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I do a few groundhog activities during the week of Groundhog Day.
One day is simply not enough time to take a look at these interesting animals, which provide a way for me to get in a bit of science, non-fiction reading, as well as use them as a fun theme for word work and math centers.
With that in mind, I designed this groundhog “flip the flap for facts” booklet, as a fun way to learn interesting information about groundhogs.
Don’t know anything about groundhogs? No worries. I’ve done tons of research so you don’t have to.
Simply make the teacher’s edition booklet, familiarize yourself with whatever facts you want to share, then read them to your students.
I categorized the information into: characteristics, habitat, home, diet, hibernation, young, predators & behavior.
Besides the teacher’s edition, there are blank page patterns (2-on-a-page), with those category headers, so that students can fill in the information.
Choose which topics you want your students to explore.
The booklet provides a simple and fun way to introduce research and writing a report.
This can be done individually, with a partner, or in a small group of four.
There are just 8 pages, which can be divided into a 4-page partner assignment, or a 2-page small group assignment.
The packet is also appropriate for younger students, as I’ve included a “fun fact” worksheet for little ones to color, then write down a favorite fact that they learned from you reading the informational teacher’s edition.
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Completed projects make a cute February bulletin board. The booklets can also be displayed.
I’ve also included 12 real photographs of groundhogs. (Two-on-a-page for easy printing). Use them to introduce your lesson, then scatter them around your students’ work.
There’s a “Learning About Groundhogs” poster for the center of your display as well.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, wishing you a happy Groundhog Day, as well as a fun-filled time learning about them.
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