Thursday, March 2nd all of the English Classes celebrated books by children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, with workshops. Three books were featured this year. English Class fourth graders planned and prepared a workshop for the first graders based on the book, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Fifth graders used the timely classic, The Sneetches, to plan and prepare a workshop for the second graders. Finally sixth graders used the evergreen classic, The Lorax, upon which to prepare their workshop. These three books are fifty years old, give or take a few years, but their stories and messages are still very relevant in today’s world.
The upper grade classes used time at the beginning of the week to plan activities in small groups. On Thursday small groups of fourth graders offered math activities and rhyming activities to small groups of first graders at various stations.
At one station first graders made Dr. Seuss bookmarks under the guidance of fourth graders. This was a very appropriate workshop activity because our first graders are learning to read in Finnish and English (and also German for some), The first and fourth graders also drew Seuss characters from models.
The fifth grade groups had all sorts of diverse activities on offer. One group designed a board-game with a theme of discrimination similar to that in the story of The Sneetches. The second graders loved playing it. (Perhaps the element of receiving a sweet candy occasionally was part of the attraction of playing the game as well!)
The second graders visited workshop stations where they could participate in Reader’s Theatre, colouring Sneetches, finding the best route in a maze, making five point stars and lots, lots more.
They made Sneetch masks.
They talked together about the meaning of the Sneetch story.
Second graders even got to dramatize the act of being a Star-Belly Sneetch and being a Plain-Belly Sneetch . Each second grader was given a certain amount of money. Using that money they could pay Sylvester McMonkey McBean to have a green star put on or removed. Each second grader had to enter McBean’s machine which meant crawling under a desk! It was pretty cool!
The third graders went upstairs to participate in workshop activities planned and executed by the sixth graders. The third graders got to paint the Lorax and a healthy Truffula tree forest. They drew and coloured Thneeds of their own.
Third graders were even able to test a model Whisper-ma-phone (see the pic at the top left in the photo collage above)! One group created a quiz on The Lorax for the third graders to take on iPads using Kahoot, which is an application for creating quizzes using technology.
There were vocabulary building activities, rhyming activities and lots, lots more. It was an enriching workshop experience for absolutely everyone involved!