NEA’s Read Across America Day coincides with Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Your students are either the right age for Dr. Seuss—or way too old. Either way, pair up with another class for a fun Dr. Seuss-themed event.
“Class reading buddies” is a time honored tradition in elementary school. Typically, a primary class pairs with an intermediate class. The older kids read aloud to the younger kids.
The two classes can have a great time with a Dr. Seuss-themed session. Get as many copies of Seuss’s books as you can. Try the school library, the public library (put BIG labels on these books and keep track of them), and ask families to send in their well-loved Seuss readers.
Pair the kids up however you wish. There are many options:
- By reading level (pair higher-achieving primary readers with higher-achieving intermediate readers)
- Let the little kids pick their buddy (empowering and interesting—watch them choose someone who looks a lot like themselves)
- By interest: who wants to read The Cat in the Hat? One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish?
Then start reading!
It’s nice if you have enough computers so kids can take Accelerated Reader (AR) tests. I would let intermediate kids take the tests, too—assuming they haven’t already in earlier grades. They should be rewarded with AR points for reading aloud to little kids.
Consider Cat in the Hat themed art activities. Keep it simple with coloring pages or making bookmarks. After all, you’ll have up to 60 kids in the room (or split between two rooms.) Here are templates:
Happy Read Across America Day!