1-2-3 Come Write With Horton and Me!
Are you looking for a writing prompt for your Dr. Seuss activities? Do you need a quick and easy Seuss bulletin board for March is Reading Month? Well, you've stopped at the right blog.
I think your students will enjoy making a Horton Hears "craftivity." Simply run off the templates on gray construction paper.
Children cut out the pieces, and glue their "ear flap" on Horton, so that it flips open. Students complete the thought: Horton hears a Who how about you? and think of something that they hear and describe it.
Challenge older students to use rhyme in their writing like Seuss does. Remind them that made up words are OK as well. After children have completed their writing, they draw a picture of what/who they heard, under the ear flap.
For that finishing touch, add the child's school photo to the front of the ear.
Mount on a green-backed bulletin board; sprinkle some jungle leaves around the edges to act as a border. Your caption can be the same as the one on Horton's ear, or Stampede To Read. Click on the link to view/download the Horton Hears writing prompt craftivity.
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"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you know, the more places you'll go." -Dr. Seuss
1-2-3 Come Count and Flip Stripes With Me!
This Seuss flip hat is a bit more complicated than the money “cent-stional” one that I designed earlier, but it is still a pretty easy project that nails a lot of Standards in a fun way. Common Core State Standards: K.CC.4a, K.CC.4b, K.CC.4c, K.OA.1,K.OA.5, K.CC.6, 1.MD.3
How To Make A Hat:Run off the templates. I’ve made a teacher answer key with the time-consuming parts done, to expedite making a sample to show your students. Because of the cutting. gluing, and assembling, this is a terrific fine motor skill activity.
You can have students either color every other stripe on the front cover flip portion of the hat, in an ABAB pattern, or you can run off the cover template on red construction paper.
Cut the stripes so that one child gets the odd numbers to glue to his white cover, and another child gets the even numbers.
By gluing the stripe to the matching number, you are reinforcing sequencing, one-to-one correspondence, as well as odd or even numbers, plus skip counting by 2’s for the even numbers.
Before assembling, have students fill in the inside of the hat. If you have them use a yellow and green highlighter, you can revisit the science fact that apples come in red, yellow and green. You can also have them color their apples in an ABC color pattern when they get to that portion of the hat.
I used apples for the group/set of things, because it’s a school theme, easily recognizable by students, and is a terrific transition activity, if you read Seuss’s 10 Apples Up On Top to your kiddos.
There is plenty of room to have your students write the numbers in as well. I did this AFTER the tally marks, so that the first column of numbers stays separate from the writing of the numbers, so that the first number does not look like an 11, the next a 22 and so on.
Children draw hands on the clock to the hour. Remind them that the hour hand is shorter than the minute hand.
Making A Hat: Students cut and glue the correct matching dice to the appropriate column.
I purposely used part of the fact family of 5. Counting the dots on the dice and adding them together to = their number, will reinforce yet another Standard.
Students trim their front and back covers, and cut out their hat. I found that it was easier, to fold the edge of the front and back covers and then glue them to the front and back parts of the hat, before cutting the stripes.
This way everything wasn’t flapping all over the place, with the risk of getting torn or completely ripped off. This will also help prevent children from cutting their strips entirely off, if they don’t stop at the dashed line.
My Y5’s often did that because they were simply on a roll and kept cutting. Once students complete their hats, there are all sorts of things you can do with them.
How Can I Use The Hats? They are great for whole group assessing. Call out a number and have students flip to it.
Have them flip all of their even or odd numbers over. As they flip the even numbers, have them count by 2’s. Call out a number and have them flip over all of the numbers that are greater or less than that number.
Call out a time and have them flip to that. Do quick story problems by saying: “Flip to 2:00 o’clock. If 3 hours go by, flip to what time it will be.” Call out 2 numbers, have them flip them and then add or subtract them.
Students can choose a partner and take turns rolling first one dice ‘til they have flipped numbers 1-6 and then add the 2nd dice to roll and flip numbers 7-10. The first one to flip over all of their flaps, or the one who has the most flipped stripes, by the time the timer rings, is the winner.
If you happen to think of more ways to use this number hat, I’d enjoy hearing from you. firstname.lastname@example.org, or post a comment here if you like. Click on the link to view/download the I've Got Your Number Dr. Seuss Hat.
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“The most precious jewels your arms will ever have around your neck, will be the arms of a child.” -Unknown
1-2-3 Sport A Mustache With Me!
Anyone know why a mustache is so popular right now? I see them everywhere, in all sorts of novelty, craft and stationery stores.
Well, because they are the "it" thing right now, I decided to whip up a big-yellow fluffy-Lorax one!
Making a mustache/moustache to launch a writing prompt, is an interesting and "Suessical" way of doing things. I think your students will enjoy it.
For an adorable bulletin board, take everyone's photograph wearing their mustache and put it next to their writing.
Your bulletin board title could be the same question you asked: "We mustache you, would you save a truffula tree?"
Flank the board on either side, with 2 colorful truffula trees.
Make them out of strips of neon-colored tissue paper, and rolled up green bulletin board paper for the trunk. Stripe it with brightly colored border.
Or you could really make them sturdy with PVC pipe. Mrs. Lodge, a very creative librarian, did just that. I LOVE her Truffula trees! Click on the link for directions.
As a surprise, while you're "truffulling" why not whip together some Truffula pencils. I think students would think it rather cool, to write about saving a Truffula tree, with a Truffula pencil! These were made by Jin Yong. Click on the link to get directions over at the inspiring Under The Cherry Tree Blog.
Click on the link to view/download the Lorax Mustache writing prompt craftivity.
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1-2-3 Come Write With Me! Waddle You Write About?
I love using a poster as a segue for a writing assignment. Dr. Seuss's "Lucky Duckie" quotation is a great vehicle for that.
It's from his book Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? which is a wonderful story for discussing the theme of contentment, and being happy with who you are.
"Thank goodness for all of the things you are not! Thank goodness you're not something someone forgot...That's why I say, "Duckie! Don't grumble! Don't stew! Some critters are much-much, oh, ever so much-much, so muchly much-much more unlucky than you!"
Print off the poster and share it with your students. In a discussion before hand, brainstorm why a person is lucky. What things do they have, that others who don’t live in America, or who are poor, don’t have etc.
Print off the cover for the class book + the writing prompt page for each of your students.
Remind them of beginning capitalization, end punctuation and spaces between their words and you have covered 3 common core standards.
Students trace the beginning prompt and then complete the sentences: "I think I'm a lucky ducky because..." and "I'm glad I don't..."
Collect and collate the pages and share the completed book with your class, by having each student read their page when you come to it. If you don't want to make a class book, you can use the duck template and make an adorable spring bulletin board for March is Reading Month.
Here's How: Run off the ducks on yellow construction paper.
Students cut them out and then write why they feel they are lucky.
For more pizzazz, add a wiggle eye. student photo, feather, and a 3 dimensional beak. Mount the ducklings on a blue background bulletin board, so that the ducks look like they are swimming in a pond. Add clouds to the sky.
Glue the poster to a sheet of pastel construction paper and put it in the middle of the board. Add some toilet paper roll “cat tails” for a 3D effect + some pastel polka dot or striped bulletin board boarder for that finishing touch.
Click on the link to view/download Dr. Seuss Lucky Ducky Packet.
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"Today you are you; that is truer than true, there is no one else that is youer than you." -Dr. Seuss
1-2-3 Come Tell Time With Me!
The Cat in the Hat Telling Time Game is a fun additon for your Seuss-themed activities.
Students make their analog Cat in the Hat clock and add digital time stripes to their hat by rolling dice.
They trace the stripe, place it on their hat and then manipulate the paperclip hands to show the analog time.
The first one with a completed hat, or the one with the most stripes when the timer rings, is the winner.
Teachers should make a sample for demonstration and then use it as an anchor chart for the month of March.
Click on the link to view/download The Cat In The Hat Telling Time Game.
These Seuss bookmarks would make a nice "prize" for the winners, or use them as a sweet surprise, and leave them on your students desks.
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"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple." -Dr. Seuss
1-2-3 Come Be A Thing With Me!
Seuss was always on the loose in my classroom for March.
I think I own every book Dr. Seuss ever wrote.
One of my favorite theme days was Cat In The Hat Day. It was school wide, so everybody was in on the fun.
I think it’s more interesting for students, if you can add a “craftivity” to a writing assignment, sort of like an illustration.
I think it motivates them to get down to the business of writing, so that they can go to the “craftivity” center afterwards to complete their assignment.
After reading the Cat In The Hat story, my Y5’s often said they liked Thing 1 and Thing 2 even better than the cat!
Since the duo is so popular, I thought it would be fun for students to become Thing 3.
I’ve designed 2 body templates for your students to color. One is a full body, as a small blue hand, which is the hair of Thing 3 will fit on.
Since older students have bigger hands, I also made a partial body template.
Children can take turns tracing each other’s hands on a blue sheet of construction paper, or you can have a room helper trace them, as well as cut them out.
I recommend the 2nd alternative to expedite things with little ones, as well as insure that the hand looks like one, after they start snipping away.
Enlarge your students school photo, or take a head shot of them and print them off.
I pre-cut them into the shape of an oval, for the same reasons stated above.
Children glue their hand to the neck of Thing 3 and then glue their picture in the center of the hand., and then color their Thing 3.
This is the cover of their “Something” booklet.
Run off copies of the writing page. Students fill in their answers to the 6 writing prompt questions.
You can collect all of the pages and collate them into a class book, or mount their writing on Seuss-colored construction paper (red, blue, yellow, green) and then staple the pages next to their “craftivity” on a black-background bulletin board.
There are lots of Seuss borders available that will add the finishing touch around the b. board.
Click on the link to view/download the Thing Three Something Booklet.
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“Why fit in, when you were born to stand out!” –Dr. Seuss