If you are looking for something easy to do with your students for Groundhog’s Day, this is it. It is a total of 23 pages, and it features activities that you can simply print out and use with no prep. time!
The packet includes:
-Readers’ Theater: What’s Up With Groundhog’s Day? This readers’ theater is funny and informative giving the history behind this odd day we celebrate! It includes reading parts for 20 students. If you have more, they can read the parts that say ALL. If less, double them up.
-Persuasive Writing- Illustrating-Presenting Activity: You’ll put your students into groups and assign them the task of either persuading the groundhog to see his shadow or not to see his shadow. This activity is fun and will have the students writing and then presenting to the class. As the teacher, you’ll assume the role of the Groundhog and choose the most persuasive group! This features 3 printables that you can choose to work with. 2 are simple and one is a longer writing assignment. Either way, you can make it work for the level of the kids you have in your class. OR you can do both...and display the longer writing assignment.
-How To- Writing and Presenting Activity: How To Catch A Groundhog. Okay, we are officially tired of the false weather reports. We expect snow and we get sunshine. Expect sunshine and here comes a blizzard! So we need a weather reporter that’s accurate! Enter the Groundhog! Your kids will come up with a creative and humane plan to catch a groundhog. They’ll write about it and present it. Just like the activity above, you’ll have 3 printables....2 more simple, one a bit lengthier.
-Haiku- Haikus are easy to write! So why not write one about Groundhog’s Day....winter, spring, and the shadow! I’ve given you a printable to use for introducing the haiku assignment, and one to present the final copy.
-Included in this packet is a picture of an easy to make Groundhog peekover...made of simple shapes. You’d have to make the pattern for this, but anyone can do it! For those of you who don’t like to make patterns, I’ve included a link for a free pattern.
-This packet also includes a link for a free Groundhog’s Day themed game. All you’ll need will be dice and questions to ask the students....spelling words and math flash cards work great!
-2 creative writing assignments- 1 where the Groundhog Quits! The other where the Groundhog is afraid of his shadow! Fun for the students to write and then share!
-Teacher Page- explains assignments.