Good Deeds

Brittany Zae

This lesson is designed to help students explore the importance of being kind and doing good deeds for others, by understanding that “A Person’s a Person No Matter How Small.”

Grade Level: 2nd Grade

Subject: English/Language Arts

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes

Common Core Alignment

CCSS: ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.2 - Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

Objectives & Outcomes

Students will be able to describe their good deeds through drawing a picture and writing about what they have done.

Materials Needed

  • paper
  • worksheet
  • bulletin board
  • butcher paper
  • scissors
  • Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss


Opening to Lesson

The teacher will preface the lesson with a discussion on the importance of Dr. Seuss. The teacher will ask the students for the names of their favorite Dr. Seuss books. The teacher will ask the students if they notice anything about what the books have in common.

Body of Lesson

Direct Teaching

The teacher will have students gather on the rug to listen to a “read aloud” of Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss. The teacher will prompt the students to put their listening ears on. Throughout the story the teacher will prompt the students to participate in the reading by having them complete each line with the correct rhyming word.

Guided Practice 1

After the story is read the teacher will lead a discussion on the lesson of the story with the students that, “a person’s a person no matter how small.” Some questions that will be asked are: What did Horton do that was so important? How do you think it made the Who’s feel that Horton cared so much? What would have happened to the Who’s if Horton didn’t protect them? What was the lesson of this story? What does, “ a person’s a person no matter how small” mean? Have you ever done a good deed for someone else? How did it make them feel? How did it make you feel? The teacher will get various responses from students.

Independent Practice

The teacher will have the students return to their desks. The teacher will then explain that the students will be making a clover. The students will be drawing a picture of a nice thing that they did for someone else. On the lines provided, the students will write one sentence that says what they did and another sentence that describes how it made them feel.


Have students present their clovers to the class or in pairs.

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Assessment & Evaluation

Through guided questions, close monitoring and informal observation; the teacher will be able to assess student’s ability and understanding of the subject being introduced. Through individually assessing during independent practice and reviewing during guided practice the teacher will be able to evaluate students.

Modification & Differentiation

Students may work in groups or individually in order to complete their assignments. In order to accommodate for all students, allow extra time to review for lower students and extra worksheets to occupy the time of advanced students.

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