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Friday, March 9, 2012

On the Loose with Dr. Seuss

This week was Seuss-tastic!
We spent a lot of time studying and EnJoYiNg the works of the famous author, Dr. Suess!
We learned that Dr. Suess was wise beyond his years - and that many of his words still offer advice that is relevant and meaningful still today!

He also makes up a lot of silly words, and loves to rhyme! We love to rhyme as well!
Here's peek into our very fun, very busy,  Suess-filled week!

We read the story The Cat in the Hat, and made our own hats!
We noticed that the Cat's hat was red, white, red, white....HEY! That's an AB pattern.


We also played a Dr. Suess grid game. Grid games are great for our number concept skills! Each child rolls the die (or 2 dice for students who are ready for larger numbers), count the dots (or add the dots from the 2 dice) and place that many counters (glass stones) on the game mat. Each child has their own game mat, and takes turns until someone fills up their card first! This is also great for teaching children to play a game without an adult and be responsible enough to play correctly (no cheating!), and take turns with their friends. We have played a lot of grid games at school!

We also played an uppercase and lowecase letter match game! We are at that time of year when most of our students know enough about the alphabet to be able to match upper/lower. Our students were very resourceful and used the ABC charts in our room to check their work or find matches if they weren't quite sure! We are also learning that our peers are a great resource, too!
Friends helping friends is always a nice thing to see!



Ava doesn't monkey around; she's found 2 pairs right away!

Delaney found a very important letter match - D for Delaney!!

Brody found Yy - and he knows it's the last letter in his name!

Madison found Ss - they look very similar, one is just bigger than the other!


We decked out our library center this week, too! We have a forest of Truffula Trees (from The Lorax), many Dr. Suess books, and a Dr. Suess related vocabulary cards!


One of our many books this week was The Lorax. Lots of our students had gone to see the movie, but few knew it was a book by Dr. Suess! Well, little friends, let me introduce you to the written work!


Ethan especially loved this story and movie!

We made Lorax hats!
(These are Mrs. Reamer's Truffula trees in the background. We stopped for a photo op. Cute, cute, cute!)


Ms. Schneider read Green Eggs and Ham....

And then we ATE green eggs and ham! YUMMY!



We played 'Pin the Hat on the Cat'!

Zoe snapped a picture of Mrs. Powell's unsuccessful attempt to pin the hat on the cat!



Ms. Schneider also made Grickle Grass Salad (The Lorax), and Oobleck Dip w/ Chips (Bartholomew and the Oobleck. We love when snack time and story time merge!

We also worked on the letters Uu this week. We had an un-believeably fun time with that, too!

We hung UPSDIE down in our chairs!

 We enjoyed snack at the Upside Down diner!
We ate UNDER the table, and our food was upside down!






We made playdoh letters for Uu, and other letters, too!


All in all, I think we all had a ball! And so, I will leave you with a famous quote from the Lorax. I especially love this quote because it is so fitting for a variety of things. As parents and teachers, we try to teach our children to care, be kind, and do what is right and good. And while the Lorax may speak for the trees, WE speak for the little children in our lives.......



4 comments:

vicky1970

Hi there,
I love how you differenciate instruction on the grid game for the higher level learners. Sorry I spelled that wrong. ;o/ Glad I found you and am your newest follower.
Vicky
Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

TeacherGirl

Thank you, Vicky! Differentiation happens everywhere, no matter how simple the materials or games! I'm glad you are following....I'll head on over and check out your blog as well.

Keri

Heather's Heart

I love your Lorax hats and the pin the hat on the cat!

Your kiddos are blessed to have you as their teacher and I can tell that your room is full of lots of love and fun.

I am your newest follower and would love for you to visit me when you get the chance. =)

Heather
Heather's Heart

TeacherGirl

Thank you, Heather! I linked up with your blog, too! :)

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