A web compilation of activities designed
to promote Read Across America
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Fast Food Place Mats
Contact your local McDonalds about the
possibility of your students designing tray mats for them based on the
Read Across America theme. McDonalds already has mats they place
in the trays so ask for these and have your students create their masterpieces
on the flip side!
Tolerance with Sneetches
After a reading of the Sneetches, plan
on having them share their writing responses with adults.
Wall of Fame
Border a long mural paper with hand prints
(cut-out or painted). Fill the center with all the unsung heros: firefighters,
police, paramedics, school employees, political leaders and other community
Dr. Seuss Goes to Heaven
Read the story
Seuss Goes to Heaven posted online (http://jc-schools.net/drseuss).
Play the Dr. Seuss Goes to Heaven game by downloading the printable
Dr. Seuss Goes to
Heaven (Word format),
Dr. Seuss Goes to
Heaven (Acrobat Reader
Seuss Game Cards (10 per set printed on Avery 27881 Business
Library Field Trip
Plan a field trip to your local public
library. Be sure to send home the library card paperwork to be filled
out so that on that day the children can use their new library card and
check out a book. Made bookmarks to donate to the library that feature
the Cat in the Hat.
Invite community members (Deputy Police
Officer, Librarian, Dentist) to come into each classroom to read books
and then rotated around the school to read to different groups of parents
and students. Children and dress in their pj's and enjoy a snack.
Pair a primary level class with a local
middle school class and spent the day together. The older students can
prepare games, art activities, and different reading sessions for the kids.
Importance of Reading
Invite community leaders to not only read
to children but also talk about the importance of reading and how they
use it in their jobs. Follow-up by having students create a Thank You letter
to that person. Integrate math by developing a graph of the favorite story,
and make a class book of each child's favorite story.
Move all desks and chairs out of the classroom
and make a room sized floor/outline map of the United States. Assigned
small groups to read in all regions of the United States; "reading across
America" within the classroom. Provide each region with short, readable
books that pertain to the lifestyle of that region, or are authored by
from that region. Throughout the day, the students will move to different
regions, to experience the literature appropriate to the area. Otain some
snacks to serve at each region, native to that part of the country.
Match the State
Create a clothesline or Bulletin Board
with all of the Fifty States in ABC Order. Find a book that students
LOVE to correspond with the beginning letter of each state.
Read it and hang a child created book review with the corresponding state.
For Example, California-Cat in the Hat; Iowa-If You Give a Mouse a Cookie;
Virginia-Very Hungry Caterpilliar.
Former Student Readers
Have former students return to their former
teachers' rooms and read to the younger students.
Read a Dr. Seuss trivia question
over the intercom each morning. Each student is then given the opportunity
to write the answer. All correct answers are entered in a drawing. One
is drawn and wins a book by Dr. Seuss.
Trivia Quiz 2
Trivia Quiz 3
Establish a school-wide Door decorating
contest. Each class decorates their classroom doors based on their favorite
Cat in the Hat, Hat
Create a red & white stripe Cat in
the Hat look alike hat.
Cut a 12x18 sheet of red construction
paper in half. Staple the 9 inch ends together on one side overlapping
about an inch. (This gives you 23" to go around the child's head.)
Wrap around the child's head so that it fits and staple again. I usually
use about 3 staples per side.
Cut white stripes 2-3" wide. Staple two
around the hat spacing evenly. (The hat has 3 red stripes, 2 white and
a white brim - according to the sites I checked.)
To make a brim that sticks out, fold a
12x18 sheet of white construction paper in half. From the fold, draw a
half circle from one edge to the other. Try using a large (331/3 rpm) record
or circular trash can so it will be even.
This is the hard part to explain… Draw
another half circle about 1 1/2 " inside with two rectangular 'teeth'.
(Teeth point toward the fold) Should look like a smiling jack-0-lantern
mouth when you cut it out. Open and you have a circle with 4 prongs in
the middle. Fold the prongs up and fit the hat over the prongs. Staple
hat to brim on the prongs. Sometimes the fit is wonderful, sometimes you
have a bit of a bunch or gather on the brim. Hats usually fit well.
Ask students to make up a new word and
write definition, use a big word and create little words from it. These
can be hung from the ceiling or on the wall outside classrooms.
Ask children to bring in a gently used
book or two and have a classroom book exchange.
Have a BEAR (Be Excited About Reading)
contest. Classes dress up a bear as a book character.
LifeSaver "Cat Hats"
Students pattern 5 LifeSaver candies onto
1 Necco candy to make a "Cat in the Hat" hat. Look/ read through
he book The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. Play close attention to the hat.
Choose 5 LifeSavers making a pattern. Choose 1 Necco Wafer or small round
piece of paper. Place the Necco Wafer down and apply a little frosting.
Put a LifeSaver on the frosting and apply frosting to the top of the LifeSaver.
Add another LifeSaver and apply frosting to the top of the LifeSaver. Repeat
with LifeSavers until all five LifeSavers are used. Choose to copy the
pattern of your LifeSaver Hat onto a white paper with crayon or paper tear
a copy of your hat with scrap paper. If time paper tear or draw a cat's
Students will learn the story about Daisy
Head Maisy. Students will make a headband to fit their head. Students will
make flowers from scrap paper and attach them to the headband. Students
look through the book (if adult is present they will read the story) Students
make a headband from thin strips of construction paper stapling in an added
piece if needed. Using construction paper scraps, glue sticks and scissors,
students make flower stems and flowers. Students glue the flowers to the
Favorite Book Bookmarks
Students look through a variety of Dr.
Seuss books and pick their favorite. Students create a bookmark, which
tells about their favorite book.
Students will read the story To Think
I Saw It on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss. Students will create their
own street sign using Popsicle sticks, paper, markers, glue, and clay.
Students will complete a grade appropriate mapping worksheet (see attached).
Students read or at least look through the book To Think I Saw It on Mulberry
Street by Dr. Seuss. Students make a street sign by writing their
name or a street names on a piece of paper and then cut the paper to look
like a street sign. Glue the sign to the top of a Popsicle stick. Stick
the bottom end of the stick into a small clump of clay. The sign should
be standing up easily. Complete a mapping worksheet that is grade
Family Literacy Night
Plan a Family
Literacy Night in which activities are designed to involve children
and their parents to share the love of reading. A list of suggested
activites can be found online.
NEA Read Across America
Read Across America
Seuss Activities and Reading Month
Pedal Across America
Across America Chatroom