Sunday, May 20, 2012

Dr. Seuss/Open House


So. I LOVE Dr. Seuss. I think he is brilliant beyond brilliant! Sad thing: most of my students had never seen or read a Dr. Seuss book. Therefore, I read Dr. Seuss books to BOTH classes for two weeks straight. AND THEY LOVED IT! YAY!

Apparently in past years, the kindergarten teachers would decorate the hallways for Open House in a "Texas" theme. Since we are all now K/1st grade, that was shot down - and also we have less TA's who have less time to decorate the halls, we had to do it on our own. We needed something fun, cute, quick, and EASY.

So here I am, the newbie in the back going "Ooo ooo! I know! Dr. Seuss! Dr. Seuss!"

And they all approved! SCORE one for the Temple team!

It all started with a Cat in the Hat hat door.

Since I'm the math teacher, I figured I ought to do a little bit of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
This is the unfinished fish bowl my AWESOME Ready, Set, Teach! student made for me! (I'm sooooo lucky she's artsy!)

The fishbowl was 1st grade's BIG project. Every day one week, they each colored 2 (or more) fish. We had been practicing skip counting to 100, so I thought we'd put 100 fish in a GIGANTIC fish bowl! Why not?!

This, I am quite proud of. I came up with this on my own! No help from Pinerest, thank-you-very-much! This is what inspired one of my co-teachers to tell me to start a blog!
In 1st grade we were also working on our addition facts, so what better way to show what we know than turning it into a fun project based on The Lorax?

Here's what some of theirs looked like. :) So proud!

First grade also made hand print Thing 1 and Thing 2's. They LOVED it! So did I! Shhhh!

I put them all inside my classroom as a little extra decoration!

Kindergarten created some fun Cat in the Hat plates! Just a little pre-cutting some shapes, printing out a hat template, and ba-da-bing ba-da-boom! We've got 19 Cat in the Hats! Perfect!

Hung those suckers up! Decorated with one of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes! I've got about 20 favorite Dr. Seuss quotes. His books are chocked full of great, inspirational, thought-provoking quotes. Love it!

In Kindergarten, we were learning about 100 - counting, what it 100 things looked like, etc. So we put 100 real, live Goldfish (the crackers, of course!) in a small fishbowl.
I scooped out some of the rainbow Goldfish to each kid and had them sort by color. I passed out the graphing sheet and had them graph according to THEIR portion. Easy, colorful, meaningful, math, lovely.

On their tables for Open House was their Dr. Seuss folders (held a bunch of activities done in both my class and their reading/writing class) as well as a Cat in the Hat hat pencil holder!

I LOVED this Open House theme! I could SO do this every year!

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