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Groundhogs Day Non-Fiction Text and Light Energy Activity

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K - 2nd, Homeschool
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This is a non-fiction text about groundhogs. It is an independent or guided reading passage for second and third grades but would make a great read-aloud for the lower grades. It is paired witha science activity that involves making shadows while thinking about how the sun rotates during the day. Students will be making small stick puppets (groundhog pattern included) and using flashlights to mimic the sun's movements and observe shadows cast by their groundhogs. There are graphic organizers for independent follow-up work after the reading on several different levels, as well as a follow-up sheet for after the activity.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light. Examples of materials could include those that are transparent (such as clear plastic), translucent (such as wax paper), opaque (such as cardboard), and reflective (such as a mirror). Assessment does not include the speed of light.
Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that objects can be seen only when illuminated. Examples of observations could include those made in a completely dark room, a pinhole box, and a video of a cave explorer with a flashlight. Illumination could be from an external light source or by an object giving off its own light.
Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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