Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! 

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” One of my favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss! We celebrated him yesterday, March 2nd, which is his birthday and the beginning of Read Across America Week! It’s always a super fun day for us at school. We always have “celebrity” readers come and read to us and we do fun activities that have to do with the famous Dr. Seuss. Below are some fun things that we did!

Alabama’s Secretary of State, John Merrill was our celebrity reader today! I was fortunate to have him come to my class last year and read as well. My students always love having him. He is quite tall, so the dominant questions that are always asked are, “How tall are you?!” along with, “Did you play basketball in college?!” He read President Jimmy Carter’s book, The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer. It has such a great message to it (which my students caught onto very quickly since we have been working so hard on theme!).  Needless to say, my students thoroughly enjoyed his visit.



Secretary Merrill brought us goodies from Montgomery!


My gift with my very own pin!


Did you know that Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss was written by using only 50 words?! My students and I really had to put our brains together as we read this book and found the 50 words used. Once we made our discovery, my students wrote their own stories with either the 50 words Dr. Seuss used or their own 50 words. This was such a fun activity!



Next, we did some research on Dr. Seuss using www.suessville.com and then created Keynotes (kind of like PowerPoint for the iPad) with what we found! Loved seeing all the different presentations!





LOVED that one of my student’s favorite Dr. Seuss quotes was the same as mine!

And as if I thought today wasn’t crazy enough, we ended the day by making Thing 1 and Thing 2 with our handprints! They are still drying and not completely done yet. I’ll post a better picture when they are finished. 😃

Look at this sweet gift that was given to my team teacher and I from one of our students. Can't wait to wear it this week!

Look at this sweet gift that was given to my team teacher and I from one of our students. Can’t wait to wear it this week!

Painted 26 little fourth-grade hands!

Painted 26 little fourth-grade hands!

And here are a few pictures with some of my fabulous co-workers!


With my team teacher, Ellen.


Our awesome librarian and I were twins, too!


Full squad here! Thing 2, Hortons, The Lorax, and the Cat in the Hat

What did you guys do to celebrate Dr. Seuss??!

Happy Teaching!



4 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! 

  1. Tammy Durham Bowman says:

    Love Love this blog! It’s been quite a while since I was in the 4th grade. With that being said, I would love to have had the opportunities that our children have today along with the energetic teacher’s. I never knew just how much dedication and involvement it took being a teacher until my daughter became one. I have so much respect and admiration for her and her fellow co-workers. So parents, I urge you to stop and think before you start criticizing your child’s teacher, remember this. The men and women who are teaching our children have reason’s for the things they do or require. Just because it isn’t how it was when we were young does not make it wrong, or to much for them…it’s making them stronger and more intellectual to be up and coming leader’s and adult’s. I have witnessed the hard and long hours my daughter put’s into her classroom and her students. So I applaud all of the teacher’s out there who have the guts and patience to be responsible for molding this next generation! Oh yeah…did I mention that Ashley (the author of this blog) is my amazing daughter? Way to go Ashley Barnard…your making your Mama very proud!


  2. Myra Austin says:

    What a great Seuss Day Celebration. Congrats on your students getting the Theme correct! A Literary device that’s a little difficult at times for young students, especially in first read. Way to go “teach”!


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