Introduction: Much loved author and illustrator, Theodore Geisel, is Springfield, Massachusett's literary "father" for both children and, also, for those of us who value Geisel's wonderfully witty and creative abilities to play with the English language. Clearly, though his words are playful, Dr. Seuss' messages are timeless. In other words, for many of us in Springfield, it is Dr. Seuss--and the museums located on the green of Main Street--not the Basketball Hall of Fame or the Armory, that really captures the best of Springfield's spirit.
This is a wonderful pre-field trip lesson plan using Dr. Seuss' If IRan the Zoo that includes an Activator, Mini Lesson, Activity, and a Summarizer, as well as an overarching English Language Arts Core Standard for second grade, although this is highly adaptable for grades pre-k through 4th. Using the lens of Dr. Seuss as a way of exploring Springfield is an opportunity to learn about the man behind the legend, as well as engage your students in some of the best Springfield has to offer. This field trip guide is one of those clear connections between content and activity that also just so happens to be a lot of fun!