This packet is extremely versatile. You can do these as a whole group activity, as an independent center, for a bulletin board, for a class-made book (each student contributes a letter) or have each child do all of the letter booklets and keep them in a "portfolio" file folder.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Horton Hears A Who Activities With Me
Happy TBT (Throw Back Thursday). Elephants are my favorite animals. Although I truly love them all, the elephant holds an extra special place in my heart. Perhaps this is why I find Dr. Seuss's Horton so endearing. I'm also a huge fan of Elmer the Elephant as well.
They were also very popular characters with my Y5's. With that in mind, I designed some Horton-themed activities, with a splash of Elmer for comparison. This blast- from-the-past blog article, features 3 popular elephant-themed downloads that I hope your kiddos will enjoy.
First up is my "Peek-a-Who" Horton-themed writing prompt packet. Run the elephant head template off on gray construction paper; students trim.
They have a choice of 22 "trunk tales" to pick from. These are on separate trunks, which they trim and glue to their elephant head, then complete the writing prompt. Completed projects make an awesome bulletin board.
The packet also includes an elephant puppet craftivity made out of a toilet paper tube. If you don't have time for this as a kid-craft, make one up to use as a manipulative when you read the book.
Another writing prompt craftivity reinforces rhyming. It's a 3D project, as the elephant's ear is a flap and flips open. "Horton hears a Who, how 'bout you?" is written on the front of the ear.
Children write their name and in Seuss-style sing song rhyme, write a few lines of what they heard:
"Diane heard a Harley, which was really quite snarly. The Harley's name was Karly and she likes vegetable soup with barley."
There's room under the ear for the student's illustration. These too, make a sweet bulletin board.
Finally, I designed a whopping 42-page Horton-Elmer packet that covers lots of Common Core State Standards in interesting and fun ways.
There are 3 character, setting, event pocket chart cards that you can use for either story, as well as a beginning, middle, and end graphic organizer or anchor chart.
Review who, what, why, when, where, & how with another anchor chart.
Afterwards, have students complete the adorable-matching writing-prompt craftivity.
Practice grammar at the same time reviewing the story, with 15 "fix the sentence" (with capitalization and end punctuation) Horton cards.
Using the 2 Venn diagrams, will help your students practice comparison and contrast writing.
Here they compare charaters (Horton with Elmer), as well as each story. For more practice, the 2 hexagon worksheets will reinforce descriptive writing using adjectives.
There's an Elmer Spin & Color Game, which reviews colors and color words, as well as 4 graphing extensions, a "retell the story" bookmark, plus a label the Horton bookcover anchor chart activity.
An elephant mask craftivity; a "find the letters" newsprint-elephant craftivity, along with some tally mark practice are also included in the packet.
Reinforce colors and color words with 30 elephant color cards + a cover so that students can make an Itty Bitty booklet. They are also great for playing all sorts of games.
Finally, there are a few rhyming, alphabetical-order worksheets with an alphabetical list of 47 words that rhyme with who.
Pick and choose whatever activities fit your needs then end your day with a sweet elephant lollipop treat.
If you'd like to see the animated version of Horton Hears a Who, click on the link for Cat in the Hat theater. It's 25-minutes long, so you could show it over 2 days, as a special treat at the end of your Seuss-celebration week.
Thanks for visiting. I'm not quite ready to let Seuss stuff go, as I'm finishing up a Cat in the Alphabet Hat packet, which has taken much longer to complete than I had planned.
Any hoo, I hope you can pop by tomorrow for my newest Seuss FREEBIE hot off the press. Time to go make meatloaf for dinner. I'm wishing you a day as sweet as Horton and Elmer.
"We won't tell anyone. And if we do, we'll tell them not to tell anyone." -Dr. Seuss's Tommy, from Horton Hears a Who
1-2-3 Come Do All Sorts Of Fun Activities With Elmer, Horton and Me!
I am so excited to share this 42-page Horton and Elmer activity packet with you. I've been working on it all week, and it's finally done! Woo Hoo!
I've tried to design things around quite a few Common Core State Standards so you'll be able to review all sorts of things.
Since students have to compare and contrast, explain data etc. I thought it would be fun for students to compare 2 of my favorite elephants: Horton and Elmer.
The packet includes:
Click on the link to view/download the Horton and Elmer Activity Packet.
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"A person's a person no matter how small!" -Horton, from Dr. Seuss's book Horton Hears A Who
1-2-3 Come Make A Horton and Who With Me!
I always try to design some sort of "craftivity" to go with my lessons. This helps motivate students to get down to business and stay on task, so that they can transition to the fun center.
I especially love making a manipulative that students can use while I read the story, or to show me that they understand spatial directions.
I've also found that some quiet students really come out of their shell. when they are behind a mask, or talking for a puppet, so I designed a double puppet with this Peek A Boo activity.
How To Make Horton: Run off the elephant on gray construction paper. Because of copyright laws I did not draw the “real” Horton. Students color the tusks white and then cut their elephant out. Add wiggle eyes with glue dots for extra pizzazz.
The toilet paper trunk is simply covered with matching paper. Cut 2 slits so that you shove it between the elephant's tusks. Students cut out their clover “flower” curl the end of a green pipe cleaner and tape it to the back of the clover.
I fastened a mini white pom pom for the “dust speck” but you could also use a little piece of cotton ball. Stick the clover to Horton's trunk with a glue dot, or piece of rolled Scotch tape. The little poem on the clover says: Peek-a-me, Peek-a-you-Peek a Who from Whoville too!
Making a Who Popsicle stick Pop Up Puppet: Tape or glue-dot 2 Popsicle sticks end to end.
I got the picture of the Who from Coloring pages ABC. They have a variety of licensed characters that you can use to make worksheets to match your themes.
Because of copyrights, I did not make a page of Whos. You can click on the link and check out the Whoville characters you want, and then just copy and paste them into a word document so you can make them smaller.
Run off a master set, rough cut, and let students have a choice of a Who. They could also design their own.
Children color their who, trim and glue to the end of the Popsicle stick. I chose this girl from Whoville, because she had a feather on her head, so I added a feather for that finishing touch.
Children manipulate their puppets to show all sorts of spatial directions: “Poke your Who up, down, out, in" etc. "The Who is between the elephant’s eyes."
Students can also manipulate Horton and place him above their head, behind their back, in their left hand, in their right hand etc. If you don't want to fuss with the toilet paper roll puppet, you can use Horton for all sorts of writing prompts.
I've included 22 writing prompt "trunk" templates. Students' completed projects make an adorable Seuss bulletin board, for March is Reading Month.
Click on the link to view/download The Horton Writing Prompt Puppet.
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"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh the thinks you can think up if only you try!" -Dr. Seuss
1-2-3 Eat Green Eggs and Ham With Me!
Get your kiddo's "obseussed" with Dr. Seuss by reading a variety of stories besides Cat in the Hat. Green Eggs and Ham, is sure to be a favorite.
I always tried to design activities to go with favorite stories, so that after story time, my Y5's could transition to some sort of activity that would reinforce Standards.
With that in mind, I decided to make several activity packets with a Green Eggs and Ham theme, so that you would have a variety of fun things to choose from.
The Green Eggs and Ham packet is a walloping 65-pages long and covers all sorts of reading and math Common Core State Standards:L.K.2a, L.K.2b, RF.K.2a, RF.K.1d, L.K.1a, L.1.1a, K.CC.1, K.CC.3, K.CC.2, K.OA.5, K.CC.6, 1.NBT.1
There's a little bit of everything for a Seuss-filled day.
My personal favorite, is the 3D writing prompt craftivity pictured. Students' completed projects make a dynamic bulletin board for March is Reading Month.
Children choose either the writing prompt where they LIKE green eggs and ham, or the one where they do NOT like them, and then complete the sentences.
They also illustrate 1/2 a paper plate with 2 things that they like, as well as a combo that is disgusting and that they wouldn't want to eat.
By folding up the edge of the plate, and inserting it through a slit in a sheet of brightly colored construction paper, the plate will appear like a ledge, once it is stapled in place.
The traced hand of the child, is holding up the plate, just like the iconic illustration in Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham book. Add a photograph of the student for that finishing touch. Click on the link to view/download the Green Eggs and Ham Activities Packet.
To round out your day, play the It's Time For Green Eggs and Ham spinner game. Students can choose to play with clocks to the hour, or time to the half hour. Click on the link to view/download the Green Eggs and Ham Telling Time packet.
Review colors and color words in a fun way, with the Green Eggs and Ham Color packet.
Children spin the colored egg spinner. Whatever color they land on, they color the matching color word egg that color. There's also a recording sheet with no words, so really little kiddo's can also easily play the game.
I've also included colored eggs with matching, traceable-color word cards.
These are great for more games or to make an Itty Bitty booklet. Click on the link to view/download the Green Eggs and Ham Color Packet.
Finally, we can't leave shapes out. Where Have My Green Eggs Gone? Is an easy reader shape mystery.
Students read the sentences, circle the capital letters and add end punctuation. They also trace the shape word, write it, trace and draw the shape and then color the shaped egg yolk green.
This booklet reviews the circle, oval, triangle, rectangle, square, hexagon, pentagon and octagon shapes. Click on the link to view/download the Green Eggs Shape Booklet.
If you'd like to see a few more activities you can do with Green Eggs and Ham, simply scroll down for more Dr. Seuss FREEBIES.
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"Never grow a wishbone, where a backbone ought to be." -Unknown