Dr. Seuss Lesson Plans for Preschool and Young Elementary Learning Centers

The Cat in the Hat doffs his cap on March 2, to honor the birthday of his creator Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel). To celebrate Seuss, the NEA (National Education Association) hosts "Read Across America" reported WBAL-TV11 on March 2. March is National Reading Month. Explore Dr. Seuss and reading in preschool learning centers with these activities. Dr. Seuss is right at home in the book or library learning center. Fill your book corner with Seuss books. Emergent readers will love the pictures. Scatter some comfy pillows Seuss character toys. Throw a Seuss story party.

For a Dr. Seuss art center, display Seuss books: The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Each day of Read Across America week, create Seussinspired artwork. Paint Seuss creatures at easels with brightly colored Seuss paints. Model creatures in modeling clay or playdough. Create sculptures by poking recycled materials in Styrofoam blocks.

To teach Dr. Seuss at the Collage center, make Seuss toys from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Put out oddly shaped cardboard containers, egg cartons, aluminum foil and cans, plastic containers and colored fabric scraps. Students can design their own version of a Whoville Jing Tingler, Flu Flooper, Tar Tinkers, Who Hoover or Who Carnio Flunx
To teach Dr. Seuss in the Music Center, make homemade Seuss musical instruments. Create noisemakers like the Grinch's hated Gar Ginkers Trum Tupers Slu Slumkers Blum Bloopers Who Wompers and Zu Zitter Carzays. Encourage students to give their musical instruments silly Seuss names.

To teach Dr. Seuss in Dramatic Play or Dress Up center, have students make masks of Seuss characters: Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, Horton the elephant, Yertle the Turtle, Maisie the bird, the Wickersham monkeys, the angaroo and her joey. Have children create their own Seuss creatures. Have a Dr. Seuss parade like the one in his first book "And to Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street." Dress in homemade Seuss costumes, play musical instruments and show off homemade toys.

To teach Dr. Seuss science center, use the Lorax. The Lorax deals with environmentalism. Set up an experiment on decomposition and pollution. Place different pieces of trash in zippered bags with a little water. Monitor them over time to show students how slowly trash decomposes. Students could also tend "trufulla seeds" (use any flower seeds, sunflower, cosmos or daisy). Make Oobleck mixing liquid laundry starch and white school glue.

To teach a Dr. Seuss practical life area, use "The Cat in the Hat", "Green Eggs and Ham" and "Horton Hears a Who." These books deal with caring for others, preparing food and house cleaning. Do a Cat in the Hat tidy up relay race. Cook green eggs and ham. Care for an insect or goldfish. Use these free printable Dr. Seuss activities from my website Free Printable Lesson Plans, in your lesson plans, too. 

Free Printable Stations of the Cross Coloring Activities

Free Printable Stations of the Cross Lenten Coloring Pages and Devotional Booklet Lent begins on Ash Wednesday of the Catholic liturgical calendar and continues for 40 days up to Easter. We try to imitate Jesus with prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Here are free printable Stations of the Cross coloring pages for lent devotions. printable lent coloring pages

Free Printable Lent Calendars for Homeschool, Family and Religious Education

Free Printable Lent Calendars for Catholic Families and Homeschoolers
Our Lenten journey in the Catholic church begins on Ash Wednesday and follows Jesus Christ for forty days of suffering in the desert, up to Holy Week and the Easter Triduum. Here are free printable lenten calendars to help your experience of Lent. free printable lent calendars

Free Printable Catholic Saints Paper Dolls and Lesson Plans to Color

Free Printable Catholic Saints Paper Dolls and Coloring Page Activities
It's been inspiring to see that my most popular articles have been those about Ash Wednesday, Lent, Catholic faith and free printable homeschooling lesson plans activities. Here is yet another free printable Catholic activities website. free printable Catholic saints coloring

Free Printable Reading Response Journal Activities for ELA Lesson Plans

Optional Activities for an ELA (English Language Arts) Response Journal Rubric Students demonstrate success and mastery when teachers give multiple options for response. Instead of the routine written question and answer response, give students many choices. Here are 50 activities for educators to select from to create blocked assignment check off cards. Reading response journal rubric

Chinese New Year, Asian Culture Books Preschool to Lower Elementary

Kids Literature for Chinese New Year, Asian Culture Lessons--Preschool Through Second Grade What better way to explore oriental culture than with literature? Some of these books are Chinese; others are Japanese Buddhist. Chinese New Year celebrates the animals of the zodiac and most Buddhist stories involve animals. Chinese New Year lesson plans

Middle School Books, ELA Lesson Plans for Chinese New Year

Best Books for Chinese New Year and Oriental Culture for Upper Elementary and Middle School Students Chinese New Year celebrates the culture of the Orient. What better way to explore oriental culture in your classroom than with literature. Here is a collection of kids books of oriental wisdom for parents, teachers and homeschoolers. Chinese New Year lesson plans

Lenten Almsgiving, Prayer and Fasting Lesson Plans

Free Printable Lent Activities For Catholics, Lent, the penitential season preceding Easter in the liturgical calendar, is a time to practice prayer,fasting and alms giving. Here are free printable activities to help your Lent observances. free printable lent activities

Percy Jackson and the Oympians--The Lightning Thief- Book and Movie Review

Book and Movie Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan, will be out in theaters as Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, February 12, 2010. Other books in the series include: The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth  and The Last Olympian. Greek mythology lovers unite; this is a great read. Read More

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