March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss, is Read Across America Day. Celebrate!
Reading is the most essential part of Read Across America Day. Many schools have local celebrities come in and read aloud. If that’s not your style, take some extra time for Drop Everything And Read time, read a chapter book aloud, or arrange a choral reading of The Cat in the Hat.
Eat Green Eggs and Ham
All across America, people will eat Green Eggs and Ham in recognition of Dr. Seuss’s book Green Eggs and Ham. You can put green food coloring in your eggs and soak some ham in green food coloring-laced water. However, we like to dice ham and mince spinach and green peppers and mix them together. We add the mixture liberally to scrambled eggs for a much more appetizing take on the dish. For the most fun, use a round cookie cutter or juice glass to cut a hole in a slice of bread, put the bread on a skillet with a bit of butter, and drop an egg into the hole. Add the ham and greens mixture on top. Once the egg is set, turn the break over.
If cooking isn’t practical in your classroom, you can make Green Eggs and Ham ahead and bring it to class. Overachievers can make Green Eggs and Ham Pie or spread a ready-made pizza crust with deviled ham, pesto, and chopped hard boiled eggs. Chopped boiled eggs, ham, and celery mixed with a bit of mayonnaise is nice on crackers, too.
More ideas to use with the book as well as links to more recipes at our Green Eggs and Ham lesson plans page!
Honor Dr. Seuss
Eureka Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat Bulletin Board Set is a great way to begin making your classroom ready for Read Across America Day. I also like the Giant Cat In The Hat Bulletin Board Set, which is just a giant Cat in the Hat. Takes pictures of the kids reading and add Cat’s Hat cutouts for another fun bulletin board. Wear a The Cat in the Hat Felt Hat yourself.
Six by Seuss: A Treasury of Dr. Seuss Classics includes half a dozen of the best Dr. Seuss books: And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Horton Hatches the Egg, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lorax, and Yertle the Turtle. Your Favorite Seuss: A Baker’s Dozen by the One and Only Dr. Seuss has even more, including If I Ran the Zoo and The Sneetches. Have a grand read aloud of Seuss books.
- Since Dr. Seuss’s characters are licensed, the best and probably the only legal resource online for printables and images is Seussville.
- Visit the Dr. Seuss National Memorial and learn about Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
- Download printable Seuss Sworksheets.
- Explore onamotapoeia with Dr. Seuss.
- Older students can study Dr. Seuss’s poltical cartoons.
- PBS examines “The Political Dr. Seuss.”