March 2nd is fast approaching, better known as Read Across America Day. I have always loved Dr. Seuss' books. I love the crazy made-up words and his wacky characters. So once I became a librarian I knew that I wanted to celebrate his birthday with my students. Over the years I have done all sorts of activities including poster contests, trivia games, guest readers and spirit days to name a few.
I am always looking for new ideas and I thought I would share with you a roundup of what I have found. I also created a list of some of the things I have done over the years as well as suggestions from my Staying Cool in the Library Facebook group. If you haven't joined yet you definitely should. With over 3,000 members it is an invaluable resource for school librarians. You can download the list at the end of this post.
1. This first idea is just a picture I found on pinterest. I wish I could give credit to the person who came up with this. I have searched and searched and can not find who originally posted it. It's an awesome Cat in the Hat book display. And if anyone knows the source please let me know!
2. I found this door display on the blog Teaching My Friends. It is a fairly quick and easy display that everyone will love.
3. This STEM challenge is perfect for makerspaces or centers. It's from the blog Little Bins for Little Hands.
4. This activity goes along with the book Oh, The Places You'll Go. It does require some prep. work and materials to get ready so you may not want to do it with all of your classes. It would be a fantastic collaborative project to do with a classroom teacher. It's from the blog Inner Child Fun.
5. Kids love to do Would You Rather activities and this Dr. Seuss inspired game is sure to be a hit. You can download it here from Inspiration Laboratories.
6. This is a collection of P.E. games. Since library and P.E. are usually part of the specials schedule you could set aside a day and do different games with all of the classes together. We have done this many times at my school and it works well. Thanks to P.E. Central for the suggestions.
7. This activity goes along with the book What Pet Should I Get? Find it on the blog Fun Learning for Kids.
8. These are cute bookmarks you can print and give out to your students. These would also make good prizes. You can print off the templates from MyPrintly.
9. I love this anchor chart from Mrs. Richardson's Class to teach cause and effect with the Lorax.
10. And to go along with the anchor chart here is a free printable cause and effect matching game from Inspiration Laboratories.
From my TpT Store
I also wanted to share with you two different resources in my TpT store that go along with Read Across America Day. The first is an author study of Theodore Seuss Geisel's life. What's included:
- one page biography of Dr. Seuss' life (a color and b/w version)
- 24 multiple choice task cards that review his life and some facts from his books
- A reader that reviews the same biographical information
- 6 graphic organizers and a reading log
I also have a fact and opinion task card or Scoot activity.
If you want to download my free Read Across America idea list just click the button below!
What are your plans for Read Across America? Drop a comment and let us know.