- Pre-Reading Vocabulary Practice
- Read the Poem
- Clarify Meanings of Made Up Words
- Word Meanings through Context Clues
- Comprehension Check
- Just For Fun
Pre-Reading Vocabulary Practice:
Use a Dictionary to define the following words in your journals:
- Zipped Up
Read the Poem:
Click the link below to read the poem.
Clarify Meanings of Made Up Words:
Dr. Seuss often made up words to create the silly rhymes of his poetry. Use context clues to determine the definitions of these crazy words. Write your answers in your journals
- Star-Belly Sneetches
- Plain-Belly Sneetches
- Star-Off Machine
Word Meanings through Context Clues:
Fill in the blanks with one of the words from the Word Bank. Copy sentences with the correct word into your journals.
a) Peculiar b) Clambered
c) Wondrous d) Contraption
- McBean showed the Sneetches a machine that could put on stars. It was just the right _____.
- This machine made strange noises and looked quite odd. It was certainly ________.
- McBean told the Sneetches to climb on in. So they _______ into the machine.
- The Sneetches thought that machine was fantastic. It was a _________ machine.
Write your answers in your journals.
- Which Sneetches think they are the best?
- At the end of the poem, which Sneetches decide they are the best?
- Why does McBean tell the Star-Belly Sneetches that stars are no longer in style?
- Is McBean correct when he says, “You can’t teach a Sneetch”?
- What do you think is the moral of the story?
Just For Fun:
When finished with the Comprehension Check, feel free to check out one of the following videos!