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

    Education Standards

    Holiday: Sleigh for the Grinch

    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 / ScenarioThe 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 SummaryAfter 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 Time45 minutes to 1 hour
    Materials / ResourcesDash or SpheroCardboardAluminum foilStringStrawsPipe cleanerstape
    StandardsCCSS.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
    AskHow can I build a sleigh so the Grinch can steal presents?
    ImagineStudents work in groups and talk about their plan on building a sleigh that can carry over 20 presents (unifix cubes) without falling out
    PlanStudents draw their blueprint of the sleigh.
    CreateStudents 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?
    ImproveTalk 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 ReflectionsStudents record their sleighs on SeeSaw or Flipgrid. Have them talk about what was successful and what was not successful.
    Possible Modifications / ExtensionsInclude more or less presents or decorationsStudents can write about their family traditions during the holidays.