Dr. Seuss Lessons for Ages Five to Ninety-Two

By Angela Bunyi on February 27, 2012
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Theodor Seuss Geisel's birthday is coming up this week, so I thought I would share how powerful and relevant his stories can be to developing and grown readers alike. Knowing his work is one of the benefits of working with students in kindergarten through 6th grade. See how I celebrate with each grade level I teach.

 

A Kindergarten Connection

I adore working with my kindergarten friends. We have been working on tapping out the sounds we hear in words; manipulating initial, medial, and ending sounds; and playing around with nonsense words all year long. That made this Dr. Seuss activity, from the Kindergarten Works blog, a quick and easy one. In addition to the lesson, the blogger offers a free download of her “Flassgroom in the Classroom” printable class book.

Equipped with an iPad, I ventured around the school with groups of five students at a time to find unique places to take a picture. Students selected spots such as a box, a cabinet, a bench, the office, and the stage, to name a few. Clipboard in hand, students tried to write the location on paper followed by a new name they created for themselves by manipulating the first sound of the word.

Diego became "the Fabnit by the cabnit." Karis became the "Maj on the stage." And so on. It was a lot of fun, and we were able to complete the activity in fewer than 40 minutes. I had the books copied and ready to hand out by the end of the day.

Download and view a PDF of our class book.

 

First Through Second Grade Connection

There are a few things that make my students happy, and readers theater is one of them. After learning that Green Eggs and Ham is made up of exactly fifty sight words, I knew I had to try out a readers theater script pronto. I was happy to find a script that listed the sight words with the script. For the play, I broke my students up into two groups. One group practiced the role of “Sam I Am” while the other group worked on the role of “Friend.”

Using an EA, both groups were able to receive support with whisper reading, choral reading, and even assessments on sight word strength by highlighting the problem area sight words on their script. With ten minutes to spare (of a 45-minute block), students were able to work with a partner from the other group to read the entire script. Students are now practicing their roles for a full Dr. Seuss production this week.

Download the free readers theater script from Have Fun Teaching to plan a Dr. Seuss production of your own. Listed on the script are recommended props and tools.

 

Third Grade and Beyond Connection

While perusing Pinterest last weekend, I smiled to find this article playing on Dr. Seuss book titles. Each title had been changed to the literal meaning. Green Eggs and Ham? How about How Fear of the Unknown Hinders the Development of Informed Opinions? This reminded me of an older post I wrote titled “Digging Deeper With Dr. Seuss.” In that post, I share how you can really push students in grades 3 and above with the messages presented by his books.

 

 

A Healthy Dr. Seuss Treat

I have taken a pledge this year to provide healthy and nutritious snacks for my family and my students. I was happy to find this cute and easy treat by Muffin Tin Mom using strawberries and bananas. If you are looking for some more food ideas to tie in to Dr. Seuss, Pizzazzerie’s blog is the jackpot!

 

Questions/Comments

Do you have any exciting and fun lessons planned this week? Feel free to share!

Comments

I looked it up and he wasn't Jewish he was a Christian. Many people thought he was a Jew due to his looks and name.

Not sure where you got the idea that Ted Geisel was Jewish. He was raised in the Lutheran church.

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