Tuesday, December 11, 2012

(That Green Guy) Math and Text Connection

Hello Everyone!
Welcome back for a peek!  We have been enjoying that timeless story "The Grinch" this week and I wanted to share a little bit of what we've been up to.  Today we played a fun whole group game that I call Grinch Triple Toss.  We needed to practice our addition strategies as well as adding three addends, so I made a huge work mat ( a snowflake shape cut out of a round plastic table cloth) and wrote numbers 1-10 on some green (of course) paper plates.  We used three large pom poms to toss on to the numbers and talked about the strategies we would use to get our sum.  The kids had a recording sheet to show their thinking. So fun!
Tomorrow we'll reinforce subtraction skills with the same idea!!(Grinch Toss and Take)

We also worked hard on our text connection ideas for "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."  We reviewed what each connection meant and then created our little heart books connecting all our connection!  As one of my kiddos said, "It's all about the heart!"  Enjoy the pics.
We used green pencils for recording of course!

Made a large snowflake from a plastic table cloth

kids take turns tossing pom poms and then working on the addition problems

Make a ten and then add the 7!!  Yes!!

 For your printables of these two activities, click here
Our Text Connection anchor with The Grinch looking on!

for my grinch unit , click here

Thanks for stopping by!!
We are having a great week!



  1. I love your Grinch toss game. How creative and engaging! I will have to adapt this for my kinder students. Thanks for the great idea.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this unit! The Grinch is a class favorite!

  3. Love this! Our third grade team is changing some of this to work for our age group, but WE LOVE IT! Thank you so much!

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