Dr. Seuss Inspired CVC Word Families Activity


Set up a cvc word family reading activity inspired by Dr. Seuss' The Lorax to help your beginning reader differentiate between letters and words. This activity encourages beginning readers to sort and read cvc words and you end up with a cute and colorful craft, too!  This cvc word families activity is adaptable to the whatever word list your reader is working on.  Enjoy this fun way to learn and play today! 

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Dr. Seuss Day, also known as Read Across America, is observed every year in early March.  This Dr. Seuss inspired cvc families activity is a great addition to a day or week of learning with other works written by Dr. Seuss.


Word families are a group of words that follow a letter specific pattern at the end of a word.  Grouping similar sounding words can be a big help when teaching reading and spelling.  For this activity, I focused on simple cvc word families ending in -at, -in, and -og.  However, this is easily adaptable to any word list.

Materials needed:
To set up your activity, you'll need to do a little bit of prep work.


Begin by cutting out your Truffula Trees "puffs."  I chose purple, yellow, and red construction paper.  

Cut a circle from each color; to make the jagged edges cut triangles around the circles.  

For the trunks of the Truffula Trees I chose two colors for each tree and cut up several small rectangles, so that Little Sis could work on patterning skills, too!

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On each Truffula Tree puff I wrote a word family ending.

On the rectangles that make up the trunk, I wrote a word from that word family.

Alternatively, for beginning readers you could write a letter on the stem and have your child see if that letter plus the word family makes a real word.  If so, glue the letter under the Truffula Tree to create the trunk.

Dr. Seuss cvc word families reading activity


Begin this Dr.Seuss Inspired CVC Word Families Activity by choosing a word and adding it to the correct tree "puff."

Glue the words underneath the Truffula Tree puff to create the trunk.

Once the words have been sorted out, work with your child to read each one!

Dr. Seuss word families reading activity
Hope you enjoy this fun and colorful way to explore word families with this fun cvc word families activity inspired by Dr. Seuss's The Lorax!

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