2.27.2012

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was one of my earliest heroes.  His catchy rhymes and colorful, creative illustrations are captivating for early readers (and experienced ones too).  His birthday was March 2nd, and in celebration, kids across the U.S. will celebrate Read Across America Day.  At my school, and those of many other Seuss-loving librarians, we will take a whole week to enjoy Dr. Seuss' contributions to children's literature.  Let your students in on the fun with these Seuss-sational resources.

The best way to get to know Dr. Seuss is to dive right into one of his well-loved books like One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

Right away, students become engaged by and pleased with the funny, rhyming text.  This book lends itself well to many fun math connections.
Coffee Cups and Crayons
 Using a package of multicolored fish crackers, which resemble this title's namesake characters, students can practice estimating, sorting, pattern-making, graphing, and calculating fractions and percents.  That range of objectives makes this math connection easy to adapt for different ages.

Or, read Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, which little listeners can't get enough of.
 This fun story is jammed full of onomatopoeia that younger students can't resist emulating.  After reading, let students practice making the sounds themselves, then matching the sounds with the words or matching sounds with the animal or item that makes it.

In keeping with the birthday theme, share Happy Birthday to You!, which describes an elaborately imaginative birthday celebration.
After the story, students can act out a Seuss Birthday readers' theatre.  This script for three readers is free from School Library Media Activities.
 
Once your students are invested in Dr. Seuss' books, introduce them to the man behind the stories through Scholastic's short biographical video.

Then let students take a virtual trip to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial in Springfield, Massachusetts where they can see bronze sculptures of Geisel and many of his famous characters.

For even more fun, dress up like Dr. Seuss' characters.  We are dressing up all week long, with a book theme for every day.  Today our theme was The Cat in the Hat, in which the trouble-making cat is accompanied by blue-haired twin accomplices, Thing One and Thing Two.

The Lorax, which has a movie adaptation debuting later this week, is the perfect inspiration for an eye-catching display.
 In the story, the Lorax tries to protect the beloved truffula trees, which can easily be recreated using tissue-paper pom-poms.  This version is made with paper, but you can also make them with three-dimensional stems, like Mrs. Lodge's Library, using foam tubing from the hardware store.

The pom poms can also be used to make a Thing One and Thing Two display.  These guys greeted our students as they came into school this morning.


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