1-2-3 Come Do Some Seuss Hat Craftivities With Me
Since Seuss's hat is so iconic, with the stripes making it an easy vehicle to cover an assortment of standards, I decided to design a few more activities featuring the cat's hat to celebrate Seuss.
First up is a Seuss-hat, “flip the flap” ABC booklet. My kiddos absolutely LOVE making these emergent readers. I enjoy the versatility.
The packet contains a booklet for each letter of the alphabet.
You can make these as a whole group activity, as an independent center, for a bulletin board, for a class-made book (each student contributes a letter) or have each child do all of the letter booklets as a “letter a week” activity, and keep them in their ”portfolio" file folder.
Students trace and write the upper and lowercase letters, as well as the words that begin with that letter. They read the sentence and add end punctuation.
I have used almost all of the words from the Pre-Primer, Kindergarten and 1st Grade Dolch word lists, plus many of the Dolch nouns!
There are covers for the class book, as well as the file folder, and I’ve also included a mini, set of letter cards that you can toss into a Seuss hat.
Children choose one, and that’s the letter they will contribute to the class book.
The packet also includes upper & lowercase letter assessments, plus "trace and write" upper and lowercase letter worksheets, plus a "Hats Off To Wonderful Work!" poster.
From letters let's go to numbers with “I’ve Got Your Number!” Seuss hat booklet.
This is super-fun for your kiddos and easy-peasy for you to "print & go".
The booklet helps review quite a few math standards as you flip from left to right, and then again, with another section, of "flip the flap" pages, from right to left, to show a group/set of apples.
I chose apples as the object because of Seuss’s story: 10 Apples Up On Top
You don’t have to add that extra flap to make it simpler for PK kiddos, but it’s really not hard at all, and provides great fine motor cutting practice.
I've also included a pattern without clocks for them, as well as completed teacher samples in full color, to expedite making a sample to share.
For more math practice, I designed a simple "print & go", "Show Me The Number!" worksheet that covers a variety of math standards.
Teachers can choose a number, give children a choice or have them roll dice to figure out what number they will use to fill out their worksheet. Interest remains high, even though you can use the worksheet for an entire week or even all of March, because the number changes daily. Students look forward to working on their Cat Hat Math Mat, because they know what to do, which empowers them. They can get right down to business, without waiting for directions., which is a real time saver. Use the large template to explain and demonstrate what you want your kiddos to do. To conserve paper, I created a 2-on-a-page worksheet for students. I’ve also included a completed sample. Laminate & hang up as an anchor chart poster, which will help remind children of the directions. The beauty of this worksheet, is that you can use it for any number. Younger students can work on numbers less than 10, kinders can work on those toughie teens, while older kiddos tackle bigger numbers. The worksheet is also an easy way to whole-group assess, is great for early finishers, homework or a sub folder too. Laminate several large worksheets and keep in your math center. Children fill them out with a dry erase marker. The packet also includes a helpful cat’s hat bookmark with math symbols, which my kiddos keep in their math journals.
Finally, "You Can Count On Seuss" can be a worksheet or a workbook. I absolutely LOVE making “print & go” workbooks for my kiddos.
I become queen of the copy room for a bit, which is well worth the effort because after I’ve got them done, I’m free and have reduced my stress level a ton!
My students enjoy working on a page a day, and I have a little lesson for 10 days! Woo hoo.
There are full-page, large templates to make a worksheet, poster, bigger booklet, and teacher’s edition.
I’ve also made 2-on-a-page worksheets to conserve paper, plus a cover if you’d like to make a workbook like I do.
When my students complete their booklet, they earn a “Hats off to you!” bookmark. These come 5 on-a-page, as well as 12-on-a-page.
I also laminate a set of the large patterns and put them in my math center. Children use a dry erase marker to do X number of pages.
I complete a set using Seussical colored markers, mount them on turquoise and red construction paper, laminate, and hang them up as posters.
The worksheets are also great for homework, a spring break packet, sub folder, or for early finishers.
I was thrilled to find some Seuss-themed clip art from myclipart.com and went a bit crazy creating a bunch of "stuff".
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
I hope you can drop in tomorrow for more "Seuss-tastic" stuff.
"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!" -Dr. Seuss