I don’t know about you, but these next 2 weeks are hard. And I am completely blessed with the kiddos I have this year. Sometimes I think back to previous years and wonder how in the world I made it! The kids are super excited about Santa, elves, and presents (and Jesus too I promise) but we are exhausted…like I need a break right now every minute of the day! Like if I hear one more elf on the shelf story in the morning I may blow! =/
So my teammie and I try to do as many fun and exciting activities as we can! Besides all the lovely curriculum that we do not stray from (we are currently using Rooted in Reading December, some opinion and letter writing, and who could forget word problems!) we toss in new things like readers’ theatre! We have been doing repeated readings in guided reading, but this is the first time we break out of the ordinary and the whole class practices together every day. What makes this particular reader’s theatre even more exciting is that they have watched our classes perform it since they’ve been in Pre-K!
Each year since we’ve been teaching 2nd grade together, we have presented The Grinch Who Stole Christmas for the Pre-K, kinders, and firsties at school! And each year our kids cannot wait to do it themselves! It’s actually truly brilliant if I do say so myself (ok, it was my teammie’s idea, but whatever!) and it’s a big deal. We put up an announcement on the board one day in early December that auditions will be held for the part of The Grinch and they can sign up right then. Sometimes I give the script to them a day ahead of time, sometimes not. It really depends on if I remember to or not! Not all kids want to be The Grinch…but I do allow the class to vote for the best performance (based on expression not reading ability) and I have always agreed with the winning vote so no need to sway it a little…yet. And it has been a girl for 4 out of 6 years! I also tell them that everyone has a part on every page and The Grinch really doesn’t have that many more parts.
You can download the script below…And a note for you-your narrator has to be as fluent of a reader as The Grinch because their parts bounce off each other!
see, nothing to it! And all through the week of the performance, which we always try to do on the last Friday, we do grinchy things here an there. The first year or two, we only did Grinch Day; but as we have found more ways to weave Common Core in we’ve added more activities. This year we are using the song Mr. Grinch to teach alliteration, rhyme, and repetition. (freebie linked below as well)
Those littles in the floor are now the ones performing! How exciting!
So the point of this post. I wanted to put a lot of free resources in one place for you. We all know anything Seuss is copyrighted, so even if you are going to share anything related to it, I think it should at least be free. I don’t pay for anything. Not that my sharing it is actually any better, but whatever. That’s how I feel about it!
Check out my I’m a Little Grinchy Pinterest board too! Tons of crafts and other ideas!
So feel free to link up any resources you use! You may link up to TpT or a blog post, but please only link up if it is a FREE resource for teachers! Please and Thank you!