Read Across America Day, March 2, 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 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.
Then, make Oobleck!
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.
Then, make Rhyming Eggs.
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.
Then, make a turtle-stacking math game.
SOURCE: 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.
Then, try some 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.
Then, see how your feet measure up.
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.
Then, play the even/odd 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.
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.
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!
Then, float away with a hot air balloon story.
SOURCE: 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 ballon 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.
SOURCE: 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.
Then, write about saving the Earth.
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.
SOURCE: 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 flashcard math problems (stored inside the folder). Great for independent math practice.
Then, write about why you are a “lucky duck.”
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.
Then, make a many colored door.
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!