Dr. Seuss in the classroom

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By Amy Wallot
amy.wallot@education.ky.gov

The March 2 birthday of author Dr. Seuss gave teachers across the nation an opportunity to include a little craziness into their classrooms. With his birthday landing on a Saturday this year, activities took place last week, but also are planned for this week.

At Berea Community Elementary School (Berea Independent), the halls were lined with billboards of students work related to Dr. Seuss. On the day I visited, students in Leigh Wilson’s kindergarten class were participating in Dr. Seuss related activities in small groups. Third-grade students in Nicole Isaacs’ class were getting their hands messy with green oobleck from the book Bartholomew and the Oobleck.

Dr. Seuss is fun for all ages and his stories can be incorporated into most subjects. Planning a lesson around one of his stories gives teachers an easy opportunity to add a creative lesson to the day and this photographer a fun assignment to shoot.

Brinkley Osborne solves mathematics problems with white and red manipulatives during Leigh Wilson's kindergarten class at Berea Community Elementary School (Berea Independent). Photo by Amy Wallot, Feb. 28, 2013
Brinkley Osborne solves mathematics problems with white and red manipulatives during Leigh Wilson’s kindergarten class at Berea Community Elementary School (Berea Independent).
Photo by Amy Wallot, Feb. 28, 2013
Kindergarten student Alexis Bustomante proudly wears her paper hat similar to the famous one worn in The Cat in the Hat. Photo by Amy Wallot, Feb. 28, 2013
Kindergarten student Alexis Bustomante proudly wears her paper hat similar to the famous one worn in The Cat in the Hat.
Photo by Amy Wallot, Feb. 28, 2013
Summer Damrell points out a wacky item in Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss to her kindergarten teacher Leigh Wilson. Photo by Amy Wallot, Feb. 28, 2013
Summer Damrell points out a wacky item in Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss to her kindergarten teacher Leigh Wilson.
Photo by Amy Wallot, Feb. 28, 2013
Corey Judd listens to his kindergarten teacher Leigh Wilson read Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss. Photo by Amy Wallot, Feb. 28, 2013
Corey Judd listens to his kindergarten teacher Leigh Wilson read Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss.
Photo by Amy Wallot, Feb. 28, 2013
Third-grade teacher Nicole Isaacs reads Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss to her class. Photo by Amy Wallot, Feb. 28, 2013
Third-grade teacher Nicole Isaacs reads Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss to her class.
Photo by Amy Wallot, Feb. 28, 2013
Third-grade students Clayton Martinez and Joseph Workman play with oobleck during Nicole Isaacs’ class. After, they completed a worksheet about their observations of the substance. Photo by Amy Wallot, Feb. 28, 2013
Third-grade students Clayton Martinez and Joseph Workman play with oobleck during Nicole Isaacs’ class. After playing, they completed a worksheet about their observations of the substance.
Photo by Amy Wallot, Feb. 28, 2013
As 3rd-grade teacher Nicole Isaacs hands out oobleck to her class, she reminds them to not eat the oobleck. Photo by Amy Wallot, Feb. 28, 2013
As 3rd-grade teacher Nicole Isaacs hands out oobleck to her class, she reminds them to not eat the oobleck.
Photo by Amy Wallot, Feb. 28, 2013

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