Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

MARK YOUR CALENDERS!
I thought I would post this early, so you can get ready!



Theodor Seuss Geisel March 2, 1904 - September 24, 1991

Here is some info. about Dr. Seuss:

It was March 2nd, 1904 that Theodore Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Today we pay tribute to Dr. Seuss' 105th birthday.

While most commonly known for his children's books (he wrote over 60 of them), “Dr.” Seuss was both the editor-in-chief of the college newspaper and also drew more than 400 political cartoons in two years for a New York daily newspaper. It was as a college student at Dartmouth that he started signing his work “Seuss.” Once he graduated, he started signing his work as “Dr. Seuss” when submitting it to a humor magazine. After marrying, he continued to write humor and illustrate. When World War II started, he began his political cartooning. Eventually he designed and illustrated posters to support the war effort, and joined the U.S. Army where he was the leader of the animation department.

Still, it was his children's books that have helped beginning readers and have been enjoyed by families for several generations.

-By Russ Neumeier

GREAT INTERACTIVE WEBSITE:
Filled with games, activities, music, biography,events, and catalogs
Seussville

DR. SEUSS THEMED LESSONS
Gives a few activities to do with many of Dr. Seuss's books.

Themed Lessons

Here's an example:
The Foot Book



* Paint with the kids' feet and create your own Foot Book.
* Count the number of feet in your class, then recount by 2s.
* Play Twister.
* Graph shoes according to characteristics.
* Pile shoes and have a race to see who can get their shoes on first and tied.
* Make a pattern with the kids' shoes.

DR. SEUSS CRAFTS

Make your own,
Cat in the Hat


Here is a link to a cat in the hat printable

This site has great ideas for making homemade books, story sacks, bookmarks,placemats, dot to dots.

It also has activities like guessing Dr. Seuss characters and quotes.

Read Across America Activities


These are greatDr. Seuss Story Printables with titles like:

And To Think That I Saw That on Mulberry Street
Bartholomew and the Oobleck
Dr. Seuss - The Cat in the Hat
The Foot Book
Fox in Sox
Gerald McBoing Boing
Dr. Seuss - Green Eggs and Ham
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day
Hop on Pop
Horton Hatches the Egg
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The Lorax
My Many Colored Days
The Sneetches

More fun ideas can be found here

Cat in the Hat Puppet

Materials: Paper bag, red crepe paper or something to make the red bow out of, crayons, scissors


Get the pattern here:
TOP
BOTTOM

Oh the Places You'll Go

Read the book and then have the kids fill this out of all the places they have been. Have them color and cut and you can hang them up on a bulletin board or attach a strip of tag board and make it a hat.

Oh the Places I've Been Hat



LITERACY IDEAS

You can teach rhyming words and chunks with Dr. Seuss books. Here are a couple of ideas:

Book: Cat in the Hat
Read the book and introduce the -at chunk. Using the book, find as many -at words as you can and fill it in the worksheet

Book: Sneetches
Read the book and fill out the worksheet with as many rhyming words as you can. Nonsense words would be great too since Dr. Seuss loved using them in his books.

There are really so many fun things you can do with Dr. Seuss! Have fun!

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