Thursday, February 23, 2012

Dr Seuss...In Middle Grades??? ~ 4th - 8th Linky Party

Yep, you read the title correctly!

We can't let the elementary teachers have all the fun with Dr. Seuss, can we?


There are lots of ways to incorporate Dr. Seuss into your lessons as an upper elementary and middle school teacher.

With that in mind, I'm hosting a Dr. Seuss....In Middle Grades??? ~ 4th - 8th Linky Party!!!

Here are a couple of things I've one in my classroom.

Who doesn't love Oobleck?
I did this with my Science ELT {only 12 students and for enrichment}.

One day we read Bartholomew and the Oobleck.

Keep in mind, I teach 7th Grade, but they LOVE being read to!  They still want to gather around like they did in Kindergarten to be near the teacher and see the pages...they even ask to sit in circles in the floor!!!

The next day we made the Oobleck.  
Up there is what you need.

Students were given what they needed and the instructions and set off to have some science fun!

They thought this was some pretty cool stuff!
{I hated having to cover their smiling faces.}

 Group of boys having fun with this non-newtonian fluid.

We made a little mess along the way!

My mess left to clean up!

I've also read these 2 Dr. Seuss books to my regular Life Science classes.

Miles and Miles of Reptiles is great to read during a unit or lesson on Reptiles!

Is a Camel a Mammal is great to read during a unit or lesson on Mammals!

There are many more in the Seuss Learning Library about animals, biomes, and other topics directly related to the standards we teach!

You know what to do:

If you a 4th - 8th Grade teacher...

  • Write a blog post about a lesson you have taught or would like to teach using Dr. Seuss in some way.
  • Copy the Linky image above and paste it into your post.
  • Link up below by pasting the link to the actual blog post, not your entire blog.
  • Share the news with others.

As several other bloggers have done lately, I'm creating a collaborative Pinterest board for Dr. Seuss in Middle Grades.  If you'd like to join, leave a comment with your Pinterest link so I can add you.  This board can be added to at any time you see another great idea!

Depending or participation, I may have enough ideas to create an e-book that you can offer to your readers when we're all done!

Let's show those lower grades we know how to have fun, too!

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},


  1. Love this! My blog has just a couple ideas about Dr. Seuss for older students, but is geared more toward the lower grades. Either way - I'd love for you to check it out. And I'd love to be invited to your collaborative Pinterest board! Thanks for all this!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'd love for you to link up one of your posts about older students with the Add Your Link button above so others can see your blog as well!

      Heading to add you to the board right now. Feel free to pin away :)


  2. Can't wait to link up this evening! I JUST presented MONDAY on how I use Dr. Suess in my 7th grade World History classes. Awesome!!!

    1. Fantastic! What perfect timing! Also, don't forget to let me know if you want to be on the collab Pinterest board so you can pin away!


  3. I'm SO happy I found your blog from Pinterest!!!! This is my 1st year teaching 7th & 8th grade (self contained special education--all subjects). I taught 9-12 English at the high school prior to this, so now that I'm doing everything, I need great ideas! I wish I saw this Dr. Suess idea earlier, but I'll definitely do this next year for his birthday! I didn't even know there were books appropriate for this age level! Thanks so much!

  4. I teach Spanish to 8th graders and history in middle school as well. I'd love to see what people are doing, as I've been toying with this idea for a while but haven't landed on anything too solid yet. Please keep me updated.

  5. Hello! I am a student teacher currently, but I am so curious to see how others are using Dr. Seuss in older classrooms... are you still working on a Pinterest board that has all of these ideas, and is there a chance I can check it out? (i know this post is almost a year old... Thanks for all of your great ideas!

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