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Seuss-Inspired Green Eggs & Ham Word Work Activities

Did you know that Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham on a bet that he couldn’t write a book with fifty or fewer distinct words?  

After doing some checking, I discovered that the bet was made in 1960 with Bennett Cerf, the co-founder of Random House, and was for $50.  Ironically, even though Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham using EXACTLY 50 words, it's been reported that Cerf never paid up!

Green Eggs and Ham ranks in the top 3 best-selling Seuss books, so it's definitely worth reading.  

I painstakingly found all 50 words in my copy, then alphabetized them in a handy list as well as on an anchor chart poster

Surprisingly, all but 8 of these words, appear on the Dolch word lists (6 of the 8 are nouns; the other six nouns in the story ARE on the Dolch noun word list.)  Woo hoo!

Use the 50 word cards to play a variety of games like "Speed", Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?".  

Students can also pick a partner, and play "Speed" against them, to see who can arrange their set of cards in alphabetical order first. The packet also includes a 2-page tip list of ideas, like Kaboom!

For writing practice, print, laminate and trim the cards.  Toss them into a Seuss hat and have students choose 2-3 and incorporate those words in sentences.  

Remind them to use proper spacing, capitalization and end punctuation
So that children can practice long and short vowels, I've included two green egg vowel sorting mats.
For some rhyming practice, run off the two "trace, write and alphabetize" worksheets, which use words that rhyme with Sam and green.   

All of these activities are perfect for your Daily 5 word work block, something for early finishers, or a fun lesson for a sub during March is Reading Month, or your Seuss-themed celebrations. 

Click on the link to zip on over to my blog, where the Green Eggs & Ham Word Work packet is today's featured FREEBIE.

From Diane, over at