TeachersFirst's Resources for Dr. Seuss
Whether you teach elementary readers or high school students, Dr. Seuss is a sentimental favorite of all students. This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday as part of Read Across America or simply by bringing Seuss into your class as an inspiration for poetic projects and more.
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GradesK to 8
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In the ClassroomTake advantage of this unique opportunity to get young students involved and thinking about the democratic process. Pique their interest by showing the video with your projector to the whole class. Break students into small groups and have them read and discuss the different causes. Have them take an initial vote within their group for the cause they would like to support. If there is not a consensus among the group, have each student, in turn, tell why they think the cause they like should be the most important and receive the vote. You could vote as a class or have students vote individually.
For older students, there is an opportunity to practice being persuasive; this is a perfect introduction to these causes, and students could research their favorite cause and learn facts about why it is indeed a cause or issue. Students could work on this in small groups supporting the same cause. They could then put together a multimedia presentation for their peers to try and convince them to vote for their cause. TeachersFirst has several Edge tools that would work well for this presentation: Ignite, reviewed here. With the web-based Ignite, students can collaborate on creating a multi-layered, unique multimedia project with text, images, and video. The iPad app allows them to add audio, too. Padlet, is an online bulletin board maker, reviewed here, or Thinglink, reviewed here, where students create an annotated, narrated image including text boxes and related links (even videos). If you would like your students to have a little pre-practice with using persuasion, you could have them complete the exercises on ThinkCerca, reviewed here, or Drafting Board, reviewed here.
GradesK to 3
In the ClassroomCreate a link to the Dr. Seuss stories on classroom computers for use as a listening center. Provide a copy of each of the books for students to read as they follow along with the audio version. Share a link to this site on your class website for students to use at home. Have students record themselves reading a story after listening to the audio version.
GradesK to 4
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In the ClassroomBookmark and use this site throughout the year for downloads and classroom ideas. Explore the site for ideas that can be modified and used in your classroom. This site is ideal for a new teacher, substitute, or seasoned professional.
GradesK to 2
In the ClassroomShare this site (video or activity) on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use at a center to provide self-directed explorations. Offer on your class website as a resource for home use. Assign different areas to students based on their strengths and weaknesses. Provide this website as a guide to parents to practice necessary skills for young students.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomUse during art class or studies of the decades of 20th century as examples of advertising artwork. How does advertising represent a culture and what is important to us? How do these ads differ from today's? Extend your study of history through primary sources with these engaging examples. Include in social studies, reading, or art class during Seuss's birthday celebrations to demonstrate his other creative avenues. This is a great way for older students to celebrate the wonderful Dr. Seuss! Challenge your students to create their own cartoons/comics about Dr. Seuss using one of the tools and ideas included in this collection.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this lesson instead of your usual Thomas Nast lesson on political cartooning. Geisel's cartoons are more recent, and may be more accessible to today's students. Consider also using this lesson with older students on Dr. Seuss's birthday when the focus is usually on his children's literature. Share the cartoons on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Challenge students to create their own cartoons by drawing or using one of TeachersFirst's many reviewed comic/cartoon tools here.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomThis collection offers rich opportunities during the study of World War II. Students can trace the tensions and events of the war year by year or by issue. See this lesson planthat delves into a few of Seuss's cartoons, but this collection has many more examples so you can go even further. Have students create explanations using Thinglink, reviewed here, an image annotation tool that allows you to reference images by url.
GradesK to 8
In the ClassroomIf there was anything that Dr. Seuss wanted us to learn in his later years that you won't find in Oh, the Places You'll Go, you'll not only discover just about everything else here, you will also find out how to do it. Compare the works of Seuss and Silverstein by having students work in groups to prepare critical thinking questions about issues of friendship or making wise choices, exploring the relationship between sound and spelling using onomatopoeia in a standards-based lesson from Mr. Brown Can MOO! Can You?, reading Trees for Many Reasons to examine the importance of conserving natural resources, or introducing One Fish, Two Fish as a way to demonstrate Venn Diagrams with Teachersfirst Venn Diagram tool (reviewed here), you'll add humor that will liven up instruction. Permission is granted to link to any educational site, so feel free to post your favorite Seuss games and activities on your class page.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomHave students research the history of political cartooning with Theodor Geisel (or others). Have cooperative learning groups create multi-media presentations such as a PowerPoint, or an online book, using a tool such as Bookemon reviewed here to share on an interactive whiteboard or projector.
Share the video/audio clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Take advantage of the FREE lesson plans that connect geography, history, reading, and writing.
GradesK to 8
In the ClassroomPrimary grade teachers will want to share this site on their teacher web page for students to visit over and over both in school and out. Share the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector to show students where to find all the best learning activities, then have students explore on individual computers or at a center. This is a great "indoor recess" option! Teachers of students in older grades-- even middle school -- can use this site during Read Across America celebrations. Have student groups create a Seuss-style book-in-verse on a current curriculum topic, using this site for inspiration. How about a book about electricity or alternative energy? Have them create their new interactive "book" using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
GradesK to 5
In the ClassroomThis is a powerful way to reinforce concepts of story mapping by creating students' own stories. Pair-up students with online access to this site so that their stories can be shared with each other. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share stories created by the entire class. Be sure to provide this link in your class newsletter or on your class website for some at-home fun. This is a MUST for Read Across America day!
GradesK to 1
In the ClassroomUse the site as a guide for planning a traditional Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration Week in March!
GradesK to 5
In the ClassroomGet your interactive whiteboard or projector ready and use these wonderful FREE resources in your classroom or library/media center. If you are planning to assign a research project or book reports, these shows may help prepare your elementary students. The site includes a disclaimer asking to be notified if users find any unauthorized, copyrighted material. TeachersFirst recommends that you NOT download copies but instead use them online, just in case.
GradesK to 2
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In the ClassroomHave students write "Seuss" poems on the Hats. Create a class book of "Seuss" poetry. Have students draw a Seuss picture illustrating a scene from one of their favorite Seuss books.
GradesK to 12
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