Classrooms around Seaford Harbor and Manor elementary schools celebrated the 108th birthday of famed children's author Dr. Seuss, by taking part in the National Education Association’s second annual Read Across America campaign and bringing his treasured books to life.
kindergartners created the tall red- and white-striped hats like those in “The Cat in the Hat,” cooked and ate green eggs and ham, and read books from his famous collection. kindergartners not only read, but laughed and marveled over a Dr. Seuss magic show performed by Emilio.
Other grades acknowledged his birthday by combining reading with science- or social-based lessons featured in his books. Seaford Manor School first-graders in Katie Haug’s class learned how the delicate balance of nature can be impacted by economic greed with a lesson and reading of the book “The Lorax.”
In Christina Ficarelli’s second-grade class at the Harbor, a concoction from the author’s eighth book “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” came into play. Students measured and mixed, and were amazed by the unusual oobleck substance they created.
“Part of the second-grade science curriculum is learning about states of matter,” Ficarelli explained. “We made oobleck because it has the properties of a solid when it settles and of a liquid when you try to pick it up. The children really enjoyed this hands-on activity and it helped reinforce grade-level science concepts.”