Get Grinchy in your classroom! Holiday Activities for all Ages


There are lots of ways to integrate the holidays into your classroom.  This year, I decided to use “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” by Dr. Seuss, during the last few days before the holidays.  Having just completed a unit on stories with morals that included skills such as paraphrasing   and writing direct quotations, my intermediate level reading and writing class and I took on this holiday classic.  I downloaded the audiobook along with the song “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and we were ready to go!  We didn’t do all of the following activities in our class, but here are some ideas to get you started:

– Listen to the first half of the story and create your own ending.

Retell the story by changing either the main character or the setting.

Listen to the song and put the lines in the correct order.  My class used their knowledge of rhyme and content to complete this!

Create a character sketch of the Grinch, using the adjectives in the song.

Identify the “made-up” words. (My class was amazingly good at this!)

Act out the whole book, or just one scene, letting students create their own dialogue.

Create a story board or comic strip for the movie.

Write or tell a different story with the same moral.

I hope you enjoy bringing the holidays into your classroom.

What holiday activities do you use?  Share with us in the comments below.  We can’t wait to hear your ideas!


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