LIFE LESSONS From DR. SEUSS: Kindness in the K-5 Classroom


[semester equivalent = 2.00 credits]



Lawrence Rzeznik



Dr. Seuss used his literature to deliver valuable life lessons such as being yourself, accepting others as they are, use of imagination and reflection, outlooks on success, treating others respectfully, spirituality, changing points of view, facing adversity, not bragging, as well as many other life concepts. Throughout this course participants will look for the deeper meaning which can be found in the works of one of the most popular children╩╝s authors. Elementary teachers can use this  course to support their efforts for character education, developing an attitude for service and kindness to others. Participants will compile lists of Dr Seuss books and videos and will create lessons that enhance social and emotional learning in the classroom.

Text: Building Character in Schools: Practical Ways to Bring Moral Instruction to Life by Kevin Ryan and Karen Bohlin, costs range from $6-$26 depending on your choice of text.





LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

1. Have compiled a list of Dr. Seuss books and videos and identified which life lessons/concepts each demonstrates.
2. Understand and be able to communicate to students how these stories translate into life lessons in their own lives.
3. Have created usable lesson plans from the Dr. Seuss material included in this course.
4. Have researched other texts and movies/videos for content that can be used in the classroom and create useable lesson plans with them.
5. Have created hands-on activities that can be used across curriculum.

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.

Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



You may use either of the texts listed: Building Character in Schools: Practical Ways to Bring Moral Instruction to Life by Kevin Ryan and Karen Bohlin, 1999. Available from, buy new $20.47 or used from $5.00 (with S/H).
Character Under Attack: & What You Can Do About It by Carl Sommer, 2005, 95 pages. Available from, buy new $12.95 or used from $4.00 (with S/H).
*Required Stories for Assignment #3: Found in most libraries The Cat in the Hat Comes Back Fox in Socks Gerald McBoing Boing Gertrude McFuzz Green Eggs and Ham The Grinch Grinches The Cat in the Hat Horton Hears a Who! How The Grinch Stole Christmas Hunches in Bunches If I Ran The Zoo The Lorax Maybe You Should Fly A Jet! Oh, The Places You’ll Go Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You? Sneeches What Was I Scared OF? Yertle The Turtle The Zax *Other stories may be substituted with instructor permission.

  • Building Character in Schools: Practical Ways to Bring Moral Instruction to Life by Ryan Kevin Bohlin Karen E. (1998-10-21) Hardcover
    by Ryan Kevin Bohlin Karen E.

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None beyond text costs.


Lawrence Rzeznik, M.S.B.S.

Larry received his degrees in Biology and Education from S.U.N.Y. Geneseo. He has been a high school science teacher for since 1999. He was an adjunct biology and chemistry instructor for nursing colleges for one year.

Larry created curriculum for animal behavior, environmental biology, general biology, and forensics science courses. He is currently involved in creating various professional development courses, as well, as participating in graduate courses to stay up to date on current topics.


LIFE LESSONS From DR. SEUSS: Kindness in the K-5 Classroom

Ryan, Kevin & Bohlin, Karen. Building Character in Schools: Practical Ways to Bring Moral Instruction to Life; San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999 or 2003 Edition, 304 pages.
For those willing to take up the task of teaching ethics, the book provides a practical blueprint for teachers, schools and parents.

Sommer, Carl. Character Under Attack: & What You Can Do About It, Houston, TX: Advance Pub, 2005, 1st Ed, 112 pages or 2006 expanded edition.
In a nation that has drifted far from its core moral system, Carl Sommer’s hard-hitting expose reveals the underlying causes and offers common-sense solutions for improving America’s education and moral climate.