1-2-3 Come Do Some More Green Eggs and Ham Activities With Me
Did you know that Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham on a bet that he couldn’t write a book with fifty or fewer distinct words? After doing some checking, I discovered that the bet was made in 1960 with Bennett Cerf, the co-founder of Random House, and was for $50. Ironically, even though Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham using EXACTLY 50 words, it's been reported that Cerf never paid up.
Green Eggs and Ham ranks in the top 3 best-selling Seuss books, so it's definitely worth reading. I wondered what the 50 words were? Did he use lots from the Dolch word lists?
I was intrigued, so I grabbed my copy and painstakingly found all 50 words, then alphabetized them in a handy list, as well as on an anchor chart poster, and YES(!) all but 8 of those words (6 of which are nouns) are also listed on our Dolch lists. (Happily, 6 of the other nouns that he used, ARE listed on the Dolch list of nouns.)
For quick and easy printing, I made 50-mini word cards that fit on one page. Use them to play a variety of games like "Speed", Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?".
Students could also pick a partner, and play "Speed" against them, to see who can arrange their set of cards in alphabetical order first. The packet also includes a 2-page tip list of ideas, like "Kaboom!".
For writing practice, print, laminate and trim the cards. Toss them into a Seuss hat and have students choose 2-3 and incorporate those words in sentences. Remind them to use proper spacing, capitalization and end punctuation.
So that children can practice long and short vowels, I've also included two green eggs vowel sorting mats.
For some rhyming practice, run off the two "trace, write and alphabetize" worksheets, which use words that rhyme with Sam and green. All of these activities are perfect for your Daily 5 word work block.
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Well that's it for today. Thanks for visiting. I try to design and blog daily, so do pop back often for the newest freebies hot off the press. This week I'm working on St. Patrick's Day and kite-themed activities.
The sun is FINALLY shining, so I'm off for some much-needed fresh air. Chloe, my poodle pup will be thrilled. The ground is still littered with dirty piles of snow, but the promise of spring in now in the air; at least for today. Wishing you an energy-filled day, with the sounds of spring in your heart.
"Sometimes you may never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory." -Dr. Seuss