Since his birthday is on Monday, you have some time to look through the links and get some fun ideas for then.
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904. If you didn’t already know, Dr. Seuss is coming out with a new book What Pet Should I Get? His widow found the makings of the book among his things and handed it over to a publisher. Did you know that you can use Dr. Seuss books for teaching older kids? Sure, we love them for teaching reading, matching and rhyming words and phonics, but some Seuss books have deep themes and meanings and can be fun to use for a Literature study.
So, what can older kids look for? Elements of fiction for one. These are things that every story has, things like – plot, theme, character, setting, point of view and mood. Choose a book like The Lorax or The Sneetches. Give your child a notebooking sheet for theme vs. plot (like this one here) and let them go to work examining the story and looking for deeper meanings. You could assign a theme, or have them try to guess it. In The Lorax an obvious theme is don’t hurt the environment, can you find others? What about Yertle the Turtle? Can they spot the Hitler reference? The Butter Battle Book was actually pulled from library shelves because of its theme (The Cold War and the arms race.)
Don’t abandon fun things to do on this day too – who doesn’t love waking up to a breakfast of green eggs and ham?
Want more fun stuff? Give your child 6, 10, 20 or more rhyming words and have them write a story in Seuss style. A Lorax unit study here. Don’t forget art! Here is a guide to using acrylic paint to paint two Dr. Seuss characters. Need to integrate more than just reading and writing? Algebra and Dr. Seuss? Go here to find an Algebra story. Learn all about the political Dr. Seuss here, includes info. about the film, educator guide and more.
They sky is the limit, you can find ways to use these books for art, math, social studies, history, writing, reading and more.
Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.