Saturday, May 7, 2011

Children's Literacy Week - Dr. Seuss




We had a great time celebrating Children's Literacy Week this week!  One of the activities was a door-decorating contest and we were soooo excited to find out yesterday afternoon that we won!!!

For our door, we decided to go with an idea from Dr. Seuss's Book:  There's a Wocket in my Pocket. I printed "There's a ______________ in my pocket and his name is ______________." on blue construction paper (cut the construction paper to 8.5x11 and ran it through the printer in my classroom - works fine).   We looked back at the pictures in the book and got ideas of the kinds of characters we wanted to make to go in our pockets.  After drawing Seuss-like characters, we stuffed them by adding another piece of white paper and cutting around the character (so there would be two pieces cut - one page with the character and one blank page cut the same size).  We stapled all around the edges and stuffed crumbled up newspaper inside.  I put a dowel between the top sheet and bottom sheet - with several inches of the dowel inside to keep it sturdy, and stapled the dowel to the character.



We stapled the pockets together (one top sheet, one back sheet for the pockets) and put the characters inside the pockets so they could slide up and down, in and out of the pocket.  Here's my example (the only close-up photo I took of the pocket):





Next we made a class book called "There's a Frass in my Class".  Each student illustrated a different page that related to something in our classroom or at our school.  We used blends to make up words to rhyme with the items on each page.  For example, There's a Groffice in the office, There's a Spresk on my desk, There's a Slindow by the window, There's a Blod in the pod, There's a Trilchrist by Mrs. Gilchrist, etc...  I have a copy of the page for download below, but I printed each page separately because I changed the wording on the pages (for example "on the", "in the", "by the", etc.).  I used a font called Grinched which is free at http://www.dafont.com/ on the pockets and book.


Inside pages of book.  Click to download.
Note:  The fonts look wonky and out of place on Google Docs but they print out fine.

Inside of back cover.  Click to Download.
Note:  The fonts look wonky and out of place on Google Docs but they print out fine.
 
Print on blue pockets.  Click to Download.
Note:  The fonts look wonky and out of place on Google Docs but they print out fine.

Graphics are from Lettering Delights.

4 comments:

  1. So cute!! Thanks for sharing. I am planning g on doing both of these.

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  2. I'm so glad I found your class book idea. I am student teaching right now and just did it with my 2nd grade class. Some of the pictures and names they created are amazing. Really cool idea.

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  3. I don't know if you still check your blog, but if you do, please help me! I have Grinched font, but I don't know how to get it on Google Docs :/ You seem to have figured it out, and I thought you could help!

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