Monday, February 21, 2011

Classroom Activities Inspired by Dr. Seuss

I love Dr. Seuss.  I love his endless imagination.  His use of rhyme.  His illustrations.  Some of my favorite classroom ideas have been inspired by his books.  In recognition on of his upcoming birthday on March 2, I would like to share some of them with you.
  • Create a unit on the five senses or the human body using The Ear Book, The Eye Book, The Foot Book, The Tooth Book, and Horton Hears a Hoo.
  • Read There's a Wocket in my Pocket and encourage students to write and illustrate their own silly rhyming pairs like 'there's a smed on my bed' or 'there's a wanket on my blanket.'
  • Explore the association between colors and emotions by reading My Many Colored Days (which is perhaps my favorite Seuss book of all).  After reading, ask students to 'act out' the colors.  I am always surprised  at the emotions evoked by the color green.
  • Make some oobleck (a.k.a. goop) after reading Bartholomew and the Oobleck.  This is an awesome activity to use when discussing matter, solids, and liquids.
  • Cook (and chow down on) Green Eggs and Ham after reading the book.  Particularly fun to do on St. Patrick's Day.
  • Read If I Ran the Zoo and then put students to work in small groups to create their own collections of imaginary animals.
  • Use Ten Apples on Top to practice writing and sequencing numbers.  Ask students to draw a portrait of themselves with  ten apples on top of their head and the numbers one to ten written inside each apple.
  • Read Oh the Places You'll Go during the last week of the school year.  Ask students to write and draw about their plans for the future (or at least summer break).
Check out these amazing websites devoted to Dr. Seuss:

1 comment:

Dan Gurney said...

He is one of my favorite authors for children, too. Both Horton books are wonderful. I also like The Lorax and the Butter Battle Book. Both had messages still relevant to today. Some of his best books have fallen into the shadows, sadly.