Read Across America Ideas
You Could Not, Would Not, Want to Miss a Celebration Such As This!
Each year many schools, classrooms and libraries participate in Read Across America celebrations on or around March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Suess. Across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others volunteer for Read Across America activities.
Enhance your Read Across America celebration with one of these creative ideas.
1. Invite guest readers to come to your class to read to the students. You can invite policemen, firemen, local or professional athletes, politicians or radio personalities to donate their time. After they read, they can discuss why reading is important in their lives, and tell about their favorite books when they were kids.
2. Using various Dr. Seuss books, have students create a new ending, or create a book themed “Mad Lib” type story.
3. Have children share their own writing by reading aloud from their own personal creations.
4. Make crafts that celebrate reading, such as bookmarks, that include famous lines from Dr. Seuss books.
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5. Create a demonstration on how to make a pop-up book, using One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish as an example.
Genius Tip: Not everyone can volunteer in person. Organize supply donations via an online sign up so everyone can be involved!
10. Have students, teachers or volunteers dress up in “Cat in the Hat" hats and costumes.
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16. Make festive snacks based on your favorite Dr. Suess characters. Simple red gelatin and whip cream or yogurt can be layered into a clear plastic cup for the Cat in The Hat!
19. Have kids dress as their favorite character from a book.
The list of Read Across America ideas are endless. If you do your research and start planning now, this year can be your biggest and best celebration ever!
By Kate White and Helena LaGarde
Posted by Kate White
Posted by Erick Kasper on Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:01 PM EST
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