Some Grinchy Activities - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Some Grinchy Activities

Are you filling your days with fun seasonal activities like I am? We only have NINE days left of school before Winter Break (but who's counting??) so I am really taking advantage of the holidays approaching!

One of my favorite stories (and the kids' favorites too!) is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I will be using it this week to cover adjectives, and I will use the song You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch to review figurative language!

We'll review adjectives first- and I'm hoping to have them cut their own Grinch face and Santa hat- we can practice symmetry! They'll glue them in their notebooks and list any adjectives that describe the Grinch...
In fourth grade, the students have to not only understand what adjectives ARE, but also how to order them in a sentence. Here is an activity I whipped up to cover this standard:
You can grab it for free by clicking above!! :o)
I also give the students a copy of the lyrics to You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, and I play the video:
They highlight the similes and metaphors in the lyrics, and then choose one to draw literally. That is always the best part to them, and they come up with some of the funniest drawings- like the Grinch as a banana with a greasy black peel. :o)

I also want to encourage students to be NICE to each other this time of year, so we are going to "fill the Grinch with love!" When students show an act of kindness, the person who received the kindness will write it on a heart and hang it on the Grinch.

Since these are activities I will be doing this week, I want to link up to Mrs. Laffin's Laughings!
Do you have any other ideas for me to use this week with the Grinch? I'd love to hear some new ideas! :o) Maybe you can even share them in this week's Workshop Wednesday: all about seasonal reading ideas!


  1. Great ideas for the holidays!! :) I don't teach ELA this year, but I'll make sure my ELA teachers get this link! :) I found you on Manic Monday! :)

  2. I've always used the song to teach figurative language too! I love the added idea of having the illustrating one the lines!
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  3. Love these ideas, what a fun "Grinch Filled" day! I would top it off with the Jim Carrey movie - if you have time. LOL Thanks for the freebie. We're reviewing parts of speech right now so it will come in handy.

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  4. Ooooh, if only my teacher had been this creative back in the day, because the Grinch was my favorite special!. I love your idea of filling the Grinch with love. So glad I found you through Manic Monday!

  5. I would selfishly love for you to move to middle school so I can steal even more ideas from you!!!

  6. Love your Grinchy Adjectives! So fun....all of it!
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  7. I can't wait to try this. They all know the Grinch so it will be so easy to describe him.

  8. So very clever! I especially like the tips for ordering adjectives. Thanks for the freebie!

    Glad you could link up this week!

  9. We are working on adjectives this week! Love these activities! I am totally going to use these! Thanks for the great ideas!!


  10. Oh, the favorite!! Unfortunately with all the teachers already using it in the classroom so much, I have to steer clear of him to avoid repeats when I pull my kids out. Saving for the day I go back to a regular classroom though!

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  11. I just love all of this! How fun!

  12. This is a great activity! I'm actually going to work it in with my 6th graders towards the end of the week. I was amazed when we were doing parts of speech with our mentor sentences and when I asked my students if they knew there was an adjective order, they had no clue! These activities are a great way to review this, and add in a little holiday fun. Thank you for sharing!
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  13. I love using "The Grinch Song" for similes and metaphors. This year, I'd like to try your idea of having the students make illustrations. I'm sure they are great!

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