TeachersFirst's Dr. Seuss Resources
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 2
tag(s): dr seuss (7)
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 3
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In the ClassroomPrint and share the activities for use during Read Across America Week or make copies to have handy for use at centers or during inside recess. Use these activities as inspiration to create your own activities using resources found at Class Tools, reviewed here. Have older students create a Fakebook page for Dr. Seuss, use the Crossword Generator to create your own and student-created crosswords, or use the Certificate Generator to create and share certificates for completion of Read Across America week activities. Visit Dr. Seuss Lesson Plans and Other Teaching Resources, reviewed here to many other ideas for teaching with Dr. Seuss books.
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. Redefine students' learning by having pairs or small groups create their own comic about a current event and explain it using Phrase.it, reviewed here, an image annotation tool that allows you to reference images by URL, add text, links, audio and video.
GradesK to 4
tag(s): alphabet (49), behavior (43), copyright (43), dr seuss (7), graphic organizers (46), guided reading (34), handwriting (16), iwb (31), literature circles (4), organizational skills (91), preK (246), professional development (312)
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 12
tag(s): humor (16)
In the ClassroomDownload the free RAA calendars or have students create family reading calendars or reading videos as part of the Read Across America celebration. Even upper level high school students will enjoy the chance to relive Seuss in their lives. Plan a trip with your school service group to read to elementary kids at the school next door. Or have student groups in any middle or high school class create a Seuss-style book-in-verse on a current curriculum topic, using various Seuss books for inspiration. How about a book about healthy eating or the fun of reading? Be sure to have students create a storyboard to help make the story creation go smoothly. Replace paper and pencil using a digital storyboard like the Story Map, reviewed here, or SuperNotecard, reviewed here. Then modify learning with the challenge for students to make a new interactive "book" using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
GradesK to 8
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tag(s): black history (108), coding (77), creativity (94), digital storytelling (135), dr seuss (7), drawing (60), environment (220), graphic design (48), great depression (29), literacy (97), nutrition (133), photography (129), poetry (185), problem solving (219), qr codes (18), read across america (4), STEM (228), stories and storytelling (36), symmetry (29)
In the ClassroomIf you feel that you are strong in the arts but not technology (or the other way around), find a teaching partner that complements your strength and work together to teach lessons from this site. Use ideas from here in your classroom makerspace. Use Wakelet, reviewed here, to add notes and questions as you prepare to teach lessons from this blog. Wakelet offers the ability to collaborate and share with others through the addition of written and audio notes to any web page. Use lesson activities found on this site as a replacement for traditional research projects, book reports, or written reports. Have students use a blogging tool like edublog, reviewed here, to share images and videos of their work from start to finish and to reflect upon learning. Have older students extend learning through the use of Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here. Ask them to research and find additional information on the topic of your lesson and create a learning path for other students to complete. For younger students, create a Symbaloo Learning Path for students to complete as a center activity to complement your STEAM learning activities.
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. Some games even allow students to create their own version. Provide this website as a guide to parents to practice necessary skills for young students.
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.