By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Curriki
In Katroo, every year, on the day you were born
They start the day right in the bright early morn
When the Birthday Honk-Honker hikes high up Mt. Zorn
and lets loose a big blast on the big Birthday Horn.
And the voice of the horn calls out loud as it plays:
“Wake up! For today is your Day of all Days!”
— Happy Birthday to You! (Dr. Seuss)
Dr. Seuss, a.k.a. Theodor Seuss Geisel, was born on March 2, 1904. While he is no longer with us, Dr. Seuss’s legacy lives on in the pages of his whimsical, unforgettable books. From Horton Hears a Who to The Cat in the Hat to The Lorax, Dr. Seuss revolutionized the way children’s books were written and continues to inspire generations.
So this month, celebrate in your homeschool or classroom by reading Dr. Seuss’s amazing books and taking advantage of Curriki’s Seussian Collection of creative, fun activities. Oh, the places you’ll go!
First, the Educational Stuff …
First … Read as many Dr. Seuss books as you can during March!
- Reading Everywhere with Dr. Seuss – Young readers create a classroom book modeled after Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham to celebrate all the places they can read
- Dr. Seuss’s Sound Words: Playing with Phonics and Spelling – Boom! Br-r-ring! Cluck! Moo? Everywhere you turn, you find exciting sounds. Students use these sounds to write their own poems based on Dr. Seuss’s Mr. Brown Can MOO! Can You?
- Teaching Short-Vowel Discrimination Using Dr. Seuss Rhymes – Through the contrast of short-vowel patterns and use of Dr. Seuss rhymes, students apply their knowledge of vowel sounds in reading and spelling new words.
- Dr. Seuss Math Printables – Nothing makes math as much fun as Dr. Seuss, even for math haters!
- Green Eggs and …Economics? – Economic concepts are often found in places students have never considered, like children’s literature. In this lesson, students will explore the various economic concepts addressed in five of Dr. Seuss’ most popular books: The Cat in the Hat; Green Eggs and Ham; The Lorax; Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and Horton Hears a Who! This lesson assumes the students already have some knowledge of basic microeconomic concepts. Therefore, it would be best utilized as a review or unit summary to reinforce the concepts you have already covered.
If I Ran the Zoo – Economics and Literature – Welcome to the Zoo! In this two-day lesson, you will use Dr. Seuss’ If I Ran the Zoo book to introduce the economic concepts to your students. You will also get the chance to use actual zoo criteria to help a zoo “choose” new animals.
Just for Fun (with some learning snuck in)
Here are some other fun suggestions:
- Visit Seussville and play games online and print off fun activities at Seussville University.
- Take a virtual tour of The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden.
- Make stars to wear on your belly, like the Sneetches! (This is a great opportunity to talk about inclusiveness.)
- Make a pink clover like the one in Horton Hears a Who.
Got any other great ideas? Please share!
Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, leads and manages all of Curriki’s content development, user experience, and academic direction. Learn more at Curriki.org.