While discussing countries you could add Olympics to your PE/recess since they start on 8-8-08 they will be in the press and on the news and even on MCDonalds ups when school clothes are getting purchased.
There is a Suessical Musical and perhaps you could act parts out or at least pick up a CD somehow.
We love making our own suess characters (art) and inventing jobs for them is great too.
And you class could read/do a flat stanly activity where you get the postcards from all the states/countries you can find access to. Chambers also like this activity if children write.
Sounds like fun. Let me know how it goes.