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McElligot's Pool (Classic Seuss)

Last updated Monday, July 6, 2015

Author: Dr. Seuss
Date of Publication: 1947
ISBN: 0394800834
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jul. 2015

Synopsis: Imagination runs wild in this Caldecott Honor-winning tale featuring Dr. Seuss's inimitable voice and hysterical illustrations. The first Seuss title to feature full-color art on every other page, this adventurous picture book tells of Marco-who first imagined an extraordinary parade in And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street-as he daydreams of all the possibilities that await him while he fishes in McElligot's Pool. Optimistic and exciting, this tale is the perfect bait, and readers young and old will be hooked on this fish-tastic favorite. (Amazon)

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Who or what do you think Mr. McElligot is?
•  Where do you usually find fish? (ocean, pond, lake, stream, aquarium)
•  Have you been to an aquarium? How many different types of fishes did you see?
•  How many different fishes are there?(31,500 different kinds of living fishes)

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Have you ever been fishing?
•  Have you ever eaten fish? Do you like it?
•  Have you ever taken care of fishes?
•  What fun things do you like to do during the summer?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a paper plate fish, for instructions see:http://thisgirlslifeblog.com/2015/04/paper-plate-fish.html.
•  Cut out a fish shape from construction paper. Punch a hole and tie a string on the head of the fish. Run and swing the string to make you fish swim. For an example, see: http://buggyandbuddy.com/fish-paper-craft-kids/.

Special activities:
•  Turn the kids into a school of fish! Have them stand next to each other in a group with their arms in the air. Have them do the "wave" with their arms and body. As they are doing the wave, have them walk together around the room.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!