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Best of Works4Me: Read Across America

Teaching Ideas for Reading Events, Programs & Activities

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Works4Me is a free weekly e-newsletter, showcasing practical classroom tips written and submitted by the readers themselves. Here we present you with a collection of teaching ideas related to our Read Across America program, an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved author Dr. Seuss.

  • School-Wide Celebration
    We did a full day celebration for American Education Week that was very successful. We had students and teachers come to school dressed as their favorite book character. We had lots of Harry Potter an...
  • Reading in the Halls
    For Read Across America, we took time at the end of the day and every single student and teacher sat in the hallway and read for thirty minutes. It was awesome! Our principal feels that we should do t...
  • Reading Across America
    In addition to the many school wide activities for Dr. Seuss's birthday last year, my classroom was cleared of all the furniture and we made a colored masking tape outline of America on the carpet. St...
  • Kids Read Across America
    Students celebrate Dr. Seuss birthday (March 2) by reading their way across the United States with this activity that combines reading and geography.
  • Dr. Seuss's Birthday
    We plan to celebrate Read Across America Day by inviting community members to read to children and their parents. We will end the evening with a birthday cake. During the day, the kindergarten student...
  • Dr. Seuss Goes Sports
    Our school chose the theme Dr. Seuss Goes Sports for Read Across America. Each room will have the month of February to submit a collective single story of Dr. Seuss in some sporting event. I can't wai...
  • Celebrate Reading with the Cat
    Ms. Cashell helps organize a week full of reading events and activities to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Seuss (March 2). There are Seuss-inspired costumes, guest readers, fundraisers, trivia quizzes, prizes, and even a Crazy Hair, Crazy Hat Day.
  • Book Swap with 2-for-1 Coupons
    Each year our school holds Drop Everything And Read (Dear) Week. It has become an annual tradition eagerly awaited by students and staff alike. We hold a book swap for students and staff. So that ever...
  • Stop to Read
    "On Dr. Seuss Day [also known as NEA's Read Across America], we volunteer to read to children at one of the big malls.


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