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Teacher: Vicky Lacey who teaches at Martin School in Parkersburg, WV. Vicky Lacey can be contacted at

Name of Best Practice: Dr. Seuss Day

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To incorporate the National Celebration of Dr. Seuss Birthday with reading and physical education classes.

Suggested Grade Level: 1-2

Materials Needed: Signs to make for each station; books of Dr. Seuss at the various stations; large poster paper, markers or crayons; beanbags; yarnballs; large box, bowling pins; an assortment of hats; several large posters with a picture of Dr. Seuss, a felt hat to tack onto the poster; plastic cups, ping pong balls painted green; a tape of music "Green Eggs and Ham"; Dr. Seuss books to correlate with the station titles; a volunteer reader

Dr. Seuss Day

The following are some of the stations that we used to celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday. I previously taught balance and throwing skills. Students need to be in small groups and they rotate on your signal.

Station 1: Green Eggs and Ham

Students will need a plastic cup, ping pong ball, and a partner at this station. You will have the a tape of music "Green Eggs and Ham" playing at this station. Students practice tossing a ping pong ball from one plastic cup to the other while working with the speed of the music.

Station 2: The Cat in the Hat

Students are practicing throwing at this station. They are given three throws (from a distance of your choice) with yarn balls or beanbags to hit the hat on the poster of Dr. Seuss. Hopefully you have a number of these targets. If not the students waiting can practice throwing at another target. Depending on the distance you can have the children use an over or underhand throwing motion.

Station 3: 500 Hats of Bartholomew

The students balance several hats on top of each other and carry while balancing on a designated line on the floor and back. The line on the floor is optional especially for the younger students.

Station 4: Dr. Seuss Birthday Card

The students draw on the poster paper on the wall and sign their name. May be a good idea to have the kids draw healthy things that Dr. Seuss could do. This is a birthday card for Dr. Seuss in which I tell the students we are going to send to Dr. Seuss.

Station 5: Dr. Seuss Birthday Cake

Using a large box, set three (or more if you prefer) plastic bowling pins on top, these are the candles on the cake. From a distance of your choice, students will throw beanbags or yarn balls at the pins to blow out the candles on the cake.

Station 6: Reading by a Volunteer

Using any of the books you have chosen have students listen to a book being read by a volunteer. This can also be used as the cool down activity for the stations or you can do this at the end of the class.

These stations can be adjusted to relate to any of the popular Dr. Seuss books.

Teaching Suggestions/Tips:

Assessment: Use PE Central's Teachers Cue Checklist to observe and record if students are using the correct throwing motion at the throwing stations.

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Posted on PEC: 10/9/2001 and has received 114 votes.

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