Literature Connection:

The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

Mathematical Strand:

Measurement, Data Analysis


Students will use estimation and measurement skills to make predictions and solve problems about length. Students will also analyze data presented to calculate ratios and percents.

Grade Level:


Lesson Created by:

Jean Johnson, Fort Riley Middle School, Fort Riley, KS

LESSON Description


  • The Foot Book, by Dr. Seuss. Each student will need a copy of the book, or a copy of the text, written in poem form (see attachment).

1. Launching the Lesson (engage):

  1. Our team celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday each year, and find that 6th grade middle school students continue to enjoy Dr. Seuss.

2. Developing the Lesson:

  1. Read The Foot Book, by Dr. Seuss. (I like to ham it up! I usually borrow my daughter’s "Cat in the Hat" slippers and hat to wear while I read.)

3) Closure/Discussion/Elaboration:

  1. Present each student with a printed copy of the text of the book (see attachment).
  1. Present/discuss the following topics:
    How many inches in a foot?
  2. How long is your foot, measured in inches (estimated and actual)?
  3. What is the total length of both of your feet?
  4. How many words are in the book?
  5. How many times does the word "foot" appear?
  6. What percent of the words in the book is "foot"?
  7. What is the ratio of the word "foot" to the total words?
  8. How many times does the word "feet" appear in the book?
  9. What is the ratio of "feet" to total words?
  10. What is the ratio of "foot" to "feet"?
  11. If each "foot" has 4 toes, how many toes are there?
  12. There are 27 pages in the book. What is the average number of times the word "foot" appears on each page?
  13. Have students write a story problem pertaining to the book. Have them include their solution and strategy.


The Foot Book

by Dr. Seuss

Left foot, left foot

Right foot, right

Feet in the morning

Feet at night.

Left foot,

Left foot,

Left foot,


Wet foot, dry foot

Low foot, high foot

Front feet, back feet

Red feet, black feet

Left foot, right foot

Feet, feet, feet

How many, many feet you meet.

Slow feet, quick feet.

Trick feet, sick feet

Up feet, down feet

Here come the clown feet.

Small feet, big feet

Here come the pig feet.

His feet, her feet

Fuzzy fur feet

In the house and on the street,

How many, many feet you meet.

Up in the air feet

Over a chair feet

More and more feet

Twenty-four feet.

Here come more and more..................................and more feet!

Left foot. Right foot.

Feet. Feet. Feet.

Oh how many feet you meet.

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