Do You Like Green Eggs and Ham?

This is one of the best Dr. Seuss books to read to ESL learners.

The vocabulary of the text consists of just fifty different words and was the result of a bet with his publisher that he could not complete an entire book using so few words.

The 50 are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.

After reading the book, I decided to have the kids make green eggs out of construction paper and glue them to a paper plate. Then we could display it in our hallway.

Originally, the principal was going to have green eggs and ham served to the whole school for Dr. Seuss’ birthday, however being the fact that there are hardly any Americans present at this American school, most of the students would more likely be confused and/or disgusted by cafeteria ladies serving their eggs green. Therefore, she decided that if we teachers wanted to have green eggs it was up to us to do it in our individual classrooms. I teach 4 different classes but decided to do it in just one of them: The 5 year olds (Rainbow Fish). The day earlier, we read the book “Green Eggs and Ham” and I asked them if they would like to try green eggs and ham.  They adamantly refused and thought the idea disgusting. So the next day, I figured I would just give them a cooking demonstration where they could see the whole process of dying the eggs green but thought that we would pass on eating it. So I set up a portable gas stove that I borrowed from the cooks downstairs, cracked three eggs and added 2-3 drops of green dye I picked up from an import store. It was Australian brand and seemed safe. Ramsey warned me about Chinese versions as far as the chemicals. After I explained the idea of dye to the kids I said I would show them a magic trick. I swirled around the dye while beating the eggs and they all shouted, “wow! teacher! magic!” with mouths opened, jaws extended. To them, it was magic, pure and simple.

My TA got really into it and helped cook the eggs. She said my classes were always very “interesting.”

Well, afterward, I said, “Finished! All done!” but then the kids actually begged to try them. So I figured I would let a few try a bite or two, but they all wanted to try it. They were like hungry little sharks nipping for food. We didn’t have enough utensils because I didn’t plan that they would actually want to try it, so my TA fed them with chopsticks like little baby birds. It was actually quite adorable. Afterward, I asked them if they liked green eggs and they all heartily agreed they did. Imagine that! haha. As far as the ham, I skipped it. Too much bother. The green eggs are the fun part anyway.

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