Monday, February 28, 2011

Dr Seuss: Day 1

Today, we began celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss. His birthday his actually on Wednesday but all of his great books can't be read in one day so we will be reading his books all week!

We began this morning by discussing that Dr. Seuss is a real person. I pulled
up a picture of the Cat in the Hat and asked the students if this was Dr. Seuss. They all responded with yes which led us into pulling up some pictures of Theodor Seuss Geisel to see that he was a real man that is an author and illustrator.

We talked about how Dr. Seuss is a really special person because he is such a great author and illustrator that always uses his imagination. We briefly reviewed what setting meant before reading "The Lorax" and focusing on Seuss's elaborate and creative setting that he created. After reading the story, the kids created their own drawings of Seuss's truffula trees and other unique attributes.

I worried that the book may be too long to keep their attention or that it's length may hinder their comprehension but that was so not the case! The kids were so cute in their reactions: "That's mean!", "Why don't they stop making thneeds?", "That's sad!". I was impressed to see their responses.

Some of their work:

Then during snack, we read "I'm Not Going to Get Up Today". The kids loved the book and all wanted to tell stories about the times when they didn't want to get out of bed! They each colored a bed and we glued on pictures of them pretending to sleep!

Click here for your copy of the bed printable.


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