Let's Celebrate Dr. Seuss

By Jennifer Solis and Jenifer Boatwright on February 23, 2012
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

This year we will celebrate Dr. Seuss on March 2, with activities that are inspired by some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books.

 

Green Eggs and Ham

After reading the book Green Eggs and Ham, we told the students that we would be eating green eggs and ham later in the day. (Thank goodness for our wonderful parent helper who helped prepare and serve the green eggs and ham.) We created class graph where students recorded whether or not they thought they would like green eggs and ham. After the students had completed their taste test, we made another class graph where our students recorded whether or not they had liked the eggs and ham. As expected, our students’ opinions about the green eggs and ham had changed after they tasted them. We held a class discussion about what we learned from reading this story.

 

There’s a Wocket in My Pocket

There’s a Wocket in My Pocket is a great read about strange creatures that live all over a little boy's house. We thought it would be fun to have our kiddos create their own version of the story, and it certainly was. We started by reading the story as a whole class. After reading the story, we brainstormed a list of places that our very own creatures could live. This list was helpful to our students when they began writing their stories on the template we provided. All they had to do was choose a place for the creature to live, and then they gave their creature a name that rhymed.

One student wrote about a "gwozit in her clozit."

 

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

This classic Seuss story not only teaches about rhyming words, but opposites as well. We decided this was the perfect opportunity to revisit antonyms.

We took antonyms from the book and wrote them on different colored die-cut fish. To play the game, the fish were placed face down in the center of the table. Students, in groups of four, took turns flipping fish over two at a time to locate antonym pairs. 

What would a birthday celebration be without a party hat? It’s only appropriate to celebrate Dr. Seuss with a Cat in the Hat hat. We provided our kiddos with a large red rectangle and two-inch white strips. They glued the white strips on the red rectangle so that they looked like stripes. We slapped the hats on a strip of black paper. The hats were cute and our party was complete. . . . Well, not quite. We could have used some cupcakes.

 

Online Resources

You must check out Seussville.com for your Seuss celebration. This Web site has a ton of Dr. Seuss resources. We used clip art from this site to make the eggs that students used on their Green Eggs and Ham graphs.

 

We’d love to hear about your favorite Dr. Seuss books and activities. Please comment below!

 

 

Comments

I love the ideas about the antonyms...and the quozit in the closet. Good ideas that I will save for next year.

I LOVE Dr. Seuss. I work with 3-5yr. old students; some who have developmental delays.
One Fish Two fish Fishing:
Slide a paper clip to each fish. Make a fishing pole by attaching a string to a magnet wand. You can also use a string with one end tied to a ruler and the other tied to a magnet. Have students "fish" for matching colors or for opposites. I have a picture card & word on each fish to help identify the word when opposite fishing.

Wacky Wednesday: Alternate items in the classroom or other areas of the school and have students look for what is "wacky". Walk around with 1 shoe on, turn a poster upside down or sideways, put the clock on the floor, stick shoe prints on the wall or ceiling. Be creative and encourage other staff members to join in the fun. If you are working with older children have them tally how many "wacky" things they can find.

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