Author:
Carrie Robledo
Subject:
Computer Science, English Language Arts, Mathematics, STEM
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Interactive, Lesson Plan
Level:
Lower Primary, Upper Primary
Tags:
K-5 Design Thinking, K-5 Engineering, STEM, k-5-design-thinking, k-5-engineering, stem
License:
Creative Commons Attribution
Language:
English

# Holiday: Sleigh for the Grinch

## Overview

After reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas, students will work together to build a sleigh for the Grinch so he can take the presents and decorations from the Whos.

# Instructor Directions

Holiday: Sleigh for the Grinch

 Driving Question / Scenario The Grinch has a plan to steal presents from all the Whos in Whoville, and he needs your help to build a sleigh for his dog (Robot) to carry the presents and decorations away. Project Summary After reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas, students will work together to build a sleigh for the Grinch so he can take the presents and decorations from the Whos. Estimated Time 45 minutes to 1 hour Materials / Resources Dash or SpheroCardboardAluminum foilStringStrawsPipe cleanerstape Standards CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.4.AWhen counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.4.BUnderstand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.4.CUnderstand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.5Count to answer "how many?" questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects. Project Outline Ask How can I build a sleigh so the Grinch can steal presents? Imagine Students work in groups and talk about their plan on building a sleigh that can carry over 20 presents (unifix cubes) without falling out Plan Students draw their blueprint of the sleigh. Create Students work on creating their sleigh in 20 minutes. When students finish, gather everyone around and test out the different sleighs. Were they able to travel from one spot to another without any presents falling off? Improve Talk to the students about what sleighs worked, and what sleighs did not work. What worked well? What could they have done differently? Give students another 5-10 minutes to go back and fix their sleighs to see if they can hold all the presents. Test them out again once the time is up. Closure / Student Reflections Students record their sleighs on SeeSaw or Flipgrid. Have them talk about what was successful and what was not successful. Possible Modifications / Extensions Include more or less presents or decorationsStudents can write about their family traditions during the holidays.