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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

I have posted a new item on my TpT store to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday!

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday by using these awesome Common Core aligned activities in your classroom! :)

All About Dr. Seuss
Who is Dr. Seuss?
Writing Craftivity
Story Structure
Rhyming Words
Vowel Sounds
Stretching Sentence
Cat in the Hat Craftivity

All About Dr. Seuss
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2  Identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text
Use an informational text piece like Who Was Dr. Seuss  or The Boy on Fairfield Street to help students achieve the goal of CCSS  R.I. 2.2. I used the Scholastic News Weekly Reader Get to Know Seuss. The key provided uses information found from Scholastic’s Weekly Reader.

Who is Dr. Seuss?
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
After completing “All About Dr. Seuss” have students use a Bubble Map to organize their ideas for an Informative Writing piece. The information provided on my sample Bubble Map is information from the Scholastic News Weekly Reader.
Once students have completed the Bubble Map, they can fill out their 4 square writing piece using their Bubble Map as a guide. Students should add details and more descriptive words to create an exciting informative writing piece.
Use the Writing Craftivity to display students’ final draft of their writing.

Story Structure
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.5 Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
Read one of Dr. Seuss’ stories and fill out the Story Structure chart with the correct information. You’ll need to have taught a lesson on story structure (setting, plot, protagonist, antagonist, etc.)
You can even take it one step further and ask students to explain the moral of Dr. Seuss’ story. He usually has a lesson to be learned at the end of his stories.

For this example, I used the story Yertle the Turtle.

Rhyming Words
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.4 Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
Print the cards on card stock and laminate for durability.
Have your students sort out the words, putting the rhyming words together. Students can use the sheet with the empty boxes to place their groups of cards together. For example, all of these rhyming words would be placed on top of one another in one box: all, ball, fall, call, tall.
There are 12 empty boxes on the sorting sheet because there are twelve separate rhyming sounds. You can place these sorting sheets into sheet protectors to keep the sheets from tearing.
Once students have sorted all of the rhymes, have them pick one stack of rhymes. They should pick a card from their stack and create a sentence using the word they picked at the end of their sentence. Students should keep track of their sentences on the paper provided. Students should create a sentence with each card from their pile and use it at the end of the sentence. When they’re done, they’ll have a silly Dr. Seuss-like story. They can draw a funny picture to go with their story.
For example, if I chose cards from my pile (all, ball, fall, call, tall) I would write sentences that might sound like this:
“Come one, come ALL
The turtle is very TALL
Be careful of the flying BALL
The weather will CALL
We will take a great FALL

Vowel Sounds (Long and Short/Vowel Teams)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.3b Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.3a Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Print the cards on card stock and laminate for durability.
Have your students sort out the words, putting the same vowel sounds together. Students can use the sheet with the empty boxes to place their groups of cards together.
When students are done sorting, they can write their vowels on the sheets provided.

Stretching Your Sentence
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1f Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences  (e.g., The boy watched the movie; The little boy watched the movie; The action movie was watched by the little boy).
Students can pick a Dr. Seuss character and create a fun, detailed, silly sentence about them!
Use the format provided on the page to help students “stretch their sentence.”
You can make as many copies of the page, depending on how many sentences you want them to create, to give to your students.
Once they’ve created some “stretched sentences,” they can pick their favorite and draw a picture to go with it on the corresponding page.

Cat in the Hat Craftivity
Create a fun Cat in the Hat with your students to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! Follow the directions on the corresponding pages below.

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Happy Teaching and Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! 

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