“You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose!”
March 2nd is a special day in classrooms across the country because March 2nd is a day for celebrating the man who brought us some of the silliest books we’ve ever read. I love Dr. Seuss! Green Eggs and Ham is by far my favorite Dr. Seuss book, because I know it mostly by heart and I can read it really fast, neither of which goes unnoticed by my students.
Theodore Seuss Geisel was a man of many talents, from writing a book with only fifty words to drawing his own characters. He brought us beloved icons like the Cat in the Hat, Yurtle the Turtle, and of course that nasty mean old Grinch. But while children enjoyed the stories he wrote, adults saw the value of the messages behind those carefully rhyming verses. Don’t judge others by their appearance, being a dictator is bad, you can’t say you don’t like it if you’ve never tried it, if you cut down all the trees, there won’t be anything left, and of course, you shouldn’t let strangers into your house when your mother is out.
Today we use the works of Dr. Seuss as a way to start teaching children important morals and life lessons at a young age disguised, of course, as silly stories. So on this day I like to dedicate my time to his memory in my classroom. Today my 6th graders got to go back in time. They got to sit on the carpet and listen to me read them stories and show them the pictures. They got to watch an animated Dr. Seuss classic, and they got to do an impossible STEM challenge!
This is the second year I’ve done the Stack the Cat’s Hat Challenge from littlebinsforlittlehands.com. My kids love it! They think it’s going to be easy and they’re going to get it on the first try. By the end of the period, they’ve worked in teams and tried a million times. This really is one of the best STEM challenges I’ve ever done, and it keeps students busy for quite a while. They never want to clean it up and put it away! I’m looking foreword to doing this all again next year too!