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Elementary teachers at Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy (OVCA) love to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and strive to find unique ways to engage their OVCA students and families in learning!

This year, Theodore Giesel – also affectionately known as “Dr. Seuss” – would have celebrated his 113th birthday. Every year, schools around the world celebrate his birthday, known as “Read Across America Day.” This year, all OVCA elementary teachers collaborated to create a school-wide week-long to commemorate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and his love for reading. On his birthday, they held a school-wide class connect session to provide students with more information about Dr. Seuss, which was led with a surprise appearance by The Cat in the Hat.

Students celebrated every day of the week, and were invited to submit photos that were shared in class connect sessions. The students who submitted photos were also entered in drawings for Seuss-themed prizes. These dress-up days were carefully selected to be simple and low-cost, to allow all students to participate. In fact, one of the kindergarten students submitted his dress-up photo from his chemotherapy treatment at the hospital!

Teachers also reinforced the daily themes during class connect sessions. They shared art activities, puppets, book reports, a rhyming words matching activity, and a color wheel on emotions. Teachers also sent home optional Seuss-themed “homework” for families to complete together later in the day. The students especially enjoyed sharing pictures of their blue socks, green eggs (and pancakes), party hats, and various sightings of Dr. Seuss characters in their lives.

When voting for their district-wide theme for the 2017-2018 school year, the OVCA Elementary, Middle, and High Schools voted for “Oh The Places You’ll Go,” one of Dr. Seuss’ most popular books. OVCA, we can’t wait to see the amazing places you’ll go with this educational theme!

 

About The Author

Beth Watt

Beth Watt teaches sixth grade math at Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy (OVCA). Prior to joining OVCA in 2012, she taught science and math in the Stillwater, Tulsa, and Putnam City school districts. She holds bachelor’s degrees in zoology and secondary science education, and a master’s degree in K-12 education. Beth and her husband live near Stillwater, Oklahoma, with their two boxer dogs. She loves cooking, disc golfing, teaching Zumba, and hiking outdoors.

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