February 28, 2016

Read Across America with The Primary Pack!

Are you ready for some reading fun this week? 
Teachers everywhere are going to be celebrating Dr. Seuss this week and we wanted to share some of our favorite things to do with our children during this exciting time. We love linking up with our friends over at The Primary Pack. Make sure you check it out!

We like to have our children bring in their favorite Dr. Seuss books from home. They share their book with others and tell why it is their favorite book and then they buddy read with a partner.

We based this craft off of Kimberly Edgerton's Glyph. We decided to let the children put their "Things" together the way they wanted to without following the glyph. They had a lot of fun!

The children just love making this adorable Cat in the Hat craft.

We have fallen in love with directed drawings! When we saw this one from "First Grade Blue Skies", we knew we had to do it! 
The children did a great job!!

We love taking a fun theme and incorporating academic skills to make the learning even more exciting! That is what we did here with our Cats in Hats Math Mats. The children have been learning addition using part-part-whole mats, so they are perfect for Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss' birthday!

Who doesn't love a sight word race? Our kiddos had SO much fun reading their words as fast as possible to race up their Truffula Tree! Here are some direct quotes from the children: 
"This is a fun game!" 
"We want to learn our sight words." 
"I like it because sometimes you lose, sometimes you win, but you can just try again."

We also tried our hand at making fun trees. We used tissue paper for the top and a pencil wrapped with washi tape for the stem. They turned out adorable!
Before we read the book Ten Apples Up On Top, we ask the children, "How many apples do you think you can balance on your head?" Their answers are usually pretty outrageous. "100", "50", "25". Then we get a few that say only 1 or 2. Then we break out the real apples and give it a try! The children learn very fast that balancing one is pretty easy, but more than that is quite a challenge! This activity is SO engaging and it really gives them some perspective on what the characters in the book were able to do with all those apples on their head!

Thanks for visiting! We hope you have a great time during Read Across America Day. We look forward to seeing what others are doing in their classrooms too!


  1. OMGosh! Can I come be a student in your classroom? Your students are so lucky to have you as teachers my friends, Cara;)

    1. Awww, you are too sweet!! Thank you for the nice compliment! Enjoy your week of Dr. Seuss fun!

  2. What a wonderful variety of creative and fun learning activities! Your kinders are SO lucky!
    Stories and Songs in Second

    1. Thank you so much!! You are too kind. We love doing fun activities with our kiddos. Thank you for organizing the linky!


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