This past week, leading up to Dr. Seuss's birthday (March 2), we did many fun activities in class. First, we read the ever-so-popular book, "The Cat in the Hat" and discussed the characters, the problem in the book, the solution, and where the story happened (Setting). We also had the pleasure of watching Justin Bieber (Eek!) read "The Cat in the Hat" to the students through a You Tube video. To expand the lesson, the students responded to the writing prompt: "Would you want the Cat in the Hat to come to your house on a rainy day?". The ideas they came up with were so cute!
We also read the popular book, "Oh, the Places You'll Go" and talked about how the children can do anything they want to and can reach any dream, as long as they make good choices and always try their best. We did a writing prompt: "When I Grow Up" and each child was able to share what their dream/goal is when they grow up. After each child shared their dream, we talked about what good choices they can make to reach their dream! Attention all Room 117 students: Remember your first grade teacher when you are all famous! :) We will finish this fun project into the upcoming week.
On Friday, We created our own Cat in the Hats and used our literacy skills in the process! Each child was given a different "Word family" to create a list of rhyming words. Some students were given short vowel word families and some students were given long vowel families! They were each up to the challenge and did a great job! They then listed their rhyming words on their hats. See below for the finished projects!
Next week, we will have the chance to try "Green Eggs and Ham" and watch a short biography video on our famous author, Dr. Seuss.