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How the Grinch Stole Christmas Unit Study

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Unit StudySubmitted by JoAnn S.

Library List:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (we’re going to watch the movie version)
The Symbols of Christmas: The Story of Jesus Christ by Robert Adams
Holly, Reindeer, and Colored Lights: The Story of the Christmas Symbols by Edna Barth (not written from a Christian perspective but is useful in finding out the background of how these symbols got started)
Looking Inside Caves and Caverns by Ron Schultz (4th-8th)
Limestone Caves by Roy A. Gallant (4th-7th)
Caves and Caverns by Gail Gibbons (2nd-4th)

This unit is based on How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It includes copywork, language arts, social studies, science, character study, and art. It’s designed to be done in a notebook fashion. Some parts can be done as a lapbook or you could glue the mini books into your notebook instead. There are notebook pages, mini books, and worksheets. Don’t feel that you need to do every activity. Just pick some from each section.

Copy work:
Use quotes from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Language Arts Activities:

Activity 1: Elements of a Plot
Power Point presentation on identifying the elements of a plot
After viewing the power point presentation, have the child fill in the plot worksheet using the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Activity 2: Compare two main characters

Use the Venn diagram to compare and contrast the main characters from the Grinch and the Christmas Carol. Come up with at least 3 things they have in common and 3 things that are different about them.

Activity 3: Rhyming words
Done like a game of concentration. Print them on cardstock.

Activity 4: Reading comprehension worksheet

Activity 5:
Write a Thank you letter to the Grinch for returning the Christmas stuff.

Art Activities:

Activity 1: Grinch Coloring Pages

Activity 2: Grinch too small heart activity

Social Studies Activities:

Activity 1:
Look up the history of Christmas Carols, bells, stockings, Christmas trees, and mistletoe. You can use this Christmas Symbols notebooking paper.

Activity 2:
When did the exchanging of gifts begin? What is the main reason we give gifts? Can you think of other reasons we give gifts to each other? You can use this Gift Giving Notebooking Paper.

Activity 3:
This book gives a basic example of how many Americans celebrate Christmas but how do they celebrate it in other countries? Here are notebooking pages for Germany, Italy, and France.

Activity 4:
Locate and mark these countries on a world map: Germany, Italy, France, and America

Activity 5:
Create a feast using a food from Germany, Italy, France, and America that is traditionally served at Christmas. Be sure to include the Who’s favorites: who-pudding and roast beast.

Science Activities:


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Activity 1: How are caves formed?

Explain how caves are formed in your mini book.
Hands-on: Dissolving limestone with acid

Activity 2: What kinds of creatures live in caves?
Write a list of the creatures in the mini book.

Activity 3: What kind of formations can you find in caves?
Write your findings and a description of what they are in your mini book.
Hands-on: Make rock candy

Activity 4: What kind of climate does a cave have?
Write your findings in the mini book.
Hands-on: Create a cave

Activity 5: Name some famous cave explorers

Activity 6: What kind of tools do they use to explore caves?


We’re going to use this Human Heart Lapbook from Knowledge Box Central that I downloaded for free a while back.


Do this section in your animal journal. Be sure to include the following information: habitat, diet, characteristics, life cycle, differences between domestic and wild, their location, and any other facts you find interesting. Here is an example of how to set it up.

Animal Notebooking Example

Hands-on: Candy cane reindeer

Information site Reindeer Fun

You can find images here for your journal.


We’re going to do this dog lapbook.

Character Studies


Bible verses on lying

Honesty word search


Listen to samples of bell music.