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Groundhog's Day Book and Activities for Kids

I don't know why, but I have always really enjoyed Groundhog's Day!  Maybe it's the hope of spring coming soon!  I'm in Ohio and I am always hoping for an early spring!  So, of course, I like to have a little fun with my students and do some groundhog activities!  You can check out these activities HERE or click on any picture!

These Groundhog's Day activities and printables are perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, or second grade classroom.  Students learn facts about groundhogs while doing other fun activities.  There is also a directed drawing, hat craft, word search, graphing, and student book.

This book gives an introduction to what Groundhog's Day is and students get to make little puppets.  At the end of the book, there is a cutout that is the ground and the puppets can "pop out" of the ground with a shadow or without!

Groundhog's Day Prediction Charts

Even after teaching about Groundhog's Day year after year, I still need a little reminder about what happens when he sees his shadow and when he doesn't!  I have these anchor charts for FREE!

These Groundhog's Day activities and printables are perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, or second grade classroom.  Students learn facts about groundhogs while doing other fun activities.  There is also a directed drawing, hat craft, word search, graphing, and student book.

Groundhog's Day Graphing

I like to do a little predicting the day before Groundhog's Day!  It gets the kids excited and eager about learning about Groundhog's Day the following day!  The kids make their prediction "secretly" and then give me the ballots.  We open them one by one and graph the results together!

These Groundhog's Day activities and printables are perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, or second grade classroom.  Students learn facts about groundhogs while doing other fun activities.  There is also a directed drawing, hat craft, word search, graphing, and student book.

Sing a Song, Make a Hat, and do a Word Search!


These Groundhog's Day activities and printables are perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, or second grade classroom.  Students learn facts about groundhogs while doing other fun activities.  There is also a directed drawing, hat craft, word search, graphing, and student book.

True/False Game

I like to teach them some facts about Groundhogs!  Here is a fun little true/false game you can play!

These Groundhog's Day activities and printables are perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, or second grade classroom.  Students learn facts about groundhogs while doing other fun activities.  There is also a directed drawing, hat craft, word search, graphing, and student book.

Directed Drawing

After we've learned some facts, we do a directed drawing of a groundhog and then write something we learned about groundhogs! It is so much fun!

These Groundhog's Day activities and printables are perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, or second grade classroom.  Students learn facts about groundhogs while doing other fun activities.  There is also a directed drawing, hat craft, word search, graphing, and student book.
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Squirrel's New Year's Resolution STEM and Book Activities


Coming back after Christmas Break can be overwhelming!  I'm always excited to get back to school and have a schedule, but it can also be difficult!  One of my favorite New Year's books is Squirrel's New Year's Resolution!  I have created 7 different activities to go with this wonderful book written by Jan Miller.

Click HERE (or any picture) to check it out!

1.  Retelling Anchor Chart

Of course, we first read the story aloud and discuss what a New Year's Resolution is and important events in the story.  Then, using a pocket chart (not pictured) we use Retelling Puzzle Pieces to sequence the story using story elements:  characters, setting, problem, events, and solution.


2.  Retelling Events Cut/Paste

I do this whole group and we refer to our Pocket Chart as well.  There are 11 main events in this story.  We read them and cut/glue them in order of the story!


3.  Retelling Bookmark and "Puppets"

I just LOVE using my retelling bookmark to help students with retelling!  You can find it HERE for free in my store!  We make puppets and then students partner up with each other to retell the story.  I have the pocket chart available for them to use if needed.  You can check out my BLOG POST about Retelling Stories HERE or check out my  RETELLING STORIES product.


4.  How to Plant a Garden Writing and Craft

Squirrel helps Mole and Turtle find a place to plant a garden.  This is just one way she helps her friends in Squirrel's New Year's Resolution.  Students will make a carrot garden craft!  Then they will write a How To Plant a Garden informational writing.  There are 5 different layouts included!

5.  Squirrel's New Year's Party STEM

This is my favorite part!  Squirrel is going to have a New Year's Eve Party, but she goes to buy party supplies and everything is sold out!  The students have to make decorations and party favors for her party!  I put students into groups and they have to decide what they are going to make for the party.  Some ideas might include:  Happy New Year sign, ball to drop, horns, party hats, invitations, and party "poppers".  

After everything is made, you can have Squirrel's party with your class!  You could always have some "bubbly" (7up) and a snack!




6.  My New Year's Joke Book

My students absolutely love this!  It's their very own joke book.  There are 10 jokes included.  We read our books to our friends and we discuss and practice reading fluently and with expression!  They can then take them home and read them to their families!


7.  Resolution Calendar

Lastly, I've made a calendar page where students can record specific things to help them obtain their New Year's Resolution Goal.  There is one page where you can brainstorm together different ways of helping someone each day (like Squirrel) or there is a page where they can write their own goal.

Well, there it is!!!  This will keep you and your students learning while having some fun too!  You can check it out at my store by clicking any of the pictures or you can click HERE!

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New Year's STEM Project for Kids!

Are you looking for a fun activity to do with your students when you return from Christmas break?  I have a super easy New Years STEM activity that is easy prep and will really get your students thinking and creating.


This STEM activity has two MISSIONS for the students!  

#1:  Their crown has to fit around their head (not too big/not too small).
#2:  They have to write/draw their SCHOOL new year's resolution on your crown.

Remember- this is a STEM activity!  So, you are basically going to tell your students their missions, show them the supplies, and let them figure it out on their own!

Each student will get a student booklet.  They get to plan their crown and think about what supplies they will use.  


For their resolution, we go over some ideas together.  They all stem from our school rules of being respectful, responsible, and safe.  We brainstorm ways of how they can make themselves better.

Supplies:

Each student gets ONE piece of white 12x18 construction paper.  (This will not fit around their head, so they will have to think about how they can make it fit!)

I have several supplies available for them to make their crown.  Some ideas include:  
glitter glue
scissors
tape
markers
pom poms
stickers 
foam stickers
feathers
cotton balls
glue
yarn
sequins

Are you ready to get your students really thinking??  Check out this NEW YEAR's STEM project HERE!

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