Groundhog Day Is Coming Up Soon!


Groundhog Day is coming up fast. Crossing my fingers and hoping that the groundhog does not see his shadow. We are buried with over two feet of snow with this historical blizzard and more snow is on its way. If you are looking for some useful and FREE printables, websites, and videos , you may want to check out the official Groundhog website page http://www.groundhog.org/

Here are some great links for Groundhog Day.

Variety of Videos,

Ages 3-14: http://www.watchknowlearn.org/Category.aspx?CategoryID=946

Fabulous passage and comprehension pack,

Grade 1:http://www.readworks.org/passages/groundhogs-are-diggers

I've found this groundhog activity that has been pinned on Pinterest by Mrs. Riicca's Kindergarten. This activity is very similar to the activity that I've been doing with my Kinders for many years in the past.
After reading and discussing Groundhog Day with the students, I have them color and cut out a picture of a groundhog. Students glue it to a popsicle stick and insert it into a styrofoam cup.  Students can use a green strip of paper and cut out slits to form the grass popping out. Instead of gluing the poem on to the cup, I have students copy it on lined paper using their best Kindergarten handwriting. This poem is sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot." 
You can grab a copy of this poem here

I did change the lyrics a bit to make it simpler for the kiddos to copy. Each week during literacy center time, I like to have my students do an art activity and I have them copy a poem to go along with it. Copying the poem is great handwriting practice for the kiddos as they learn to read and pick out many new site words. This can teach website has so many fun poems to choose from that go along with so many activities that you can use throughout the school year.    


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