Literacy through March Madness and Dr. Seuss

Emerald Connection, March 19, 2024

By: Campbell Jones

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” -Dr. Seuss

As educators, we are always looking for fun and creative ways to promote literacy and engage our students in the joy of reading. With that in mind, the first, second, and third graders are thrilled to participate in our Dr. Seuss March Madness Book Challenge!

Inspired by the excitement of March Madness basketball tournaments, our students are putting a Dr. Seuss twist on the competition. Throughout the month of March, we will be reading as many Dr. Seuss books as we can and participating in various activities related to these beloved classics.

Students are listening to a variety of titles to explore the breadth of Dr. Seuss’s work. The ELA teachers have paired up two books that the students are listening to each day. Students are engaging in activities and discussions related to the themes, characters, and messages found in Dr. Seuss books. These activities not only deepen their understanding but also enhance their critical thinking skills.

To add an element of friendly competition, the teachers have created a March Madness-style bracket bulletin board featuring Dr. Seuss books.  Throughout the month, students vote on their favorite book from each pair, and the winning book proceeds to the next level of the bracket. Our Lower School students will ultimately decide on their favorite of Dr. Seuss’s works. At the conclusion of the challenge, we will celebrate with a Dr. Seuss-themed party. We believe that the Dr. Seuss March Madness Book Challenge will not only encourage reading but also foster a sense of community and excitement within our school.