Groundhog Day ideas

1-2-3 Come Do Some Groundhog Day Activities With Me

shadow activities, books about groundhogs for elementary, shadow stories, groundhog day stories, groundhog day activities, groundhog day crafts, strorytelling sliders, retell a story activities, sequence a story activitiesDo you read ”Who Will See Their Shadow This Year?” by Jerry Pallotta?
It’s one of my students’ favorite Groundhog Day stories and perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards. 

With that in mind, I designed this quick, easy and fun ”Who Will See Their Shadow?” “slider” craftivity, which will help your students retell the story in chronological order.   

The gist: A variety of animals are sick of winter and anxious for spring. Since the groundhog is sleeping, they wonder if they can make it come sooner by seeing their shadows. 

Each one takes a turn, causing all kinds of weather from a hurricane to a tornado, which makes this a great story to review all kinds of weather with your kiddos as well.

shadow activities, books about groundhogs for elementary, shadow stories, groundhog day stories, groundhog day activities, groundhog day crafts, strorytelling sliders, retell a story activities, sequence a story activitiesThere are 3 outside slider options to choose from. Pick your favorite or give children a choice.

There are also 2 slider strip options: one with just the animal graphics, and the other with the animals and their weather word.

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Students color the animals on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.

As they pull on the end of the “slider-strip” the various animal characters go through the “window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their craftivity home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

Even if you don't have time for everyone to make a slider, make one for yourself, as it's a great tool for reviewing a story.

I introduce the lesson by reading the book ”Who Will See Their Shadow?”, then share my completed "slider craft” with my students.

shadow activities, books about groundhogs for elementary, shadow stories, groundhog day stories, groundhog day activities, groundhog day crafts, strorytelling sliders, retell a story activities, sequence a story activitiesSo that you can quickly, and easily make an example, I’ve included full-color patterns.

After I read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on my slider.
I have them guess which animal character they think comes next, before I pull the picture through the “window”.

My students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a “Shadow” storytelling slider of their own.

Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.

I’ve included a “Let’s sequence the story” activity for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on their worksheet.

vThere’s also a, “Here’s What Happened… writing prompt worksheet, (BW & color) as another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers and other transitions. 

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Meshadow activities, books about groundhogs for elementary, shadow stories, groundhog day stories, groundhog day activities, groundhog day crafts, strorytelling sliders, retell a story activities, sequence a story activitiesWell that's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hear the snowplows zipping up and down the roads, sure wouldn't want that "way too early" morning job. 

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      1-2-3 Come Play Some Groundhog Games With Me

Slip Slappin' Away....

     Have you ever been to an arcade and played the game where you hold a hammer and wait for that crazy furry little critter to emerge and then try and bang him on the head? 

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So why would they slap him?  To recite answers: like letters, shapes, numbers and skip counted sequences!  I thought this would not only be a great time for my students, but a terrific way to review lots of report card standards, and a super easy way for me to whole-group assess at the same time! Click on the link to view/download the Groundhog Day Slappin' Games

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Make an extra set, laminate and cut the traceable word off to make puzzles.  There's a 2-page tip list of ideas for the word cards, plus I've included a cover for them, so students can make "Itty Bitty" word books. 

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There's a set of groundhog alphabet cards showing both the upper and lowercase letters together, and then sets for separate upper and lowercase letters.  These are great for Memory Match of "I Have; Who Has?" games.

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Here's what you do:

  • Print off the masters, make extra's to add your own information, laminate the cards and cut them out.
  • At school, gather your students into a circle on your carpeted area.  Choose the cards you want to work on, and sprinkle them face-up on the floor. 
  • Explain what they should do, and model it for them.
  • Give the first child the flyswatter and one minute to slap as many groundhog answer cards as they can.  Keep track of how many groundhog cards they slap correctly, by writing their names on the board and making tally marks.
  •  For young children who are learning how to identify they name, you can write students' names on the cards and have them slap their name card. 
  • Once everyone has identified their card, use them to do the Groundhog Pokey to help them get the wiggles out, then pin the card to their shirtsand have them locate classmates who have some of the same letters, or the same initial as they do.
  • Click on the link to view/print The Groundhog Pokey
  • Another game you can play is to let each child take a turn at sequencing the skip counted cards, or play "I Have; Who Has?" and count as you locate the cards.
  • They could also arrange the skip counted cards in front of them and then omit every other card. 
  • After they have done that, they can slap the groundhogs, counting as they go, saying the missing numbers as they slap the groundhogs and the empty spaces. 
  • groundhog certificate, groundhog day ideas, groundhog day activities, groundhogs, groundhog song, groundhog booklet, groundhog games,After the fun, have them make an Itty Bitty Booklet out of whatever set of cards you want your students to work on, or make little booklets for all of the sets.
  • Children enjoy a "just-my-size" booklet to share with their families and it reinforces what they're learning at school. 
  • Before your students go home, give them a certificate of praise for being great groundhog slappers!

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"Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know!" -Daniel Boorstin

What are you doing for Groundhog Day?  You can start today by making this educational and interactive bulletin board.  Or make this a huge wall display in your hallway and get other students and passersby excited and involved.  Click on the link at the end of the list to print/view all of the Groundhog Day bulletin board templates.

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Here’s how to make an educational and interactive Groundhog Day bulletin board:

On the left is a photo of a small construction paper placement picture I made, so you can get an idea of the way things are laid out. 

  • Cut your caption out of die cut letters from an Ellison machine or type them out on your computer, cut them out and staple them across the top of your b. board.  
  • A title can be: Will Phil See His Shadow?  Will The Groundhog See His Shadow?  _______________'s Class Counts Down to February 2nd. What's Your Guess? or whatever else you may come up with.  
  • On the top of the bulletin board staple light blue paper for the sky, on the bottom attach light brown paper for the earth.
  • Cut out a few hills of snow to scatter here and there. To make them sparkle, brush on some Elmer’s glue and apply to the edges.  Sprinkle with opalescent glitter.
  • Using a darker shade of brown, make a large hill for a burrow.  Staple this to one side of your b. board.
  • Add texture by ripping up some pieces of sand paper, or scrunching up various shades of tissue paper and stapling these to the burrow.
  • Show the hole area by drawing it with a black magic marker, or cut an oval out of large construction paper.  
  • Before stapling the burrow to the side of your bulletin board cut a slit in the top where the hole is, so that you can insert “Phil” on February 2nd.
  • Enlarge my drawing of Phil by using an overhead projector and trace him on another shade of brown paper.   You can add dimension by coloring him with markers or crayons, and adding a large wiggle eye.
  • Print a copy of my “Do Not Disturb!” sign, mount it on construction paper, punch holes in each corner, and tie a piece of colorful yarn to each hole. Tack on to the front of the burrow with a thumbtack.
  • Print off the Woodchuck Chatter Newspaper sheet and glue it to the back of the Do Not Disturb sign.  On February 2nd flip over this sign.  Affix the yes or no answer to the empty box.
  • Cut out a large white cloud and large yellow sun.  Place both of these in the sky, one in each corner.   You can add dimension to the sun using crepe paper streamers as rays.  You can add dimension to the cloud by having your students help you pull apart cotton balls and glue them to the cloud.  You can also scrunch up white tissue paper and staple that to the cloud.
  • Run off copies of the groundhog prediction page.  Have your students TRACE then WRITE the sentence, make their prediction and then color their groundhog.  Make sure they sign their name at the top of their paper.
  • If your b. board is in the hallway, make a copy of your class composite and have students glue their school photo next to their prediction.
  • Mount students’ groundhogs on a variety of colored construction paper and staple them to the opposite side of your bulletin board of where you have your burrow.
  • Print off my groundhog prediction graph and display that on your b.board as well.
  • Tie a yarn loop to a plastic sheet protector, attach it to your bulletin board with a tack and hang it on the opposite end of the Do Not Disturb sign. Print off the Groundhog Day Countdown label and glue it to a piece of construction paper.  Cut it out and staple it above the countdown sheet protector. Print the Groundhog Countdown number pages, cut them out and glue them to construction paper, insert them inside the sheet protector from 10 to 0. Assign this as one of your daily jobs. Your students will have fun changing the numbers as they count down to February 2nd. Groundhog Day bulletin board idea, Groundhog Day ideas, February bulletin board ideas
  • On February 2nd insert the last number card in the countdown, flip over the Do Not Disturb sign, announce the news, affix the appropriate label, insert Phil and see how many of your students were correct. I think a big “Hooray!” for Phil is appropriate as well as for everyone who participated.
  • This photo of Phil courtesy of the Punxsutawney Pennsylvania site's photo album.
  • Follow the event up by clicking on the official site and watching what took place for the real Phil at  the official Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Website. You can also check out  the Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania site, Phil’s home.  They have an Interactive Fun section with a Groundhogese Translator, which allows children to type in a phrase and have it translated into the original “groundhog-speak”. Click on the audio and hear a rendering of Groundhogese! Other activities include Ask the Groundhog and Send a Post Card.
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  • If you’d like a nice compare and contrast activity, check out a Canadian site and have your students compare our northern neighbors'  Wiarton Willie the groundhog from the town of South Bruce Peninsula in Canada with USA’s Pennsylvania’s Phil. You could use a Venn diagram for this activity.  Click on the link to print/view this groundhog comparison contrast Venn diagram activity. 

  • If you want to make the Groundhog Day bulletin board above, Click on the link to view/print all of the Groundhog Day bulletin board templates.

I hope you have a groundhog great time with these activities!

As always, I'd enjoy hearing from you. diane@teachwithme.com


 

 

 

 

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