Last year I read the story Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon and passed out fun sized (waterMELON flavored) Laffy Taffy candies. I felt these went well with the story because of the MELON part, but also in this book the grandmother tells Molly Lou Melon to "Smile big and the world will smile right alongside you." And as we know, jokes (like the ones on Laffy Taffy) make everyone smile!
This year I decided to read a book I think is great fun too...Diary of a Worm. Seriously makes me laugh! I thought about giving out gummy worms or doing some activity to tie it together with the book, but ultimately I went with a Dr. Seuss idea. We made these Cat in the Hat snacks (as suggested on my prior post).
The other part of this Cat in the Hat day came when one of the teachers on my team offered to let me borrow her how-to draw the Cat in the Hat DVD. I'm not really sure where the DVD came from to refer it to you, but if you would like to teach your kiddos how to draw the cat too, I did come across this step-by-step tutorial you could follow from Fairy Dust Teaching. What you'll need to complete this art project is: white card stock or (12 x 18) construction paper, like what we used, and red & black markers (Sharpies). And the result will be something a little like these cute buggers my firsties created.
The last thing we did was to add a Cats In Hats poem to our poetry notebooks.
As always, we read the poem as a class and looked for rhyming words to highlight. I try to add a poem a week to these notebooks, most of which I got from Just 4 Teachers to go along with our reading program Treasures. Every once in a while I throw in a poem that goes along with something else we are studying, holidays, etc. Pair the poem with a Cat in the Hat coloring page and we were set.
Hope your Dr. Seuss week is going well so far!