Ok, this is post is long overdue! Things get busy and with the hustle & bustle of the holidays, the blog just completely slipped my mind. So, please accept my apologies.
During the month of December, things can get a bit hectic at school. I wanted something to do with my class to get them focused more on what the holidays are about, not just about all the gifts they'd be getting for Christmas or Hanukkah. That's when I found a creative way to use one of my favorite holiday movies to get my message across. I got the idea off of Pinterest (which I could spend HOURS on!) and created my own Grinch.
I made my Grinch by projecting the image onto my wall/whiteboard (just tape the paper onto the wall). Projecting the image allows you to make the image as big or small as you want. Then I traced the outline of my image with pencil and took the paper down. I then took a black permanent marker and went over my pencil tracing to finish off my Grinch. I laminated him so I can use him again in the future (although emergency surgery needed to be performed as his feet got stuck in the laminator...I cut them off and reattached them later). I love how he turned out! :-)
I introduced the project to my students by explaining to them that we had a
We then talked about the Grinch having a heart two sizes two small, and I explained it was our job to "show him we care for one and all." Their task was to look for random acts of kindness in each other through the month of December. When they found them, they would award the person a heart that would help fill the Grinch's plump belly. If the class could fill his belly before winter break, we would have a Merry Grinchmas Party. The class LOVED the idea. We then watched my favorite version of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (the animated version).
The kids did a great job with the project. We even ran out of our first batch of hearts! They filled up the Grinch and earned their Merry Grinchmas party!
We started our Merry Grinchmas Party with some Grinch activities (Grinch adjectives, coloring pages, How to Make a Grinch Smile). And then the fun really began! We had Grinch Punch (strawberry kiwi punch--the only green juice I could find, gingerale, and sherbet), green cookies, and green candy canes while watching the Jim Carrey version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (which I think was the version my students preferred).
The party was
a success Grinchtastic! To see some of the Grinch ideas and activites I used, visit my Merry Grinchmas board on Pinterest.
And to stick with our Grinch theme, check out the Grinch app by Oceanhouse Media...
How The Grinch Stole Christmas!-Dr. Seuss (iTunes, $4.99)
The app is great for kids. The book is interactive and has a narration ("Read to Me") option for little ones who can't read yet or for struggling readers. You can even record your own voice onto this app! How cool is that?!
Again, I apologize for the long overdue post, but I wish everyone a Merry Grinchmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year!!
P.S.-Has anyone ever noticed how creepy Jim Carrey's Grinch is?! I must share a personal pet peeve. In Jim Carrey's the Grinch, his fur/hair/fuzz seems to extend way beyond his digits...
I refer to this as Grinch paws. My dogs, particularly Layla, get Grinch paws when it's time for them to go to the groomer. You can't tell where their paws end because the fur just keeps going....it drives me nuts! Just thought I'd share. :-)
Layla & Mickey