In the Trenches

Thoughts and Ideas from a Classroom Teacher

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

on March 2, 2012

ImageI love this Buzzfeed article about the social implications behind the writings of Dr.Seuss. As a teacher of 5th graders, it is not too early to start looking at the deeper meanings of what students see as enjoyable picture books. Most students aren’t away that Theodore Geisel was, in fact, a social activist. With the popularity of his books still today, I have had students take these titles from the Buzzfeed article and match them to the books in the Dr. Seuss collection. Many need a dictionary to figure out what these terms mean, but they can start to pull together the pieces and make strong connections. Try it! For next year, I am trying to think of more ways to use Dr. Seuss’ books in new and more challenging ways. No matter how old you are, they are still magical!

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