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Friday, March 9, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss: Week 1

So last week was Dr. Suess' birthday week. I'll have to admit, I'm not a huge Dr. Seuss fan. However, this year I was changed. I found all kinds of activities, crafts and snacks to go along with several of Dr. Seuss' classics that made this unit FUN! Matter of fact, I found so many that I did a 2 week unit! Whew! This was the collection of books I had in the classroom all written by Suess himself! We did a lot of reading!
 I even created an outside bulletin board on the wall dedicated to Dr. Seuss' 12 most famous stories! Here's part of the display!
 I found this bulletin board set at SchoolCraft (a local school supply store here) and LOVED it. I put all the books down at the bottom with the matching characters and titled it "We're a SEUSSational Pre-K!" The cat in the hat hat's have clothespins holding "George Washington". I know you're thinking George Washington?? Why is he up there? Well....We did George Washington the week before we started Dr. Suess! :)

 This was one of my favorite center activities I had at my small group during the week. They had to match the Cat in the Hat hat's to the number I displayed for them. They rocked this game! They kept asking to play over and over!
 Here's a closer image of George himself!

 Another image of the kids playing the Number Correspondence game!
 Monday: The Cat in the Hat was our story. So...in addition to all our reading and activities we made Cat in the Hat red velvet cupcake, icing, Oreo hats. Oh MY! I orginally saw this idea on Pinterest and they used gummy lifesavers. Well, I wasn't going to buy 10 bags of lifesaver gummies just to dig out the reds so I made mini red velvet cupcakes. I cut them in half and we stacked them using icing! They were a BIG hit.
 Yum, Yum, Yummy, Yum.
 Rhyming Activity using the story One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish!
 These are our AT word family Cat in the Hat drawings we did for display on the outer bulletin board. We came up with 5 words in the AT word family and wrote down the first letter. We came up with Hat, Cat, Sat, Pat & Mat. They then colored and made the face! It turned out great! These have been my favorite so far!
 Look! Now they match! we have our fact families on display!
Tuesday: Horton Hears a Who & Horton Hatches An Egg. We read those two books on Tuesday and created Horton Hats to wear with the clover attached to it. II took pictures of them in their hats but can't post them. Bummer.

Wednesday: Green Eggs and Ham Oh my! The most fun cooking day ever! We made green eggs on Wednesday. Before we read the story the kids thought the idea of green eggs was GROSS. However, after reading the story and seeing that the man LOVED them after he ate them, changed their minds. I brought a basket of eggs and green food coloring to make our own!
 I first showed them the egg and talked about the shell and yolk and how it's yellow. So we cracked the egg and cooked in in the pan and i added a drop of green food coloring to the egg. We cooked this one like a normal fried egg. They weren't too keen on trying this one. So we scrambled some!
 Here are our green eggs cooking! they thought it was so cool how the food coloring changed the eggs from yellow to green. They were still skeptical at this point of eating them. So I cooked away....
 Don't you just love this face. My aide said CHEESE and i couldn't cheese before she snapped! lol! End of story: Kids LOVED the eggs. I didn't cook enough for them haha!
 Thursday: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: We read this story on Thursday. Boy it's long. They kind of liked the book. But I think it was a little long for them. However, they loved the activity we had to go along with the book. Again thanks to Pinterest I found a great activity. We GRAPHED rainbow goldfish! Pre-K GRAPHED....boy was I WOWED this day at what they could do!
 We paired up and each group got one cup of rainbow goldfish. They took the goldfish in the cup and sorted them according to color. We then looked at our graph and told which one had the most, which ones were equal and which one had the fewest.
 The best part of the activity was that they got to eat the goldfish after! Yum-o!
 I was so so so SO proud of their graphing that day. I was WOW-ed at their ability to graph and to talk about more, less and equal! they are on thier way to being BIG Kindergartener's!
As a special snack, I made blue jello with swedish fish! It was interesting. I used nerds as the fish bowl rocks and then blue jello and swedish fish for the red fish from the story. The kids didn't really care for the snack. The jello was good but the fish got soggy. If I do this next year we will make the jello seperate and then put the fish in last. Cute idea though!

Friday we had bad weather in New Market. School was only in session 1/2 day. I was out for a trip to Birmingham with my husband's band for a Discipleship now gig at a church. It was a crazy day for the kiddos back home. Therefore, OOBLECK was moved to this Friday.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

22 comments:

  1. Hi there, very cute blog...I just found you and am your newest follower. I recently posted pictures from our Dr. Seuss Day too. Come on over I'm having a lucky 300 giveaway and I teach first. :o)
    Vicky
    Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

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  2. I am so glad that I just found your blog - it is great! I teach K and work very closely with our Pre-K teacher. Can't wait to follow you! I just started a blog, it is in the beginning stages. I would love for you to stop by and offer suggestions!

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    1. Thank you!!! I will soon be your newest follower!! Can't wait to see your blog!

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  3. Hi, I am your newest follower. I teach prek as well and have done so for 18 years and wouldn't change it for anything. Please consider becoming a follower of my blog. I am at http://mrssprekparadise.blogspot.com
    COngrats on getting married.
    Sharon Winter

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    1. Thanks for following!! I am about to be your newest follower!!

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  4. Yay, I'm number follower #140! :) Love your ideas, thanks for sharing them!
    Anita
    Mrs. Bremer’s Kindergarten

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    1. Yay!!! Thanks for following! I am about to be your newest follower! I need fellow kindergarten blogs to give me ideas!

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  5. Hi there! I found your blog from a pin on pinterest! :) good luck in K next year!

    I wondered where you found your Dr Suess printable number mats? Could you share the link? Thanks!

    ColburnsLoveBama@yahoo.com

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  7. Hello I was wondering if you would share the Dr. Seuss Hat math mat

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