Monday, March 3, 2014

Celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday!

Once a year I get all Seussed out for a week! I am always so excited to expose my students to Dr. Seuss books they may not have read before. 


When I tell my kids we're going to read a Dr. Seuss book a day, my students always call out, "Yes, Cat in the Hat" or, "Let's read Green Eggs and Ham!" along with other popular books by the beloved author. When I tell them we're going to read different books, I'm answered with a sigh of disappointment... Until I begin reading! Then, they're all in and so excited to read books by Dr. Seuss they've never heard of before! 
I absolutely adore sharing more obscure Dr. Seuss books with my second graders! 

PLUS, I have an excuse to wear my Dr. Seuss sweatshirt... Oh yeah!!
This week, I'm reading a Dr. Seuss book a day and having my students complete a Common Core reading activity to go along with it. This week, I started with my personal favorite Dr. Seuss book, Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose

Thidwick is an easy to love character who allows several animals to make a home on his antlers. Thidwick makes a great character to analyze and use to help students understand character traits. 

You can get the graphic organizer I used for this book {HERE} as a FREEBIE. I did change the title to avoid Dr. Seuss copyright issues. 

Before reading the book, my second graders and I reviewed many character traits. While I read the book out loud and showed it on the document camera, students recorded the character traits Thidwick possesses, being sure to include evidence why they think he matches those particular traits. My students are very much used to explaining their thinking, so my students really did well on this reading task! 


I just loved reading their responses and listening to them explain their thinking to each other! Proud teacher moment! 

The Dr. Seuss awesomeness (is that even a word?) didn't stop there! During our reading block, I brought out my set of Dr. Seuss books for students to read and complete reading task cards with. 


I made some task cards last week and I was so excited to share them with my students! They include many of the skills my students have been working on, as well as other skills needed to master 2nd grade Common Core. 

Oh my word! My students just ate this up! Some of the task cards were really challenging, but they powered through them without complaints! I was blown away at how hard they worked! Is this a fluke!?! 


I had to make sure all my Dr. Seuss books got put back into the basket! My students begged me to let them keep the books in their book boxes. When they found out they would be doing this all week, they were okay with letting them go. Hehe!

If you're interested in the reading task cards, you can get them by clicking on the picture below. Even though I used them with my Dr. Seuss book, you can use them with ANY book, fiction or nonfiction! 


Want to win these cards??? The first two people to leave a comment with their email will be sent the cards! 

You can also get these cards by following me on Facebook. I will do another FLASH FREEBIE sometime this week! 

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