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Reading Everywhere with Dr. Seuss
|Grades||K – 2|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Seven 20-minute sessions|
Grand Island, Nebraska
Young readers celebrate all the places they can read by creating a classroom book modeled after Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham. They begin by reading and discussing Green Eggs and Ham as a class until they have a good feel for the rhythm and rhyme of the book. They then brainstorm a list of places they like to read and make rhyming pairs from their ideas. Finally, they add images to their ideas, using drawings or photographs, and turn their pages into a classroom book. Their work can also be made into a PowerPoint® or HyperStudio® slide show, or be a part of their school's Web page.
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Encouraging and nurturing a love of reading in children can come in many forms-we read to them from the time they are babies; we help them see themselves as readers; we surround them with wonderful literature like that by Dr. Seuss.
NCTE's Resolution on the Essential Roles and Value of Literature in the Curriculum underscores the importance of nurturing a love of reading in children, by affirming the "value of reading and literature for appreciation, learning, and enjoyment; critical need of instilling in young people a love of literature and reading for its own sake; important and critical roles that children's and young adult literature should play in the classroom."
Our goal as teachers is to hook our students on great books that won't let the kids leave without them. Then we teach them that a book is a friend that you can take with you everywhere you go. In this lesson we celebrate and share the idea that reading can be done anytime and anywhere.
Fox, Mem. 2001. Reading Magic. San Diego: Harcourt.
National Council of Teachers of English. Resolution on the Essential Roles and Value of Literature in the Curriculum. http://www.ncte.org/positions/statements/valueofliterature