Sunday, February 24, 2013

Dr. Seuss Celebration

The man who brought us Cat in the Hat and many, many delightful rhyming books is celebrating his birthday March 2nd.  He would have been 109 this year!  I thought I'd share with you my whimsical (but not Seussical!) alphabetical order FREEBIE and my new little Counting Coins with the Cat game that is in my TPT store.  I'll also show you all the great Seuss themed foods I've pinned on pinterest that we will be eating on Friday. Some cute stuff!  Lastly, I'll share a great way to facilitate parents sign-up forms for events: Google Forms.  Stay around for all the details!  Leave a comment and let me know your favorite Dr. Seuss book.  I can't choose just one, so I'm going to call it a tie: And to Think That I Saw it On Mulberry Street and Horton Hatches an Egg. :)

Count Coins with the Cat - TPT
Click here for this freebie!
My class will be enjoying lots of centers this week AND tons of reading!  I'm going to have them choose a Dr. Seuss book tomorrow to put in their "read to self" box.  On Friday, they will get a chance to read those books to each other and their favorite part to the class.  We'll also have tons of colorful snacks.  Our menu:

Green eggs & ham Green eggs and ham
Just make deviled eggs and add food coloring to the egg mix.

More Green eggs & ham - sweet this time!
Dr. Seuss bday- vanilla pudding with green food color, Nilla wafer as yolk.   Great alternative for kids with egg allergies!
Just make vanilla pudding and add green food coloring!  A vanilla wafer is the yolk and the sprinkles make a colorful addition!
Dr. Seuss Party #popularpins #pinterest #popular
Pink Yink Ink (Pink lemonade) will cure the thirstiest thirst of yink or a zink!

One fish, two fish Seuss like jello sundae. Similar to what I did last year. These red fish, blue fish treats are a perfect treat.  Make blue jello in a small clear cup or bowl.  Bring whipped cream and fish to put on top!

And lots of rainbow goldfish!Dr. Seuss Party

 At the beginning of the year, I gave each parent a sign-up sheet to sign up for when they wanted to bring crickets (to feed our pet gecko Lizzie).  Anyway, I didn't quite think through that one since they all signed up for similar months and I had to sort it all out!  Now, a smarter me uses google forms!  I discovered this through blogging and having a giveaway.  It has tons of uses in the classroom.  In fact, someone just tweeted about 79 ways to use google forms in the classroom!  My favorite way is to use it for parents to sign up for things.  I used it for our Valentine's party and 100th day celebration.  And, of course, I'm using it for all these Dr. Seuss foods. :)   This is a picture of the sign-up form.  The responses are automatically put into a spreadsheet.  I give my parents the link to the spreadsheet so that they can see what options have been taken.



 Here's how to use it:
1. Go to www.drive.google.com (I think you need a google account - gmail or something)
2. Click on Create and choose forms from the pull down menu


3. Choose the theme - they have a few cute little background themes/colors


4. Setup your form - title it and choose the form fields.  You can create a "field" - place where the they will type into the form - that is a text box, multiple choice, pull down menu, etc.  There are a lot of fun options.  Type in something you want answered and choose the best response option.  If it is information you must get (like their name) click next to the "required question" so it is selected.  If you want to add another question just click add item and this box (shown below) will be repeated and you can again select the options.



5. Choose a response destination.  Google will automatically put your responses into a spreadsheet for you.  The spreadsheet is saved to your google documents under the name that you choose.  I like to choose to have it create a new spreadsheet and I title it with the same title as the form with "-responses" in the title.  You can also choose to share this form (it will generate a link) so others can see it.  The last step is about sharing. :)


6. Share your document so that it is live on the web!  Go to the menu at the top of the form creating screen and choose file and then share.  Click on "change" in the who has access and select "anyone who has the link" can edit.  This will allow anyone who has the link to type an entry into your form.  Copy and paste the link to send it to your parents!  When you click "view responses" at the top of the form you can see the spreadsheet.  On this page, you can also click file -share to share the spreadsheet.  Be careful!  Do you want the spreadsheet to be edited (someone can erase answers or type into the form) or just viewable?  I usually am choosing just to have it viewed. 
Ta-da!  All done!  Enjoy your new form!



27 comments:

  1. Melissa- I pinned the same idea for green eggs and ham tray! SUPER CUTE idea isn't it?!? Thank you for the step by step directions for creating the google docs spreadsheet for my classroom use!!! I am pinning this post for future uses!

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    1. Thanks Leigh! I was super excited to figure out how to incorporate google docs in the classroom. The link I posted has some other amazing ideas, but most of them are more relevant for older grades. Thanks for visiting! :)

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  2. Now this google docs use is GENIUS! I am going to have to pin this too! I always wondered how people set this up! I just love how you gave the pinterest link too! LOVE IT!

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    1. I'm glad you found the post! Hopefully the step by step will help. Halfway through it I realized it was a lot of steps (even though they are all pretty easy). It might be a good idea to create a video tutorial. I'd love to hear if you use it and the directions were helpful. Thanks for commenting!

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  3. I love the green pudding and vanilla wafer idea. It really does look like a green egg. My students will love trying to guess what it is made with.
    Kim
    http://spanishbeginnningsounds.blogspot.com/

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    1. This is the first year I've seen that idea - thank you pinterest! I've done the green deviled eggs for the last few years, but there are always some who don't like eggs and don't want to try them. :) I think they'll love this addition. I love the idea of having them guess what it is. Maybe I'll show the pinterest picture first. Thanks for commenting.

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  4. Found your blog from the TPT forum! I'm happy to be your newest follower! :)

    -Ciera
    adventuresofroom129.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Ciera! I'll check out your blog soon. :)

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  5. The fishbowl is so cute!! I usually just put the goldfish crackers into a container and the kids guess how many, but I LOVE the goldfish bowl idea.

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    1. Thanks for posting a comment Chris! I didn't even think about estimating - yet! Hopefully that would have popped into my head before the big day. I'm so glad you reminded me. :)

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  6. Thanks for the great Seuss ideas! My favorite Seuss book is Green Eggs and Ham. I just love the silly rhyming and the illustrations. It makes me SMILE!

    Sommer Pride

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    1. Kay - Thanks for visiting and replying with your favorite Seuss book. The kids love that one -- absolutely a classic. I always read that one on our celebration day - it goes with all of our "green egg" food! :)

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  7. Wow! Love the Dr. Seuss ideas! I think I need to plan something :)

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    1. You should! It's a lot of fun! I visited your blog and I'm thinking you teach 3rd? My son is in 3rd grade this year and they usually don't celebrate it with food, but I'm bringing a few of these things (pudding "eggs" and pink lemonade) to his classroom. In K5/1st every little holiday is such a big celebration! I love it, but it does make it seem crazy busy all the time. :)

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  8. Thanks for the google forms tutorial. I wish I would have had that when I was planning for our 100th day snack! I always end up with 4 bags of marshmallows and no m&m's!

    ~Nikki
    Teaching in Progress

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    1. LOL! Can totally relate to that! Hope you can use it next time. :)

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  9. Wow!! You had quite the celebration!! We've been out on snow days all week, and while I've loved the break and the extra time with my kiddo, I'm missing out on all the fun Seuss activities!! :( Oh well..there's always next year!

    Amy
    Happy Teacher Heaven

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    1. Hi, Amy! We're actually celebrating on Friday (his birthday is March 2nd). We've been doing some Seuss reading during the rest of the week. Every year it seems I add a bit to the food part of the celebration. We're having quite a feast this year! :)

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  10. Your Syllable freebie is so cute, thanks! I love that not only can it go with a Dr. Seuss theme which students will love, but it teaches a useful skill!

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    1. Thanks, Katie! I have been so busy that I haven't had a chance to finish preparing my copy (printing, cutting, etc.)so the students can play it. I'll do it tonight and hopefully we can find some time tomorrow to play it.

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  11. I'm an in love with the "green eggs" pudding! I'm thinking of trying that this year and seeing how it goes over with my students!

    Amy
    Common Core Teacher's Toolbox

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    1. I just found that idea this year! As someone who is not terribly fond of eggs, I totally love this idea. :)

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  12. Hi Melissa! I just found you through "Fifth in the Middle's Blogs By State." It was great to see another WA teacher! :) I love your Dr. Suess ideas, and will have to try them with my kinders.

    Melinda
    melchase@live.com

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    1. Hi, Melinda! It is so great to "meet" another WA teacher! They seem almost non-existent in the blogging world compared to all those southern state teacher bloggers. :) I keep looking back at the blog to see if anyone else from WA has linked up. It will be interesting to discover others. Thanks for visiting! :)

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  13. Thanks so much for the google docs tutorial! I have been wondering how to make all these fancy spreadsheets that I see all over the place! I hope you had fun with your Dr. Seuss activities!

    -Maria
    Everyone deServes to Learn

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  14. OMG, I want to come to your party!!! Those treats look so yummy... and I don't even have a sweet tooth. How fun!

    Julie
    OpenWideTheWorld

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  15. Thanks for the info. on Google Docs. That is a great organizational tool.

    The Fun Factory

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