It’s been all things literacy and Dr. Seuss during Read Across America Week. I thought I’d share some fun literacy week ideas for reading, writing, and word work that you might want to save for next year. I know I’m always on the lookout for new ideas for decorating my door bulletin boards and especially for fun reading and writing activities to do with my students.
Writing About Biographies
My class thinks I’m a great artist, but here’s my secret: I made this book character by taping yellow butcher paper to my SMARTBoard. Next, I place the book under my document camera and projected the cover onto my board. I traced around the character and boom! I’m a great artist!
I chose a font and added letters in a text box to a PowerPoint slide, saved it as a PDF and printed on colored card stock.
To make the writing template I drew an oval with lines on copy paper then ran them off on construction paper. So easy!
Giving a Gift to An Author
This was such a fun project and I just love how it turned out. My class loved this fun literacy week activity where we “baked” a birthday cupcake. You can do this for any author, but we chose Dr. Seuss. We used my Literacy Week Author Craft to make the cupcakes which can also be made as a booklet for students to write inside.
I asked my students to think about their experiences with Dr. Seuss books and to write about what this author and his books have given them as readers.
They then wrote about a gift they’d like to give him in return. So many said they’d like to write a book for him, too.
Our birthday cupcakes made such a bold and bright hallway display and they were so fun for my class to make!
Literacy Week Word Work
We’ve been reviewing parts of speech and focusing on verbs so I came up with an idea for our door decoration. We used our Scholastic Magazines which, this week, had an article about Dr. Seuss. Since he is no longer living, the text was rich with past tense verbs.
After writing their words on the candles, they cut flames out of yellow scraps of paper.
We added the candles to our giant Seuss style cupcake that decorated our door.
In another activity, we worked with prefixes and suffixes. I made a quick set of word cards and added them along with a hat template I found in an old teacher resource book to our word work center.
We also alphabetized the titles of some of our favorite books. Students chose 10 books, arranged them on the floor in alphabetical order by title, then wrote the titles in ABC order on these fun note pads I found in the Target dollar spot a few years ago.
All of our celebrating was a wonderful way to end the quarter and we are now on Spring Break!
Happy teaching, friends!