Read Across America Day, March 2, is the nation’s largest reading event for schoolchildren and the celebration of beloved author Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Get into the spirit of the day by sharing these Dr. Seuss activities and read-alouds. Warning: Glue and googly eyes may be involved. But don’t worry—there’s no glitter!

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1. Read Bartholomew and the Oobleck.

Bartholomew and the Oobleck

Then, make Oobleck!

how to make ooblecSOURCE: BabbleDabbleDoo

This ooey, gooey stuff defies definition. Kids will learn some fascinating scientific principles as well as have loads of fun.

2. Read Green Eggs and Ham.

Green Eggs and Ham

Then, make Rhyming Eggs.

make Rhyming EggsSOURCE: Obseussed

Practice finding and putting together rhyming eggs from the story. There are two versions of this lesson. You can use green colored paper or plastic Easter eggs.

3. Read Yertle the Turtle.

Yertle the Turtle

Then, make a turtle-stacking math game.

games for read acrossSOURCE: The Jersey Momma

Using egg cartons and tempera paint, students will make their own turtles. Then, using a die, they can play the stacking game. Each player rolls the die, then adds to their stack. You can also use two dice and have students add or multiply to make the activity a little more challenging.

4. Read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

Then, try some goldfish graphing.

goldfish graphing
SOURCE: Supplies by Teachers

Using the free printable above and four crayons (green, orange, red, and yellow), have each student, as they read independently or follow along during a read-aloud, keep count of each green, orange, red, and yellow fish they spot in the story. Then have them color in a square for each fish, creating the bar graph. Finally, have them transfer their data to the chart.

5. Read The Foot Book.

The Foot Book

Then, see how your feet measure up.

foot book measuring
SOURCE: Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

Help students trace their feet onto construction paper and cut out their footprints. Have students measure their footprint templates with Unifix Cubes, paper clips, or any other small objects and fill in chart above. (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 who don’t have the same size feet.

6. Read The Cat in the Hat.

Cat in the Hat

Then, play the even/odd dice game.

dice game
SOURCE: Kids Rock

Print out copies of the game board above (one per student). Partners will choose who will be Thing 1 (odd) and who will be Thing 2 (even). Roll two dice and add the numbers that turn up. If the sum is odd, Thing 1 moves ahead one space; if the sum is even, Thing 2 moves ahead one space. The first player around the game board is the winner.

Or … write your own Thing 1 and Thing 2 story.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 story
SOURCE: First Grade is a Hoot

Kids can create their own Thing 1 or Thing 2 by using two different colors of paint and their own handprints. Attach a label to the Thing’s belly and allow it to dry. Cut out and attach the Thing to a large sheet of construction paper. For the writing, have students 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 a large piece of construction paper and display proudly.

Or … make Thing 1 and Thing 2 pencil toppers.

pencil toppers
SOURCE: Skip to my Lou

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!

7. Read Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Then, float away with a hot-air-balloon story.

Hopes and DreamsSOURCE: The Tenacious Teacher

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-balloon display by tracing the template onto colored paper, attaching string. 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.

Or … pack your bags for an adventure of your own.

Oh the Places You'll Go FunSOURCE: Inner Child Fun

Students will craft their own mini-suitcases out of paper bags, then plan the details of their own exciting adventure.

8. Read The Lorax.

Lorax Poster

Then, write about saving the Earth.

Lorax Writing Template
SOURCE: The Teaching Bug

Using this template, give students time to create their own Lorax mini-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 to chart ideas or have them work with a partner or small group. Lead them through the writing and editing process. Finally, display their final pieces—maybe with a giant truffula tree in the middle! This is also a great activity to do for Earth Day!

Or … make a Lorax math mat.

Lorax Bath MatSOURCE: JDaniel4’s Mom

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 flash-card math problems (stored inside the folder). Great for independent math practice.

Or … make truffula trees.

We’ve seen these made with pool noodles, but when it’s the wrong season for noodles, you use pipe insulation instead! Hint: If you want your trees to be perfect, buy these pom-poms from Amazon. They make great truffula trees.

9. Read Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

Then, write about why you are a “lucky duck.”

Lucky Ducky
SOURCE: Teach with Me

Create this adorable construction-paper duck (more googly eyes!) and ask students to write about why they are a “lucky duck.”

10. Read My Many Colored Days.

Many Colored Days Square

Then, make a many-colored door.

Many Colored Days

SOURCE: Room Mom 101

Perfect for beginning writers. Each student cuts out and decorates a person in the color of their choosing. Then, they attach a short sentence about what their color choice means to them.

What do you do for Read Across America Day? Do you have any favorite Dr. Seuss activities? Come share in our WeAreTeachers Chat group on Facebook. 

P.S. Check out our free teacher calendar for a favorite Dr. Seuss quote for every day in March!