Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Groundhogs Day Activities


 
This February 2nd is Groundhog's Day.  For fun we are going to be doing some Groundhog Activities for the day. I thought of writing comic strips or puppet shows. But for a fun activity after math I passed out some Groundhog Gameboards. I told them to design their own Candy Land-Type game for Groundhogs Day using 10 Math Facts in Multiplication, 5 cards, 4 positive and 4 negative situations to land on.

       Here's a cute VIDEO and SONG about Groundhogs Day that my students will LOVE!
They made up their own Groundhogs Day Games!
They needed to use their groundhogs  in colors to match their Groundhogs Day Gameboards....
With cards telling  Groundhog consequences....super cute! 
We started making Groundhog Gameboards using math multiplication facts.  We copied some ideas from Candy Land (using bridges and colored groundhog cards to move to different locations on the board) but overall we made up our own fun boards and wrote out fun things as they land on colors and pick a Groundhog color card. Here were some of the CARD consequences they came up with today.... PICK A GROUNDHOG CARD GAME.... 1. Fell into a snake hole, miss a turn. 2. Snowy avalance ahead, hop forward 3 spaces. 3. Chased by a bobcat, run ahead 2 spaces. 4. Go over the Groundhog Bridge. 5. Fell into Shadow Swamp, skip your turn. 6. You saw your shadow, stay in your den for 1 turn.
We had poems and songs on the back of our Groundhogs Day games that we read and sang too.....
And they all put 10 multiplication math facts into their games....


A CUTE art project and prediction chart I found at this Mrs. Williamson's Blog.


We made a prediction on weather the groundhog will see his shadow or not. There were 12 votes YES he will and 9 votes no he will not.  We'll see the results tomorrow in the news! 
A cute PATTERN for a Groundhog Art project is HERE at Finally in First.
Groundhog Day ART- This would also make a cute HAT with just a brown strip and the hands just to the left
and right of the head like he's peeking out of his hole. I LOVE the teeth! 
These were the first few that got finished with their Groundhogs Gameboards.....we haven't played them yet....
They will be excited to play each other's games on Groundhog Day, February 2nd! 
They added math facts on their boards. It was fun seeing the kids color their boards and add matching groundhog colored cards with questions of all kinds on them. These kids are very creative!
We got these blacklines out of the January Teacher Helper Magazine....
 HERE at ARTIST HELPER is a website where you can get a printable gameboard and some little groundhogs to copy off if you want to make your own.  I got mine out of the monthly teacher helper magazine for January.
Groundhogs for consequence cards or multiplication math facts.... Everybody got 10
Isn't this the CUTEST cupcake you ever saw? Groundhog Cupcakes would be a sweet treat today! 
I showed the kids an old Candyland gameboard...to get some cool ideas....
Another site that has lots of Groundhogs Day Activities is HERE at Artist Helping Teachers.
Then we brainstormed some fun things we could write up on cards or spaces on the Gameboards
We Sang this Groundhog Song to the "I'm a Little Teapot" Tune....
          Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts The Weather (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)               
We read a few stories about Groundhogs too. And we read some funny poems about groundhogs and sang  songs. We also had a vote on if the groundhog will see its shadow tomorrow or not. I'm hoping we don't have 6 more weeks of WINTER! Brrrr...... We will  watch the youtube of Punxatawny Phil to find out. HAPPY GROUNDHOGS DAY 2012! 
I found this Darling video about Groundhogs. Did you know they were Woodchucks? They are so cute!  

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