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
1-2-3 Come Do Some Telling Time Activities With Me
Since March is national reading month, and Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat is a symbol for Read Across America, I like to do all sorts of Seuss-themed activities in all my subjects, not just reading. With that in mind, I designed some telling time activities using Seuss's iconic Cat in the Hat's hat.
The packet includes:
Two "It's Time For Seuss" dice games. (One to the hour, the other to the half hour.) There's a large worksheet as well as a smaller one, with two-on-a-page for quick printing.
I've also designed a time to the half hour anchor chart, reminding students to also move the hour hand.
You may find that some children will draw the hour hand on a clock that shows 12:30 directly on the 12, which is incorrect. Use the poster to explain things, then hang it up as a reminder.
There's also a time to the hour Cat's Hat clothespin clip game. Pinching a clothespin is a fun fine motor skill, which will strengthen children's finger muscles.
I thought it would be cute to make the tip of my clothespins look like mini Cat in the Hat hats. Simply trim and stick on a white Avery address label, then add stripes with a red marker.
Toss the cards and a few clothespins into a Seuss hat or other container. To make this independent center game self-checking, simply put a dot on the back of each card. When a child clips a clothespin to the correct digital time, they can flip the card over to see if their clothespin is covering the dot.
I've also included a "sequencing the time" card game. Print up two sets on two different colors of construction paper. There are 6 clock cards on a page (2 pages total) for easy printing.
Students choose a partner, and play "Speed" to see who will be the first to sequence all of their cards. You could also use them to play Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?" games.
Besides games, there are two "Trace the digital time, and draw the hands on the analog clock" Itty Bitty booklets as well. (One for time to the hour, the other time to the half hour.)
All 12 time cards are on one page, including a cover for their booklet. These booklets could also be used as a fun way to assess your students too.
The packet has a set of Seuss-themed pocket chart digital and analog time cards, for time to the hour & half hour.
Use them as a pocket chart review, mini anchor charts, flashcards or puzzles. Make extra sets for games.
You can give the two certificates of praise in the packet, to the winners of the games, or to everyone who now understands time to the hour or half hour.
Finally, there's an analog and digital time assessment worksheet, which can be used individually or as a whole group.
Click on the link for the "It's Time For Seuss!" Telling Time Games & Activities packet.
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Thanks for visiting today. It's 27 degrees this morning, so I'm not sure if that qualifies as March's weather coming in like a lion or a lamb. Regardless, I'm certainly glad it's March, which brings us one step closer to springtime!
I'm off to do a zillion and one errands, not the least of which is to mail our taxes at the post office. So happy that's done! Wishing you a sunshiny day.
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not!" -Dr. Seuss from The Lorax
I think students find it more fun to review report card standards if you give them a new twist by adding them to a theme day.
Slap on a bit of Cat in the Hat clip art and you have a new Memory Match game that will have your little ones wanting to review upper and lowercase letters one more time.
Print them off on two different colors so the game is easier to play. I’ve also made cards for skip counting by 2’s, 3’s, 5’s, and 10’s and counting by 1’s for little ones.
Click on the link to view/download the Dr. Seuss number and letter cards. Play the Cat in the Hat spinner game and continue to review skip counting.
Decide which group of numbers you want students to work on. Run off the Cat in the Hat sheets and pass out some red markers. Students play in groups of 2 to 4, taking turns spinning the paperclip.
Whatever number they land on they trace and then write the number on their hat. They do not have to do it in any particular order.
If they spin a number they’ve already traced, they lose their turn. The person who fills in their entire hat, or the one with the most stripes colored in by the time the timer rings, is the winner.
Seuss Time is played the same way, only with digital time to the hour. I have also included digital time cards so students can make Itty Bitty time booklets as well.
Click on the link to view/download Dr. Seuss Time & Counting Games
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