Friday, March 1, 2013

More Ways to Celebrate Dr Seuss' Birthday

More Ways to Celebrate Dr Seuss' Birthday
by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com

In 2011, I brought you some ideas to help celebrate Dr Seuss's birthday on March 2. Here are some extra ideas your kids/students can try for a literacy-inspired celebration:



* Brainstorm a list of words that Dr Seuss makes you think of. Add those words to a word cloud generator like Wordle, and give it to another class (or another person) to see if they can work out your famous author.

* Choose your favourite quote from Dr Seuss, or from one of his books, and illustrate it. One of my favourites is from I Can Read with My Eyes Shut: "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." What do you think he meant by that?

* Dr Seuss loved to rhyme. How many rhyming pairs can you write in 5 minutes?

* Can you design your own Dr Seuss-inspired landscape? Here's a neat way to make some Truffula trees from The Lorax. Or make a Seuss-style city from recycled junk.

Big-eared Bugaloo

* Dr Seuss was great at creating really outlandish creatures. Invent your own creature and give it a name. Consider combining elements of animals that already exist or checking out the mythology of different cultures for ideas. Draw and write about your creature. Here's my drawing of a Big-eared Bugaloo. Ooh! Ooh!

* Watch a Dr Seuss-related movie. Read the book it was based on. How was the movie different from the book? How was it the same? Which one did you prefer? Why?

* Throw a Dr Seuss Birthday Bash! Can you think of games to spin in a Seussy way? Maybe you can use balloons to play a game called Hop on Pop. Design a menu for your party. How about some posters advertising the party? Will you ask kids to come in costume? Write some suggestions for Dr Suess inspired outfits and explain how to achieve them.

* Can you create Dr Seuss inspired food? Here are some ideas to get you started. You could even create a Dr Suess Cookbook!



* Make your own Seuss-themed sign at Red Kid.

* Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas and draw along with it.

* Watch Justin Bieber reading The Cat in the Hat and other Seuss videos at Watch Know Learn.

* Listen to The Learning Station's Green Eggs and Ham song.

* Design some Dr Seuss-inspired finger puppets. Here are Thing One and Thing Two to get you started.

Want more ideas? Probably the best resource on the internet for activities centred around individual Dr Seuss books is at Kid Activities. Here's a great list of 20 Fun Dr Seuss Themed Writing Prompts. Be sure to check out What Do We Do All Day's Dr Seuss Activities {The Children's Bookshelf}.

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2 comments:

  1. I did use word clouds as a starting point to developing simple poems for kindergarten children. We also used finger puppets to tell our own rhyming story.

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  2. I've never used Wordle but it sounds like great fun for kids who like to fool around on the computer. Thanks for sharing all of your ideas at The Children's Bookshelf.

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