seuss crafts,

1-2-3 Come Do Some Apple Activities With Me

Activities for Dr. Seuss's 10 Apples Up On Top storyThe 3 main characters in Dr. Seuss’s story “Ten Apples Up On Top” are a dog, lion & tiger, so I thought it would be fun for children to practice number recognition and counting to 10 with an animal "slider".

After reading the story, have students transition to this whole-group craftivity.

Dr. Seuss activities, 10 apples up on top activities, Dr. Seuss crafts, apple crafts, apple activities, counting backwards activitiesThere are 6 BW pattern choices.

Two of each animal, plus I’ve included full-color templates so you can quickly & easily make a sample to share, helping explain what you want your students to do.

Dr. Seuss activities, 10 apples up on top activities, Dr. Seuss crafts, apple crafts, apple activities, counting backwards activitiesSimply run the patterns off on white construction paper or card stock and give children a choice.

They color their animal, then trim around the edges.

Dr. Seuss activities, 10 apples up on top activities, Dr. Seuss crafts, apple crafts, apple activities, counting backwards activitiesThere are 4 apple slider strip options.
Two are in BW the others in color.

The apples are numbered as well as blank, so that students can write them in.

So that the "slider" is not pulled out, have children fold and glue the end. Wahla! Instant stop guard.



Dr. Seuss activities, 10 apples up on top activities, Dr. Seuss crafts, apple crafts, apple activities, counting backwards activitiesTo play this whole-group game, call out a number.
“I see 6 apples up on top!”

Dr. Seuss activities, 10 apples up on top activities, Dr. Seuss crafts, apple crafts, apple activities, counting backwards activitiesChildren gently pull on their slider, counting out 6 apples, then hold their animal pet in the air.

You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.

* Dr. Seuss activities, 10 apples up on top activities, Dr. Seuss crafts, apple crafts, apple activities, counting backwards activitiesSave the number 10 for last, then count all of the apples together one more time.

* Children lay their animal down, and point to each number as you count the apples to ten.

* Students exclaim: “Hooray! Ten apples up on top!”

* If you’re also learning how to count backwards from 10, do that next, by having children pull the apple slider back down, pausing at each number, looking at it and saying it.

Dr. Seuss activities, 10 apples up on top activities, Dr. Seuss crafts, apple crafts, apple activities, counting backwards activities* When you get to the end, have children crouch down with their critter and repeat the backwards sequence exclaiming:

“No apples up on top. 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-0. Blast off!”

* As they yell “Blast Off!” they jump in the air, and can quietly file out to their backpacks to put their animal slider away.

Have older students glue two apple strips together to count to 20 and work on those tricky teen numbers.

This is also a great activity and story to read for a substitute teacher. (Instant lesson. Just tuck in your sub tub). 

apple crafts, apple activities, treat bags for back to schoolToday's featured FREEBIE also has an apple theme.

It's an inexpensive little gift you can give your kiddos on that first day of school, or during your apple unit. 

Click on the link to pick up your free packet today: Back To School Apple Puzzle Gift Baggies.

10 apples up on top activities, apple crafts, apple activiteis, Seuss crafts, Well that's it for today. Hope you are enjoying your summer. Mine is going way too fast.

My mom's coming for a visit next week, so It's time to get some marathon cleaning and shopping done.

Wishing you a carefree day.

"Summer: Rest, Relax, Repeat!"

1-2-3 Come Do Some Horton The Elephant Activities With Me

The first week of March we do a lot of Cat in the Hat activities to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday. For the rest of March is Reading Month, I sprinkle in activities for some of his other popular stories, like Horton Hears A Who.  This blog article features 4 of my new packets. 

horton the elephant activities, horton writing prompts, color games, elephant crafts, elephant activities, color activities, color games, color crafts, color emergent reader, elephant games, elephant centers, 5 senses activities, emergent readersFirst up is "Hangin' Out With Horton".  Since so many teachers have the 5 senses as one of their science standards, I decided to make this sweet flip booklet featuring Horton because he HEARS a Who.

The pages of the booklet act like a "stem" for the clover that Horton is holding. Each page features one of the senses.
Students complete the simple writing prompts by filling in what Horton sees, hears, tastes, smells, and feels.

horton the elephant activities, horton writing prompts, color games, elephant crafts, elephant activities, color activities, color games, color crafts, color emergent reader, elephant games, elephant centers, 5 senses activities, emergent readersThis can relate to the story, or be whatever they imaginations dream up. 

The last page is also up to them, as they finish the sentence: "Horton...

For that finishing touch, have them glue their school picture to the clover. They are now an official member of "Whoville"

horton the elephant activities, horton writing prompts, color games, elephant crafts, elephant activities, color activities, color games, color crafts, color emergent reader, elephant games, elephant centers, 5 senses activities, emergent readersNext up is Horton Hears, which also reviews the 5 senses and matches the above packet.  

The packet includes . . .
horton the elephant activities, horton writing prompts, color games, elephant crafts, elephant activities, color activities, color games, color crafts, color emergent reader, elephant games, elephant centers, 5 senses activities, emergent readers* An alliterative and "tongue twisting" writing prompt craftivity
* Alliteration and tongue twister definition posters
* A class mini book: “Horton Hears A Who. How About You?”

horton the elephant activities, horton writing prompts, color games, elephant crafts, elephant activities, color activities, color games, color crafts, color emergent reader, elephant games, elephant centers, 5 senses activities, emergent readers* “We spy an elephant’s eye and these Ee words:” posters, with matching worksheet
* Horton’s senses whole group activity, with matching individual worksheet

* Label the elephant poster, with matching worksheets
* 5 photo-posters of elephants, featuring one of the 5 senses

horton the elephant activities, horton writing prompts, color games, elephant crafts, elephant activities, color activities, color games, color crafts, color emergent reader, elephant games, elephant centers, 5 senses activities, emergent readers* “My favorite sense” writing prompt with a “What’s Your Favorite Sense?” graphing extension
* “If I had to give up one of my senses it would be . . .” writing prompt with graphing extension plus a ...

* “Where might an elephant walk?” photo-poster, with matching writing prompt. 

An elephant is my favorite animal, so I'm also big on the Elmer stories by David McKee. 

horton the elephant activities, horton writing prompts, color games, elephant crafts, elephant activities, color activities, color games, color crafts, color emergent reader, elephant games, elephant centers, 5 senses activities, emergent readersI thought it would be fun to design a packet with both pachyderms , and just finished up-dating Horton & Elmer Fun.  This 102-page jumbo packet includes:

horton the elephant activities, horton writing prompts, color games, elephant crafts, elephant activities, color activities, color games, color crafts, color emergent reader, elephant games, elephant centers, 5 senses activities, emergent readers* 4 “Craftivities”
* Games
* Pocket chart cards

horton the elephant activities, horton writing prompts, color games, elephant crafts, elephant activities, color activities, color games, color crafts, color emergent reader, elephant games, elephant centers, 5 senses activities, emergent readers* Worksheets
* Posters
* Writing prompts

* Graphing activities
* Venn diagrams
* Itty Bitty color booklet

* Rhyming activity
* Lollipop certificate of praise plus
* Bookmarks.   

horton the elephant activities, horton writing prompts, color games, elephant crafts, elephant activities, color activities, color games, color crafts, color emergent reader, elephant games, elephant centers, 5 senses activities, emergent readersFinally, I just finished the "I Saw An Elephant" packet today. 

I designed these color activities specifically to go with Horton, but I kept this packet generic, so that it would work anytime of the year, and fits in nicely with a zoo or animal theme as well.     

It's differentiated for PK-1st grade, plus I've also included the UK "colours" and "grey" spelling options.

horton the elephant activities, horton writing prompts, color games, elephant crafts, elephant activities, color activities, color games, color crafts, color emergent reader, elephant games, elephant centers, 5 senses activities, emergent readersThe packet includes a variety of posters, games, writing prompts, pocket chart cards for 12 colors, with a matching bookmark.
My students keep theirs in their writing journals.

There's also an emergent reader, “Elephant Colors” booklet, filled with lots of Dolch sight words, plus  a "favorite color elephant" graphing extension, with matching “color me” worksheet.

Besides the Memory Match games, there's also 2 options for a “Roll and Color” dice game, with numbers 1-6 for PK children, plus a game sheet for numbers 1-12 with addition practice and two dice, for older kiddos.

horton the elephant activities, horton writing prompts, color games, elephant crafts, elephant activities, color activities, color games, color crafts, color emergent reader, elephant games, elephant centers, 5 senses activities, emergent readersTo mix math with literacy, there are full color, plus black and white number puzzles (sequencing numbers from 1-10 for PK kiddos, plus skip counting by 10s to 100 for older students.

There's also a set of Color mixing (primary to secondary colors) pocket chart cards, with a matching black & white template for students to color, which I staple together as a flip booklet.

The “mixing colors” elephant craftivity will be a big hit. My students absolutely LOVED mixing colors with finger paints.

horton the elephant activities, horton writing prompts, color games, elephant crafts, elephant activities, color activities, color games, color crafts, color emergent reader, elephant games, elephant centers, 5 senses activities, emergent readersThey got so excited when a new color appeared as if by “magic”. The results are awesome and make an interesting bulletin board. A caption could be: “Mixing It Up In (Kindergarten)”. 

Today's FREEBIE also features Horton. It's a sweet writing prompt craftivity, that includes the puppet craft, plus 22 writing-prompts!

horton the elephant activities, horton writing prompts, color games, elephant crafts, elephant activities, color activities, color games, color crafts, color emergent reader, elephant games, elephant centers, 5 senses activities, emergent readersWell that's it for today.  I hope you still have some time left in your busy March schedule to fit in some fun with Horton. 

The weather's hit 60 today, so the dreary snow is finally melting like crazy!  Woo Hoo; I can smell spring in the air.  Wishing you a wonderful day. 

"Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes." - Carl Friedrich Gauss

1-2-3 Come Do Some Dr. Seuss Activities With Me    

 Seuss is on the loose and I'm celebrating with some super-fun Seuss-themed activities. Today's blog features some of my favorite ways to practice standards using a Seuss hat.

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Simply choose the word families that your students are working on.  

Use them for a bulletin board display, your word wall, centers, games, assessing and worksheets

seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, free seuss, cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat centers, cat in the hat crafts, seuss bulletin boards, seuss writing prompts, writing prompts for March, word family activities, 2D shape activities, shapes in real life activities, 3D shape activities, shape booklet, telling time to the hour and half hour activitiesNext up are the "Flipping Over 2D and 3D Shapes!" emergent reader booklets.   

Students read the simple sentences, underline the capital letters and add end punctuation.

seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, free seuss, cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat centers, cat in the hat crafts, seuss bulletin boards, seuss writing prompts, writing prompts for March, word family activities, 2D shape activities, shapes in real life activities, 3D shape activities, shape booklet, telling time to the hour and half hour activitiesThey trace and write shape words, then trace, color and draw the various shapes.

Gluing the top square to their cat’s hat, then snipping on the lines, creates a "flip the flap" booklet.

I really think it’s important for students to not only be able to identify the various shapes, but pick them out in real life and give examples

With that in mind, I designed both booklets with graphics of real life things.

When everyone is done, read the booklets together as a whole group, to reinforce concepts of print.

I specifically used lots of Dolch word pronouns for more teachable moments. I’ve also included a graphing extension.

seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, free seuss, cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat centers, cat in the hat crafts, seuss bulletin boards, seuss writing prompts, writing prompts for March, word family activities, 2D shape activities, shapes in real life activities, 3D shape activities, shape booklet, telling time to the hour and half hour activitiesFinally, I created some Seuss-hat, telling analog & digital time to the hour and half hour activities for the "It's Time For Seuss!" packet.

There are dice games, worksheets, an anchor chart, cat clock craftivity, clothespin clip game, sequencing time "Speed" game, pocket chart digital & analog time cards to the hour and half hour, an Itty Bitty Time booklet, praise certificates and an assessment!    

seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, free seuss, cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat centers, cat in the hat crafts, seuss bulletin boards, seuss writing prompts, writing prompts for March, word family activities, 2D shape activities, shapes in real life activities, 3D shape activities, shape booklet, telling time to the hour and half hour activitiesThe featured FREEBIE today is a Seuss hat writing prompt with a "Seussism" quote poster

Use the poster to introduce the lesson, then display it in the center of your bulletin board display, surrounded by your students' completed hats. 

Simply run off the template. Students write the things that they enjoyed doing the most during their day at school, writing something on each stripe of the cat's hat.

They write their name in the oval on the bottom.  Add a school photo for that finishing touch.

Since a lot of teachers decorate with Seuss for back-to-school,  I’ve also included a template for that special first day.  

seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, free seuss, cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat centers, cat in the hat crafts, seuss bulletin boards, seuss writing prompts, writing prompts for March, word family activities, 2D shape activities, shapes in real life activities, 3D shape activities, shape booklet, telling time to the hour and half hour activitiesWell that's it for today. Time to get busy with Horton and Green Eggs & Ham stuff!  

Wishing you a non-crazy, carefree day!

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!" -Dr. Seuss

1-2-3 Come Do Some Dr. Seuss Lorax Activities With Me   

Ever since the movie came out, my students absolutely love the Lorax. He's such a cute little fluff ball, and the inspiration behind my "Shapin' Up With The Lorax" packet.   

Seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, 2D shape activities 3D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape activities, telling time to the hour activities, Lorax activities, telling time to the hour gamesThis craftivity is quick, easy & super-fun and includes a variety of game options.

There's also an emergent reader, which practices capitalization and end punctuation as it reviews shapes.

I’ve provided 2D shapes (circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, trapezoid, rhombus, heart, star & crescent), as well as the four, 3D ones: cone, cube, cylinder andsphere. 

Make a set to use for a bulletin board display.

Seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, 2D shape activities 3D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape activities, telling time to the hour activities, Lorax activities, telling time to the hour gamesMake an extra set; cut them in half, and use as puzzles for an independent math center and an interesting way to review symmetry.

Seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, 2D shape activities 3D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape activities, telling time to the hour activities, Lorax activities, telling time to the hour gamesPlay 4-Corner FREEZE; a game that practices a variety of life skills, like listening and following directions, as well as the 2D/3D shape vocabulary, plus recognition, and counting backwards from 10 to 0.

My kiddos absolutely LOVE this game. Easy-peasy for me, and only takes a few minutes, so it’s perfect for the end of the day. I’ve included directions in the packet.

Seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, 2D shape activities 3D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape activities, telling time to the hour activities, Lorax activities, telling time to the hour gamesYou can also use the Lorax shapes as big flashcards. Hold one up. Children call out what shape it is, along with its attributes, like the number of vertices.

Play “Who’s Missing?” Display a set on the wall. After children leave, take one away. In the morning, children guess which one is missing.

Seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, 2D shape activities 3D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape activities, telling time to the hour activities, Lorax activities, telling time to the hour gamesI’ve also included a 2-on-a-one-page template, so children can pick their favorite shape and create their own Lorax.

There are 2 mustache options: “I ‘mustache’ you a question. What shape am I?” is written on one, the other is blank.

For a cute keepsake idea, students can use their hand prints as the mustache, and add accordion-folded legs and arms. (Super fine motor practice!)

Have older students write attributes on the back. 

Next up is a Telling Time With The Lorax Game, which practices analog and digital time to the hour.

There are several ways to use the packet.  Seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, 2D shape activities 3D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape activities, telling time to the hour activities, Lorax activities, analog and digital time activities, telling time to the hour gamesMake a large Lorax teacher’s clock to use as a whole-group assessment tool. 

You can also have children make their own, mini (4-on-a-page pattern) Lorax clock, to whole group assess in another way.

Ask children to show you 11:00 or whatever time. Sitting at their desk/table, they manipulate their paperclips to display that time.
You walk around the room making sure children have the correct time.

Seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, 2D shape activities 3D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape activities, telling time to the hour activities, Lorax activities, analog and digital time activities, telling time to the hour gamesAnother option: Instead of using paperclips, children can use a dry erase marker to draw hands on their clock, to show you the time, then erase it with a tissue.

The “clocks” can also be used as spinners to play the “It’s Truffula Tree Time!” game.

To use for a math center activity, laminate the full-size truffula trees, and medium-size spinners, and attach a large paperclip with a brass brad.

Using a dry erase marker, children play with a partner, spinning the paperclip to see what time they will trace on the truffula tree trunk.

Seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, 2D shape activities 3D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape activities, telling time to the hour activities, Lorax activities, analog and digital time activities, telling time to the hour gamesThe winner of the game, is the first one to fill in all of the times, or who has the most times traced when the timer rings.

So that children practice numbering a clock, I’ve also included mini-blank clocks without numbers. 

When students spin, they not only trace the time on their truffula tree, they also write that number on their mini clock worksheet.

I’ve included 2-on-a page templates of the game, so that you can play this as a whole group activity too. 

Children can play with a partner or in a group of 3-5.  Each student makes their own truffula tree, has their own blank clock, and shares the spinner. 

Today's FREEBIE also features Seuss's Lorax.  It's a super-cute writing prompt. Making a mustache to launch a writing prompt, is an interesting and "Suessical" way of doing things. I think your students will enjoy it.

Lorax writing prompt craft covFor an adorable bulletin board, take everyone's photograph wearing their mustache and put it next to their writing.  Your bulletin board title could be the same question you are asking: "We mustache you, would you save a truffula tree?" 

Flank the board on either side, with 2 colorful truffula trees, made out of strips of neon-colored tissue paper, and rolled up green bulletin board paper for the trunk. Stripe it with brightly colored boarder.

Seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, 2D shape activities 3D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape activities, telling time to the hour activities, Lorax activities, telling time to the hour gamesWell that's it for today.  I can't believe spring is just around the corner, as it's bitter cold today and the bleak view out my window is still snow covered! 

Wishing you a wonderful week!

"Life is like a mustache.  It can be wonderful or terrible, but it always tickles!" -Unknown

 

1-2-3 Come Do Some Cat in the Hat Craftivities With Me 

Seuss's birthday is on March 2nd, so my school kicks off our March is Reading Month with a super-fun Cat in the Hat Day. 

With that in mind, I designed a plethora of Seuss hat-themed activities.  Here are 3 of my kiddos' all-time favorites.  

cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat crafts, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat centers, seuss songs, seuss crafts, seuss activities, seuss games, seuss writing prompts, seuss centers, First up  is a place value  “Cat in the Hat” game. I print and laminate a class set so that we can play a whole-group place value game.

Students take turns calling out a 2 or 3-digit number.  Using a dry erase marker, students write the number on the hat brim and then place that many number tiles in the appropriate columns.

This is also a quick and simple way to whole-group assess. When students have filled in their mat, they raise their hand. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.

The hat and number tiles come in a large, full-page size, as well as a smaller, 2-on-a-page pattern to conserve paper.

I’ve also included a 3D “Cat in the Hat” place value craftivity, that makes an interesting manipulative for an independent center, assessing, or playing a game with a partner.    

cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat crafts, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat centers, seuss songs, seuss crafts, seuss activities, seuss games, seuss writing prompts, seuss centers, Next up is a quick, easy and super-fun, Cat's Hat AT Word Family packet, filled with a variety of interesting activities to help practice the at family of words.

The packet includes:

cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat crafts, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat centers, seuss songs, seuss crafts, seuss activities, seuss games, seuss writing prompts, seuss centers, * An at word family poster.
* A “My Cat Pat” emergent reader flip booklet with a full-color teacher’s edition.
* A set of “Pat the Cat” pocket chart cards

cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat crafts, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat centers, seuss songs, seuss crafts, seuss activities, seuss games, seuss writing prompts, seuss centers, *An at family, “Cat in the Hat” slider craftivity, featuring 16 words.
*4 worksheets.

* A “My Itty Bitty Book Of at Family Words” booklet.

cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat crafts, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat centers, seuss songs, seuss crafts, seuss activities, seuss games, seuss writing prompts, seuss centers, * Picture and word cards to use as an independent center.

* You can also use the cards for a Memory Match or “I Have; Who Has?” game. 
* I've also included black and white “Trace, Write & Color” puzzle cards, with a matching set in full color for a center activity. 

cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat crafts, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat centers, seuss songs, seuss crafts, seuss activities, seuss games, seuss writing prompts, seuss centers, Finally, the next cat hat craftivity is very versatile, as the "Classmate Hat" can be used as a game, independent center, whole group activity, bulletin board, writing prompt or reading log.

There are "brim" options for preschool to 2nd grade, as well as several generic ones to fit whatever.

Besides the “Alphabetize Your Classmates” game, the packet also includes a mini cat hat craftivity, with a variety of brim options for that too.

Students choose to put their hat on a cat pattern, an enlarged photo of themselves, or they can pick a head pattern and draw a face on it.

cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat crafts, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat centers, seuss songs, seuss crafts, seuss activities, seuss games, seuss writing prompts, seuss centers, I’ve included 9 faceless head templates they can pick from, as I find this helps little ones with size, however you can always opt to have children draw their own.

Students color, trim and glue their hat on top of their head.  Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board.

I've included a worksheet for alphabetizing practice, plus a "Speed" game challenge, recording sheet.

Since the hat templates are blank, you can also have students write a list of their favorite Seuss books. Older students can put their list in alphabetical order.

cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat crafts, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat centers, seuss songs, seuss crafts, seuss activities, seuss games, seuss writing prompts, seuss centers, Another idea is to “Stack a Hat” using the stripes as a reading log to jot down each book they read during March is Reading Month or the number of pages they’ve read each week.

You can also use the blank hat for a writing prompt of your choice, or have students list the reasons why they like to read, or specifically why they enjoy reading Dr. Seuss books. 

Patterns come on a full-page, as well as a smaller, 2-on-a-page size, to save on paper. 

cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat crafts, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat centers, seuss songs, seuss crafts, seuss activities, seuss games, seuss writing prompts, seuss centers, The FREEBIE today also features Seuss. It's a set of silly Dr. Seuss songs that I made up.  I hope you find them useful. 

cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat crafts, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat centers, seuss songs, seuss crafts, seuss activities, seuss games, seuss writing prompts, seuss centers, Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.  As much as I've up-dated, tweaked and designed, I still have a huge "to do" pile sitting on my desk. 

So I'm certainly happy that March has 31 days in it, providing more time to cram in some extra-fun spring themes.  Wishing you a sunshine-filled day.

"The beautiful spring came; and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also." -Harriet Ann Jacobs

1-2-3 Come Do Some Dr. Seuss Activities With Me 

Seuss's birthday is March 2nd, so I'm featuring 3 of my all-time favorite writing prompt "Seuss-tivities" that have recently been up-dated. 

seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss writing prompts, seuss bulletin boards, seuss centers, oh the places you'll go activities, oh the places you'll go crafts, end of the year activities, hot air balloon crafts, hot air balloon activities, if i ran the circus activitiesFirst up is the perfect "go-along" to Dr. Seuss's book, "Oh The Places You'll Go". This packet features 3, quick, easy and fun writing prompt craftivities.

On the large bucket, students think of 5 places they want to go, then write the place, followed by what they want to see there, or what they want to do while they are there.

There’s also another writing prompt option of “Oh the top 5 things I want to do are…” 
I’ve included a full-page pattern, as well as a smaller, 2-on-a-page template to conserve paper.

The 3rd prompt is a mini-bucket “slider", where students think of all of the things they'd like to do, and jot them down on a strip of paper.

This can be for the month, year, in 5, 10, 20 years, or a list of all they want to do before they die. They include this time commitment on their hat.

Students can color their large bucket to look like an upside down Seuss hat, or color the stripes however they want.

Some of my students used the color scheme featured in the “Oh The Places You’ll Go” story: pink, powder blue, purple, light green, orange and yellow.

Completed projects make sweet bulletin boards for March is Reading Month or a Dr. Seuss celebration. 

seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss writing prompts, seuss bulletin boards, seuss centers, oh the places you'll go activities, oh the places you'll go crafts, end of the year activities, hot air balloon crafts, hot air balloon activities, if i ran the circus activitiesAnother writing prompt craftivity to also go along with this book, is my hot air balloon, which turns out absolutely "awww-dorable" making a wonderful keepsake.
Completed projects look terrific suspended from the ceiling, swirling and twirling.

seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss writing prompts, seuss bulletin boards, seuss centers, oh the places you'll go activities, oh the places you'll go crafts, end of the year activities, hot air balloon crafts, hot air balloon activities, if i ran the circus activitiesI've designed it with 3 different writing prompt balloons, so that it's 3 dimensional; however, you can simply do just one with your PK kiddos, and display them on a cloud-filled bulletin board.

I do this during my "Celebration of Seuss" week, but it's also a super-fun activity for the end of the year when students will be "sailing into the next grade".

seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss writing prompts, seuss bulletin boards, seuss centers, oh the places you'll go activities, oh the places you'll go crafts, end of the year activities, hot air balloon crafts, hot air balloon activities, if i ran the circus activitiesWith that in mind, I've also included a set of posters for your display.  There's one for preschool-4th grade, with several generic and blank options for anything else.

I've also included blank balloon patterns, so that you can program with a different writing prompt, making it suitable for back-to-school as well.

There's a large, full-page pattern, as well as a smaller, 2-on-a-page template to conserve paper. 

seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss writing prompts, seuss bulletin boards, seuss centers, oh the places you'll go activities, oh the places you'll go crafts, end of the year activities, hot air balloon crafts, hot air balloon activities, if i ran the circus activitiesFinally, "If We Ran The Circus" packet, is based on Dr. Seuss's book "If I Ran The Circus".   

After reading Dr. Seuss’s If I Ran The Circus, have students transition to either of these interesting writing prompts.

One is a class book. There are two writing prompt options, plus a blank page for you to program with whatever.

Students complete their page and illustrate it.  Collect and collate the pages and add the cover. There are two options.

Read your class book aloud by having each student share the page that they wrote. I keep our class-made books in a basket in our classroom library.  It’s one of my students’ favorite “go to’s”.

Remember to display your class-made books for conferences too. They are a great resource to show improvement.

The other writing prompt is a circus tent “craftivity” with 3 tent options in black and white.

Students color and cut out their tent and attach their "If I ran the circus..." paper to the edges, bending it so that their tent is now a 3D cylinder. (Don't forget to review that shape.)

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You can also opt to simply have students use the tent as a “header” gluing their writing prompt underneath.  Completed projects make a cute bulletin board.

I’ve included a circus clown poster to use for your display, as well as full-color tents, plus my 2 completed writing prompt samples, so that you can quickly & easily make examples to share

seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss writing prompts, seuss bulletin boards, seuss centers, oh the places you'll go activities, oh the places you'll go crafts, end of the year activities, hot air balloon crafts, hot air balloon activities, if i ran the circus activitiesThe featured FREEBIE today also has a Seuss-theme. 

I bought some darling clip art on etsy an made a set of Dr. Seuss Number Puzzles.  I hope your kiddos enjoy them!  

seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss writing prompts, seuss bulletin boards, seuss centers, oh the places you'll go activities, oh the places you'll go crafts, end of the year activities, hot air balloon crafts, hot air balloon activities, if i ran the circus activitiesWell that's it for today.  Time to go throw some salt on my sidewalk, so I don't break my neck taking the dog out. 

Looking at all this snow, one would never guess that it's the tail end of February here in Michigan!

Wishing you a warm and cozy day.

"As he approached his 28th birthday in February 1840, Dickens knew himself to be famous, successful and tired. He needed a rest, and he made up his mind to keep the year free of the pressure of producing monthly installments of yet another long novel." -Claire Tomalin

 1-2-3 Come Do Another Cat in the Hat Activity With Me

Just when I thought I was done designing Seuss "stuff" 'til next year, I'm back at it.  (Part of my "obseuss-ion" with this author?) Actually, it's all Paula's fault. (I say this with a big smile on my face, as I LOVE helping others.)

She's from Florida and asked if I had any March-themed activities to help practice alphabetizing.  She's working on that with her kinders, who are quite bored with the standard.

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What could I design that would be a hands-on kind of game that they'd find interesting?

One thing led to another and the result was The Cat in the Classmate Hat packet.

Paula LOVED it! I hope you can use it too. There are two main alphabetizing activities.

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Print the stripe template off on red and white construction paper, so that you have enough stripes for however many students you have.  Laminate the paper and then trim.  

Make an alphabetical list of your students' names, so that when you pass out a strip to each child it will be the appropriate color. 

Then later, when you arrange their names in alphabetical order, they will show the correct ABAB color pattern like Seuss's hat. 

Children write their name on the strip.  For extra pizzazz, have them glue their photo next to their name.  Collect the strips and keep them in a Ziplock Baggie.

seuss activities, seuss games, seuss crafts, common core seuss, alphabet activities, alphabetical order activities, alphabet crafts, cat in the hat crafts, cat in the hat games, seuss games, alphabet games, cat in the hat activities, seuss bulletin board ideas, To play as a whole group game, or independent center, children arrange their classmates' names in alphabetical order on a brim of their choice:  "1-2-3 Come ABC with me!" , "__________'s students really stack up!", "Hats off to wonderful word work! We know how to alphabetize.", and "The alphabet begins with ABC. Numbers begin with 1-2-3. Music begins with do-re-mi and friendship begins with you and me."

You can demonstrate  what you want children to do, by first playing this as a whole group activity, explaining rules for alphabetizing along the way. 

seuss activities, seuss games, seuss crafts, common core seuss, alphabet activities, alphabetical order activities, alphabet crafts, cat in the hat crafts, cat in the hat games, seuss games, alphabet games, cat in the hat activities, seuss bulletin board ideas, I've included a recording sheet if your students choose to take the "Speed" challenge, to see who can assemble the hat in correct alphabetical order the quickest.

Make an extra set to hang up as a bulletin board or hallway wall display. There are 9 "brim" options for you to choose from. 

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seuss activities, seuss games, seuss crafts, common core seuss, alphabet activities, alphabetical order activities, alphabet crafts, cat in the hat crafts, cat in the hat games, seuss games, alphabet games, cat in the hat activities, seuss bulletin board ideas, They can choose to put their hat on a cat template, a photo of themselves, or pick a head pattern and draw a face on it.

There are 9 faceless head templates they can pick from. Children color, trim and glue their hat on top.  

These completed projects also make an adorable bulletin board.  Click on the link for the Cat in the Classmate Hat packet. 

seuss activities, seuss games, seuss crafts, common core seuss, alphabet activities, alphabetical order activities, alphabet crafts, cat in the hat crafts, cat in the hat games, seuss games, alphabet games, cat in the hat activities, seuss bulletin board ideas, Thanks for visiting.  As usual, my day is flying by me. I have got to put my adult hat on, and get to the grocery store, so I can wear my chef hat and dream something up for dinner. 

It's dreary and cold, and I'd much rather snuggle in and play.... Wishing you a wonderful week.

 "Today was good; today was fun; tomorrow is another one!" -Dr. Seuss

1-2-3 Come Do Some Horton Hears A Who Activities With Me

Happy TBT (Throw Back Thursday). Elephants are my favorite animals.  Although I truly love them all, the elephant holds an extra special place in my heart.  Perhaps this is why I find Dr. Seuss's Horton so endearing.  I'm also a huge fan of Elmer the Elephant as well.  

They were also very popular characters with my Y5's.  With that in mind, I designed some Horton-themed activities, with a splash of Elmer for comparison. This blast- from-the-past blog article, features 3 popular elephant-themed downloads that I hope your kiddos will enjoy. 

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They have a choice of 22 "trunk tales" to pick from.  These are on separate trunks, which they trim and glue to their elephant head, then complete the writing prompt.  Completed projects make an awesome bulletin board. 

The packet also includes an elephant puppet craftivity made out of a toilet paper tube.  If you don't have time for this as a kid-craft, make one up to use as a manipulative when you read the book. 

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Children write their name and in Seuss-style sing song rhyme, write a few lines of what they heard: 

"Diane heard a Harley, which was really quite snarly. The Harley's name was Karly and she likes vegetable soup with barley."  

There's room under the ear for the student's illustration.  These too, make a sweet bulletin board.

Finally, I designed a whopping 42-page Horton-Elmer packet that covers lots of Common Core State Standards in interesting and fun ways.

horton hears a who activities, horton crafts, horton video, horton writing prompts, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant mask, elephant puppet, Seuss activities, Seuss crafts, Seuss games, comparing Elmer with Horton activities, common core Seuss, common core horton hears a who, alphabetical list of words that rhyme with whoThere are 3 character, setting, event pocket chart cards that you can use for either story, as well as a beginning, middle, and end graphic organizer or anchor chart.

horton hears a who activities, horton crafts, horton video, horton writing prompts, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant mask, elephant puppet, Seuss activities, Seuss crafts, Seuss games, comparing Elmer with Horton activities, common core Seuss, common core horton hears a who, alphabetical list of words that rhyme with whoReview who, what, why, when, where, & how with another anchor chart. 

horton hears a who activities, horton crafts, horton video, horton writing prompts, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant mask, elephant puppet, Seuss activities, Seuss crafts, Seuss games, comparing Elmer with Horton activities, common core Seuss, common core horton hears a who, alphabetical list of words that rhyme with whoAfterwards, have students complete the adorable-matching writing-prompt craftivity.

horton hears a who activities, horton crafts, horton video, horton writing prompts, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant mask, elephant puppet, Seuss activities, Seuss crafts, Seuss games, comparing Elmer with Horton activities, common core Seuss, common core horton hears a who, alphabetical list of words that rhyme with whoPractice grammar at the same time reviewing the story, with 15 "fix the sentence" (with capitalization and end punctuation) Horton cards.

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Here they compare charaters (Horton with Elmer), as well as each story.  For more practice, the 2 hexagon worksheets will reinforce descriptive writing using adjectives. 

horton hears a who activities, horton crafts, horton video, horton writing prompts, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant mask, elephant puppet, Seuss activities, Seuss crafts, Seuss games, comparing Elmer with Horton activities, common core Seuss, common core horton hears a who, color games, alphabetical list of words that rhyme with whoThere's an Elmer Spin & Color Game, which reviews colors and color words, as well as 4 graphing extensions, a "retell the story" bookmark, plus a label the Horton bookcover anchor chart activity.

horton hears a who activities, horton crafts, horton video, horton writing prompts, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant mask, elephant puppet, Seuss activities, Seuss crafts, Seuss games, comparing Elmer with Horton activities, common core Seuss, common core horton hears a who, alphabetical list of words that rhyme with whoAn elephant mask craftivity; a "find the letters" newsprint-elephant craftivity, along with some tally mark practice are also included in the packet.

horton hears a who activities, horton crafts, horton video, horton writing prompts, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant mask, elephant puppet, Seuss activities, Seuss crafts, Seuss games, comparing Elmer with Horton activities, common core Seuss, common core horton hears a who, alphabetical list of words that rhyme with whoReinforce colors and color words with 30 elephant color cards + a cover so that students can make an Itty Bitty booklet.   They are also great for playing all sorts of games.

Finally, there are a few rhyming, alphabetical-order worksheets with an alphabetical list of 47 words that rhyme with who. 

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horton hears a who activities, horton crafts, horton video, horton writing prompts, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant mask, elephant puppet, Seuss activities, Seuss crafts, Seuss games, comparing Elmer with Horton activities, common core Seuss, common core horton hears a who, alphabetical list of words that rhyme with who If you'd like to see the animated version of Horton Hears a Who, click on the link for Cat in the Hat theater.  It's 25-minutes long, so you could show it over 2 days, as a special treat at the end of your Seuss-celebration week.

horton hears a who activities, horton crafts, horton video, horton writing prompts, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant mask, elephant puppet, Seuss activities, Seuss crafts, Seuss games, comparing Elmer with Horton activities, common core Seuss, common core horton hears a who, alphabetical list of words that rhyme with whoThanks for visiting.  I'm not quite ready to let Seuss stuff go, as I'm finishing up a Cat in the Alphabet Hat packet, which has taken much longer to complete than I had planned. 

Any hoo, I hope you can pop by tomorrow for my newest Seuss FREEBIE hot off the press.  Time to go make meatloaf for dinner.  I'm wishing you a day as sweet as Horton and Elmer.

 "We won't tell anyone. And if we do, we'll tell them not to tell anyone." -Dr. Seuss's Tommy, from Horton Hears a Who

 1-2-3 Come Play Some Word Family Games With Me

Practice reading word family words in a super-fun way, with these Cat in the Hat Word Family Games.  The packet includes 39 word families.

cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat crafts, seuss games, seuss crafts, seuss bulletin boards, seuss activities, word wall activities, word family activities, word family worksheets, word family games, Simply choose the word families that your students are working on.  Print the template page twice; once on red construction paper, the other on white. 

This way, after cutting the strips apart, you will be able to make two word family hats with an ABAB color pattern.

cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat crafts, seuss games, seuss crafts, seuss bulletin boards, seuss activities, word wall activities, word family activities, word family worksheets, word family games, Laminate and trim one set, to use for an independent center, partner game, or whole group activity.  Students "stack their hat" puzzle piece "stripes" in alphabetical order on top of the "I can read these ____ word family words!" hat brim.

Glue the other set on a sheet of turquoise construction paper and put up as a display by your word wall, or a separate Cat in the Hat Word Family bulletin board.

cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat crafts, seuss games, seuss crafts, seuss bulletin boards, seuss activities, word wall activities, word family activities, word family worksheets, word family games, To practice the word wall hat display, toss the word family mini cards into a Cat in the Hat hat, or other container.  (There are 39 of them.)  Children pick one. 

Whatever word family they get, is the one that they will read on the display.  Make it more fun by turning off the lights. 

Children can point to each word stripe with a flashlight, as they read the words in the dark.

cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat crafts, seuss games, seuss crafts, seuss bulletin boards, seuss activities, word wall activities, word family activities, word family worksheets, word family games, The mini cards can also be used to tell students what word family they will use to complete their hat stack word family worksheet. 

Children write the words on a sheet of scratch paper, then write them in alphabetical order on their hat. 

Afterwards, they color the stripes with a red crayon, so that the hat shows the Seuss ABAB striped pattern.

You can also partner students up and give them both the same word family puzzle.  They compete against each other to see who can alphabetize and put their hat stack together first. 

They could also partner up with a person who has a different puzzle and take turns reading their puzzle to each other.  Afterwards, they can mix up the pieces and then swap.

You could also use the worksheet as a spelling quiz for whatever word family you're working on.  Say the word, then children write it on their worksheet. 

cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat games, cat in the hat crafts, seuss games, seuss crafts, seuss bulletin boards, seuss activities, word wall activities, word family activities, word family worksheets, word family games, Well that's it for now.  Thanks for visiting.  My day certainly blew by me, as it took "forever" to get this 79-page packet done, and I'm chomping at the bit to get a few more things accomplished before lights out. 

Don't think that's happenin' though, as my bones are starting to yell "Enough!"  Wishing you a happy-go-lucky day. 

"Today was good; today was fun; tomorrow is another one!" -Dr. Seuss

 

7 pages.

Celebrate Seuss with these two Grinch "craftivities". One features two writing prompts.  Students think of things that make them grin like the Grinch.  They jot these down on the left side.  On the right side, they list things that make them "grinchly and grumpy".  

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