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Dr. Seuss: Lesson Plans and Activities for How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Updated on January 30, 2019
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I am a retired Christian educator who writes creative lesson plans for Sunday school, children's ministry, and home education.

Make reading the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas a part of  a unit on Dr. Seuss lesson plans and activities.
Make reading the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas a part of a unit on Dr. Seuss lesson plans and activities. | Source

Dr. Seuss Lesson Plans

I don't know how it is at your house during the Christmas holidays, but at our house, the holiday just wouldn't be the same without at least one showing of our favorite holiday movie, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

That isn't to say that we won't also indulge in a reading of this familiar classic as well, but the annual movie night showing of the antics of Max and the Grinch has endured for years.

However, as the children (and grandchildren) have matured, it gets harder and harder to find new and interactive ways to find activities and games to extend the lesson of the greedy ol' Grinch or even to keep them entertained during long, snowy days.

Here's a guide to some of the best, funniest and most-thought provoking information to be found on the Internet about Dr. Seuss' grumpy old Grinch. Whether or not you are a Grinch-lover, you can always use these Dr. Seuss lessons and activities to support other lessons or provide a creative outlet for kids during inclement weather and days off from school.

Best Websites for How the Grinch Stole Christmas Lessons

Kindergarten Math the Grinch's Way: This lesson plan is best for elementary students who can write and read independently. By the end of the lesson, they will understand how to compare, classify and sort objects by size. They hear the story of the Grinch and munch on tasty green snacks.

An Elementary Art Lesson on Dr. Seuss' Grinch Character: Messy art projects and kids go together like pie and ice cream, and this lesson will fulfill their artistic desires to the max. First, they learn how to create green by mixing the primary colors, and then they dip and dab to create pictures of the Grinch. Finish this session off with a yummy green snack and send them home happy.

Lesson Plan: The Grinch - The Prequel: If you need a lesson plan for your older students, this interactive writing exercise just might suit. It is designed for six graders, who will exercise their creativity by writing an explanation of who the Grinch was and why he behaved as he did.

PE Lesson Plan for the Grinch: Try this energetic PE lesson with kindergartners through second graders, which develops their gross motor skills while it strengthens their legs and abdominal muscles. Beware, though: they will probably have so much fun that they won't want to stop.

Herod the Grinch: If you want to use the story of the Grinch with your classes but you would like to incorporate more of the Christian worldview, this lesson plan provides a nice alternative. Your students will learn just why the Grinch hated Christmas so much as well as why that was a poor decision.

Reader’s Theater for How The Grinch Stole Christmas: Try this short and simple reader's theater skit with elementary students who read well independently. You'll need about 28 Whos and one Grinch or if your class is smaller, you could combine some of the shorter parts.

Why Did the Grinch Steal Christmas?: In this two-day lesson, students learn lots of valuable life lessons such as how to manage stress or influence others for the best. It meets Florida state standards and includes assessments and extension activities.

Everything About the Grinch: While this isn't exactly a lesson plan, it is worthy of inclusion because it provides tidbits and trivia about the author, Dr. Seuss, and the story. It's a good read for the adults and you might just learn something you didn't know about this amazing author and his talent.

Online Worksheets and Games

Lesson Extensions – Games and Printables: Here on the Seussville website, you'll find lots of games and other activities to keep the little Grinches-in-training occupied for hours. There is something for everyone in the family such as games and videos for the kids, a special section just for parents, and a ton of useful information for educators.

Grinch Worksheets

You'll never run out of worksheets to complement lessons about the Grinch when you tap into this abundant source. Tailor these to your lesson plans or use them as standalone tools.

Remember, you don't have to use Christmas worksheets and printables that are Grinch oriented. There are many free printables available on the Web that are subject specific so if you are looking for a math worksheet, for instance, and you can't find one with a Grinch theme, why not use another holiday themed one instead?

Free Printables

The Grinch Is Unhappy: Just like the old adage says, a picture is worth a thousand words, and this is a cartoon that really delivers a message. Kids will have fun coloring it, but you can use it as teachable moment to discuss the moral of the story and explore the Grinch's motivation for despising the Christmas holiday.

Another fun activity to do with kids is to print off Christmas greeting cards and let them decorate them as they choose. This would be an excellent activity to do after you watch the story of the Grinch, and you can turn it into a teachable moment by asking the kids to imagine what types of Christmas cards the Grinch might have sent before his heart got bigger, and what kinds he probably sent after his heart grew larger.

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    • DonnaCosmato profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Cosmato 

      8 years ago from USA

      Thanks for reading and commenting on this Grinch information, wilsondy! I hope it is useful in your lesson planning.

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      8 years ago from New Zealand

      AWESOME!!! thanks for sharing! I love it when other teachers share what they've planned and developed. I will look at using this year (2012).

    • DonnaCosmato profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Cosmato 

      8 years ago from USA

      Thank you, Lisa42. I'm glad you like it and hope it brings some holiday joy to your littler learner. Thank for taking the time to read this and share your thoughts :)

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      8 years ago from Sacramento

      Love this list! I'm not a teacher, but I love the Grinch and my youngest one is in kindergarten, so there are some great ideas here for her.

    • DonnaCosmato profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Cosmato 

      8 years ago from USA

      Thank you for your kind words and support, prairieprincess! We love the story of the Grinch, and I hope others will find this collection valuable.

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      8 years ago from Canada

      This is a great resource! Teachers can spend hours searching for the right plans, so it's nice that you have gathered them altogether. Nice hub!


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