Saturday, March 3, 2012

Seuss Rewind

Yesterday was a blast!  I was completely and totally exhausted by the end of our Seusstacular Day but it was totally worth it!

I began the day by transforming myself into Thing 1.  Seeing the looks on my students' faces as they entered the classroom was priceless!  I had them convinced that I had cut and dyed my hair blue.  :)

We enjoyed watching a cartoon of The Cat and the Hat and made these yummy red and white parfaits for lunch.  (We layered strawberries and cool whip.)









Then we decorated our pencils with some bling to give us a little encouragement on our Friday assessments that we had to squeeze in before getting too involved in the day's activities.  I found these pencil toppers and accessories in the Target Dollar Spot a few years back.  I successfully hoarded enough to last me the last 3 years.  (Anyone else have this problem?)  We added pencil flags that I found for free here.  Voila! Our pencils were made over Seuss style!


Anyone watch Tim Tebow reading Green Eggs and Ham?  My children are officially obsessed with him so they were utterly in shock that he knew that story too! {haha!} There was a Justin Beiber version floating around Pinterest as well....I opted out of viewing that one.  Don't judge.  Tim Tebow was enough celebrity excitement for us.  :)


Of course we had to make green eggs to eat as we listened to him read.  I tried to do some different activities from what my kids have done the previous years in kindergarten and 1st so we made {Pinterest-inspired} green eggs, dessert style.  Yum!  It was quick and simple and we were able to work in a measurement mini lesson too while we mixed the ingredients!  We made vanilla pudding, turned it green, and added a vanilla wafer to the middle as the "yoke" of the egg.  Oh, and we added some sprinkles for fun.















One of the items I purchased for myself during the Leap Day Tpt sale was Hope King's Seuss Themed Time Capsule activity.  We read Oh, The Places You'll Go! and completed this adorable art project to go along with it.  Thanks, Hope! :)


No celebration would be complete without a little messiness, right?  My friend and co-worker Kim helped me with this next fun and messy experiment. {Thanks, Kim!} We read Bartholomew and the Oobleck and then we made our own version of the ooey-gooey stuff.  Each student was able to experiment with their own bowl-full and then they took it home so that their parents and siblings could share in the fun.  :)

  

We also spent a good chunk of time discussing the "big idea" of The Lorax.  My kids completed some pretty great writing in their journals about the problem in the story and how it relates to real life.  I don't have any pictures for you {sorry!} but trust me, I've got a group of some really deep thinkers!

We did accomplish some review in math (though it was brief!) by using my Roll and Cover game and time cards.  Click the pictures to grab your own copies!


Throughout the day my kiddos recorded their thoughts in a Seuss packet I compiled from all of those wonderful freebies out there.  The packet was full of writing prompts, sequencing activities, and graphic organizers that went along with the many stories we have been reading all week.  Thanks to all those in the blog world who shared their creations- I put them to good use in my classroom!


Lastly, we ran out of time before we could finish A Cupcake for the Teacher's adorable birthday craftivity.  We will have to finish these up on Monday!  Click on her picture of the activity to grab your own copy.  Her craftivities are always so much fun!
That wraps up our jam-packed day.  Hopefully I wasn't the only one trying to squeeze in a million things! There are just so many great Seuss books and awesome activities to go along with it!  :)


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    1. Fun but exhausting! I guess that's a good sign, huh?

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    Kinder Kraziness

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  4. That looks like a blast. Can't wait to celebrate next year. You all have given me some good ideas.

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  5. I loved reading all of this and that blue hair--awesome!!!
    Kristen

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    1. Haha! You know how I love to make a fool of myself! Totally worth it! :)

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  6. Wow, I'm exhausted just reading about it! Sounds like you had a great day!

    Sally from ElementaryMatters

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    1. It was a jam packed day, that's for sure! Good thing it only happens once a year. :)

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  7. Love your "Oh the Places I'll Go" activity!
    Need to remember that one for next year! :)
    Jenn
    A Pirates Life for Us

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    1. It was Hope King's idea- she is wonderful!

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  8. Wow! Looks like your class had a great time. Loved the cute green eggs and ham made out of vanilla pudding. I must remember that for next year.

    Thanks,
    Ann

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    1. I found the idea on Pinterest. It was super yummy!

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  9. Wow, what a great day!! Love your blue hair ;)
    Thanks for the shout-out!!
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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    1. I was definitely used to getting strange looks by the end of the day! :)

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  10. We totally watched Tebow (me in a slightly more appreciative way). The loyal Bieber fans had to admit Tim did a better job. They cracked up when he was in the water with the characters and riding in the train. Looks like your class had loads of fun. =)

    Emily @ Second Grade Silliness 

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    1. Haha! Yep, I agree with you about Tebow!

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  11. We watch Tim read it and we also watched Justin Beiber read The Cat in the Hat (I think).

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    1. I love it when celebs do things like that! It makes it so much more fun for the kids! :)

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  12. I just found this post through Pinterest. I pinned the Green Eggs, pudding and cookie snack. I usually made green scrambled eggs and green ham for my per-kindergarten classes. You can get a green tint to your ham by soaking it in a zip lock back with some water with green food coloring in it. Have fun. I will be back.

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