Dr. Seuss Literacy Activities

Instructor: Joanna Harris

Joanna has taught high school social studies both online and in a traditional classroom since 2009, and has a doctorate in Educational Leadership

This lesson will include activities and opportunities for teachers to encourage literacy among primary school children. These ideas can be used by any teacher interested in creating their own activities to encourage literacy using the works of Dr. Seuss.

Ideas for Activities

For teachers who want to create their own activities to encourage literacy among students, here are a few ideas to use as a guide. Dr. Seuss's collective work gives teachers many possibilities for young students to explore the benefits of literacy. It is also a wonderful opportunity for classroom fun, and reading curriculum supplementation and reinforcement. Luckily for teachers, they don't have to recreate the wheel for lessons and activities from Dr. Seuss that encourage literacy.

The National Education Association has a Read Across America event each year that celebrates Dr. Seuss's birthday, his work, and how his work can be used to improve literacy skills among young students. Here are some lessons and ideas that teachers can use as stand alone activities throughout the year, or in tandem with Read Across America events.

Reading Contest

During a teacher-prescribed contest period, students can be offered the opportunity to read books by Dr. Seuss each evening, either independently or with their parent/guardian. Provide students with a reading log at the beginning of the grading period or semester. Reading logs should have a space for parents/guardians to sign as verification that their child has read each book.

Offer prizes and award certificates for each week in the contest period. For example, if the goal is for each student to read 5 Dr. Seuss books that week, those students who turn in a reading log with their 5 books and a parent/guardian signature each receive a prize or award certificate.

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