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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Groundhog Day Fun

I know everyone is getting ready for Valentine's Day... and I will too, just not yet. I have been working on my Groundhog Math Pack.

I live in Tucson, Arizona - the home to millions of groundhogs (O.K. gophers, not the same but close).  They're everywhere and they are the cutest dang things (when they are not eating your flowers and veggie gardens).

So of course, I had to make a craftivity, clip art, and math activities in honor of these little guys. Here's a peek at the craft:
I have simplified the craft by placing pattern pieces together that can be copied directly onto the correct color construction paper.  In short, there is no need for the students to trace patterns if time is an issue.  Just copy the patterns onto the correct color and give the students sets to cut out and assemble.

Now for the fun part, the math activities.  I included the following:

"I Know That Spring Is Coming Because..."( writing prompt: kinder-2nd)
"Punxsutawney Phil Knows That Spring Will Come Because..." (writing prompt: kinder-2nd)
Magic Numbers 1-10 (kinder-1st; 2 pages)
Magic Numbers 1-20 (1st-2nd; 2 pages)
Who Am I? (number logic kinder-1st)
Who Am I? (number logic 1st-2nd)
Help Groundhog Find the Right Path Home ( 4 pages: kinder; kinder-1st; 1st-2nd; 2nd)
Weather Graph (kinder- 2nd)
February Weather Graph (2 pages: kinder-1st; 1st-2nd)
Roll and Chart Game (kinder-2nd)
Read the Room Math (2 pages: kinder; 1st-2nd)
Directions and (copy onto construction paper) patterns

While creating this unit I had a chance to read quite a few groundhog books.  If you haven't read Gail Gibbons Groundhog Day! , it's a great nonfiction for the kinder- 3rd grade classroom.   

Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller is very cute.

 Also Scholastic Books is offering Who Will See Their Shadows This Year? by Jerry Pallotta.   It looks adorable!

Leave a comment and I'll select two (random drawing) winners to receive the pack.  Please remember to leave your email address on your comment.

The two winner are:  Kathy and Mrs. P.  Your packs are on their way!  Thanks everyone for leaving your kind comments.

Thanks and have a great week.
Granny (Cindy)


  1. I am loving that groundhog craftivity!

  2. Oh dear, so cute, so cute, I love your craft!! LOL that those cuties live everywhere where you are!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  3. There you go again!!: ) Creating such cute craftivities!! Too cute! I ordered the book "Who Will See Their Shadow This Year," can't wait to read it.
    Ms. Jones' Junction

  4. LOVE your craftivities! I posted the finished project of your New Year's Baby craftivity yesterday.


    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

    1. Thanks so much for picturing the final product of the New Year's baby. Your little ones worked hard!


  5. I love this...hopefully random numbers love me just as much!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  6. Too cute! I love all the math activities that you made to go along with the craftivity.


  7. I saw Who Will See Their Shadows This Year in Scholastic and I want it so badly! It looks so cute and who doesn't love Jerry Pallotta! This is such an adorable craftivity! Yours are always the best! Thanks for making it a time saver!

  8. CUTE groundhog craft! I usually don't do a lot for Groundhog Day but I want to change that this year so I would LOVE to win your pack:).

    Kindergarten Kel

  9. The craft is adorable!The Pack looks great. I like the writing prompt I know it is spring and such great math activities.

  10. I love the cute! I live in PA so Phil is definitely a topic of conversation in my classroom!

  11. Your craftivity is so cute!

  12. This craftivity is adorable! My birthday is on Groundhog's Day so I'm always looking for fun things to do!!!

  13. Happy Birthday(on Groundhog Day)!!!! I've sent you the file as an early b-day gift!


  14. This sounds like it is going to be a great unit! And thank you for the book recommendations! I am always on the lookout for some good books!

    Ms. Cranfill's Class

  15. Love your groundhog- and I have seen some of the books. Thanks for the chance to win such a fun prize.
    Warmest regards from western Canada,

  16. How cute! You always make the cutest art projects. Love the book ideas too!
    The Hive

  17. Just love your craft and great ideas! Way cool!