Classroom Activity and Materials: Focus on Reading! Blog Feature
Carman Le

By: Carman Le on February 26th, 2019

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Classroom Activity and Materials: Focus on Reading!

Lessons/Activities/Templates | Student Engagement | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Academic Subject: Reading

The National Education Association's Read Across America Day is celebrated in classrooms across the United States each year on Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 2nd. But why stop at one day, when you could make the focus last a whole week with fun activities to instill in your students a love of reading? 

I've put together some materials for you to use to celebrate reading in your classroom. Download them for free, now!

Reading "Spirit" Week!

reading spirit week thumbDownload this printable schedule to display as a poster in your classroom or school, or make 8.5x11" copies to send home with students to help parents plan for the week's festive dress-up days! Each day is themed after a Dr. Seuss book, which you can read aloud to your class to tie everything together!

  • Monday: "Many Colors" Day - My Many Colored Days
  • Tuesday: "Hat" Day - Hats off to Dr. Seuss Boxed Set, or any Dr. Seuss book!
  • Wednesday: "Wacky" Day - Wacky Wednesday
  • Thursday: "Thing" Day (Dress the same as a friend!)- The Cat in the Hat
  • Friday: "Fun Socks" Day - Fox in Socks or The Foot Book

"What's Your Favorite Book?" Graphing Activity

read across america book banner thumbPrint this banner, displaying some Dr. Seuss (or other) books that students have read, and have them vote on which is their favorite using the VariQuest Cutout Maker 1800 shape MNI037 or dot stickers. After all the votes are in, have students graph the results and analyze the data! This can involve the whole school, a grade level, or just a classroom.

Read Across America Book Banner Completed

This idea came from another blogger who has more ideas here

And this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as what you can do to celebrate reading in your classroom! Are you using the VariQuest tools in your school for this, or other reading activities? Share with us on Twitter @variquest and we may feature you in an upcoming post!


IMG_0037.jpg Carman Le, Education Development Specialist for VariQuest, is an elementary school educator with experience teaching in multiple school settings, ranging from Title I to STEM magnet to National Blue Ribbon schools. Carman has a master’s degree in teaching (MAT) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She was recognized as a MeckEd Teacher of Excellence in 2015. Carman is passionate about collaborating with teachers and engaging students through hands-on learning and the integration of technology.