Teaching Science Through The Literature of Dr. SeussBy Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on March 2, 2010 in Hands-On Science Explorations by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski
Today thousands of children across the nation will celebrate the birthday of Theodore Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss (March 2, 1904-September 24,1991), during NEA’s Read Across America activities. I believe many individuals throughout the world are thankful to Dr. Seuss’s imagination and creativity, as they still have fond memories of reading The Cat In The Hat. Seuss was inspired to write The Cat In The Hat beginner reader for children after Life published a report on illiteracy among school children, which suggested that children were bored with the “Dick and Jane” primers. Seuss wrote and illustrated over 60 children’s books during his lifetime. Many of his books convey an underlying moral for individuals to keep in mind when going through life. I have continued to share Seuss’s creativity and imagination through hands-on science programs and teacher workshops I conduct using Dr. Seuss’s literature to teach science concepts. Many of Seuss’s books can be used to teach science and math concepts. Additionally, there is a relatively new series published by Random House “Cat In The Hat’s Library Series” by Bonnie Worth and Tish Rabe, which have familiar Seuss characters in it. However, in this new series you will not find any nonsensical words or outlandish creatures. The learning series consists of approximately 15 titles with science themes such as Is A Camel a Mammal? and Miles and Miles of Reptiles. Throughout the month of March I will be conducting Teaching Science Through The Literature of Dr. Seuss, this program is available for students, teachers, and families. If interested in booking a program or workshop send me a note via the contact page. Thanks again, Dr. Seuss for your contribution to promoting literacy among all.