Bring a Bit of Whoville to Your Classroom
Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, wrote the Christmas classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas that was published by Random House in 1957. The story was later adapted as an animated special in 1966 and turned into a live-action film in 2000. For many, the annual showing of this animated special has become a holiday tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. What is it about this book and movie that capture the spirit of the holidays and how can it be used in the classroom?
With restrictions on what can be read, what can be taught, and what can even be mentioned in many of today’s public schools due to the separation of church and state, it may seem like there is no way to incorporate such a holiday classic. Thankfully, the heart of How the Grinch Stole Christmas is about far more than a holiday. The meaning of the story is about giving, sharing, and loving.
This holiday season turn students’ focus away from “getting” and instead focus it on “giving back.” Have students start a holiday collection drive of canned goods for the local food pantry or a book drive for a children’s hospital. Track their progress on a How the Grinch Stole Christmas decorated bulletin board. It will be the perfect reminder that it is not how much you get, but how much you give that is most important.
How would you use the story of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas in a lesson in your classroom? Share your idea with us below! Two lucky commenters will be selected to win Dr. Seuss Whoville Borders for their bulletin boards. Leave your comment before midnight EST on November 15th to be entered to win. Good luck!