Groundhogs: All About Groundhogs Reading and Word Search Activity

Groundhogs: All About Groundhogs Reading and Word Search Activity
Groundhogs: All About Groundhogs Reading and Word Search Activity
Groundhogs: All About Groundhogs Reading and Word Search Activity
Groundhogs: All About Groundhogs Reading and Word Search Activity
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Groundhog Day: 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:

groundhogs
rodents
squirrel (part of that family)
mammals
average (size/weight)
waterproof (two layers of skin)
open land (one place they live)
plants (and other things they eat)
hibernation
burrows
kits (babies are also called cubs)
predators (of the groundhog)
Punxsutawney (Pennsylvania and celebration)
predict
spring
winter
accurate (% accuracy in prediction)

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FACT FINDS you will like:
BUNDLED PACK
Bats
Pumpkins
Candy Corn
Spiders
Pilgrims
Maps and Globes
Veterans Day
Landforms
Turkeys
Main Idea
Reindeer
Literary Elements
November
December and Christmas
Non-Fiction Text Structure
Candy Canes and Christmas Cards
New Year's and January
Winter and Snow
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Penguins
100th Day of School
Groundhogs
Valentine's Day
February
Nonfiction Text Features
Black History Month
Colonial Leaders
Jamestown
Abraham Lincoln
George Washington
Presidents
Christopher Columbus
St. Patrick's Day
Women's History
March and Spring
Pie in America (incorporate into Pi Day)
Earth Day
Money
Plants
Poetry
Mother's Day
Cinco de Mayo
Memorial Day
Back to School
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