January 31, 2014

Groovy Groundhogs!

Oh what fun we had today! We learned all about that cute, little, famous rodent, the Seer of Seers, the Prognosticator of all Prognosticators....you know who we are talking about right? Yes! You got it, none other than good 'ol Punxsutawney Phil!!

We had a jam-packed day of groundhog goodness today, so much we didn't even finish! Ha!
Here's a look at all of the groundhog-themed fun we had:
Cute groundhog read aloud, Ten Grouchy Groundhogs...

Catchy groundhog song by Dr. Jean...
February 2nd,                          
Is Groundhog Day.
Gather round his hole                   
To hear what he’ll say.      
Will spring be early
Or late this year?
Watch and listen
To what you’ll hear.
You can check out the rest of the lyrics here.
Fun groundhog phonics centers...

Adorable groundhog hat craftivity...
First the children had to color and cut out the groundhog pattern. Look at these children hard at work!
Adorable final product!!
Hilarious children-turned-groundhogs and creative writing...
Oh my goodness.....cuteness overload!!!
When the papers were handed out, we gave them to the children face down. We then told them to turn them over a table at a time in order to catch their reactions. Here are two very genuine reactions to seeing themselves turned into a groundhog!
The children then completed sentences for a little creative writing. A few of the sentences were:
My name would be ____________.
I would be as tall as a ______________.
I would be good at ___________________.
I would not want to _____________________.
Here is a sampling of some of their answers:
My name would be Chilly.
I would be as tall as a cat.
I would weigh as much as a can.
I would be good at tree climbing.
My name is Lilly.
I would be as tall as a jar.
I would not like to die. (Oh my!)
My name would be Fuzzy.
 Super-smart fact writing...
Lastly, we made cute groundhog book where the children wrote some new facts they learned about groundhogs. First, they needed to cut out the pages of the book and color the cover page:
Here is "Punxsutawney Shawn" hard at work!
Then they wrote facts from dictated sentences. Here are some sample sentences and final book products.

Whew! What a busy, but very fun, and productive day!

The children seemed divided on whether they want little Phil to see his shadow, so we will see what happens on Sunday!

We'd love to hear what kinds of groundhog-fun you did with your students this week!


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  2. What fun! I love "If I were a groundhog" creative writing papers! Such a cute idea. Our groundhog activities were cancelled because of snow in Alabama, but great idea for next year.

    1. Mother nature has been messing up a lot of our lessons this year! Ha! I am ready for spring. We really had a lot of fun with the groundhog activities on Friday. I am excited to see if the children remembered to find out if Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow or not. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Great pictures and activities. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm your newest follower!
    Granny Goes to School

    1. Thank you so much for coming over to our little blog. We had so much fun doing these groundhog activities.

  4. Hi! Just found your blog. I love LOVe the Groovy Groundhogs booklet (facts with sentence writing). Can I purchase this???


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