The BEST Dr. Seuss Read Across America Activities!By Teachers.Net Resources
Everything you’ll need for planning an exciting and successful Dr. Seuss/Read Across America Month!
A Cat in the Hat Pin for Read Across America Day (craft)
Crafts, Recipes, Projects (Be sure to scroll to the lower part of the page for all of the curriculum activities posted)
Read Across America Day Activity Sampler
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We’re celebrating [Read Across America Day] on March 1. We’re having firemen, policemen, the mayor, parents, principals, administration, etc. coming in to read. All of the participating teachers purchased the official “Cat in the Hat” hat. We also asked PTO for $ to purchased an adult Cat in the Hat costume (worn by a retired teacher) to greet the kids with RRA stickers and our readers. Children will be reading all day. They will wear pajamas. We are soliciting our local grocery stores for cupcakes, cookies, etc. to sing “Happy Birthday” to Dr. Seuss. Amy/IN/1-2
This idea was in our newspaper and I wish I had seen it sooner. The teacher used the egg shaped jell-o mold and made GREEN jell-o eggs! Disney Cathy
We will culminate our week-long Dr. Seuss activities by assembling a VERY large cake. Each class will contribute a cake in a 9×11 pan that they will decorate however they want and have a letter on the top of the cake – one that has been assigned to them. We will assemble all 22 cakes in the front foyer to spell Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss. We are inviting the local paper to come and take a picture and will have the whole school file by to see the creation. We will then give back the cakes to the respective classes to be cut up and enjoyed. Anne
We are inviting parents in to read with their children, we’ll make green eggs and ham either on that day or sometime that week prior. We are also going to send a paper bear home to have the children decorate as their favorite book character. Our school is also using a 50 state theme but I don’t have the specifics here at home. Kayleen
In my school, each class selects a Dr. Seuss book and decorates their classroom door. We have guest readers come in during the day and a pajama party at night hosted by our principal. (This only lasts about an hour and a half) We also purchased a Cat in the Hat costume. The Reading Recovery teacher dresses up in it and visits each classroom. In the afternoon, each hallway has a huge decorated sheet cake. We sing happy birthday Dr. Seuss and then all have cake. Also each class teams up with another class for special projects. It is a really big day at our school. Candice in NJ
On Read Across America Day, my fourth grade class will be reading with their first, second and third grade buddies. We’ll do a SSR period and then we’ll do some buddy reading. We’ll make some special bookmarks to remind of our time together too, which we get laminated for saving. Beth
We are having a “Snuggle Up with a Good Book” day. Everyone will come to school in their PJ’s and we will have a reading celebration day with lots of fun literature activities. Barbara (scroll down for more!)
My school has a family reading night each year for Read Across America (although we’re having ours on February 28 because we didn’t think attendance would be as high on a Friday night). We have theme rooms that families visit on a rotating basis. They get to choose two theme rooms to attend. Mine will be “Reading in the Rain Forest.” I’m building an enviro-bubble and decorating it like a rain forest. My friend “Einstein” (a monkey puppet) will help me read The Great Kapok Tree in the bubble. Then we’ll make a rainforest mural. Other theme rooms include: the Olympics, Survivor (complete with tents, “torches,” challenges, etc. in the gym), Bill Nye the Science Guy, dinosaurs, balloons, scary stories, Harry Potter, Sponge Bob, Chicken Soup books, and more!
We also have a book giveaway. Each child who attends the family reading night receives a free book (preschoolers included) and the following day at school each child receives a free book of their choice. Local businesses help pay for the books.
We have a storyteller (usually from the Children’s Museum) during the day for an assembly. We have rocking chair readers in the lobby all day long. Our principal always challenges the students to read a certain amount of time or number of pages. One year he kissed a pig. Last year he did the Tooty-ta Dance in front of the entire school. This year we think he’ll work in the cafeteria for a whole day serving lunch in a hair net and apron.
The cafeteria is serving green eggs and ham. In my room, we’ll have a Cat-in-the-Hat cake and sing Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss. We’ll read Bartholomew and the Oobleck and make oobleck! We’ll all dress in red and white like the Cat in the Hat.