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?
That game led me to thinking up a slapping game you could incorporate in your Groundhog Day activities. My Y5's couldn't wait for their turn to slap a groundhog card with a flyswatter.
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
The packet includes slapping cards for 54 words that are related to groundhogs and Groundhog Day. I've included a traceable word strip on the bottom of each card for students to practice writing.
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.
As a Daily 5 word work activity, have students arrange the words in alphabetical order. There's also a cover for students to make a Groundhog Day Word Dictionary.
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.
So you can review colors, there's a set of cards for traceable color words as well as 2 different kinds of groundhogs that your kiddos can color, so there's a groundhog to match each color word.
Traceable number cards to 10, as well as sets of skip counting cards by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's are also included.
My personal favorite is the "I spy a shape" groundhog cards.
There is a card for the star as well as the heart, because I know some preschool teachers also cover those shapes, plus a set of cards that don't have the groundhog on them, so that you can make more games, or use them after Groundhog Day is a distant memory.
These too have matching traceable word cards. All sets include blank cards so you can program with whatever you'd like, such as addition and subtraction equations, spelling words, CVC words etc. (So many possibilities; so little time!)
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.
- 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!
I hope you'll have lots of fun slapping these groundhogs! Enjoy your day! Click on the link to print/view the Groundhog Slap Game cards. Feel free to PIN away.
"Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know!" -Daniel Boorstin