It’s Read Across America Week!
Everyone who’s anyone will be reading, thinking, talking, dreaming a little bit o’ Dr. Seuss this week, to celebrate literacy and to recognize the accomplishments of the talented Theodor Seuss Geisel, THE Dr. Seuss, whose birthday is March 2. He would be 108 this year, but really–who’s counting?
PBS Kids is celebrating by featuring a Cat in the Hat marathon on March 2, so everyone can join in on the Cat in the Hat fun! And thanks to PBS Kids, two lucky teach mama readers will win a Cat in the Hat super-fun gift pack, which includes a DVD, book, and $25 gift certificate for the PBS Kids shop. Yay!
I’m also excited to share some awesome resources I’ve stumbled across that can be used to ring in Read Across America Week. All of which were created by teachers, bloggers, parents who are much more creative than I.
Here’s the skinny:
- Fab Resources for Read Across America Week:
- Joyfully Weary — Rachel has a totally and completely insanely awesome Dr. Seuss unit on her blog, including a game we played over here for the past two days.
I love the simplicity of the Dr. Seuss Hat Matching Game; it was tricky enough to really keep Cora engaged–and challenged–but Owen liked it as well.
The Dr. Seuss Hat Matching Game, ready to see some action!
Cora and Owen matched away. . .
. . . and we found that it made things easier for Cora if she covered each ‘match’.
I like the careful eye that the Dr. Seuss Hat Matching Game requires, and I like that it could be played in any number of ways–either like we did by printing four copies of the same board (two boards and two for the cards) or you could print boards and share cards, covering hats with pennies or bingo chips as cards are flipped.
The Dr. Seuss Hat Matching Game is only one of many resources on this site. Rachel also includes information about Dr. Seuss learning trays, craft stick book cover puzzles, collage box, apples on top game, sorting beads, sensory bottles, and oobleck fun. Fabulous.
just one of the many, many, MANY Dr. Seuss-inspired resources on obSEUSSed
- obSEUSSed – Vic from obSEUSSed is just that—obseussed with Dr. Seuss, and it totally shows in the time, effort, and energy she dedicates to creating awesome Dr. Seuss-related activities and crafts. Among many of Vic’s resources that I love, I particularly love the 1 Fish 2 Fish Interactive Printable. But serious Dr. Seuss fans must check out her many well thought out and creative shared resources!
the cover sheet for an amazing, literacy-rich unit on Dr. Seuss from Fun in First
- Fun in First – Jodi has developed an incredible Dr. Seuss unit packed with activities. And I love them all. I love the rhyming activity, I love the literacy activities, the hands-on oobleck activities, and I love the opposites activities. I love the comparing and contrasting of Dr. Seuss books, and I love the rhyme game. Awesome, awesome, awesome.
I love, love, love Michelle’s muffin tin meals–especially her Dr. Seuss inspired one!
- Muffin Tin Mom — My pal Michelle, THEMuffin Tin Mom created a super-fun Muffin Tin with a deliciously creative Dr. Seuss theme. If you don’t know Michelle and her marvelous muffin tins, please check her out. This one includes Cat in The Hat Red and White Strawberry Banana Skewers, Kitty Cat Sandwich, “The Cat’s Hat” filled with organic milk, Whole Grain Gold Fish Crackers, Yogurt with red pearl sprinkles, and Thing 1 and Thing 2 marshmallow treats. Fun and totally yum.
- Pinterest — Dr. Seuss Pinterest Board – Started by Bern of Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, this is a great board with everything Dr. Seuss. Check it out!
- Oceanhouse Media — Our friends at Oceanhouse Media have a huge Dr. Seuss collection of books, games, apps, and several of them are free!
Want some more really worthwhile, fab resources for Read Across America week?
- NEA’s (National Education Association):home base for Read Across America Day
- At Seussville Read Across America, you can print out a participation certificate, Dr. Seuss door hanger, or a read and color Word Search (guess who loves this?)
- Make a pledge to read
- Learn how to create a reading event near you–big or small, anything counts!
- Specific activity ideas that are worth checking out!
- Awesome resources and materials to use in a classroom or at home
- The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That site on PBS Kids is packed with tons of Cat in the hat games, activities, and fun.
- The Cat in the Hat marathon airs on PBS Kids on March 2– you can check out video clips or on the iTunes store for iPad and iPhone.
- PBS Kids birthday builder tool will launch this week, on March 1 on the PBS Kids shop site. (I cannot wait to see this!!)
- PBS Kids invites you to join their Twitter Party on Thursday, March 1 from 9 -10 p.m. ET with Random House. The hashtag is #cithathon — see you there!
And check out our previous posts about Read Across America Week:
- It’s Read Across America Day (fab post written by Leticia of Tech Savvy Mama)
- Cat in the Hat party (including our funny cat cupcakes!)
UPDATE: contest closed and winner chosen and notified. thank you!!
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fyi: As part of the PBS Kids VIP program, I received a screener of The Cat in the Hat and several items for review purposes; however this is an unsponsored post. Prize packs are sponsored by Random House, NCircle Entertainment, and PBS Kids. Many thanks to the bloggers mentioned above for giving me permission to mention their incredible ideas.