Seussville - Featured Website of the Month (June)
"I do not like them here or there, I do not like them anywhere. I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I am!" If you’re anything like me, you grew up being able to recite this Dr. Seuss "Green Eggs and Ham" book, along with about a dozen others. I loved the whimsical characters, the vibrant colors, the playful words, the rhyme and the rhythm of Dr. Seuss books. And many children today love them just as much as we did growing up. Did you know that there is a website that makes Dr. Seuss come alive for children?
This month’s website feature is Suessville. Seussville is a website where students can do activities, play games and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friends. Although there are links to many paid resources, there is also a wealth of information and resources that you can access for free on the website.
Across the top of the website is a menu bar with the headings, “Explore”, “Watch”, “Play” and “Shop”. The “Explore” tab takes you down the biggest rabbit hole. This is the place where you will find a timeline of Dr. Seuss. You’ll find a biography of Dr. Seuss and other information about him. You will get access to early sketches from his books and information about special events coming up. There are lists of all his books and links so you can purchase them.
By clicking “Watch” you will be directed to a library of short films based on Dr. Seuss books. Some of the films are from as early as 1970, but they are still full of vibrant colors and the characters we love. There are hyperlinks that will take you to Netflix where you can watch more recent Seuss stories. This is something to be mindful of, so your children do not end up unsupervised and watching something on Netflix that they shouldn't be watching.
By clicking the “Play” tab, students can play some fun and educational games based on Dr. Seuss books. For instance, one game called Fox in Socks says to, “click or tap on all the bricks that rhyme with the Fox’s words to help Knox”. By clicking “Shop” you will be guided towards the shop where you can buy books, art or other Dr. Seuss paraphernalia.
In the very top right corner of the website are buttons marked “Parents”, and “Educators”. By clicking on these buttons you are taken into a new part of the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss. The Educator tab includes resources to share with students, news about special events and tips on how to plan lessons using Dr. Seuss. For instance, there is a Lorax Earth Day project where students learn about the Earth. There is Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Event where students can celebrate Dr. Seuss. There are art project suggestions as well. The “Parent” tab includes activities, crafts and printables geared towards small children. There are even snack ideas so kids can eat snacks based on Dr. Seuss books. The “Educator” and “Parent” tabs seem to be the best place to start when brainstorming fun Dr. Seuss activities.
If you love Dr. Seuss, be sure to check out Seussville.com for some fun ideas for your classroom or home. What's your favorite Dr. Seuss book or activity?
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