Isn't it amazing that Dr. Seuss' early books were written 50-75 years ago and they are still loved by children today? I often have a big celebration in my classroom with all sorts of books and food. This year, as I finish up my Masters degree, simplicity is the theme. :) We were still able to do a few of my favorite activities. First we use a page from Non-Fiction Reading Comprehension 1-2 (Creative Teaching Press) about Dr. Seuss that has a KWL. You could just create a KWL chart. We complete the K & W before reading anything. Then, we read a little biography of Dr. Seuss (it is called Thinking About Theo and was a printable on a blog a few years ago - I have not idea who wrote it). It tells that his first book, And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street, was rejected 27 times. I have someone pretend to be Dr. Seuss and carry a pile of papers (talk about a manuscript vs. a book). They go to student's desks and knock on them and say "Will you buy my book?" The students have fun saying no in unusual ways! Finally, the 28th person gets to say yes! It's a great time to talk to your students about not giving up - even when things are hard! I then read them the Mulberry Street book - my favorite!- and we talk about what it would be like if he did give up. They wouldn't have some of their favorite books. We read the CTP non-fiction page and the biography booklet and underline information that is new to us. We then are able to complete the What You Learned section of the page.
In other news... :)
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