Um...Happy Belated Birthday? (And a freebie!)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Soooo...way back at the beginning of March, my littles and I celebrated the birth of Dr. Seuss.  We planned to read his books, drink hot chocolate, bring in stuffed animals, and wear cozy slippers.  When the actual day arrived, there was a "massive" (for here, at least) rain storm, which pretty much put a damper on our hopes and dreams for the day.  (Ha! See what I did there?)  Slippers were not an option.  However, we did use some Seuss photo props for a classroom photo booth (found here!).  It was adorbs.  I was in LOVE!

One of my favorite Dr. Seuss books is Oh, the Places You'll Go!  I love this book for a million and one reasons, but mostly to motivate my kids and get them thinking about their goals for the future.  While I was online looking for some fresh new ideas to do with the kids this year, I found this AMAZING activity.  I totally want to give credit to:

My kids had so much fun with this!  I asked them to write about their goals from now until college, and beyond.  Their parents saw these during conferences, and they all said it will be really fun to look back on it when their kids are older.  (I can just imagine the conversations: "Be nice to your brother, huh?  How's that working out for you?")

This one is, by far, my personal fave:

Get a girlfriend!  This kid is awesome. 
So, while I can't take any credit for this project, I did create something to use with my kids to map out the rest of our lives first (sounds serious).  This page can be used on it's own, or as a brainstorming activity before you do the above project.  I'm offering it as a freebie on my TPT store!  I'd love for you to check it out!  Get it here.
Even though it's super late to do this as a Seuss/Read Across America activity, I have to say that I wish I kept it for a beginning or end of the year activity.  There are so many different ways you can use this, and I hope that it's helpful to some of you!  And now I feel like I need to send the Seuss family some birthday flowers and a gift card.  I promise I'll be better next year! 
Happy Teaching!



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