HELP THE GRINCH GROW HIS HEART–BY READING!
We had a special visitor in our classroom this week!
I asked students if they noticed any any new students in our class today and they immediately shouted “THE GRINCH!!” We started off the week by reading the book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and discussing the story elements. I then introduced our new students and we discussed how his heart was two sizes to small. The task this week? Help the Grinch by giving him hearts! But how will we give him hearts?! Students earn hearts by reading books. Read a book….make a 100 AR test….earn a heart! So far they have LOVED giving him hearts. They just check in with me, I give them a heart, they write their name, and tape it up. I made hearts using my cricut and some red paper.
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THE SIMILE/METAPHOR THAT STOLE CHRISTMAS
The next Grinch activity we completed was “The Simile/Metaphor that Stole Christmas” lesson! This is one of my all time favorite activities to do each year! Engagement does not always have to be so
over the top! This is a simple lesson that students always love. Here are the steps:
- Print the lyrics to “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”
- Let the students sing along as you PLAY the song.
- Discuss similes and then search for them in the lyrics. I put mine up under the ELMO and we highlight each, label them with an S (for simile) and underline the two things we are comparing. Next, we discuss what the simile truly means, For example, why did the author of this song use cuddly with cactus? What does that mean? What we normally use to describe cuddly?
- Discuss metaphors and then search for them in the lyrics. Again we highlighted and labeled with an M…also underlining what was being compared with a discussion.
- We then chose our favorite metaphor or simile and wrote it down on our “The Simile/Metaphor that Stole Christmas” sheet. They also wrote down what the simile or metaphor meant using the sentence stem “This means…..”
- We concluded this Grinch activity by drawing the Grinch on our sheets using this video from ArtfokidsHub.
HELPING CINDY LOU WHO FIX HER BROKEN LIGHTS
For our next Grinch activity, Cindy Lou Hoo needed our help. After the Grinch took down all of the Christmas lights in Who-ville…they were all tangled and broken. Students had to fix the lights by coloring them the correct color! They coded the lights based on if there was a simile, metaphor, or neither written inside. This activity brought up LOTS of discussion. JUST because a sentence has the word “as” does NOT mean its a simile! We have to see if there is comparing going on. We went over this sheet as a class. Lots of learning happening here!
This is a part of the“Metaphors and Similes that Stole Christmas” lesson in my TPT store!
A SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
Grinch week would not be complete without a little science experiment! Just look at those faces! We wanted to help the Grinch even more with his little heart problem! So with a little baking soda and vinegar…his heart GREW!
Here’s where the great idea came from!
CAUSE AND EFFECT
Next, We used a product by With Flying Colors to practice our cause and effect skill for the week! After listening to the story again…I mean…can you ever read this story TOO MANY times? I don’t think so. We thought about what caused the Grinch to have such a small heart and the effect. We thought about what caused him to change and the effect. It was great. Also included in her product was a compassion activity where students could brainstorm ways to show compassion by writing in the provided hearts.
Ill be back to add more Grinch activities as we complete them this week! Stay tuned!! 🙂
THE GRINCH-SIMILE & METAPHOR MAD LIBS
A “GRINCH-Y” TREAT