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Doctor De Soto Activities and Lesson Plans

Teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Doctor De Soto will love this post. It resource recommendations, as well as information about the book. For example, it includes the summary, reading levels, genre, and number of pages.

With themes of empathy and problem solving, this Doctor De Soto picture book by William Steig is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. This read aloud will be a big hit in your classroom too!

Engage Your Students with Doctor De Soto Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Doctor De Soto.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Doctor De Soto reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

DOCTOR DE SOTO SUMMARY

In the beginning of the story, we meet Doctor De Soto, a very good dentist who is also a mouse. His wife, Mrs. De Soto, is his trusted assistant. Together, they make a great team! All animals come to get treated, big and small, that is- except for cats and other dangerous creatures.

 

One day, a fox in writhing pain comes, and the De Soto’s take pity on him. As they get ready to pull out his tooth, they hear him whisper that he plans to eat them. As he needs a new tooth to be put in the following day, Dr. and Mrs. De Soto quickly form a plan that night. 

 

In the morning, the fox comes promptly to get his new tooth. Once it is put in, Dr. De Soto puts a glue gloss over it to keep his mouth shut. Stunned, the fox did not know what to do, as his plan to eat them was foiled. Dr. De Soto and his wife had outfoxed the fox!

DOCTOR DE SOTO LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Doctor De Soto, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Doctor De Soto reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • retell
  • analyze character
  • author’s purpose
  • ask and answer questions

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • empathy
  • problem solving

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • contractions
  • quotation marks
  • suffixes

DOCTOR DE SOTO ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
Doctor De Soto book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Doctor De Soto?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD560L
  • Guided Reading Level: N
  • DRA Level: 28 – 30
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3.3

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by William Steig.

What genre is Doctor De Soto?

It is a comedy and humor book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 32 pages long.

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