Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration

This year on March 2nd is the 98th birthday of Dr. Seuss.  There are lots of celebrations going on this year, including the release of the Lorax movie.  So I figured it would be fun to add some Dr. Seuss to our homeschooling this week to celebrate.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration - Lesson Ideas for Homeschooling

Here are some links to online resources for Dr. Seuss lesson plans that I found:

  • homeschoolshare – these lesson plans these are geared toward younger children and include graphing and ABC activites
  • A to Z teacher stuff – these lessons plans include printable patterns and a writing activity geared towards 1-2nd grade
  • Classroom Jr – plenty of Dr. Seuss art projects and games here
  • Seussville – the official website has lesson plans and an author study

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Most of the things I found are meant for elementary aged children, but my son is in 7th grade, so printable craft projects aren’t going to be appropriate.  The author study at Seussville would be ok, but I think the most fun idea will be to have my son write some Dr. Seuss inspired poetry and illustrate it.  The use of language and made up words in the Dr. Seuss books is one of the things that makes them so appealing, and it seems like the perfect approach for a child in middle school.  My son doesn’t like to write poetry much, so maybe this will be a good way to get him more enthusiastic about it.

So I am going to give him this stanza, from If I Ran the Zoo,

So I’d open each cage. I’d unlock every pen,

Let the animals so, and start over again.

And somehow or other, I think I could find

Some beasts of a much more un-usual kind.

and ask him to write and illustrate two rhyming stanzas describing his idea of a perfect zoo beast.  Hopefully he can be creative with it.  We will have to have green eggs and ham for lunch on Thursday too of course, since that is the official Dr. Seuss Day!  Is anyone else celebrating?

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