Read Across America Day is always a fun day of celebrating the power of reading in the U.S. The day commemorates the life of Dr. Seuss and is celebrated on his birthday every year, March 2nd.
I found this great article in the Washington Post: Six Things You Probably Don’t Know About Dr. Seuss
Back in the classroom this year means I was able to celebrate Read Across America Day in a school setting. We had a day long (it was a ½ day in our county) celebration that included the following:
Stage set for our guest reader - Students made a handprint and wrote their favorite book title on it
Each class made a "Happy Birthday" banner/card. The best card/banner was chosen for the lower grades and the upper grades by our RIF and NEA volunteers
Our art teacher decorated the hall with her versions of characters from Dr. Seuss' most popular books.
- In the three weeks leading up to March 2nd, students tallied the number of books read. Each week we added one stripe to the hat for 50 books read. Students read 2, 200 books. The hat exploded!