Brewster celebrated Read Across America/Dr. Seuss’ Birthday who-style with the book, Horton Hears a Who. This story shares a great message: A person’s a person no matter how small. It is a perfect fit for kindergarten, first, and second graders! During the month of February all the classrooms listened to the story and participated in an extension activity with the reading teacher. Kindergartners examined pom-poms with magnifying glasses to find the one with the speck. They used illustrations from the story to complete the sentence: Whos are small, but they can __. First graders described all the ways Horton was a good friend. They completed a caption bubble as if they were the whos telling Horton a compliment. Second graders used this story to reinforce their unit study of point of view. In partners, they each made a puppet. One partner made an elephant and the other made the kangaroo. To expand their vocabulary of kind and mean, students sorted or generated their own character traits (ex: determined, encouraging, cold-hearted) that belonged to either Horton or the Sour Kangaroo. Working collaboratively, kindergarten and second grade book buddies met to share their projects. The resounding take home message is that of friendship and the concept of how everyone matters. Brewster students all agree that Horton deserves 10 Brewster Bucks for his behavior!
The culminating celebration was a school-wide assembly. The students marched down wearing their elephant ears to the gym where it was decorated as the game show, Wheel of Seuss. The contestants: a mom, a teacher, a student, and an administrator, show how everyone reads. The final question honored Dr. Seuss and was a time when everyone sang Happy Birthday. This celebration was a reflection of all the staff working together to create an environment promoting literacy, Core Ethical Values, and fun! Dr. Seuss would be proud!