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Dr Seuss Day 2021 – 6 of the best resources and worksheets for KS1 and KS2

Celebrate the master of rhyme and wordplay this 2 March for Dr Seuss Day with these activities, ideas, lesson plans and more...

  • Dr Seuss Day 2021 – 6 of the best resources and worksheets for KS1 and KS2

When is Dr Seuss Day?

Dr Seuss day is held every year on 2 March, which is Dr Seuss’ birthday. In 2021 2 March falls on a Tuesday.

Who is Dr Seuss?

Dr Seuss is the pen name of Theodor Seuss Geisel, who was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1904.

He attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and then went to Lincoln College, Oxford, as a graduate student, then worked as an illustrator and cartoonist, before publishing his first children’s book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1937.

Famous Dr Seuss characters include The Grinch, The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, Sam-I-Am.

He died in 1991 aged 87.

Dr Seuss books

  • Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (1950)
  • Horton Hears a Who! (1954)
  • The Cat in the Hat (1957)
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1957)
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)
  • Green Eggs and Ham (1960)
  • Dr Seuss’s ABC (1963)
  • Fox in Socks (1965)
  • The Lorax (1971)
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (1990)

Check out his full bibliography here.

1 | Green Eggs and Ham 60th anniversary KS1 lesson pack

Let your Key Stage 1 children play with words and the power of persuasion with this Dr Seuss-inspired teaching plan from HarperCollins.

There are starter questions, three full activities and an extension activity.

Find this one here.

2 | Dr Seuss poems Y1-4 activity sheets

Created for National Poetry Day, this resource pack for pupils in KS1 and LKS2, includes activity sheets based on three Dr Seuss poems.

Year 1 children can make a fun rhyming words hanging display inspired by One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

Year 2 pupils will have a go at writing their own versions of Green Eggs and Ham.

And Year 3/4 learners are invited to think about what Oh The Places You’ll Go! means to them.

Get this resource here.

3 | Dr Seuss KS1 science lesson plan

Investigate materials and their properties with Dr Seuss’s ‘Oobleck’ with this lesson plan from Mary McCarney.

The tale of the Bartholomew and the Oobleck, about a sticky green gunk, can instigate a gloriously messy lesson in which children can squeeze, stir and splat their way to a better understanding of material properties.

A little online research revealed that oobleck (a non-Newtonian fluid, similar to quicksand) can be easily whipped up using a basic ingredient found in any kitchen cupboard.

This is a great practical activity that allows pupils to have fun, get messy, be surprised and question what they thought they knew about materials and their properties.

Download it here.

4 | Year 6 Oh, the Places You’ll Go! literacy activity pack

Use Dr Seuss’ classic picturebook to cover literacy and PSHE in UKS2, with activities that would make the perfect project for Y6 leavers, giving them a chance to:

  • Articulate their hopes and ambitions, and identify some of the attitudes, behaviours and skills they might need to achieve them
  • Enjoy a shared reading-for-pleasure experience and build on it
  • Interrogate text and pictures to extend their understanding and discover different meanings
  • Explore aspects of challenge, opportunity and change through drama, creative writing and art
  • Develop their understanding of story structure
  • Gain insight into their own emotions and those of others
  • Explore quotations and choose one they find meaningful

Find this resource here.

5 | The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham teaching guides

These Year 1 resources for World Book Day feature activities for reading two of Dr Seuss’ most beloved books as a class or in small groups.

Download the guides for The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham here.

6 | Printable Dr Seuss worksheets

Over at Seussville you’ll find a whole host of printable PDF worksheets for everything from colouring in to counting boxes, opposites, rhyming, drawing and counting.

Check it all out here.

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