: Are you learning about groundhogs in your classroom? Looking for a fun activity to use on February 2nd? If so, your students will enjoy this fun 'fact find' word search! If your students are like mine, they love these puzzles.
**Makes reference to Groundhog Day being on February 2nd in the United States. Please be aware of that if you are looking to use this in a different country. :-)
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I have marked this for grades 3-5, but some third graders that have weaker reading skills might need help on some words, such as words like regurgitated, tobogganing, and a few others. They may need some teacher assistance.
This is perfect for winter, especially for Groundhog Day. Of course, it can be used any time you are reading or studying groundhogs.
This is not just any 'ole puzzle. It doesn't just include words. It includes facts about groundhogs that your students will enjoy reading. I call it a 'fact find'. Within each fact, a word (or words) is underlined. Those are the words the students will find in the puzzle. For example, one sentences says, "Groundhogs are burrowing animals, which means they dig deep holes and tunnels in the ground. They live and raise their offspring in the burrows." The word 'burrows' is underlined and that is the word they will find.
In this groundhog themed word search puzzle, words are found forward, backward, up, down, and diagonal. I would consider it on the challenging side since students are looking for words diagonally and backwards, and because they will practice reading skills. Please know this ahead of time if you are planning to use this with third graders or below.
I use word searches to introduce vocabulary, or even just give it as morning work. They are also great to use in writing. Perfect for a sub, too.
There are many options for using this word search 'fact find'.
One option is to have students partner up and practice fluency. They can take turns reading the sentences. This can be used for a writing activity. Have them take the facts from the puzzle and turn them into a paragraph, changing out some of the words to make it their own. Use it as a reading homework assignment,too. Parents can work with their child to find the words. Feel free to be creative and use it in your classroom however you would like.
The groundhog themed words included in the word search are:
squirrel (part of that family)
waterproof (two layers of skin)
open land (one place they live)
plants (and other things they eat)
kits (babies are also called cubs)
predators (of the groundhog)
Punxsutawney (Pennsylvania and celebration)
accurate (% accuracy in prediction)
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Winter and Snow
Martin Luther King, Jr.
100th Day of School
Nonfiction Text Features
Black History Month
St. Patrick's Day
March and Spring
Pie in America (incorporate into Pi Day)
Cinco de Mayo
Back to School
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