Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

These are just a few of the many activities that we completed to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday. 

The activity of Horton Hears a Who was not completely my idea.  My colleague {Mrs. Ferringer} showed me an activity similar to this {I'm not sure were it originated, however we did some tweaking of our own.}  We read and discussed Horton Hears a Who, next we watched the short video {25 minutes} and then we got busy constructing our Hortons and completing it with a writing prompt {If you were a Who, what would you tell Horton?}
{Pretty cute, right? I wrapped floral tape around Q-tips for the stem.} 
 {The pink pom-poms came from my mother-in-law, she is a retired teacher.  She gave these to me several years back...they have been in my craft box for awhile and Bam! I found a use for them.}
 {And of course the's a Tic Tac!}
{I love the eyes on this Horton!}
{The "speck" up close...I have come up with several ways to use a Tic Tac.}

Next activity...Bartholomew and the Oobleck {I love this story!}  This story helped me introduce adjectives.

I read the story, Bartholomew and the firsties really enjoyed the pictures in this story.  We discussed story elements and then our Oobleck experiment began.  I don't really follow a recipe to make Oobleck {I make it every year and now know what the consistency should be.}  I did use one box of corn starch for my entire class of 19 firsties {just the right amount for each kiddo.}
{water + corn starch + green food coloring = Oobleck}
{This is not the best picture of myself, but I do typically wear a science lab apron and goggles for the fun factor of science experiments.  I got my science lab apron and goggles from my sister...she teaches high school name the science and she teaches it...thanks, She-She!}
 {Exploration begins!}
{He is SO excited right now!}

I didn't take a picture of our brainstorming web of adjectives that we came up with...don't you just hate it when you can't get all those pictures taken? 

{I had my firsties write three adjectives that they felt best described the Oobleck.}

{Seriously, I don't know why I can't get some of my pictures rotated...grrrr!}

{I like how the green, background paper looks like gooey Oobleck.}

{I love having their work hang in the classroom.}

You know how I like to have window, we made stained-glass Dr. Seuss hats for our window.}


  1. LOVE it! And am super jealous you did all these fun Seussical activities :( I have been out 2 days this week and too sick to do anything fun. Have a great day!

  2. I love your bulletin board and writing activity. We are going to make Oobleck on Friday. The expression on the little boy's face is priceless.

  3. Cute Horton Project!
    I look forward to reading your blog!

  4. Love the adjective activity with Oobleck! Very cute. Thanks for sharing!

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