With the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, more commonly known by his pseudonym, Dr. Seuss, falling in the middle of the week, we, the third grade team, planned a fun-filled “Dr. Seuss Week.” We decided to incorporate his beloved stories into our language arts instruction for our classes.
On Monday, I opened up our language arts instruction by giving my students a background of Dr. Seuss and read them a brief life sketch. Following that, we read the story, Yertle the Turtle. In the story, the King of the Pond, Yertle, strives to have the tallest tower to be able to rule more of the area. (The story is actually loosely based on Adolf Hitler.) I then handed my students a paper plate and templates of a turtle, including a shell, head, and legs. My kids colored and cut out the pieces, gluing them onto the paper plate afterwards. We created our very own, “turtle tower” using their paper plate turtles.
On Tuesday, we read If I Ran the Zoo. My students then created their own, personal “zoo” with animals that they had made up, complete with illustrations.
Wednesday, we read my personal favorite, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! I love this book. So much. It has such an amazing message, and the kids picked up on it right away! For this activity, I had an outline of a hot air balloon, colored pieces of paper, and a paper “basket” that the kids wrote on. For the balloons, my students cut out strips of colored paper, folded the edges over, and glued them to each edge of the balloon template. They did this until the balloon was full, which created a 3D product. With the baskets, my students wrote the places they were going to go, and we attached them to the balloons with string and tape.
Here’s our finished products showcased in the hallway!
And some close-ups:
On Thursday, we read The Lorax and accompanied the book with the movie. We also talked about the similarities and differences between the book and the movie.
Friday, we read The Sneetches, Horton Hears a Who and Happy Birthday to You!
I love Dr. Seuss. I’m quite sad that our Dr. Seuss Week has come to a close, but plan on incorporating as many of his stories into my instruction as I can. His books have an amazing message, and the kids all adore them.
Here’s my top twenty favorite Dr. Seuss quotes:
1. “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”
2. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
3. “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”
4. “Adults are just outdated children.”
5. “Oh, the things you can find if you don’t stay behind!”
6. “You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you’re the one who’ll decide where to go.”
7. “You have brains in your head; you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
8. “So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact, and remember that life’s a great balancing act.”
9. “I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”
10. “You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may!”
11. “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
12. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
13. “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”
14. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
15. “With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.”
16. “Sometimes the questions are complicated, and the answers are simple.”
17. “If things start happening, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.”
18. “If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.”
19. “Will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)”
20. “And turtles, of course… all the turtles are FREE. As turtles and, maybe, ALL creatures should be.”
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Thanks for being such an amazing man and touching people’s lives everywhere.