Monday, February 20, 2012

Read Across America Ideas Galore

Read Across America week is quickly approaching.  Officially it begins February 27 and culminates on March 2, Dr. Seuss' birthday.

I wanted to do something special for this week in the Media Center, so I had collected ideas on Pinterest.  
I ended up with 246 pins which way more than what I need.  So I went through and created a new board of Read Across America Library Center ideas. 

It was a much more manageable 22 pins, but still way more than I needed. So I spent last week parring it down EVEN further and came up with 8 activities I thought would capture the interest of my PreK-5th grade patrons.  I have posted pictures of what I ended up using.  I have had to take the links down since I orinally posted this due to copyright issues involving Scrappin Doodles Cat with Hat graphics and Seuss Enterprises (don't even get me started about the  hypocrisy  of it all on the part of Seuss Enterprises).  I am going to keep the photographs up, but am removing the links to any packets that contained this clipart to comply.  I have also deleted most of the pins on my boards just to be on the safe side. Wouldn't want to give Seuss Enterprises any free advertising by using clipart that resembles a Seuss character.  (Can you tell I am a little peeved about this whole thing?)


Table 1 had a super cute 100 chart color in the numbers that I found on the Lil' Country Kindergarten blog created by Marlana.  She has since had to take down this freebie because someone had bundled her freebies and were selling them as their own.  =(  She still has a few 100 chart freebies, but this one is now gone.

Table 2 had an antonym matching sheet that I found  on the Fun in First Grade blog.  It came in a mini unit from Jodi.  She will probably end up taking it down as well since it had the clipart in question on it.   Her blog is still a great one to follow and I highly recommend checking it out.  I created a "challenge" antonym sheet to go with this center where students must look up a word in a thesaurus and write at least one antonym for the word.  

Table 3 had a story sheet that goes along with the book I Can Read with My Eyes Shut.  I found this cute worksheet in a free Unit for March 2nd packet created by Rachelle on What the Teacher Wants.   This packet has been taken down since the original posting.

Table 4 had a fun number and numeral matching game that also came from Rachelle's free Unit for March 2nd packet on What the Teacher Wants, but again this packet has been taken down since the original posting.

Table 5 had an ABC order sheet with characters and words that I, again, used from Rachelle's free packet on What the Teacher Wants.  I also created a "challenge" page where students have to look up words in a dictionary after putting them in ABC order.  

Table 6 had a fun word search again from Rachelle's fabulous free packet on What the Teacher Wants .  I also created a "challenge" word search for the older kiddos.  

Table 7 had a fun math fact family activity that I found on Classroom Freebies from Shelley Gray of the blog Teaching in the Early Years by Shelley Gray.  This packet may have also been removed because of the clipart.

And finally, I made a guessing jar station with rainbow gold fish.  And here is the pin that inspired me.  Unfortunately, there isn't a link back to the webpage it came from. If anyone knows where it originated, I'd love to know.  =)

I'd like to say a special thanks to Marlana, Jodi, Rachelle, and Shelley for creating some great resources. Such a shame they had to be taken down.  Thanks again, ladies, for making such great items and for sharing them with the rest of us, if only for a little while. The blog buttons above link to their fantastic blogs, in case you like to drop by for a visit.  Tell 'em Mrs. Nase sent ya!  

I originally had made center signs to go with the centers I used, but have had to remove those due to the same copyright issues.  Geesh! 

I also spent one day last week using the opaque machine to "draw" some characters on bulletin board paper and cut them out.  (Hope I don't get in copyright trouble for doing that!)   I used them to decorate the doors in the Media Center.  Here are the front entrance doors.  


These are pics of the inside doors.

The kids got a sneak peak of them on Friday and the "oooos" and "ahhhs" I heard makes all the hard work worth it.  They are already super excited.

In addition to all of these fun centers that were set out all week, I had special guest readers on March 2nd come to read Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, which is the official book of Read Across America this year, and, coincidentally (not!), the movie the Lorax came out in theaters on March 2nd.  I have personally decided to boycott the movie because of all this copyright nonsense and corporate greed hypocrisy, but the kids who have gone to see the movie have come to the Media Center looking for Seuss books to check out, so I guess there is still some good left in the Seuss name.

You can find out more about Read Across America by going to the National  Education Association's official Read Across America web page.  There are tons of resources on this page, including activity ideas.  Did you know there is even a Read Across America song?  Yeah, no kidding!  You can find it here and you can even download the sheet music.

So what are/were your plans for Read Across America week?  I'd love to hear them.


  1. This looks fabulous!!! What a fun day and a wonderful resource for teachers :) Thanks for including me :)


    1. Thanks for posting great freebies for all to use! Can't wait for next week when the kiddos get to do all these fun centers. =)

  2. Great post, Jo! Everything looks so pretty and organized! You've worked very hard to make everything come together just right. I hope you have a wonderfully Seuss-y celebration! I appreciate you including my 100's chart activity. :)

    Lil' Country Kindergarten

    1. Thanks for helping make this a fun week by posting your fun freebie! I know the kids are gonna love it! =)

  3. Your kiddos are so lucky to have you! We haven't had a media specialist in our building for two years due to budget cuts. Even when we had one she wasn't doing great things like this.

    1. Thanks for your sweet comment. I actually feel like I am the lucky one because I work at a fantastic school. I love my job! =)