Teaching Students About Dr. Seuss
Have you ever seen a student who doesn’t enjoy Dr. Seuss? This American author has captured hearts and imaginations of children and adults alike for over 80 years. His work is loved not only because of his creativity but also because he taught important life lessons through his stories. Here are a few ways you can introduce students to Dr. Seuss’ work while also educating them on important moral principles.
Begin by Introducing Dr. Seuss
Before jumping into reading his books, it’s important to introduce your students to the man behind the beloved stories that they know and love. Dr. Seuss’ real name was Theodor Geisel, and he was born on March 2, 1904. You can tell students about his life and work ethics, and how he began writing for children. Dr. Seuss made up his pen name while attending college at Dartmouth. He wanted to write, draw and make funny rhymes, but also wanted to keep his work away from his father’s disapproval. You can also provide students with images of Dr. Seuss’ work to give them a glimpse of his creative genius.
Reading Dr. Seuss Books
After giving a brief introduction to Dr. Seuss, it’s time to start reading his books to your students. His books are not only fun to read, but they also teach important life lessons. Here are some books that you can use to introduce different life lessons to your students:
1. The Cat in the Hat – The ‘Cat in the Hat’ is a classic tale about mischief and consequences. The story teaches children about responsibility and the importance of making good choices.
2. Green Eggs and Ham – This tale has a simple and catchy rhyme scheme that is easy for children to remember. Green Eggs and Ham, talks about trying new things, keeping an open mind, and being willing to accept change.
3. Horton Hears a Who – This story is about courage, perseverance, and standing up for what you believe in. The story follows an elephant who stands his ground and proves that every voice should be heard.
4. The Lorax – An essential lesson to learn from this book is taking care of our environment. The book is about a small creature called the Lorax, who tries to protect trees from being destroyed. The story teaches children about the importance of conservation and protecting wildlife.
After reading these books to your students, discuss the themes and ask them what they learned from each story.
Making Crafts and Activities
Dr. Seuss’ work inspires creativity, which makes him a fantastic choice for craft projects that help students channel their creative talents.
Try some of these activities:
1. Making a Cat in the Hat hat – Students can create their own red and white striped hats by using simple materials like construction paper, glue, and scissors.
2. Creative writing activities and poems – Students can write their own rhymes and stories in tribute to Dr. Seuss’ style and works.
3. Creating Lorax’s mustache – Once they learn the lessons behind The Lorax, students can color and cut out a Lorax mustache to wear while they retell the story.
Dr. Seuss’ books are timeless classics that can be enjoyed by children and adults for generations to come. His books teach important lessons on responsibility, courage, conservation, and creativity. While also introducing students to Theodor Geisel’s life and creative genius. When teaching students about Dr. Seuss, it is important to read his books, discuss and evaluate the themes within them, and foster creativity through craft projects and activities.