Saturday, March 8, 2014

Read Across America Week & Dr. Seuss Themed Centers

This week was the famous "Read Across America Week" to celebrate the 110th birthday of the late, GREAT Dr. Seuss!! This fun week is one of my favorites at school, as it brings out the silliness in everyone! I'm very fortunate to work in a district with teachers who work with our FABULOUS librarian to plan Dr. Seuss themed activities for each day of the week. Here's how it went!

Monday: "Fox In Socks Day" - Wear silly socks to school. (I saw some great monkey socks, and some funny Christmas and Halloween socks as well!)
Tuesday: "One Fish, Two Fish Day" - Hop over the fish taped to the floor all over the school. (It's  hard to tell from this photo but they were everywhere! What a great "brain break" for students to get out energy while making their way through the halls.)

Wednesday: "Wacky Wednesday" - dress wacky. (My favorite outfit included taped up "nerd" glasses and a backwards hockey jersey...can you guess which movie??)
Thursday: "The Lorax Day" - wear green and "speak for the trees!" We watched the Lorax cartoon and talked about conservation. (It's amazing how much children connect with the environment and the ideas they have to protect it!)
Friday: "Cat in the Hat Day" - wear a silly hat to school. (There were viking horns, light up cowboy hats, feathers, and hats with tubes! Who knew there were so many goofy hats out there?!)

My little firsties had a ball this week dressing silly and participating in all of the activities. To make the week even more fun, my classroom did Dr. Seuss centers each morning. Here's what we did:

Theme Center: Create your own "Cat in the Hat" hat. Use a sentence strip to easily attach it and size it to their heads!

Spelling Center: Write each of your spelling words 3 times on the cat's hat.

Word Wall Center: "Green Eggs and Ham" memory match game. Next year I'll buy some spatulas for them to flip the eggs with. They LOVED the green eggs!

Writing Center: "The Cat in the Hat" write around the room. Find words around the room that match each letter in the title!

Each classroom made a Dr. Seuss book poster for the main hallway as well. At the end of the week, a team of judges voted on the best 3 posters and a wonderful teacher dressed up as the Cat in the Hat to deliver the prizes. My class did "Horton Hears a Who". Here are a few of my favorite posters:

(This was the first place winner!)

That's all for now! See you next week for my blog post on St. Patrick's Day activities! :) 
Happy weekend!

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