Friday, March 6, 2015

A Seuss-tastic Week!

In celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2nd, we spent a lot of time rhyming, reading, making up words and having fun this week!

Many children brought in their favorite Dr. Seuss books and had a quiet reading morning with their books before our field trip on Tuesday.  Some favorites included Cat in the Hat, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, One Fish, Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, There's a Wocket in my Pocket, and some of the newer science Dr. Seuss books like A Whale of a Tale.

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat was a favorite, of course!  Theodore Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss' real name) wrote The Cat in the Hat after his publishers asked him to write a more engaging "primer" to help children learn to read.  The publishers gave him a list of 250 easily recognizable words (where some of our "popcorn words" come from) and instructed him to only use those words in his book. 236 words later, The Cat in the Hat was born.

Of course we couldn't resist making cat hats and making lists of our favorite -at words!

A serious one... 
and a silly one.

For the end of our week, some children chose to be "things!"

Dr. Seuss really was the inspiration for our headwear.  He had a collection of over 500 hats--a collection on tour throughout the country called "Hats Off to Dr. Seuss."

Our Dr. Seuss study is, at its core, about phonemic awareness and playing with words.  We began a lengthy word families list to help us...

Dr. Seuss wrote the story Green Eggs and Ham after his publisher bet him fifty dollars that he could not write a story with fewer words than he used in The Cat in the Hat.  Green Eggs and Ham features only 50 different words!  We imagined what rhyming things we would eat instead of green eggs and ham.  Some examples included eating "water on a daughter" and "a carrot on a parrot."  Stop by the classroom and see our cool classroom version of Green Eggs and Ham!

Parents, try this online quiz to see if you can name the fifty words in Green Eggs and Ham in under 5 minutes.  This teacher only got 68%!

We were right in the middle of making truffula trees for The Lorax with our third grade buddies when the fire alarm went off Thursday afternoon.  It was a chilly time for a fire drill but the children did a great job.  We will post more next week after finishing up our beautiful trees!

And we have to end with a favorite...


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