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Identifying Sequence of Events Using Dr. Seuss' Bartholomew and the Oobleck

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Author:Kristie Williams
System: Cullman County
School: Holly Pond Elementary School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 9506


Identifying Sequence of Events Using Dr. Seuss' Bartholomew and the Oobleck


After listening to a reading of Dr. Seuss' Bartholomew and the Oobleck, students use graphic organizers and comic strips to practice sequencing. In a fun activity, small groups follow directions to make oobleck.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 6-8
5 ) Use basic features of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software.

Examples: word processing—reports, letters, brochures

-  spreadsheets—discovering patterns, tracking spending, creating budgets

-  databases—contact list of addresses and telephone numbers

-  presentation software—slideshow

Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 6-8
6 ) Select specific digital tools for completing curriculum-related tasks.

Examples: spreadsheet for budgets, word processing software for essays, probes for data collection

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
3 ) Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution. [RL.6.3]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
35 ) Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information. [SL.6.5]

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will listen as the teacher reads the book, Bartholomew and the Oobleck. Students will list the sequence of events using a graphic organizer. Students will work in small groups to read and follow a recipe to make "oobleck." Students will create comic strips to retell the story using computer software.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

Students will demonstrate effective listening skills.

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

61 to 90 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Bartholomew and the Oobleck, by Dr. Seuss; sequencing graphic organizer from Makes Sense Strategies (see attached); "oobleck" recipe and ingredients(water, corn starch, green food coloring), overhead projector, mixing bowls, measuring cups, Ziplock bags, comic strips

Technology Resources Needed:

computer; word processing program with graphics such as Print Shop, Print Master, or Microsoft Word; printer


Review key words used when sequencing events (first, next, then, last, etc.)

1.)Brainstorm with the students about the times it is important to be able to identify a sequence of events (following recipes, reporting news stories, making repairs, telling a joke, etc.)

2.)Read the book aloud. Periodically ask questions to check students' comprehension. Have students make predictions as the story progresses.

3.)Pass out the sequencing graphic organizer from Makes Sense Strategies to identify important events from the story and list them in order.
(Graphic Organizers)
Ordering information and free downloads

(Sequence Graphic Organizers)
Use this site as an additional resource to show the sequencing process by defining components.

5.)Display the recipe for "oobleck" on the overhead projector (or distribute copies for each child). Discuss the importance of reading and following directions in order.
(Jefferson Lab)
Science lesson plan for 6th graders using "oobleck," includes worksheets

6.)Divide students into small cooperative groups to follow the recipe and make "oobleck."

7.)Instruct students to use the graphic organizers they completed earlier to create a comic strip of events from the book. Students may use a word processor to create the comic strips adding graphics or hand-drawn illustrations. Students will work individually or in small groups to complete this activity. Students may also choose to use Comic Creator to design their illustrations.

8.)Allow students time to share their comic strips with each other.

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Assessment Strategies

Students will complete the graphic organizer with 100% accuracy. Students will successfully read and follow the recipe to make "oobleck." Students will complete their comic strips following the sequence listed in their graphic organizers.


This lesson could be used in a science lesson about states of matter. (Is "oobleck" a solid or liquid?) Because a recipe is used, this lesson could also be used as part of measurement and/or fractions lesson in math. Advanced students could design their own comic strips that could be cut apart and used to help struggling students put events in sequence.


Students could be given frames of comic strips from the newspaper that have been cut apart. Students will put them in the correct order based on the events.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.