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5 Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday

Andrea Spillett shares her class activities on Dr. Seuss's birthday.

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2

One of the many traditions at my school is for the student body and faculty to wear pajamas on Dr. Seuss' Birthday, March 2. Once we're comfy, here is how we celebrate the day:

1. Our city librarian comes in and reads a story to the students. Each student receives an application for a library card.

2. Share time: Students bring in their favorite book, share what the title is and explain why they find that book interesting.

3. Dr. Seuss birthday centers: First we read Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, then I split the class in half, having each group spend a half hour at one of two stations, then switching.

At station 1, half the class makes green eggs in a skillet! (Parents supply the orange juice and donut holes.)

At station 2, half the class makes ____ I am! books.

Here is the text to the book. Put the text at the bottom of a sheet of paper, leaving room at the top for students' drawings.

  • __________ I am. (Students write in their own name on the blank line.) Today I ate green eggs and ham!
  • I can eat them in a _________. (Students write the word "box" on the blank line and draw a picture of a box at the top of the paper.
  • I can eat them with a ________. (Students write the word "fox" on the blank line and draw a picture of a fox.
  • I can eat them in a _________. (Students write the word "truck" on the blank line and draw a picture of a truck at the top of the paper.
  • I can eat them with a ________. (Students write the word "duck" on the blank line and draw a picture of a duck.
  • I can eat them in a _________. (Students write the word "boat" on the blank line and draw a picture of a boat at the top of the paper.
  • I can eat them with a ________. (Students write the word "goat" on the blank line and draw a picture of a goat.
  • I can eat them in a _________. (Students write the word "house" on the blank line and draw a picture of a house at the top of the paper.
  • I can eat them with a ________. (Students write the word "mouse" on the blank line and draw a picture of a mouse.
  • Did you like green eggs and ham? _____, I ______! (Students write "yes" or "no" on the blank line) (On the second blank line, students write "did" or "didn't").


4. We create a cover for the book: ____ I am (students write in their names)

5. Whole group activity: We make Cat in the Hat hats!

Materials needed:

  • 12- by 18-inch piece of white construction paper (one per student)
  • 12- by 3-inch pieces of red construction paper (4 per student)
  • 3- by 18-inch piece of white construction paper (one per student)
  • Pocket chart strips (one per student)
  • glue
  • staples/stapler


Step 1: Place the 12" by 18" piece of white construction vertically on the desk.

Step 2: Glue each piece of red construction paper horizontally to the white construction paper 2 inches apart from each other.

Step 3: Glue the 3" by 18" piece of white construction paper to the bottom of the other piece of white construction paper to make the brim.

Step 4: Staple vertically to the pocket chart strips and fit it around the student's head. Staple the ends so it fits the student's head.

6. Green Eggs Class Graph: Ask the students if they liked the green eggs or not. Tally the answers and then graph the results. Have a wonderful day celebrating the genius of Dr. Seuss' books!

  • Part of Collection:
  • Subjects:
    Charts and Graphs, Arts and Crafts, Literature, Literature Appreciation, Early Reading, Early Writing, Birthdays
  • Skills:
    Writing
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