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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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