Thursday, December 16, 2010

Grinch Day in the Swamp!

What a fabulously fun day of learning and excitement!  Grinch Day in the Swamp went very well for all!
We got to watch the DVD of Dr. Seuss's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas".  Then compared the book to the movie noticing the differences in the colors and the sounds of the voices.
We used webs to record adjectives and words to describe the Grinch at the beginning of the story as well as at the end of the story.
Download:  Mean Grinch Picture

We used the webs to create the comparing/contrasting writing sheet (I modified the sheet from Deanna Jump's free unit to use our handwriting paper to conserve on copy paper and ink :).  We got a chance to talk about adding commas in a series of words that are more than two...yep...I've got some really advanced kiddos...gotta make sure I'm extending their learning too :)

We webbed what we would do to make the Grinch grin...which brought up a huge discussion on synonyms (grin and smile)...not a bad thing:)  I used the grin from the Grinch trace and paste project to put in the middle of our web.

After the kids had a chance to share in groups what they would do to make the Grinch grin, they traced, cut out, and pasted together their Grinch...They spent time finishing the inside writing of the smile and added a picture of what their sentences said.  

I also made some label stickers to pass out today.  We wore them on our shirts.  We made little Grinch buttons from the Grinch smile page.  We pinned them to our shirts after the stickers fell off :)
Download:  Label Stickers

For Math, we created a flip book for problem solving with Grinch problems from Deanna Jump's mini Grinch  Unit...We wrote out the problems and talked about the sentences and what the problems were asking as we drew pictures to go with each problem...

Even though we didn't have enough time to get to the Grinch Tree Map project, It was a fabulously fun day for us!!!

Be sure to check out the fun Mrs. Carroll's blog "First Grade Parade"...she has some fabulous ideas too !

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