McElligot's Pool Activities

McElligot's Pool activites and lessons
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Find a fun activities and vocabulary lessons and puzzles to go with the great Dr. Seuss classic "McElligot's Pool". Below you will find lesson ideas, vocabulary, some puzzles and more.

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  • Aquatic Environments Grades Various
    The initial setting of this story is a pond. Throughout the book, a number of additional aquatic environments are introduced. This makes the book an excellent resource to launch a study on various aquatic elements. Here are some possible topics:
    • Where does your water come from? Research your local water supply.
    • Research the water cycle.
    • Research the difference between salt & fresh water environments.
    • Research various salt & fresh water creatures.
    • Research various aquatic ecosystems: rivers, ponds, tropical ocean, Arctic oceans, etc.
    • Have students create their own artwork/drawings of the creatures from the book.
    • Examine various “play on words” aquatic creatures: sea horse, hammerhead, etc.
    • Using a large wall/online map to locate and mark all of the various locations mentioned in the book.
  • Story Vocabulary Grades Various
    Rhyming vocabulary words from McElligot's Pool. Click to download, then print and use them in a variety of ways (or you can download just the list of all the McElligot's Pool vocab words).
    McElligot's Pool Vocab 1McElligot's Pool Vocab 2McElligot's Pool Vocab 3McElligot's Pool Vocab 4
    Here are a few ideas:
    • Provide a collection of the words and have students write their own story or poem.
    • Match the rhyming words
    • Sort/match synonyms and antonyms
    • Sort by nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.
    • Sort by long vowel sounds
    • Sort by short vowel sounds
    • Sort by the base word – what has been added or what can be added to them (-ing,- ed, etc.)
    • Sort by tenses
    • Sort the nonsense words
  • Vocabulary Puzzles Grades Various
    McElligot's Pool Word SearchMcElligot's Pool Word Scramble
    Using the words in the vocab McElligot's Pool printables above, we created a word list for our puzzle makers. You can very quickly make a McElligot's Pool Word Search or McElligot's Pool Word Scramble. Make a puzzle in seconds by sliding down and clicking the generate button, or make these more fun by adding your own words (i.e. student or teacher names).

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