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Easy Prep Groundhog Day Themed Cross Curricular Centers & Activities for Lower Elementary Children!
Resource Prep: Each activity below includes the prep needed to do activity with students in the description. It may include just copying worksheet or printing, laminating and cutting center games. Each direction to games are located on one of the game sheets for student use.
Resource Includes the Following:
☀ Groundhog’ Day Literature List
☀ Groundhog Day Writing Station Words
☀ Classroom Books
☀ Student Booklets
☀ Student Worksheets
☀ Art Projects
☀ Literacy Centers
☀ Math Centers
Choose books from the list about Groundhog’s Day to read to your students.
Print and laminate a few colored copies of the Groundhog’s Day Writing Station words for students to use or copy one sheet for each student to put in their writing folder or journal.
“On Groundhog Day”: Copy cover on cardstock and then copy the student sheet for each student and have them write and draw something they know about Groundhog Day. Collect each student paper and make classroom book binding or stapling book together.
“I Think the Groundhog Will” : Copy cover on cardstock and then copy the student sheet for each student and have them write and draw whether they think the Groundhog will or will not see his shadow. Collect each student paper and make classroom book binding or stapling book together.
“I See Groundhogs” Student Booklet: Students can work on this booklet at center or quiet work time to practice their number and color words. Students copy over the number and color word and then color the groundhogs the correct color. You can copy the pages on regular paper, there are two booklet pages to each sheet with one cover and 10 other pages..
“Groundhog Day.” Fact Student Booklet: Copy and assemble each of the booklets for each student. There are two booklet pages to each sheet, cover and 7 other pages.. You can copy as many pages as you would like students to do. Students fill in the blank for each fact page about Groundhog Day and then draw a picture of what they wrote. An answer key is provided.
Story Elements Graphic Organizers (2 types): After reading a story from the literature list a few times, have students fill out the story elements: characters, setting, problem & ending., either by drawing or writing out with words.
Beginning, Middle and Ending Organizer: (2 types): After reading a story a few times, have students fill out the story parts organizer, naming the beginning, middle and ending of the story.
Sequencing Retelling Graphic Organizers (2types): After reading a story from the literature list a few times have students fill out the sequence story retelling. Students must sequence the events in the story in order.
My Groundhog Day Story: Use the templates provided and have students write a story about Valentine’s Day It can be a made up story or one they have made up. This project can be done as a center, or with parent or buddy helper with younger students.
Groundhog Heart Face Art Project : Copy and assemble Groundhog face using the directions and template page in unit. Hang Groundhogs in the hallway or in the classroom for decorations.
Groundhog Paper Bag Puppet: Copy and assemble the Groundhog puppet using the directions and template page in unit. Act out Groundhog stories with puppet or hang your Groundhogs in the hallway or in the classroom for decorations.
Groundhog Make a Word Game: Children take a sun or cloud (consonant & consonant blends are provided) and put it in front of a groundhog word chunk to make a word. Children can write word on paper or white board or use one of the 14 worksheets to go with this activity.
Groundhog Sight Word Match Game: Children place the Groundhog sight word cards face down in rows. They take turns turning two cards over to see if they have found matching sight words. If both cards match they keep both cards, and add them to their Sun or Cloud, if not they turn the cards back over and the next child has a turn. The person who has the most groundhogs on their player card when no cards are left or when game is over, wins the game.
Groundhog Day Short Vowel Sounds Roll It! Read It! Words & Sentences: Two types of game cards with short vowel sounds words and sentences. There is a game card of words and sentences for each of the short vowel sounds. There are10 game cards in total. Students roll one dice and read the words or sentences in the row they have rolled.
Groundhog Roll & Bump Game: Roll two or three dice and add those numbers. Cover that space with your marker. You can bump your partner’s color and take their space! If you cover a space with two markers stacked on top of each other, you lock that space and can’t be bumped. The player to use all ten of their markers first is the winner!
Groundhog Roll and Cover: Students roll either one or two dice depending of the game card, and cover the number that corresponds to the number of dots rolled on the die. Can be played individual or with a partner.
Groundhog Addition & Subtraction Facts Clip Game (0-10): Children read the addition number sentence and find the sum of the two numbers. Children place a paper clip or clothes pin to the correct answer of the number sentence. You can separate the game cards in sets from 0-5 and a sets from 6-10. Note: Put a little sticker on the back of card in the correct answer space so students can self-correct their answers.
Kids have some Groundhog Day themed fun while learning a variety of skills!