Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham
Objective: Students will be able to create a Storyrobe or SonicPics presentation detailing the main events of their favorite Dr. Seuss book. They need to include a summary of the beginning, middle, and end. They also need to give their opinion of the book in the form of a book recommendation.
California Common Core Standards
Reading Standards for Literature
- Key Ideas and Details (1-3)
- Range of Reading and Level of Complexity (10)
Listening and Speaking Standards
- Presentation of Knowledge of Ideas (4-6)
- Conventions of Standard English (1)
Supplies: Class set of iPods, iPads, laptops, or other hand-held devices. Ability to email final project to you.
Dr. Seuss Day Overview
Dr. Seuss Day has finally arrived! I sure hope you have found a lesson (or two or three) that you would love to implement today in your classroom to make Dr. Seuss Day Go Digital. The great news is that Oceanhouse Media (the creators of the Dr. Seuss apps) announced that Dr. Seuss apps will be on sale from March 2-8! The Lorax book is discounted to $0.99 and the Lorax Garden game will be FREE! Their other Dr. Seuss books will range from $0.99-$2.99. Collect these fabulous apps now while they are discounted!
Today we are going to get a little freaky with Dr. Seuss activities! I happen to go a bit over the top on Dr. Seuss Day. Although, I am planning digital lessons for my classroom, there are some old favorite activities that I still love to do. In the morning, after reading Green Eggs and Ham, I am taking my class to the cafeteria for a freaky food surprise! I am treating them to a Green Egg and Ham breakfast! Also, at the end of the day (and after read Bartholomew and the Oobleck) my class and I will make some freaky green goo… Oobleck! This is a great science activity and the recipe I use can be found on my teacher website. Follow this link.
And of course, it wouldn’t be Dr. Seuss Day without participating in Read Across America. So we spend much of the day reading, reading, reading! All of my students bring in their personal and much loved collections of Dr. Seuss books and we spread out all over the classroom with our books surrounding us. My students love trying to read Fox in Socks without messing up. They love revisiting old favorites like the Cat in the Hat. They even begin to enjoy some of Dr. Seuss’ more serious and longer books like Horton Hears a Who and the Sneetches. We keep track of how many books we read on a reading log and we try to read more books than last year’s class!
Digital Storytelling Lesson
After my students have spent a good portion of the day reading their favorite Dr. Seuss books, they need to narrow it down and pick their absolute favorite book! Follow these steps for this activity:
- Model how to create a Storyrobe or SonicPics presentation. I have blogged about Storyrobe in the past. Please refer back to this blog for more details. I love SonicPics even more than Storyrobe because it allows you to use more than 3 pictures. Basically both apps allow you to create a presentation using pictures. You can voice record over the pictures to create a digital storytelling presentation.
- Have students take at least 3 pictures from their book using the built in camera. Have them select the best 3 pictures that would summarize the beginning, middle, and end.
- I usually have my students do a quick-write about what they plan on saying during their presentations. They need to be sure to plan what they will say for each picture. Therefore, if they have three pictures, they should brainstorm 3 sentences or 3 paragraphs (depending on the level of your child). Then have them practice their retelling before they begin recording.
- Students will then insert their pictures into Storyrobe or SonicPics and record their presentation. You may want to record in shifts or have students move to a variety of locations during recording time. Depending on how many students you have in your class this portion can get a bit noisy!
- When their presentation is complete, I usually have them email their final presentation to me. This time I plan on posting their presentations onto Edmodo so everyone can view them and comment on them.
If you have never used digital storytelling apps like Storyrobe or SonicPics I highly recommend them. They can be used in a variety of ways and in all academic areas. These apps lend themselves easily to project based learning activities and have become a regular routine in my classroom.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Dr. Seuss Day! Remember, “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”
Please share with me a couple of “thinks” you have about how you celebrated Dr. Seuss Day.