An Interesting and Informative Way To Teach Your Students About Groundhog Day
February 2 is right around the corner, and that means it is time to dust off the groundhog facts and maybe throw a little craft in there for good measure!
I’ve got you covered! And no…I do not expect you to have a bunch of groundhog facts up your sleeve. 😂 😂 This is one of those occasions where if you play your cards right, you can come off as a complete genius about your subject and your students will be none the wiser. Just take your advice from the post below to prep for your Groundhog Day lessons, and exude confidence!
Works EVERY TIME!
Here are my top 5 books for Groundhog Day fun, and a craft and activity booklet that are an easy way to cover Groundhog Day without tons of hoopla and money spent. (Because lets face it…between this, and the 100th day, and Valentine’s Day…. the less added hoopla and money spent, the better, I always say!
My Top 5 Favorite Groundhog Day Books
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A Greyhound, a Groundhog by Emily Jenkins
This is a FUN, FUN, FUN picture book with lots of word play and repetitive language. Greyhound meets groundhog in this silly book and they have a energetically, exiting time together!
2. Groundhog Secrets: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Woodchucks (Margot the Groundhog and her North American Squirrel Family) by Lieve Snellings
This nonfiction book about Margot the woodchuck is packed with information and close-up illustrations. So fun to learn all about groundhog life from this adorable creature!
3. Groundhog Gets a Say by Pamela Curtis Swallow
This is another fact filled book, but this one also is packed with lots of silliness! Groundhog and his friends are giving all the scoop about groundhog life…the good, the bad, and the ugly!
4. Groundhog’s Runaway Shadow by David Beidrzycki
Phil and his shadow do everything together, but when they have a falling-out, Shadow runs off to see the world. This can pose a problem come February 2nd. This is another fun groundhog book with silly illustrations the kids cannot get enough of.
5. Ten Grouchy Groundhogs by Kathryn Heling
My students ADORE this groundhog counting book. It is full of alliteration and perfect for teaching words beginning with the letter g, as well as practicing math equations as you read.
And here is my FAVORITE craft and activity booklet to go along with the Groundhog Day buzz! My students LOVE LOVE LOVE making and wearing these groundhog headbands and the activity booklet covers everything we need in one place! We usually start the booklet the day before Groundhog Day and then complete it on Groundhog Day, while we are wearing our newly made Groundhog headbands! Two days of activites…no hoopla! #winning
This groundhog activity booklet includes:
•Fun facts about groundhogs and groundhog day
•Prediction activities- Students will predict whether or not the groundhog will see his shadow, and will also practice making predictions in other situations, to form a concrete understanding of what it means to predict.
•Graphing activity- Students will graph the predictions of their classmates and then interpret the data collected. (Based on predictions about the groundhog seeing his shadow or not.)
•Crossword puzzle- Students will use critical thinking skills to review the information learned in the booklet to complete the crossword puzzle. This is a great form of assessment. A word bank is included.
•Writing prompt- Students will complete a writing prompt that involves higher-order thinking skills.
Have a great Groundhog Day with your students. Remember…. confidence is the key! Let me know how it goes!
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