Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Celebrating Dr. Seuss Day 1 and 2

This week we kicked off our Dr. Suess theme. We started by asking our students to hunt around their houses for any books by Dr. Seuss and bring them to school so we can read them. I had a few kids bring on the first day, but more usually trickle in throughout the week.

Our first activity on Monday was to read aloud the classic "The Cat in the Hat" and do a responsive writing: "What Would You Do If Thing One and Thing Two Came To Your House?" Here is the craftivity that my class did to go along with this. I got the writing sheet from www.seusstastic.blogspot.com last year, which I'm not sure you can even get anymore from there. There is a big thing about selling things that are Seuss related because it violates the copyright Seuss Enterprises has. Takes a lot of fun out of looking for Seuss stuff on Pinterest because you have to recreate them yourself if you find an idea you like.

During Guided Reading on Monday we had our firsties do a Cat in the Hat mystery number grid picture that we got last year from Little Country Kindergarten.  I just looked on her blog and I don't see it available anymore.  You'll have to check out all her mystery number grids she has for sale at her TPT store.

Tuesday during our Dr. Seuss Theme time we did a Color-A-Rhyme Cat in the Hat.   These rhymes are great for enforcing listening and following directions.  They have to listen for the rhyming pair and then color that part of the picture as we read the poem.  We found this YEARS ago, so I can't tell you where we got the poem.  If you happen to know the author, please give them a shout out! 
During Guided Reading on Tuesday, students got to do a Cut-Apart Sentence that I put together:  "March 2nd is the day we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss."  Just right click and "save as" if you'd like to use this in your classroom.
I will try to update with a few more things we plan on doing throughout this week and next week.


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