Friday, February 10, 2012

Horton teaches Character Ed.

My kids have been obsessed with Dr. Seuss books {hee hee...Obseussed!} and I'm not even sure how it started.  But our library wagon has been chock full of 'em for the last month or so.  Bring on Fox in Socks, sir, I've read it eight jillion times, sir, and now I'm a pro of the rhyme, sir!

{I seriously can't wait for Dr. Seuss day.  These kids are going to lose their minds when they find out!!}

We had a little preview today when I had a lightbulb moment while reading Horton Hears a Who.  I have a student who hasn't wanted to participate this week no matter how many reward or motivator tricks I pull out of my sleeve.  So as I was reading today about Jo-Jo the shirker who finally saved the day with his Yopp! hit me.  CO-OP-ER-ATION.  If little Jo-Jo hadn't gotten it together to finally speak up and make some noise, he would've let down his whole community while they {in your darkest, most terrifying voice} boiled in Beezle-Nut oil!
Luckily my students went to music immediately after finishing this story so I had a quick minute to whip this together and have it ready by the time they got back.  We made I guided them to connections between the Whos' cooperation and how we have to cooperate in class to get things done then I pulled out this little diddy and we put it on paper.
Not only that, but then I had the brilliant idea to hang them on their cubbies so they'd have the cooperation reminder each morning as soon as they came in to start the day!  Sometimes I even amaze myself.  ;)
The Jo-Jo image came from Coloring Pages ABC.  A little warm-up for March 2nd!  Who-dee-who!


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  2. I also LOVE to use Horton Hatches the Egg. (It is actually my favorite book of all time!) He is SO faithful and we use it to talk about meaning what you say and having patience. And, I am a new follower! :)

    Second Grade Math Maniac

  3. Thanks for sharing this freebie. I love love love Dr. Seuss.

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  5. You made me excited about Seuss day too!!!

    Apples and ABC's

  6. Hey there, I love your blog :) This post speaks to me especially because my 5 y o son has had a big problem with cooperation in Kindergarten. I am going to try this wit him at home, thanks!


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