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Learning about Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Seuss Geisel, was a prolific author who has captivated the imaginations of millions of students and their parents. He utilizes unusual names, humorous concepts, and fun rhyming patterns to create books that stand out from the crowd. Your fourth through sixth grade students will enjoy working individually and in small groups on these activities which will enhance their understanding of this talented creator.
Create a Dr. Seuss Paper Plant and Flower Garden
Dr. Seuss books are known for their interesting looking plants, many of which are not really found in nature. In this activity, your students will get to create their very own Dr. Seuss plant creations.
Materials: art paper, chenille stems (pipe cleaners), colored pencils, copies of Dr. Seuss books or online books for photo references, glue, pens and markers, scissors, stapler, tissue paper
Let your students know they will be creating their own paper gardens with flowers and plants that look like the ones from various Dr. Seuss books. Working individually or in small groups of 3 - 5, have students create their own Dr. Seuss plants. The chenille stems can be used as the stems of plants, while students can fold tissue paper into interesting plant shapes. They can also draw pictures on art paper and then cut them out with scissors. When they are through, have your students place all of their flowers into a Dr. Seuss garden for everyone to enjoy.
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Materials: Copy of the book Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss (also available online)
Begin by having students read Oh, the Places you'll Go! by Dr. Seuss (alternatively, allow them to listen to it on the Internet). Then, divide them into small groups of 4 - 6 and have them decide what they would do if they had the day off from school. As in the book, also have them describe some scary places they won't visit, such as a spooky cemetery. Have them share their lists with the entire class.
Write Your Own Dr. Seuss Short Story
Dr. Seuss was a very talented and creative author, but perhaps so are your students. In this activity, your students will write their very own short stories. Allow them to choose whatever topic they like; however, like Dr. Seuss books, they need to include silly names, humorous subjects, and fun rhyming patterns similar to the ones used by the great author. Then allow them to share their short stories with their fellow classmates.
Act Out a Dr. Seuss Book
Students love to role play and act out scenes from books, television shows, and movies, and Dr. Seuss books are ideal for students to utilize role playing activities.
In this activity, your students will act out one of their favorite Dr. Seuss books. After dividing students into small groups, allow them to pick out a Dr. Seuss book from the library or on the Internet. Have the small groups practice their acting skills and, when they are ready, allow each group to present their role playing skits to the entire class.
Rewrite Green Eggs and Ham
The book Green Eggs and Ham is an all-time favorite. However, what if your students were to rewrite the classic with their own little twists?
Materials: copies of the classic book Green Eggs and Ham
- Inform your students they are going to be rewriting the Dr. Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham today. Divide them into five small groups. Tell them the following details:
- The estate of Dr. Seuss has announced it would like a sequel to Green Eggs and Ham to be written. To save money, they had a drawing to determine which school would get the opportunity. Our school won, so we are going to write the sequel Blue Eggs and Toast today.
- Now allow them to write their stories. Each person must contribute at least two lines to each group's story. When they are through, have each group nominate a reader to share their new stories with the entire class. Lastly, discuss the five stories and note the similarities and differences between them. As an option, you could have your students illustrate their own books as well.
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