Thursday, March 1, 2012

Read Across America: 2012

In case you aren't aware, Read Across America Day is also Dr. Seuss's birthday! :) He was born on March 2, and it seemed fitting to celebrate reading on the birthday of one of the most famous authors in the world.

When I was in school, Read Across America Day was my absolute favorite day. All day, in all classes, we just read! It was the only time I didn't have to drown out my classmate's incessant talking/giggling/goofing off in order to read after my assignments were finished. It was the only day I could read for 8 hours straight without my dad yelling at me to go outside and play or my grandma checking to see if I had a fever because "something is wrong with this kid!" I L-O-V-E reading, and I am more than willing to spend any entire day celebrating it as a teacher!

NEA has several ideas for activities you could do on Read Across America Day (if you didn't want to just read the entire time). Since this is also Dr. Seuss's birthday, you could have some fun by bringing "Seuss-tastical" activities or food into the classroom as well.

Naturally, I turned to Pinterest in order to generate some "Seuss-y" ideas. (Follow my Dr. Seuss board by clicking here!) Here are my favorites:

One Fish, Two Fish book cover creation:

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Green eggs that the kids might actually eat: a vanilla wafer + green pudding + sprinkles

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Thing 1 and Thing 2 Hand-print art

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Red Fish, Blue Fish estimation activity

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Dr. Seuss photobooth op: take student pictures and put them on a bulletin board or card home for the parents

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List all the Dr. Seuss books you've read. Take it one step farther by polling students on their favorite Seuss book and graphing it!

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 FREE Dr. Seuss unit
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Truffula Tree Dominos

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 Make your own Foot Book (and other ideas)!

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Do you have any Read Across America/Dr. Seuss's birthday traditions in your classroom or school? Are you trying a new activity this year that I didn't mention above? I've love to hear about it in the comments below!

2 comments:

  1. I LOVE ALL of your Dr. Seuss activities! I bet they were memorable!!! I can't wait to use some next year!!!

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! They actually weren't my ideas (found 'em all on Pinterest and loved them!), but thanks, anyway! :)

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