1-2-3 Come Do Some More Cat In The Hat Activities With Me
I love the hat that Dr. Seuss created for his cat. It's the perfect vehicle for all sorts of interesting activities. I've designed a few more for today's article that cover a variety of standards. I hope you enjoy them.
I've had a few requests for more place value items, so I designed the Cat Hat Place Value Mat activity. After running off the hat template, you can make it more durable and add some red to the hat, by gluing it on a sheet of red construction paper, then trim and laminate.
Run off the number tiles on Seuss colors like red, yellow and turquoise. Each number needs its own color. Laminate and trim.
I would do this as a whole group activity, so every student needs 10 of each of the 3 kinds of number tiles. Store the set of 30 tiles in a Ziplock snack Baggie and make a class set. By having 10 of each in the Baggie, you’ll have extras incase students lose one.
Have students take turns calling out 3-digit numbers. Using a dry erase marker, children write that number on the hat brim and then put the correct number of tiles in the appropriate columns. This is a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess.
The packet also includes a certificate of praise. Click on the link to view/download the Cat Hat Place Value Mat
For more math fun with the cat's hat, I designed a How many ways can you show a number, Popsicle stick activity. There are several ways to use the Seuss Hat for different number games.
Students can put the "How many ways can I show the number ______." hat brim strip, on their hat and then place all of the Popsicle stick equations, that make that number, on their Seuss hat.
Children place the Popsicle sticks on the hat in such a way, that they look like an ABAB striped pattern.
Students can show addition and subtraction as pictured, or to expedite things, just addition OR subtraction equations.
This is an easy and fun way to whole group assess a variety of concepts.
I've included number tiles from 0-120 with a blank sheet for you to program with even higher numbers. I've also included pages so students can work on fact families.
Besides using the hat for math, I made a few hat activities for language arts. The Cat Hat AT family slider, is a fun way for students to see the various AT family words that they can make by pulling on the "slider." Click on the link to view/download the Cat Hat AT slider craftivity.
I will read... is a hat bookmark that can be used as a writing prompt. Share my example with your students and challenge them to write verses of their own.
I've alluded to a variety of Seuss books in my poem. "I will read with Mr. Brown; I will read upside down. I will read with duck feet; I will read because it's neat."
Challenge your students to figure out which books I've used. Click on the link to view/download the I Can Read Dr. Seuss bookmark-writing prompt.
After reading The Cat in the Hat, review story elements with this Cat in the Hat language arts packet.
The packet includes pocket cards, a beginning-middle-end graphic organzizer, plus sentence strips to sequence the story.
Students arrange the sentences in the correct order and glue them to their hat.
Click on the link to view/download the Cat in the Hat story elements packet.
Finally, because the punctuation pocket cards have been so popular, I decided to tweak this idea, and make the "cards" into stripes for the cat's hat.
Run off the cat hat template on red construction paper.
Run off the sentence strips on white copy paper. Students underline the letters that need to be capitalized and add punctuation. They cut their stripes and glue them to their hat in an ABAB pattern, leaving room so that the hat will look like it has alternating red and white stripes.
If you want, have students re-write the corrected sentences on the red stripes. So that each students' hat could be different, I made up 108 sentences from a variety of Dr. Seuss stories.
Completed projects make a nice bulletin board. A caption could be: "Hammer, slammer, whammer; ___________'s class really knows their grammar!" Click on the link to view/download the Cat's Hat Grammar "craftivity" packet.
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"I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells." -Dr. Seuss
This is a take off of Dr. Seuss's book On Beyond Zebra, which is about all of the letters that come after Z. In the beginning of the story, Cornelius is bragging that he knows all of the letters from A to Z. He's shocked to find out that there are more!
1-2-3 Come Do S'more Seuss Activities With Me
To help get the wiggles out after story hour, we sang songs. Singing lightened up the day and taught a variety of skills.
With that in mind, I thought other teachers might be doing the same thing and looking for something with a Seuss theme, so I used the tune to B-I-N-G-O and substituted the letters with Seuss.
I've included letter cards, so that you can put them on your flannel or white board and then take one down as you sing each verse. (This is also a teachable moment for subtraction.)
As I was singing, to make sure of the beat, my husband walked in and started singing a goofy little ditty to the tune of Brother John, so of course I had that song stuck in my head and wrote a second Seuss song. Click on the link to view/download Some Seuss Songs.
I'm working on a list of characters and nonsense words in each book, (a massive under taking, so who knows when I'll finish!) To do so, I'm slowly reading all of the Seuss books that I have in my vast collection (almost 50).
Since I'm always multi-tasking, I jotted down writing prompts that popped into my head while reading. Here are a few that I've finished. These make wonderful class books, and there's more to come, so stay tuned!
First, hot off the press, is a class book entitled: Feature Creatures Plus One Teacher.
This is a different way to have students practice the alphabet, along with their writing skills, and is an interesting transition after you read Dr. Seuss's Alphabet book.
Make a copy of the letter tiles; toss them into a Seuss hat and have students pick a letter card and glue it to their page.
Children write their upper and lowercase letter on the blank and then think up a creature that starts with that letter, afterwards drawing a picture underneath. This should NOT be a real creature like Zz is for Zebra.
Students need to use their imagination and think up a silly creature just like Dr. Seuss does: "Ff Four fluffy feathers on a fiffer-feffer-feff." Pre-K kids can stop there, but encourage older students to write a few sentences.
Challenge them to use rhyming words, as well as some tongue-twisting alliteration, to make things more “Seussical."
For example, Zz is for a Zigglewag who likes to play wiggle tag. He eats zinnias, zingles and zag, all of which make me personally gag. or Bb is for Boomtoot, who's from Bangladoot and likes to eat fruit, especially bapples, belon and bloot.
I've included Suess-font letter cards, student and teacher writing pages, plus a sample. Click on the link to view/download the Feature Creatures Plus One Teacher class book.
Another Alphabet book I think your students will enjoy making is On Before Ant. This is a take off of Dr. Seuss's book On Beyond Zebra, which is about all of the letters that come after Z. In the beginning of the story, Cornelius is bragging that he knows all of the letters from A to Z.
He's shocked to find out that there are more! "Then he almost fell flat on his face on the floor, when I picked up some chalk and drew one letter more. A letter he never had dreamed of before..." like the letter Snee, which is for "...sneedle, a terrible kind of ferocious mos-keedle. Whose hum-dinger stinger is as sharp as a needle. "
All of these goofy letters have a name and symbol. I thought it would be fun to make a class book of all of the pretend letters that might possibly come before the letter A.
Run off copies of the inside page and have students think up a letter, design it, and then give an example of something that starts with that letter, finishing up with an illustration.
After students share their work, collect the pages, collate and make into a class book. Click on the link to view/download the On Before Ant class book.
Finally, another fun writing prompt has to do with Seuss's book If I Ran The Circus.
The packet includes a class book with two writing prompts to choose from, as well as a 3D cylinder "craftivity."
Students color and cut out their circus tent and then attach their completed writing prompt paper to either side, so that they can bend it into a cylinder shape.
The photo shows the various views of a completed project. Punch holes on either side, add a yarn loop and suspend from the ceiling.
For that finishing touch, children add a toothpick flag, and then choose either a clown or a ringmaster to color and glue their photo on top of that face.
They glue "themselves" to the inside of the tent, so it looks like they are peeking out of the door flap. Click on the link to view/download the If I Ran The Circus Writing Craftivity packet.
Thanks for visiting today. Feel free to PIN away. For another cute Seuss writing prompt, scroll down and you'll find a 3D balloon "craftivity" perfect for Seuss's book Oh The Places You'll Go.
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better. It's not!" -Dr. Seuss
1-2-3 Come Seuss With Me!
Anyone else out there "ob-seussed" with the works of Dr. Seuss? I enjoyed some of his books as a child, but when I really appreciated his prolific writing, was when I became a teacher. I could see first hand that his goofy pictures, silly words and rhyming technique caused giggles and helped my students learn how to read.
His birthday is March 2nd. This year he'd be 110 and many will celebrate with a Cat in the Hat Day or by simply reading Seuss books through out the month.
With over 60 titles to choose from, you could read a different one each day as you join with others to "Read Across America."
To help you celebrate, I designed a few activities to put in centers or play games with, as a way to review a variety of standards.
The number puzzle strips have been downloaded quite a bit, so I thought it would be fun to make a few with a Seuss theme.
Thanks to the wonderful graphics by myclipartstore.com they turned out adorable. The puzzles help your kiddos practice counting to 10, count backwards from 10 to 1, as well as skip count by 10's to 100. Click on the link to view/download the 14 Dr. Seuss puzzles.
Another cute way to practice skip counting by 10's is to have your students make Thing 1 and Thing 2. Add 10 turquoise hair strips that they've "curled" on a crayon (5 on each Thing) and then count them by 10's.
Click on the link to view/download the Count by 10's With Thing 1 and Thing 2 "craftivity".
Many teachers have told me that they collect my different alphabet cards, so that they can switch things up a bit each month to keep their students' interest.
In the Dr. Seuss alphabet packet you'll find Thing 1 and Thing 2 ABC cards that show both upper and lowercase letters on the same card, as well as separate upper and lowercase letter cards, so that you can play all sorts of games like Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?"
Use them as flashcards, a border, cut them up into puzzles etc. I've provided a 3-page tip list of all sorts of things you can do with them, as well as Kaboom cards to make games even more fun. Click on the link to view/download the Dr. Seuss Alphabet Cards.
Finally, I also made some number cards from 0 to 120. There are math symbol cards as well, so that students can make and solve equations, plus an odd and even sorting mat and a tip list of ideas. Click on the link to view/download the Dr. Seuss Number Cards.
That's it for today. I hope you can stop by again tomorrow for the newest Seuss FREEBIES. In the meantime, scroll down to see other blog articles and ideas, or click on the link to pop on over to the Dr.Seuss section of TeachWithMe to find even more.
"Don't cry that it's over; smile because it happened." -Dr. Seuss
1-2-3 Come Shape Up With The Lorax And Me!
Since the Silly Shaped Penguins have been such a huge success, I thought I'd try to make something similar, with a Seuss character. The Lorax, because he's already an oval, was the perfect fit.
You can make a set and simply use them as shape anchor charts, for a fun review, during Seuss Week or March is Reading Month, or you can have students choose their favorite shape and make their own.
I've included 2 different mustache patterns for you to choose from. One says, "I mustache you what shape am I?" and the other one is plain.
I personally love the play on words and think students will think that is sort of cornball fun too.
If you want to add a bit of keepsake value to their shape, have them pick a partner, so they can trace each other's hand, on a folded-sheet of yellow construction paper.
Keeping the paper folded, they only have to cut once, making 2 hands that are perfect for a Lorax mustache.
Start off by reading The Lorax and asking students what shape he is. Show them your samples and ask them which they like the best.
You could graph this for an easy math extension. Simply hang the Lorax shapes on the white board, and write students' names under whatever one they like the best.
Tell the students that the Lorax ate some leaves from the Truffula tree and has Truffulaitis, which made him lose his normal shape.
They can help him return to the real Lorax, by completing the Lorax Shape Mystery easy reader.
Show your sample and explain what you want them to do. i.e. circle the capital letters, add end punctuation, trace and write the shape word, trace and draw the shapes etc.
As children complete their Lorax easy reader, they can make a Lorax shape of their choice. Run the templates off on orange paper.
Children can add wiggle eyes, and accordion folded, construction paper arms and legs. Suspend the Lorax shapes back-to-back from the ceiling, or mount them on a pastel blue bulletin board, flanked by truffula trees.
Your caption could be: "Reading Really Gets Us In Shape!" Click on the link to view/print the Lorax Shape Packet.
Finally, another sweet Lorax "craftivity" is making a mustache/moustache to launch a writing prompt. It's an interesting and "Suessical" way of doing things that I think your students will enjoy.
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 are asking: "We mustache you, would you save a truffula tree?"
Flank the board on either side, with 2 colorful truffula trees, made out of strips of neon-colored tissue paper, and rolled up green bulletin board paper for the trunk, that you can stripe with brightly colored boarder. Click on the link to view/download the Lorax Writing Prompt packet.
If your class is into the mustache thing, click on the link for more mustache-themed FREEBIES. To see another fun Lorax activity, scroll down for the next blog article.
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"Fill your house with lots of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks." -Dr. Seuss