Read Across America Day is the nation’s largest reading event for school children, and the celebration of beloved author Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Get into the spirit of the day with seven of his most adorable books, each paired with fun activities. Warning: glue and googly eyes may be involved (but not glitter!)
First Read: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Then Try: Goldfish Graphing
Using the free printable below and 4 crayons (green, orange, red, and yellow) have each student color as many squares as they like for each fish to create the bar graph. Then have them transfer their data to the chart below.
SOURCE: Supplies by Teachers
First Read: The Foot Book
Then Try: Foot Measuring
Help students trace their feet onto construction paper and cut them out. Have students measure their footprint templates with unifix cubes, paper clips, or any other small objects and fill in chart below. (Use the example, or create your own.)
Next, using their footprint templates, have them work in pairs to measure things around the room such as bookcases, doors, windows, desks, etc. Have them record their findings in a chart. Try to pair children with different sized feet.
SOURCE: Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
First Read: The Cat in the Hat
Then Try: Even/Odd Dice Math Game
Print out copies of the game board below (1 per students in your class). Partners will choose who will be Thing 1 (even) and who will be Thing 2 (odd). Rolling two die, one of the players will move ahead one space, depending on whether the sum of the two die is odd or even. The first player around the game board is the winner.
SOURCE: Kids Rock
Or Try This: Thing 1 Thing 2 Writing and Illustrating
Kids can create their own Thing 1 (or Thing 2) by using two different colors of paint and their own handprints. Attach the label to the Thing’s belly and allow to dry. Cut out and attach to a large sheet of construction paper. For the writing, have the student brainstorm what they would do if the Things came to visit them at their house. Go through the writing and editing process with them. Attach their final copies to the large construction paper and display proudly.
SOURCE: First Grade is a Hoot
Or This: Striped Hat Summarizing/Figurative Language
Example on left: Using pre-printed templates (link above), students can create their own top hats with openable stripes. After labeling each stripe, the students can search for examples of figurative language in the story The Cat in the Hat and write their answers inside.
Example on right: Using same procedure as above (with different labels), students can also search for summary elements.
SOURCE: A Teacher’s Treasure
Or This! Thing 1 and Thing 2 Pencil Toppers
You’ll need furry fabric, googly eyes, glue, and pencils. When kids rub their hands together quickly with the pencil in between, their Things will get crazy hair! You might want to send this one home with them!
SOURCE: Skip to my Lou
First Read: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
Then Try: Hot Air Balloon Writing
Hopefully after reading this story, your students will be very inspired and motivated! Capture this feeling with a writing activity in which they can express their hopes for the future. Create the adorable hot air ballon display by tracing the template onto colored paper, attaching string, and most fun of all—take and develop photos of your students posing as if they are holding a giant string. Put it all together and display your airborne kids all around the room or on your classroom door.
SOURCE: Hopes and Dreams
First Read: The Lorax
Then Try: Save the Earth Paragraph
Using the template, give students time to create their own mini Lorax poster. Then give them the following prompt, “If I were the Lorax, this is how I would help our Earth…”. You may want to have a group discussion first- charting ideas, or have them work with a partner or small group. Lead them through the writing/editing process then display their final pieces- maybe with a giant Truffula tree in the middle! Great activity to do around Earth Day too!
SOURCE: The Teaching Bug
Or Try This: Math Mat for Addition/Subtraction
Create this fun math activity with colored paper (or markers), a file folder and small pom-poms. Students can use the pom-poms as a hands-on manipulative to solve flashcard math facts (stored inside the folder). Great for independent math practice.
SOURCE: JDaniel4’s Mom
First Read: Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
Then Try: Lucky Duck Writing Activity
Create this adorable construction paper duck (more googly eyes!) and ask students to write about why they are a “lucky duck”.
SOURCE: Teach with Me
First Read: My Many Colored Days
Then Try: Our Many Colored Door Decoration
Perfect for beginning writers. Each student can cut out and decorate a person, in the color of their choosing. They can attach a short sentence about what their color choice means to them.
SOURCE: Room Mom 101
What do you do for Read Across America Day?