Gerald McBoing-Boing

Media Item

Bibliographic Information: Geisel, Theodor Seuss. Gerald McBoing-Boing. 1950.

Plot Description:
When Gerald McBoing-Boing began to speak, he didn’t use words, but sound effects. His parents didn’t know what to do; the doctor couldn’t cure him. He couldn’t make friends; the school couldn’t teach him. A radio program hired him to make all the sound effects they needed. His parents were proud that he found his niche.

Quantitative Reading Level: Accelerated Reader: 3.5

Qualitative Reading Analysis:
This video is presented in third-person, focusing on Gerald’s troubles from being different. It teaches that everyone has a specialty, if only they can find it. The media is 3rd grade level.

Content Area: English

Content Area Standard:

  • CCSS for Literature for K-5: #1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers; #4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language; #7 Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story; #10 Read and comprehend literature in grade level text complexity range.
  • CCSS for Informational Text for K-5: #2 Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea; #4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area; #7 Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
  • CCSS for Foundational Skills for K-5:  #3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words both in isolation and in text; #4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

Curriculum suggestions:
This is a great short video to use in English Language Arts Curriculum. It is best suited to 1st grade through 3rd grade. It explores themes of acceptance.

Supporting Digital Content:

Note: This is the only Dr. Seuss story that was not published as a book first. Gerald’s tale was first a radio reading.


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