Grade 3

Exploring States With Seuss

Empowered Learner
Dr Seuss

Overview

Seussville is the official home of Dr. Seuss on the Web. It is a free online place for children of all ages to play and learn with Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully whimsical books and classic characters. The website contains interactive games and activities that will enrich each child’s reading experience. The projects are endless.

The focus will be on social studies for this activity. Students will learn about famous landmarks and state facts in "Oh, The Places You Will Go!"

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to tell others about interesting facts about each state in the U.S.
  • Understand where each state is in the United States. 

Pre-planning

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Watch the video tutorial on how to use Seussville

  • Explore the Seussville game, "Oh, the Places You’ll Go!" by clicking on www.seussville.com, then clicking on GAMES at the top and then clicking on "OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!". (You may have to click through several games until you get to it.) Seussville

  • Seussville does need Flash enabled on the Internet browser you are using. If you click on the lock or letter (i) next to the URL, a message will open to BLOCK or ALLOW Flash. Click on ALLOW. Enable Flash

  • You will see that each game gives students verbal directions along with a tutorial.

  • Decide if you want to do the game whole group or not. This would be a great activity during a station rotation.  

  • Decide if you want students to create logins for the site. This is optional, but if you do, the site will save their activities in some places. The students will create a login and password. They do not need emails. 

  • To log in Click on the bottom right-hand corner and WHO. The website will ask the students to create a login and passcode. It is a good idea to talk about digital citizenship and passwords here. You can refer to this MiTech Kids lesson on passwords if needed.

  • Decide if you want to use the following Google Doc as an exit ticket for completion.

Note: Check out the Teacher Resource Page for tons of free printables  

Accommodations

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources. 

Steps

Directions for this activity:

  1. Have the students go to https://www.seussville.com.

  2. The students will click on GAMES, then choose "Oh, the Places You’ll Go!" game.

  3. While they are playing the game, they may complete the Google Doc as an exit ticket.

  4. The teacher can also have a map in the classroom and do a post-it note share out. Have students write a fact down and post the note on the correct state on the map.

Note: If you feel it necessary, the students can create their own login and password to keep track of their progress on the website. You will want to have the students write down their login and passwords and share them with you. 

Assessment Options

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Post it note share out.
  • Exit Ticket

MITECS Competencies & ISTE Standards

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Empowered Learner
1a. Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
1b. Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.
1c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
1d. Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.

Devices and Resources

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

FLASH is necessary for this website to function correctly. 

Websites:
Exit Ticket

Seussville

Seussville Video Tutorial

Teacher Resources

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

Integrated Arts

Students create their own Who. 

Math

Social Studies

  • Students will learn where each of the states is located in the United States. '
  • Students will learn fun facts about each state. 

Credits
This task card was created by Courtney Conley, Utica Community Schools, May 2019.