Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Read Across America Week Activities

I was so excited when we found out this week that our school had been selected as a stop on The Missouri NEA's Cat Tracks Tour for Read Across America Week!  Charles Smith, the Missouri NEA president will be visiting our school along with The Cat in the Hat!  I know that our kiddos are going to love it!

Photo Courtesy of MNEA
What are we doing to celebrate?  Each Kindergarten through 2nd grade teacher is participating in a Read-a-Thon, by setting a reading goal for their classroom and encouraging students and parents to participate.  If the goal is met, our principal has agreed to have a bucket of Oobleck poured over his head during our Cat Tracks Tour visit!

If you've never made Oobleck for your class, it's so simple and fun!  Just mix 2 cups of corn starch, 3-4 drops of green food coloring, and up to 1 cup of water together in a bowl until it has a slimy consistency.  Your kiddos will love it! :)

We're also participating in dress-up days all week, themed around various Dr. Seuss books.  If you'd like to do this at your school, here are some ideas:

Oh, the Places You'll Go: Dress for your future profession
The Cat in the Hat: Wear your favorite hat
Fox in Socks: Wear crazy socks
Wacky Wednesday:  Wear backwards, mismatched, or inside-out clothing
The Sleep Book:  Wear pajamas
The Foot Book:  Wear slippers/ house shoes
My Many Colored Days:  Dress in your favorite color 

We're also creating some interactive bulletin boards to get our students involved.  I found the first one on Pinterest, but it was only a picture, so I don't know who to credit for this great idea!  We're going to use the second one with the older students in our building, and give out cute Dr. Seuss bookmarks as prizes.  :)

In my Kindergarten class, we'll be completing several Dr. Seuss-themed activities, including making Horton Headbands and Thing 1 and 2 hair!   This Seusstastical Party Hat Rhyming Picture Match  is available for FREE in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store!  If you'd like to use it in your classroom, I'd really appreciate your feedback on TpT!

 We'll even be having some Seuss-themed snacks!   

 These adorable Lorax cookies are from Embrace My Space.

   I made the Cat's Hat on a Stick last year, and my class loved them!

 I found the Green Eggs and Ham Snack idea from Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives blog. She has some cute ideas there as well! :)

I'm also so excited to use some of the materials from my new unit No Prep Spring Holiday Math and Literacy Printables!

This unit also includes materials for St. Patrick's Day and Earth Day--it's just a Spring holiday mash-up! :)  Scroll down to see some of the Dr. Seuss-themed printables that are included.

I hope that you all have a fun-filled Read Across America week!


  1. Hi, my name is Paul Czekaj singer/song writer. My friend Becky Mason who was my Daughters elementary school librarian asked me if I could write a song in celebration of “Read Across America” to share with her students. I wrote an original song called “Reading’s Lot’s of Fun” that features many Dr. Seuss books I remember reading as a child. I’ve been performing the song at the school for the children for the past fifteen years! They really like it a lot. It’s a very upbeat bouncy song. It has been enjoyed so much that I recorded the song and added a fun video to go along with it. Here’s the link to watch it. You can also watch “Reading’s Lot’s of Fun” and all my videos by going to youtube and typing in my name Paul Czekaj. The words to the song are below. I hope you enjoy it and share it with any child who loves to read.

    Paul Czekaj

    Reading’s Lot’s of Fun

    Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss, He makes reading lots of fun. Chorus.

    Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss, I don’t know what story is my favorite one.

    One of the stories that I laugh at, Is the one with the boy and his 500 hats.

    Or that sticky stuff that was a pain in the neck, Poor old Bartholomew and the oobleck. Chorus

    A flower growing out of your head is crazy. But it happened in the story of daisy-Head Mayzie

    Horton told the mayor to make noise until. The kangaroos heard them, so he saved Who-ville. Chorus

    The tongue twisting rhymes by socks in fox, Could never be repeated by old Mr. Knox.

    Horton sat on a egg on tree that bent, Cause an elephant’s faithful, One hundred percent. Chorus

    Thidwick the big hearted moose is the best. Cause a host above all must be nice to his guests.

    For breakfast if you what green eggs and ham.Your gonna have to see a guy named Sam I Am. Chorus

    Don’t know which story eeee…eeeeee Is my fav fav fav fav fav fav favorite one

  2. Hey! The first picture of the interactive bulletin board is mine! I posted it on Instagram on my page (@miss_diss) :) I'm glad you liked it!