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					                               Dr. Seuss and what he teaches us!
                      A reading enrichment unit for Kindergarten Students

We all know and love Dr. Seuss for his fun characters, made up words and creativity, but there
are also some big ideas that Dr. Seuss books can be used to teach as well such as caring for the
environment, minority issues, freedom from oppression to name a few. Kindergarteners love
all of the fun that Dr. Seuss books provide and this five day enrichment unit is just that: FUN!
Of course, students will learn a thing or two in the process of having so much fun.

Each day will begin with a group reading of a Dr. Seuss book. Following the reading, students
will be able to move independently from station to station until they complete all of the
activities. There are 15 total activities and they are each explained on Day 1. Concise directions
are available at each station for students to access during the class time if they need
clarification on what to do.

Books to use as an introductory activity:

Day 1: The Cat in the Hat
Day 2: Green Eggs and Ham
Day 3: The Lorax
Day 4: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Day 5: Horton Hears a Who

Activities:
    1) Students will create their own “Cat in the Hat” hat making use of alternating colors.
    2) Students will make a placemat using images from Green Eggs and Ham.
    3) Dr. Seuss loved to make up words. Have students work with a partner or two to come
        up with some made up words and a definition. They can illustrate their new words if
        they want.
    4) The Lorax believed in taking good care of the earth. At one station, students will
        experiment by seeing how much water is wasted when washing hands with running the
        water the whole time.
    5) Cat in the Hat Toss-several buckets are lined up in a row for students to throw balls into.
    6) Students will play Pin the Eggs on the Plate in the same fashion as Pin the Tail on the
        Donkey.
    7) Students may choose from a variety of Seuss related coloring sheets that they may color
        at one station.
    8) Students may choose from a variety of Seuss books for independent or partner reading.
    9) Make a card for someone special as part of doing a good deed for someone.
    10) Write a postcard to Horton telling him what you think about his efforts to take care of
        the egg.
    11) Students will create their version of what the imaginary Jungle of Nool looks like. Be
        sure to identify lots of different creatures that live there.
   12) Students will make a poster helping their friends and family know what they can do to
       take care of Mother Earth.
   13) Students will create an acrostic poem using the letters DR. SEUSS. Have dictionaries
       available for student use.
   14) Students will choose a character from a Seuss book and write five clues that describe
       their character. On Friday, students will use their clues to have classmates guess who
       they are.
   15) Students will create a doorknob hanger so people know that they are reading.

Each day there will be a culminating activity when students re-convene. These activities are
listed below:

Day 1: Teacher will read a biography of Dr. Seuss. Be sure students understand what a
biography is.
Day 2: Students will play “The Cat Says” in the same fashion as Simon Says.
Day 3: Students will play Seuss-a-Phone in the same fashion as Telephone where one person
whispers a phrase until it goes all the way around the circle. Some sample phrases are listed
below:
The Cat wears a tall red and-white striped hat.
Do you have a talking fish whose tail can go swish?
Green eggs and ham might look bad but they are yummy.
Day 4: Students will taste green eggs and ham.
Day 5: Who am I? Students will use the clues they made up in Activity 15 for their classmates to
be able to guess who they are.

				
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