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STORY EXTENDERS

Silly Mixed-Up Feet
First read The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss then Barbara G. says, "Ask children to put one of their shoes in a pile. Then ask one child, at a time, to pick out a shoe and find who it belongs to. This is a good matching one-to-one correspondence activity, and it also helps children practice putting on and taking off their shoes (especially tying)."
 

Foot Painting
This activity from Mary-Pat G. accompanies The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss.

Materials: Tempera paint, a long sheet of butcher paper, bare feet, a pie pan to contain paint, soapy water and towels.

Description: Read aloud The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss.  After reading the story, 
have children step barefooted into the pie pan and walk down the butcher paper. 
It helps to have someone (an adult) at the end of the paper to stop children and 
clean feet immediately - OR do this outside!  This is a great sensory activity as 
the children LOVE to feel the paint squish under their feet and between their 
toes.  For older children, you could expand the lesson into a math lesson by 
counting the feet painted and correlate that number to the number of children 
who walked down the paper. 
 

Hand / Foot prints
Denise C. shares this activity to increase pre-k and kindergarten children's awareness of diversity.

Materials: 
1.  Washable, non-toxic paint (one color)
2.  Shallow trays that are big enough for the children to step a foot into.
     I used some foil trays.
3.  Sheets of art paper to paint on.
4.  A nearby tub of soapy water and a towel to clean off painted toes and fingers.
5.  A plastic drop sheet is helpful to put under the activity. OR do it outside!

Description: During group time, read The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss and ask everyone what their hands and feet look like. Introduce the painting activity during circle as something they can choose to do during free play or outside time.

Provide a space for everyone's shoes so they don't get painted!  Be enthusiastic about the creations and be available to help hang pictures, add names, and clean feet. Allow time to clean everything up and include the children in the clean up. Have an easily accessible area to hang the paintings. Encourage any conversation about the way everybody's pictures are similar / different. This helps to demonstrate how we are all different shapes and sizes but we are all special people. We all have unique skin prints.

Comments: I did this as a class workshop to demonstrate for my classmates.
It turned  out that the teacher invited our campus lab school over to actually do the 
activity. I was scared at first, about how it would work, but the children had lots of fun and did fabulously well cleaning up.
 

My Many Colored Days
Jennifer D. helps to validate children's feelings and provides them with the words to label their emotions during this activity.

Materials:
Large paper
Pencil
Different colors of paint
Book: My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

Description: Read the story and discuss with the children different types of 
emotions.  Have them think about how they are feeling and what color they think 
best represents their mood.  Then have them lie down on the paper and trace 
around their bodies.  I usually have them cut the silhouettes out themselves, and 
then paint the bodies with their "feeling" color.  We hang the silhouettes up 
around the room along with a sentence strip, When I feel .......I am ...........

Comments: Continue the theme of emotions by listening to different types of music and coloring to it, using different colors to represent how the music makes you feel.
 

Dr. Seuss
Karen B. offers this outline of suggestions that includes a variety of activities about the different themes found in Dr. Seuss books. 

Materials: 
Corn starch
Poster board
Dr. Seuss books (a large variety)
Life savers
Vanilla icing
Vanilla wafers
Construction paper

Description:
Playground / Outdoor activities
• “Follow the Leader” after reading the book Yertle the Turtle
• Relay race; balancing objects on the students’ heads (The Cat in the Hat)

Literacy
• Computer: a Dr. Seuss CD-ROM
A variety of Dr. Seuss books

o Yertle the Turtle
o Green Eggs and Ham
o The ABC Book
o The Foot Book
o The Lorax
o The Cat in the Hat
o Horton Hears a Who?
o The Shape of Me and other Stuff
o If I Ran the Zoo
• Audio Books
• Flannel board stories

Creative Representation
• Make Cat in the Hat hats
• Make real and imaginary 3-D animals with clay (If I Ran the Zoo)
• Make a large class poster with trees (The Lorax)

Math / Manipulatives
• Play “Shape Bingo”
• Graph feet and shoes by their characteristics
• Measure using our feet
• Sort pictures of Horton in order from small to smallest

Science / Discovery
• Make “Oobleck”
• Make “green eggs and ham”

Large Group
• Discuss “home rules” (The Cat in the Hat)
• Plant a tree in a pot (The Lorax)

Dramatic Play
• Add Dr. Seuss books
• Design a “machine” that will clean up our room (The Cat in the Hat)
 

The Shape of Me
Leena A. encourages verbal expression, shape recognition and following directions during this kindergarten activity.

Materials: 
Tongue depressor
Black, brown, yellow, peach, tan, white, red, blue, green and purple circles, ovals,
      triangles, squares and rectangles
Markers

Description:
1. Read the book - The Shape of Me and Other Stuff by Dr. Seuss. 
2. Talk about the shapes of different items used in the story. 
3. Bring in these items and talk about whether or not they are squares, why, why
    not, circles, etc. 
4. Tell the students they are going to create themselves using shapes. 
5. Give each child a tongue depressor. This piece will serve as the arms. 
6. Take an oval for the body. Tell the students to use two rectangles for 
     legs and a circle for the head. 
7. Attach the oval body part to the front of the tongue depressor. 
8. Attach two legs to the back of the oval. 
9. Attach the head to the tongue depressor so that it connects to the body. 
10. Have the children add feet out of whatever shape, clothes, a face. 
11. When finished have the students tell about themselves and what shapes 
     they used.
 

Dr. Seuss & Conservation
Karen N. promotes the importance of conservation with this Dr. Seuss story extender.

Materials:
Book; The Lorax  by Dr. Seuss
Tree seedlings
Handouts for parents explaining the lesson learned and how to plant the trees.

Description: Here in Tennessee, Dr. Seuss's birthday falls during the same week 
as Tennessee's Arbor Day.  The forestry division here gives away different types 
of tree seedlings.  I always get enough for each child in my class to take home 
to plant.  We read the story of The Lorax  and I explain to the children how 
important it is to plant trees, since we use them for so many different things. 
It fits into our Dr. Seuss week perfectly.

Comments: You could use this project during Arbor Day in your state or National 
Arbor Day or during Dr. Seuss week.  Usually, you can contact your local forestry department, explain what you're doing and they will gladly donate some seedlings for your class.
 

Letter E or Letter H Week
During this project from Michelle M. children participate in a cooking activity which focuses on Eggs which begin with E. Only adults should handle the electric skillet.

Materials: Electric skillet, spoon, bowl for mixing eggs, plates for serving, 
seasoning (if desired), eggs, ham, green food coloring, and the book Green Eggs 
and Ham by Dr. Seuss.

Description: During Letter E week I explain to the class that we will be cooking 
something which begins with the letter E.  I then read the book Green Eggs and 
Ham by Dr. Seuss.  After we have finished the book the children help to make 
scrambled eggs, which of course we color green.  we serve the eggs with ham for 
our snack.

Comments: The children love the green eggs.  This activity could also be used 
for the letter H (ham) or for green week.

Literacy: Dr.Seuss Bulletin Board
Teachers can use this bulletin board idea from Juanita H. for Read Across America Week.

 Materials: Pictures of Dr. Seuss Characters, Title Oh, the Places You'll Go!
 paper and crayons.

Description: We use this bulletin board at the beginning of March for
Read Across America Week. Place pictures from several Dr. Seuss books on the board along with their titles . Also have simple rhyming words. When the week is over,  Leave the title, Oh, the Places You'll Go! on the board and take the pictures off. Have the children draw pictures of what they would like to be when they grow up. Label the pictures and put them on the bulletin board.

Literacy: Dr. Seuss "Green Eggs and Ham"
Promote language and literacy with this activity from Marie D. which expands upon one of Dr. Seuss' books and includes a cooking experience.

Materials: Green food color, eggs, turkey ham, frying pan and the Dr. Seuss book  Green Eggs and Ham.

Description: We talk about eggs for a few days before and discuss size, shape and color. We talk about what is on the inside and about the outside of eggs.
What you do with eggs and  how you do it?  We discuss where they come from and the different animals that come from eggs.

Then read Green Eggs and Ham. When you get to the part right before he 
fries them ask the kids what they think Green Eggs and Ham taste like.  Then make a chart by writing the predictions on one side and the actual results on the other side. In order to arrive at the results make green eggs and ham using food coloring. When you cook the ham add water so that the coloring spreads. Eat and record the results on the chart. 

Take pictures of the children cooking and eating and create a bulletin board which includes the predictions and results. Beneath a group photograph on the bulletin board write We Like Green Eggs and Ham, Sam I Am.

Green Eggs And Ham
Stephanie J. encourages children to try new foods as she reinforces the concept of the color green and demonstrates that yellow +  blue = green.

Materials: The book Green Eggs And Ham, by Dr. Seuss
Eggs
Diced Ham
Blue Food coloring
Electric frying pan, Only adults should handle the electric skillet.
Bowl
Spoon
Butter or margarine

Description:
1.  Read the story, Green Eggs And Ham.
2.  Discuss how the character in the story didn't want to try the eggs because 
     they looked different, but when he did try them, he loved them.
3.  Make Green Eggs and Ham in the classroom.  I let each child crack one egg 
     into a bowl.  They can help scramble the eggs and add the diced ham.  Then, show 
     them how adding blue food coloring to the egg mixture turns it green.  (the book 
     Little Blue and Little Yellow is also good to read with this activity).
4.  An adult should fry the eggs and serve to the children.
5.  Most kids will try them and find that they taste just like regular eggs. 

After eating, ask each child where they like to eat green eggs and ham and write 
their responses down on a piece of chart paper.  (ex:  Danny will eat them on a 
plane, Rachel will eat them at her house...)
 

Dr. Seuss Counting Colors
Here's an easy art and craft activity from Kellie H. that 2 and 3 year olds can complete.

Materials: Red and blue tissue paper, cut-out fish patterns.

Description: Read the Dr. Seuss book: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
Have fish already cut out from white construction paper.  Let kids roll pieces of red and blue tissue paper and glue on the fish cut outs.
 

Dr. Seuss Theme: One Fish...Two Fish
Jan R. reviews colors and rhyming words during this story extender.

Materials: Large piece of white construction paper for each child, red paint, blue paint, paint brush for each color, children's hands, bingo doppers for bubbles,
crayons or markers to add eyes.

Description: Begin by writing One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish on each paper top or bottom.  Paint one of each child's hand blue and have the child place it on the paper, thumb up (the thumb becomes the fin and the fingers the tail).  Repeat with the other hand and red paint.  Once the paint dries have the children add eyes somewhere under or around the thumb.  Then allow them to use the bingo doppers to create bubbles for the fish.

Comments: It is simple, but fun and you can really reinforce the Dr. Seuss book and rhymes with the kids.
 

Colors: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Suzanne S. contributes this activity saying, "The children will gain valuable practice cutting and writing. They will identify the three primary colors. They will add details of their choice to a picture to make it original."

Materials: Yellow, blue and red construction paper, crayons or markers, glue, and scissors. Also, the book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

Description: First read the book by Dr. Seuss. Then have the children either draw and cut out or just cut out a pre drawn set of fish in red and blue. Have them glue the fish on a yellow piece of construction paper. If they're old enough, have them write One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish on the paper. If they're younger children, you can write it for them, leaving only one word out or leaving one word made of dots for them to trace.

They may decorate their fish any way they like and draw water or a tank for 
their fish. Let them see the Dr. Seuss book as they work. It might inspire them 
to make quite an interesting set of fish!

Comments: The primary colors really look bright and pretty. Also, this activity provides good practice for cutting skills.
 

Working Scientifically with Oobleck
Fiona F. shares her step-by-step small group lesson plan for children ages 4 - 8 years old which can be extended or modified to suit a wide range of age groups.
There are many interesting ideas in this lesson plan that can be adapted to suit your
needs

Aim: As a result of the experiences in this plan each  child will:
a.  Investigate a mystery substance called Oobleck and use their senses 
    to determine its properties
b.  Describe the properties of a substance orally
c.  Participate constructing a story in correct sequence

Materials: Book - Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr Seuss (1977)
How to Make Oobleck:
1.  Gradually add water to 300g packet of maize corn flour in a large 
     container to make a smooth paste. Add a few drops of green food
     coloring and mix with hands. It is at correct consistency when it can be 'rolled' in
     the hand and then 'snapped'. It should 'flow' when left in the hand.

Set up activity area:
Black marker pen, sheet of white paper, glue stick,  set of story picture cards
Senses chart for recording properties
Tape & tape recorder, spare batteries,  pen and note pad
Pre-determined area to work with a small group of 4 children at a table 1 x round
4  plastic meat trays
4  margarine containers with lids (containing Oobleck)
4  art smocks
 Label stickers for name tags
 Chair, plastic sheeting, newspaper
 Damp cloth for clean up, towel, sponge
 Easel to display senses chart and story card page.

Description:
Concepts - properties of substances, using the senses to identify  properties, retelling a story in correct sequence, concept of being grateful for
the things that we all ready have.

Vocabulary - Properties,  substance,  Oobleck / goop / slime,  investigate, the five senses, sequence, similar.

Language - elicit descriptive language, early scientific terms, literacy  awareness of the structure of a story, using whole sentences to make sense of a story and connect the pictures.

Focus Questions:
         1.. "Can you tell me why King Derwin was grumpy?"
         2.. "Why did Bartholomew try to warn the king not to call for the  magicians?
         3.. "What happened the next morning when the king woke up?"
         4.. "Who did Bartholomew find stuck to things?"
         5.. "Why was Bartholomew angry with the king?"
         6.. "How did the king make the Oobleck disappear?"
         7.. "How does the king feel about the sky at the end of the story?"
  Focus Questions continued.
           1.. "What can you find out about Oobleck by just touching it?"
           2.. "What words would you use to describe its feel?"
           3.. "What can you find out about Oobleck by looking at/smelling/listening to
                  it?
           4.. "What words can you use to describe the way it looks/smells/sounds 
                  like?"
           5.. "What new things can you find out about Oobleck?"
           6.. "What does your Oobleck do?"

PROCEDURE:
Introduction - Tell children we are going to read a story about a little
 boy called Bartholomew and how he saved the Kingdom of Didd in the
"Year that the King got angry with the sky". Briefly discuss the book cover 
Dr. Seuss and the  title. "Does anyone know what Oobleck is?"

Development -
1.  PART ONE: Read the book Bartholomew and the Oobleck using expression
      and pausing for comments and asking children to predict what may happen next.
2. When finished reading, discuss parts of the book in sequential order  as a 
     precursor to later activity in the experience.

3. PART TWO: Introduce the science activity by explaining to the children that
     they will be investigating this mystery substance, Oobleck, to find out as much
     about it as they can. They are going to be SCIENTISTS! They are  going to
     use their senses - touch, sight, smell and hearing - to determine the properties of
     the Oobleck. Stress that we are not going to use the sense of  taste, as it is a 
     good rule to never taste unknown substances - DO NOT ALLOW 
   CHILDREN TO PUT OOBLECK IN THEIR MOUTHS.
4. Have children stand around the table, working in pairs. Do not open their
    container of Oobleck just yet. Explain to the children that they have to
    LISTEN carefully and follow instructions on how to use each of their
    senses to investigate the Oobleck. Show the pictorial chart and ask the children 
    to read the pictures to determine what senses they have to use.
5 . Using the senses chart with only the touch column visible, ask children to open 
     their container without looking at the Oobleck and to take turns touching the
     Oobleck and describing the way it feels to their partner. Encourage them to use
     words to describe its texture and consistency. (Focus  questions A, B)
     Record the words used in the column on the chart.
6 . Uncover each column in turn ask the children to take turns to describe to their
     partner how the Oobleck looks, smells and sounds. List their descriptions on the
     chart. (Focus questions C, D)
7.  Allow the children time for free play with the Oobleck. Let them find out as
     much as they can about what it is like and how it behaves. (Focus questions E, F).
     Encourage them to pour Oobleck out of the container into their hands, working
     over the large trays to catch drips.
8.  Allow time for clean up. Wash and dry hands with damp cloth.
9.  Children to sit down on carpet again, each child to tell something they discovered
     about their Oobleck.

PART THREE:
10.  Show children the book Bartholomew and the Oobleck  again. Now we know why the kingdom was in so much trouble when the Oobleck fell from the sky. Show the children the picture cards and tell them that we will make up our own version of the story, by putting the cards in the right order for the story to make sense. Explain that you will write down the words for them as they tell the story and that we will stick the pictures in the right place for the story.

11. Ensure that every child contributes to the story sequence and ideas. Prompt the
     children as necessary. 
12. Remind children that we have lots of words on our senses chart to describe the 
     Oobleck and we can use them in our story if we want to. If a child wants to have
     a go at copying a word from the chart onto the story map, then allow them to do
     so.
13. When all story cards in order, have children help read back the story.

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