Students enjoy reading Dr. Seuss in new way

Published 4:05 pm Thursday, March 2, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

CLANTON —Clanton Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday as reading came alive through the intersection of art and technology.

A Seuss-themed bulletin board gave students a chance to scan a QR code for a book with an iPad. The code opened a video to the book’s pages and it being read aloud. Another Seuss-themed board featured math problems with a QR code to scan and check the answer.

“It is using our technology that we are trying to get them proficient with,” Principal Rebecca Threlkeld said.

Threlkeld said the board, which is located near the school office, was inspired by an ongoing bulletin board first-grade teacher Shannon Lee has outside her classroom.

During a visit to a school in Hoover, Lee saw students using the QR board. She then found the resources for the board on the website Teachers Pay Teachers.

“It is just another way for them to be engaged with reading,” Lee said.

Lee’s QR codes change periodically, giving students the chance to experience different books in this format.

She said she has featured many of the books she has in her classroom on the board, so students can hold the physical copy of the book and listen to the video’s audio.

Student Bella Hubbard said her favorite Dr. Suess book is “The Butter Battle Book “because the two different groups have different ways of buttering bread.

Alana Kurdziel likes “Wacky Wednesday” best.

“Because it’s funny,” Kurdziel said.

For Jushean Kine, reading Dr. Seuss in first-grade is his first experience reading the author. His favorite thus far is The Butter Battle book.

Christopher Serrano also likes “The Butter Battle Book” because there is a part where something falls on a character’s head.

“It’s funny and that’s my favorite part,” Serrano said

Even Lee has favorite Seuss books.

“My favorite, favorite Dr. Seuss book is ‘Oh, the places you’ll go,'” Lee said. “But there is a newer Dr. Seuss book that has come out in the past few years, they’ve discovered it. It’s called ‘Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!’ It’s all about being different. I really like this book.”

Clanton Elementary also celebrated the beloved author with dress-up days and other activities.