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A Unit Study with Dr. Seuss



The Dr. Seuss books present the perfect opportunity to let your child's (and yours as well) imagination run wild. Have fun with this unit study... almost anything goes!

GENERAL RESOURCES:

Other than using the Dr. Seuss books themselves, I would recommend "On the Loose With Dr. Seuss" by Shirley Cook. There are activities to go along with almost any of the Dr. Seuss books and as the book was designed to develop reading, writing, and thinking skills this book can be used with the upper elementary student as well as with the preschool level.

WEB RESOURCES:

The Dr. Seuss Specialty Bookstore at Amazon.com
Read-Across-America Day with Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss Page for Teachers
Seussville at RandomHouse.com
An Index to Dr. Seuss: Characters and Unusual Creatures
Dr. Seuss National Memorial

WRITE A SEUSS STYLE STORY:
Dr. Seuss Meets the CPSIA

HORTON HATCHES THE EGG UNIT STUDY:
Horton Hatches the Egg Unit Study Activities

HORTON HEARS A WHO MINI UNIT:
Horton Hears a Who Mini Unit Study

ACTIVITIES:

Dr. Seuss Online Game Fun!
http://www.hubbardscupboard.org/dr__seuss.html
http://www.gpschools.org/ci/ce/elem/holidays/drseuss.htm

- Just reading aloud the Dr. Seuss books with your children is a fun activity!

- Have green eggs and ham for breakfast: Make your normal scrambled eggs recipe, but add a good dose of green food coloring before you begin to cook them. When you serve them as a surprise, watch their faces!

- Read the biography of Dr. Seuss:
Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography
http://www.catinthehat.org/history.htm

- Listen to some .wav (sound files) online of Seuss material:
http://www.afn.org/~afn15301/seussfiles/wavs.html

- To go along with the book "If I Ran the Zoo" you could take a trip to the zoo or design your own zoo and make up unusual animals to live there. Or, you could learn about endangered animals and populate your zoo with them.

- To go along with "The Cat in the Hat" you could make up a cleaning schedule. Talk about how important it is to keep things clean and what the consequences are when you don't.

- Read the story "Yertle the Turtle" and then talk about how important it is to stand up for what we believe in despite what others may say or do.

- Read "Gertrude McFuzz" and then create a piece of art by painting with feathers. You could also learn about birds and go bird watching.

- Read "Wacky Wednesday" and then find something wacky that you can do... or have a wacky day -- put your clothes on inside out and backwards, wear two different colored socks, etc.

The opportunities for using the Dr. Seuss books in fun and educational ways are almost limitless. Let yours and your child's imagination run wild!





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