Interesting fact I learned as I researched Massachusetts, not only does it have a state children’s book, it also has a state children’s author: Dr. Seuss. This means I had an opportunity to create a geography lesson, a reading lesson, and a math lesson all in one sitting. I created a Green Eggs and Ham graphing lesson.
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Trying to find a good Dr. Seuss activity for a wide age range
I found an interesting book about Dr. Seuss, The Boy on Fairfield Street, but it was way too long to hold everyone’s interest. When I read it to my kids I, we divided it into two nights of reading. But, for everyone getting together I wanted some kind of activity, and everything I could think of was either too involved or too simple for the entire group.
After some thinking, I remembered that “Green Eggs and Ham” had been written as a challenge to write a book using only 50 words. So, I picked 10 random words from the book and we graphed 20 pages of the book.
Green Eggs and Ham graphing supplies
Green Eggs and Ham graphing
What intrigued me was watching the two teams (boys against girls) defend their answers. There was one instance for each team where someone had the wrong number. It was great for my kids to see everyone defend themselves and come up with their answers.
Future Ticia 2022 here, the original pictures for this didn’t really show the graph, so I wanted to get another picture including the graph. It amazed me as I worked on graphing to see just how often some of the words were used. It’s kind of crazy to me how often the word “I” is used. Now back to 2011 Ticia
All in all, a great exercise for everyone from the 5th grader all the way down to the preschooler.
More great book and activity ideas
These are pretty much going to be early elementary because picture books lend themselves so well to this.