A Roundup of Dr. Seuss Activities for Read Across America Day + a FREEBIE

A roundup of Dr. Seuss Activities to celebrate Reading Across America Day

March 2nd is fast approaching, better known as Read Across America Day. I have always loved Dr. Seuss’ books. I love the crazy made-up words and his wacky characters. So once I became a librarian I knew that I wanted to celebrate his birthday with my students. Over the years I have done all sorts of activities including poster contests, trivia games, guest readers and spirit days to name a few.

I am always looking for new ideas and I thought I would share with you a roundup of what I have found. I also created a list of some of the things I have done over the years as well as suggestions from my Staying Cool in the Library Facebook group. If you haven’t joined yet you definitely should. With over 3,000 members it is an invaluable resource for school librarians. You can download the list at the end of this post.

You can find all of these activities and many more on my Read Across America Pinterest board. 

This first idea is just a picture I found on Pinterest. I wish I could give credit to the person who came up with this. I have searched and searched and can not find who originally posted it. It’s an awesome Cat in the Hat book display, Dr. Seuss book classic. And if anyone knows the source please let me know!

Cat in the Hat Display

I found this door display on the blog Teaching My Friends. It is a fairly quick and easy display that everyone will love.

Dr. Seuss door display

This STEM challenge is perfect for makerspaces or centers. It’s from the blog Little Bins for Little Hands

STEM Challenge from Little Bins.

This activity goes along with the book Oh, The Places You’ll Go. It does require some prep. work and materials to get ready so you may not want to do it with all of your classes. It would be a fantastic collaborative project to do with a classroom teacher. It’s from the blog Inner Child Fun

Oh, the Places You'll Go Activity

Kids love to do Would You Rather activities and this Dr. Seuss inspired game is sure to be a hit. You can download it here from Inspiration Laboratories

Would You Rather Game

This is a collection of P.E. games. Since library and P.E. are usually part of the specials schedule you could set aside a day and do different games with all of the classes together. We have done this many times at my school and it works well. Thanks to P.E. Central for the suggestions. Partnering with P.E. during Read Across America Day is a fun way to incorporate the whole school!

This activity goes along with the book What Pet Should I Get? Find it on the blog Fun Learning for Kids.

What Pet Should I Get Book Activity

I love these Cat in the Hat bookmarks. Unfortunately the website to download the templates is no longer working.

Dr. Seuss Bookmarks from MyPrintly

I love this anchor chart from Mrs. Richardson’s Class to teach cause and effect with the Lorax. 

Dr. Seuss Cause and Effect Anchor Chart

And to go along with the anchor chart here is a free printable cause and effect matching game from Inspiration Laboratories

The Lorax free printable

Author Study

In my store you can find an author study of Theodore Seuss Geisel’s life. It includes a one page biography, reading comprehension task cards, a printable mini book, graphic organizers to use with his books and a reading log. You can purchase it from my TpT store or from my website.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Author Study
Purchase now: $4.25

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