Celebrate Reading With Dr. Seuss
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss's birthday are great reasons to celebrate reading. In the primary grades, we are all learning to read and love Dr. Seuss's colorful, wacky rhymes and imaginative illustrations. I have compiled tons of great articles, resources, and ideas to help you celebrate Dr. Seuss and reading. Go grab a book and join my class as we celebrate reading and Dr. Seuss all week long.
I love Dr. Seuss! Even though many classrooms celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday for one day (March 2 is Read Across America and Dr. Seuss's official birthday), I love to spread the activities out over a week. This gives me the opportunity to read a variety of books to my class, including Dr. Seuss's biography; gives students time to work on their book shares; and allows time for special visitors to come and read to us. At the end of the week, we eat green eggs and ham and watch a Dr. Seuss video.
The Read Across America site is full of games, printables, and ideas to make your event fun and fantastic. Seussville has online activities, games, and cool printables that kids can do in class or at home.
Check out this cute mini-unit on Dr. Seuss from Scholastic and activities for a few favorite Dr. Seuss titles. Discover other wonderful resources and lesson plans from Scholastic, and check out the Virtual Vine for even more links, activities, and lesson plans. 2 Teaching Mommies also has some cute ideas and a couple of free, high-quality printables appropriate for kindergartners or 1st graders.
Dr. Seuss Crafts & Games
The Cat in the Hat
The cute Cat in the Hat craft pictured at the left came from Teaching Two.
- The kids painted the back of a paper plate black.
- While those were drying, we worked on the hats. They used red construction paper to make a red and white pattern.
- On tag board white paper, I cut out circles to use as the cat’s face. To make the face, they used pom-poms for the nose, pipe cleaners for the whiskers, and googly eyes, which they glued to the paper plate. I stapled the hat to the paper plate and then the kids added triangle ears.
Pass the Hat
Pass the Hat is an in-class game from KC Parent. Have everyone sit in a circle and give one person a hat. While music is playing, pass the hat to the person to your right. They must put it on, and then pass it to the person on their right. This continues until the music stops. When that happens, the person with the hat is out of the game. Continue until one person remains.
I love to make Oobleck as a connection to Bartholomew and the Oobleck. Beware! Oobleck gets all over everything, just as in the story, so conduct this experiment outside and have a bucket of water ready to help you clean up. The best way to dispose of Oobleck is to throw it in the trash. If you pour it down your drain, you will clog it.
After it's made, I give the kids lots of time to explore it and touch it. We make a list of its properties and then discuss the properties that it has in common with water, which we know to be a liquid, and the ones it has in common with a solid, like ice. I will usually put some in a baggie for the kids to take home to show their parents. AIMS has a great worksheet about colloids for their experiment with a material called "Goo Yuck," which is the same as Oobleck.
Here is the recipe for Oobleck:
- 1 1/2 c. corn starch
- 1 c. water
- Green food coloring
Mix the ingredients together and allow children to play with the mixture. When "pushed" together, the mixture will appear dry and solid; as children let go of the mixture, it flows like a smooth liquid. Science Cafe has a cool explanation for what Oobleck is and a fun video of people running across a pool of it.
Dr. Seuss Graphing Exercise
We also graphed our favorite books and completed a math and language arts worksheet called "Our Favorite Dr. Seuss Books!" This activity can be modified by changing the math problems to make it easier or harder. My version is geared for 2nd grade and covers range, mode, word problems, rhyming, and summarizing.
The Cat in the Hat & Thing One and Thing Two
Another cute, easy craft for The Cat in the Hat involves making the cat and Thing One and Thing Two out of pipe cleaners, pom-poms, and googly eyes. Full step by step directions with pictures are available at Craft Jr.
Well, I hope that you enjoyed celebrating with us and have found some fun projects to do with your kids in honor of Dr. Seuss. Join me next week as I post about how to get your kids ready for high stakes state testing!
Happy (belated) birthday, Dr. Seuss!