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

Do you read “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”  by Dr. Seuss? It’s one of my all-time favorite Seuss stories.

Seuss writing prompts, Seuss crafts, Seuss bulletin board ideas, Read Across America activities, March is Reading Month activities, "Oh the places you'll go" activities, Seuss posters, Seuss quotes, who what why when where how activiies, the 5 Ws“Oh the Places You’ll Go” is not only perfect for March is Reading Month, Read Across America, or a Celebration of Seuss Week. but the story is also appropriate at the end of the year, when students are advancing into a new grade or graduating!

With that in mind, I decided to combine reading and writing with a bit of geography, with this super-fun “Oh, the Places I’LL Go!” craftivity.

Children think of a place they’d like to travel to. Money is no object, so the world is literally at their feet.

Older students can do a bit of research to find out about a fascinating place they’d like to travel to. (Thus the geography connection, as well as great research & technology practice!)

Seuss writing prompts, Seuss crafts, Seuss bulletin board ideas, Read Across America activities, March is Reading Month activities, "Oh the places you'll go" activities, Seuss posters, Seuss quotes, who what why when where how activiies, the 5 WsThe cover of this “flip-the-flap” hat, comes with the question words: Who? What? Why? When? Where & How? written on the stripes, which when flipped over, reveal the student’s answers.

For example, “Where would you like to travel to?”, "When would you like to go?", "Why do you want to go there?", "Who do you want to go with?", "What do you want to see?" and "How do you want to get there?"

The craftivity provides an interesting way to practice & reinforce the “5 Ws + 1 H” question words in a fun way.

Seuss writing prompts, Seuss crafts, Seuss bulletin board ideas, Read Across America activities, March is Reading Month activities, "Oh the places you'll go" activities, Seuss posters, Seuss quotes, who what why when where how activiies, the 5 WsI’ve included a poster, with the entire questions that you can use to introduce your lesson.

As always, patterns come in both black & white for students, as well as color, so that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share.

There are also blank patterns, so that older students can write in their own words and title.

Completed projects make a terrific bulletin board or hallway display.

I’ve included a variety of posters that you can sprinkle among your students creations.

oh the places youll go quote postersI rewrote a few of the story's most popular quotations in first person to match the "Oh,the Places I'LL Go!" writing prompt title, and put them inside speech bubbles, as if your students are saying them.

Seuss writing prompts, Seuss crafts, Seuss bulletin board ideas, Read Across America activities, March is Reading Month activities, "Oh the places you'll go" activities, Seuss posters, Seuss quotes, who what why when where how activiies, the 5 WsBesides the quote posters, there are two others featuring students reading their way to wonderful places.

I had a lot of fun designing background papers using the color scheme from the cover of the "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" book.

Background paper that matches the colors of Oh the Places Youll GoI thought maybe teachers would like to use them for their own personal creations, so I've included those as well.

I also designed a set of letters which spell out the caption: “Oh, the Places We’ll Go!” to add some extra pizzazz.

Seuss writing prompts, Seuss crafts, Seuss bulletin board ideas, Read Across America activities, March is Reading Month activities, "Oh the places you'll go" activities, Seuss posters, Seuss quotes, who what why when where how activiies, the 5 WsSimply print, laminate & trim; then hang above your display. 

To add a bit of a "geography look", I created several globes, which can be substituted for the capital and lowercase letter O.

Seuss writing prompts, Seuss crafts, Seuss bulletin board ideas, Read Across America activities, March is Reading Month activities, "Oh the places you'll go" activities, Seuss posters, Seuss quotes, who what why when where how activiies, the 5 WsYou can leave the hat “as is” or have students glue their completed craftivity to the suitcase pattern.

A luggage tag for a student’s name, adds some 3D pop, when the top portion is glued to the handle of the suitcase, then bent up.

Today's featured FREEBIE also has a Seuss theme featuring the Grinch

grinch writing prompt, seuss crafts, seuss activities, read across america activitiesCelebrate Seuss with these two rhyming & writing, Grinch-themed "craftivities". One features two writing prompts. 

Students think of things that make them grin like the Grinch,  jotting these down on the left side.  On the right side, they list things that make them "grinchly and grumpy".  

grinch doorknobber craft, seuss crafts, seuss activities, grinch activities grinch crafts, seuss writing promptsThe other craft is a "doorknobber".  On the front, students glue their photo face over the Grinch's, after they color it.  On the back, they list all of the words that they can think of that rhyme with whatever word you assign.  I chose Grinch and Seuss

Samples of both are included, so you can easily show examples to your students to help explain what you want them to do.

 Seuss themed crafts, wiritng prompts and activities for the Grinch and Oh the Places you'll goWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

The sun is shining, which makes the cold and windy weather almost bearable. 

Wishing you a wonderful week.

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." - Henry Ford

1-2-3 Come Do Some Green Eggs And Ham Activities With Me

Do you read “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss?  It’s one of my students’ favorites.

youtube animated musical video of green eggs and hamBesides reading the story to my kiddos I sometimes like to show them a video.

The one to the left is an 8-minute, animated version that aired on TV. (Click the picture to take a look.)

green eggs and ham video on youtubeThe other video is the story being read. 

You could turn the sound off and have the children read along; however, the pages turn rather quickly.

dr. seuss activities, dr. seuss crafts, green eggs and ham activities, green eggs and ham crafts, march writing prompts, read across america bulletin boards, seuss bulletin boards, seuss writing promptsAs a transitional activity, to be done after students read the story,  I designed a cute "Green Eggs and Ham"  writing prompt.

Introduce the lesson with the graphing extension, which you can laminate and hang on the board.

green eggs and ham graphingStudents write their name on the graph as to whether they like or don't like green eggs and ham, then complete their writing prompt activity.

green eggs and ham writing prompt worksheet, green eggs and ham graph, dr. seuss activities, dr. seuss crafts, green eggs and ham activities, green eggs and ham crafts, march writing prompts, read across america bulletin boards, seuss bulletin boards, seuss writing promptsKeep things simple for younger students, who simply fill in the blanks on their worksheet, then draw pictures of foods that they like and dislike.

I've included my full-color samples, so that you can quickly print off an example to share. 

Older students can expand their writing on one of the two, blank worksheet options. 

For that finishing touch, students can glue their school photo to the top of the page.

green eggs and ham paper plate craft, green eggs and ham writing prompt worksheet, green eggs and ham graph, dr. seuss activities, dr. seuss crafts, green eggs and ham activities, green eggs and ham crafts, march writing prompts, read across america bulletin boards, seuss bulletin boards, seuss writing promptsTo add a bit of pizzazz and craftiness to their writing, students can also make the paper plate craft.

Half of a plate, pops out and appears to balance on their traced hand print, much like Sam balances a tray of green eggs and ham throughout the story.

paper plate green eggs and ham craft, green eggs and ham writing prompt worksheet, green eggs and ham graph, dr. seuss activities, dr. seuss crafts, green eggs and ham activities, green eggs and ham crafts, march writing prompts, read across america bulletin boards, seuss bulletin boards, seuss writing promptsStudents draw the foods that they like and don't like on their plate, differentiating the two, by dividing the plate in half.

They can label their plate or glue on the "thumbs up/thumbs down" icons, or "yum/yuk" emojis, which are included.

green eggs and ham writing prompt worksheet, green eggs and ham graph, dr. seuss activities, dr. seuss crafts, green eggs and ham activities, green eggs and ham crafts, march writing prompts, read across america bulletin boards, seuss bulletin boards, seuss writing promptsAfter they complete their plate, students pick a partner and take turns tracing each other's hand or hand with a bit of arm.

The plate, hand print and worksheet are then glued on a bright colored sheet of construction paper.

Completed projects make an interesting 3D-bulletin board.

green eggs and ham writing prompt worksheet, green eggs and ham graph, dr. seuss activities, dr. seuss crafts, green eggs and ham activities, green eggs and ham crafts, march writing prompts, read across america bulletin boards, seuss bulletin boards, seuss writing promptsI’ve included lime green, polka dot letters, which spell “Hungry For A Good Book?”

Simply print, laminate and trim, then hang the caption above your bulletin board or hallway display.

cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat crafts, read across america activities, read across america bulletin boards, seuss activities, seuss crafts, sequencing and retelling the cat and the hatToday's featured FREEBIE is another Seuss-themed activity.

This craft goes along with "The Cat in the Hat".

seuss cat in the hat story elements, cat in the hat activities, cat in the hat crafts, read across america activities, read across america bulletin boards, seuss activities, seuss crafts, sequencing and retelling the cat and the hatThe packet includes pocket chart cards for the story elements, as well as a hat craft, which helps students practice sequencing and retelling "The Cat in the Hat" story.

Older students can make their own hat, while younger kiddos can help you make one hat together. 

Completed projects look great on hallway lockers. 

Clip art was purchased & photographs are Public Domain.

Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

As I look out my snowy window and listen to the forecast of more to come, I am longing for spring.

"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple." -Dr. Seuss

 

1-2-3 Come Do Some Activities For "Sneezy the Snowman" With Me

Do you read the story “Sneezy the Snowman” by Maureen Wright?

sneezy the snowman videoIt’s one of my students’ favorite winter books, and perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.

With that in mind, I designed three, quick, easy and fun activities that you can make.  

I love that YouTube often has children's books being read.  It helps me decide if I want to purchase it. 

These short clips are also fun to play for my students as a review, after I have read the story. Here's a link featuring a family of voices reading "Sneezy" (4:35 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J6uZLX9tqg

sneezy the snowman activities, sequencing & retelling a story activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, winter stories for children, Sneezy the SnowmanFirst up is a "Sneezy the Snowman" flip booklet. There are two options to choose from.

sneezy the snowman activities, sequencing & retelling a story activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, winter stories for children, Sneezy the SnowmanSince Sneezy ultimately solves his “too cold-too hot” problem, by eating ice cream, one of the options is an ice cream cone topped with a “scoop” of snowman. Sneezy’s “head” flips up to reveal pages that have been sequenced from the story.

sneezy the snowman activities, sequencing & retelling a story activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, winter stories for children, Sneezy the SnowmanThe other option, is a full-bodied snowman, where a big snowball at the base of Sneezy is the cover, which also flips up.

As always, all of my patterns come in black & white for students, as well as full color, so that teachers can quickly & easily make a sample to share.

sneezy the snowman activities, sequencing & retelling a story activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, winter stories for children, Sneezy the SnowmanSo that you can diversify your lessons, there are also two page options available.

Choose the set of 6 pages, which have 2 graphics on a page, for younger students, while older students can opt to sequence and assemble 12 pages featuring a single graphic.

sneezy the snowman activities, sequencing & retelling a story activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, winter stories for children, Sneezy the SnowmanBesides sequencing and retelling, students can also get in some writing practice, as there is room to write a sentence at the bottom of the single-graphic pages, and if you need more room, students can finish on the back of the page. If you're using the double-graphic pages, students can write at the top of the flipped-up page.

When everyone is done, “read” the booklet as a whole group, calling on a student to explain what’s happening on that page; they choose another classmate to continue.

Afterwards, for more reinforcement, students can partner up and take turns retelling the story.

activities for sneezy the snowman, sneezy the snowman activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, retelling and sequencing a story activitiesNext up is a "Sneezy the Snowman" storytelling wheel. 

sneezy the snowman storytelling wheelThere are three wheel “cover” options to choose from.

sneezy the snowman storytelling wheel 1One features Sneezy, another shows children building the snowman, and the 3rd is a full-bodied snowman, where the wheel is the big “snowball” base.

The snowman’s “head” is easily trimmed and glued to the top.

snowman storytelling wheelChoose your favorite, or give students a choice. Obviously the "head topper" takes a bit longer, but is my personal favorite.

activities for sneezy the snowman, sneezy the snowman activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, retelling and sequencing a story activitiesFor more reinforcement, as well as another way to assess comprehension, I’ve also included “color, cut & glue” puzzle worksheets.

Use the full-color versions for an independent center, and print the black and white pattern, so children can arrange their own puzzle.

Another super-fun thing for students to do is to play “Speed”. They pick a partner and race to see who can sequence their puzzle first.

sneezy the snowman, activities for sneezy the snowman, snowman crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities Finally, a storytelling "slider" is another super-fun way to practice these standards. I named this craftivity a slider because students slide a strip filled with graphics through a "window" to retell the story.

sneezy the snowman, activities for sneezy the snowman, snowman crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities Like the wheel craft, there are 3 “outside” slider options available: Sneezy sneezing, a snowman, and one with children building a snowman.

sneezy the snowman, activities for sneezy the snowman, snowman crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities Pick your favorite or give children a choice.

All of them are easy-peasy to cut, as they are in a rectangular shape; however, you can also choose to cut around the snowman. The “slider strip” fits all of the patterns.

sneezy the snowman, activities for sneezy the snowman, snowman crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities Children color, cut & glue their slider strips together, then insert it into the “slits” of their cover.

As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the “window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story with a classmate.

I’ve included full-color patterns for you, as well as a black & white templates for students.

sneezy the snowman, activities for sneezy the snowman, snowman crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities As an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension, I’ve also included a “Let’s sequence the story” worksheet, where students color and trim the picture tiles then glue them in the correct order. 

The slider, as well as the wheel and booklet packets, also include a “Here’s What Happened”  worksheet to help check comprehension. They are different in each one.

sneezy the snowman, activities for sneezy the snowman, snowman crafts, retelling a story activities, winter writing prompts, sequencing a story activities The black & white versions can be completed by older students. Use the colorful pattern as a whole group activity, to review the story before little ones begin making their craftivity.

abc i love you, valentines day crafts, valentines day activitiesSince Valentine's Day is just around the corner, today's featured FREEBIE is a sweet "I love you" ABC activity, which can be a card, magnet, bookmark or writing prompt. 

If you've already got Valentine's Day covered, you can use this for Mother's, Father's, or Grandparents Day.

activities for Sneezy the SnowmanWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

I'm literally chilling out here in Michigan, as the "Polar Vortex" continues to put us at minus degrees one day, then in the 40s with everything melting on another. 

Today everything is beautifully wrapped in dripping ice, as Mother Nature continues to drive us bonkers.  Wishing you a warm and wonderful week.

"She's fire and ice. You'll fear the cold and crave the burn." - JM Storm

1-2-3 Come Do A Winter Craftivity With Me  

winter crafts, sledding craft, winter bulletin board ideas, acrostic poems, acrostic poetry, sledding poem, winter writing prompts, January bulletin board ideas, snow craftsHaving taken down all the decorations, plus sent home lots of wonderful student work that once festooned the walls, our hallways always look a bit bleak and bare after Christmas vacation. 

It's time to begin again, and since I live in Michigan where snow lasts well into March, I like to do a big snow theme in January.

winter crafts, sledding craft, winter bulletin board ideas, acrostic poems, acrostic poetry, sledding poem, winter writing prompts, January bulletin board ideas, snow craftsWith that in mind, I designed this sled-themed packet. 

The name sleds are a quick, versatile, and fun craftivity, that creates a super-cute, winter bulletin board or hallway display.

winter crafts, sledding craft, winter bulletin board ideas, acrostic poems, acrostic poetry, sledding poem, winter writing prompts, January bulletin board ideas, snow craftsI’ve included letters which spell out “Brrr-illiant Work!” to use for a header.

I've gotten a bit more tech saavy and was able to use this beautiful, blue background paper to make the letters. 

Simply print, laminate, trim and hang on or above your bulletin board or wall display,

winter crafts, sledding craft, winter bulletin board ideas, acrostic poems, acrostic poetry, sledding poem, winter writing prompts, January bulletin board ideas, snow craftsThere are 28, black & white graphics of children to top a sled with; as well as full color, so that teachers can quickly and easily make an example to share. 

Choose your favorites or give children a choice. Younger children will find the rectanglular shape easy to trim, while older students can opt to cut around the picture.

winter crafts, sledding craft, winter bulletin board ideas, acrostic poems, acrostic poetry, sledding poem, winter writing prompts, January bulletin board ideas, snow craftsBesides the 28 graphics, there are also 3 different style options: 1. Graphic with a face on the child, 2. Graphic with a blank face, so that students can draw on their own, and 3. Graphic with a white "photo circle" over the face, so that children can glue on a picture of themselves.

winter crafts, sledding craft, winter bulletin board ideas, acrostic poems, acrostic poetry, sledding poem, winter writing prompts, January bulletin board ideas, snow craftsYounger children can simply color the picture, trim and glue to their paper sled with their name on it, while older students can use their sled to go along with one of the writing prompts.

winter crafts, sledding craft, winter bulletin board ideas, acrostic poems, acrostic poetry, sledding poem, winter writing prompts, January bulletin board ideas, snow craftsThere are three writing worksheets to choose from.

My personal favorite is: “Sledding With My 5 Senses”.

I share my examples, which i've included in the packet.  We close our eyes and pretend we are sledding, then discuss some things we might see, hear, feel etc. 

"Expand" these thoughts with older students. For example. "I see snow" is appropropriate for little ones; while "I see sparkling white snow" is expanded to include adjectives. 

This more descriptive sentence helps everyone "see" what the author does.  If your students are like mine, they will really enjoy "growing" a sentence. 

I’ve also included a “Come Sledding With Me” poem. Use the colorful poster for the center of your display.

winter crafts, sledding craft, winter bulletin board ideas, acrostic poems, acrostic poetry, sledding poem, winter writing prompts, January bulletin board ideas, snow crafts"Oh no! Sloping snow. Here we go!"  This rhyming poem is chock full of over 20 Dolch sight words. Have older students use the black & white version to practice reading, along with a variety of other standards.

There’s a question sheet that you can share with your class. For example, "What words rhyme in the first stanza?" "Can you think of another rhyming word?"

Have older students write their answers on their BW copy of the poem.  I've included my completed sample to use as an answer key.

winter crafts, sledding craft, winter bulletin board ideas, acrostic poems, acrostic poetry, sledding poem, winter writing prompts, January bulletin board ideas, snow craftsAnother quick, easy and fun way to continue with the poetry genre, is having students make an acrostic poem, using the word sledding.

winter crafts, sledding craft, winter bulletin board ideas, acrostic poems, acrostic poetry, sledding poem, winter writing prompts, January bulletin board ideas, snow craftsI’ve included an acrostic pattern, with a definition poster, plus an example to introduce your lesson.

Completed projects can be displayed with the name sled craft for a really cute language arts bulletin board. 

And woo hoo! Look at how many standards your students have practiced, all while enjoying making a name sled.

100 day rip and tear craftSince the 100th Day of school is just around the corner, today's featured FREEBIE is a quick, easy & fun little "Rip & Tear" craft to help you celebrate. 

Ripping and tearing strips of paper into small square scraps and then gluing them to their #100 worksheet, is not only fun for your kiddos, it helps strengthen their finger muscles.

Children can do a multi-colored "rainbow" 100, like my sample, or choose 2 or 3 colors and do an AB-AB or ABC-ABC color pattern. 

Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board. I've included a poster to use for the center of your display.

Well that's it for today.

The snow outside my office window is falling softly, and all over town children and teachers are rejoicing in having a "snuggle in"  snow day. 

Wishing you a sparkling day.

"If you listen carefully, the silence of the snow is beautiful." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do A Mitten Activity With Me

Do you read the Ukrainian folktale The Mitten, by Jan Brett? It’s one of my favorite winter stories and perfect for practicing the sequencing and retelling a story standards.

mitten activities, mitten crafts, jan bretts The MittenWith that in mind, I designed this quick, easy and fun, mitten-themed craft

The Mitten story “slider” craftivity helps your students retell the story in the proper order.

I just updated this packet and have included a second slider option as well as some additional worksheets.

Simply choose which graphics you like best, then run the mitten and slider patterns off on white paper.

Using construction paper or card stock adds to the sturdiness.

activities for The Mitten, Jan Brett's The MittenChildren trim their mitten, then color, cut and glue their slider together. 

I pre-cut the mitten slits using an Exacto knife, so that children can easily insert their “storytelling strip”.

Takes me just a few minutes to slit a class set. (Try to say that tongue twister 3 times!)

As children pull on the end of their “slider” the various pictures go through the mitten “window”, so that students can take turns retelling the story to a partner, then take their mitten home to share with their family, once again practicing the lesson.

I introduce the lesson by reading the story, then share my sample with the children. 

We retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on the slider.   Pausing before I show the graphic, I ask children "what comes next?"

We've had a quick & fun review; my students now know what’s expected of them, and are excited to transition to making a “mitten story slider” of their own. 

So that you can quickly and easily make an example to share, I’ve included full-color patterns for teachers, as well as a black & white templates for students.

The coloring, cutting and assembling a storytelling slider provides great fine motor practice, which will help strengthen children's finger muscles. 

The Mitten ActivitiesSliders are an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.  I’ve also included a “Let’s sequence the story” activity for this, where students color and trim the "picture tiles" then glue them in the correct order on their worksheet.

There’s a larger, full-color option, so you can do this as a fun whole-group activity with little ones.  This can be done during, or after you read the story.

There’s also a “Here’s What Happened…writing prompt worksheet, as another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing; hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers and other transitions. 

Use the colorful template to do this as a whole group activity with younger kiddos. 

snowman name craftKeeping with a winter theme, today's featured FREEBIE is a sweet snowman "Name Stacker" craft.

I pre-cut the white circles for my kiddos.

snowman name stackers for lockers, snowman name craftLooking at their name tag, which is on their desk, they write a letter on each of the circles to spell their name.

Encourage students to make big letters, which fill up the center of the circle.

Afterwards, they glue on a hat and add some facial features to the "head"; then glue the rest of their "body" circles on, creating a vertical name "stacker" snowman. 

 snowman name stackers, snowman name craftCompleted projects look adorable on lockers.

winter crafts, snowman crafts, mitten craftsWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

My "To Do for January" list is quite daunting. 

I'm afraid there is simply not enough time in the month to get everything designed that I'd like. Oh well...

Wishing you a wonderful & stress-free week.

"Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers." -Kahlil Gibran

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