Whether you celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd or you celebrate with an author study all week, month, or year long, there are so many books to choose from that my students and I enjoy! I like to switch things up every year to keep from getting bored. But, I will be honest…when I searched for Dr. Seuss’s ABC book to see what activities I could do with my students this year there wasn’t much. So, I had to get creative.
Here are 7+ engaging literacy activities you can do with your students after reading Dr. Seuss’s ABC book.
1. Dr. Seuss’s ABC Order
I love how Dr. Seuss books, being beginner readers, help students gain confidence through repetition of sight words. Plus, they encourage children to use their imagination, and with Dr. Seuss’s made-up words, reading and writing can be fun! In this first activity, students enjoy putting words from the book in ABC order and writing a silly sentence. There is also a second worksheet that has additional words for students to put in order.
2. Parts of Speech Word Sort
Depending on the grade level – or to differentiate instruction – there are also two word sorts to choose from. Students search through the ABC book to find real and nonsense words. Or, you can have students read the book and sort words based on their part of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and nonsense words like fiffer-feffer-feff). Really, you could use this activity with any Dr. Seuss book. But, I had so much fun with this one because of all of the made-up words!
3. ABC Classroom Book
Throughout the week, this beginning letter book can be used many different ways. Each child can be given a different letter of the alphabet to come up with a word that begins with that letter. Then, they can illustrate the page to match the writing. Once finished, the pages can be put together into a classroom book.
The letters on the page are blank, so you can use every letter of the alphabet or use the letter their name starts with. Students write their name and draw a picture of themselves. Or, you can take their picture, print it out, and glue it to the page to create a book of all of the students in your class. I’ve done ABC books like this before and have used them both ways.
4. ABC Student Book
As another option, students can create their own individual book. There are blank pages and pages with the letters already filled in. You can have students complete this book any way you like. They could write about their favorite things, writing the first letter on each page, the word, and drawing a picture to match. You could even put pages in a writing center for students to write about whatever they want. It does not have to be an A-Z book. The possibilities are endless!
5. Beginning Letter Worksheet
This is another activity that can be done several ways. Students can think of words independently to write that begin with the same letter. Or, they can choose from word lists you provide in a writing center and draw a picture to match. Personally, for the little ones, I like providing them with word lists (with more than six words) so they can choose the words they want to write and spend more time writing. For older or more advanced students, they may find it challenging to think of the words on their own.
Students practice writing upper and lowercase letters with these ABC Handwriting pages. They write each letter at least five times using their best handwriting.
7. Letter Matching
This is another activity that can be used with any Dr. Seuss book. Students match a red uppercase letter card with a teal lowercase letter card. This can be combined with the previous letter writing activity. Once they find a match, they write the upper and lowercase letters five times. Then, they choose another card and find its match. This is perfect for an ABC center
Another option is that students could draw a random card to write words beginning with that letter for the ABC student book or beginning letter worksheet.
8. ABC Book Read Aloud
This read aloud from Kids Play and Learn is a great way to read the story again as a whole group or during centers while also keeping students engaged!
If these engaging Dr. Seuss ABC Book literacy activities sound like something you’d love to do in your classroom, you can find them here.
For more ideas on activities you can do with your students for Spring, check out these Frog & Toad activities.
And if you’re like me and plan on reading more Dr. Seuss books this month and would like some other ideas for his other books, here are 20+ Dr. Seuss Crafts and Art Projects from Fantastic Fun & Learning.