With red shirts and blue hair, teachers Hope Bussey and Robin Wates transformed into Thing 1 and Thing 2, respectively, for their classes at Hammond Hill Elementary School on Thursday.
As Wates read Dr. Seuss’s I Can Read with my Eyes Shut, her first-grade pupils sat attentively around her smiling and laughing. A few even joined in to say lines as she read.
Next door, in Bussey’s classroom, pupils got to explore the Seussville Web site before going over to the reading area to hear Bussey read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.
The first-graders celebrated Read Across America Day a day early because of the Aiken County school district in-service day on Friday. Read Across America celebrates reading annually on March 2 in recognition of the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
All of the grade’s activities Thursday were centered on Dr. Seuss and themes from his numerous books. Activities included using goldfish to make graphs, making oobleck, creating their own creatures, a probability game and, of course, reading Dr. Seuss books.
The pupils also wore the signature red-and-white striped hats as part of the Seuss-a-bration.
“The kids really enjoy it,” Bussey said. “It gets them excited about reading and gives them a chance to share their favorite book or introduce them to new books. It’s a great way to turn them on to reading.”
Wates shared similar thoughts, adding that it’s also a great way to integrate a theme throughout the curriculum.
“When you do special days like this, it brings learning to life,” she said. “It gets them enthusiastic, and they get to do hands-on work and activities.”
Seeing teachers in character added to the excitement.
“It’s not every day they get to see their teacher dressed like this,” Wates said.