this book remind your student of The Sneetches?
The Sneetches and Other Stories
The book includes other stories about acceptance. Read them together and discuss this unifying theme.
The Sneetches Word Find
Boost visual discrimination skills as you find the words from the story. If you want to use this as a spelling activity, have your student say the letters aloud (in order) as he finds them.
How to Get Started with Your The Sneetches Printables
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- Buy or borrow The Sneetches and Other Stories.
- Choose and prepare the The Sneetches printables you want to use with your student.
- Enjoy a week of reading and learning with The Sneetches!
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