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Showing posts with label Gail Gibbons. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gail Gibbons. Show all posts

Will the Groundhog Predict Spring?

Do you think Punxsutawny Phil will see his shadow?

Will the Groundhog Predict Spring?  Who knows, but here are several ideas and resources for learning, thanks to the groundhog!

It's a tough call, but I'm thinking we might just have 6 more weeks of winter. 

But even so, Groundhog Day is a fun day at the beginning of a dreary month to scramble up some fun excuses to learn!

Let's start with books! I'm a big fan of Gail Gibbons, and this one is perfect for groundhog learning. I love her books because she puts information in a way it's interesting for children. 
These two books are fiction, but with a lot of learning to happen!

Speaking of reading skills, I have a close read about Groundhogs in this resource: Science and Social Studies Printables for February.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Science-and-Social-Studies-Activities-for-February-1671074?utm_source=groundhog%20day%20blog%20post&utm_campaign=S%20and%20SS%20for%20Feb


Plus, there's an activity sorting animals that hibernate in the winter.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Science-and-Social-Studies-Activities-for-February-1671074?utm_source=groundhog%20day%20blog%20post&utm_campaign=S%20and%20SS%20for%20Feb

Then there's video! 


Look what I found! This is a reading of Gail Gibbon's book Groundhog Day!


I also found an informational video that tells about Groundhog Day.  I like this one because it has real groundhogs for the kids to see!
 

Besides the science of groundhogs, kids really take to this topic, so I've got a few resources to help you out!

Here's some groundhog themed word work, and it's a freebie! Perfect for grades 2-3!


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Groundhog-Conconant-le-5156750?utm_source=blog%20post%20February&utm_campaign=Groundhog%20%2Ble



Speaking of word work, Here's a fun game to practice prefixes and suffixes!


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Groundhog-Day-Prefixes-and-Suffixes-465184?utm_source=groundhog%20day%20blog%20post&utm_campaign=groundhog%20suffixes



What student doesn't think story problems are a little bit more when they have a fun theme! This is my plan for this week! It combines groundhogs AND Super Bowl themes!



https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Groundhog-and-Super-Football-Math-Story-Problems-529764?utm_source=groundhog%20day%20blog%20post&utm_campaign=groundhog%20and%20super%20math

Here's to hoping that groundhog doesn't see his shadow! 

We could use a little spring!


Will the Groundhog Predict Spring?  Who knows, but here are several ideas and resources for learning, thanks to the groundhog!


A Batty Art Project

Do you know some children that are fascinated by bats?

 
A Batty Art Project: Here are step by step direction a fun bat art project to integrate literacy with the arts. Plus, the kids love it!

After reading a great information book by one of my favorite non-fiction authors, I wanted to do a fun art project to help the children remember what they learned!
 


A Batty Art Project: Here are step by step direction a fun bat art project to integrate literacy with the arts. Plus, the kids love it!

I'm not a fan of "cookie cutter" art projects that all look alike. I like to give the children an opportunity to be creative and make something unique. 

We started by making a night scene with crayons.

A Batty Art Project: Here are step by step direction a fun bat art project to integrate literacy with the arts. Plus, the kids love it!

Then we added a watercolor wash.

A Batty Art Project: Here are step by step direction a fun bat art project to integrate literacy with the arts. Plus, the kids love it!

The kids loved how the crayons came through the watercolor!

A Batty Art Project: Here are step by step direction a fun bat art project to integrate literacy with the arts. Plus, the kids love it!
It's amazing the effect paint has on a class of kids.  Suddenly all chatting stops and they are totally engrossed in what they're doing.

Of course, some classical music in the background inspires the creativity!

Now, please tell me why aren't I bring out the paints more often?

A Batty Art Project: Here are step by step direction a fun bat art project to integrate literacy with the arts. Plus, the kids love it!

I was tempted to give them a pattern to follow for the bats, but when I looked at photos of bats in the night sky, you really couldn't make out a specific shape. I gave each child a piece of black construction paper and they developed their own technique for making the bats.

The results were spectacular!

A Batty Art Project: Here are step by step direction a fun bat art project to integrate literacy with the arts. Plus, the kids love it!

A Batty Art Project: Here are step by step direction a fun bat art project to integrate literacy with the arts. Plus, the kids love it!

A Batty Art Project: Here are step by step direction a fun bat art project to integrate literacy with the arts. Plus, the kids love it!

Each child wrote a fact they remembered from the book, 
and these are displayed with the pictures. 
These kids are amazing!

A Batty Art Project: Here are step by step direction a fun bat art project to integrate literacy with the arts. Plus, the kids love it!

A Batty Art Project: Here are step by step direction a fun bat art project to integrate literacy with the arts. Plus, the kids love it!

Here is a freebie informational book about bats the kiddos might enjoy: Bats Informational Text Mini-book

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Bats-Informational-Text-Mini-book-2092614?utm_source=bats%20blog%20post&utm_campaign=bats%20freebie

I'm thinking I'll be reading this book real soon! 
I love comparing fiction books to non-fiction!
 
 

Here are a couple more informational books about bats that might interest your students.

A Batty Art Project: Here are step by step direction a fun bat art project to integrate literacy with the arts. Plus, the kids love it! 


A Batty Art Project: Here are step by step direction a fun bat art project to integrate literacy with the arts. Plus, the kids love it! 

A Batty Art Project: Here are step by step direction a fun bat art project to integrate literacy with the arts. Plus, the kids love it! 

A Batty Art Project: Here are step by step direction a fun bat art project to integrate literacy with the arts. Plus, the kids love it! 

A Batty Art Project: Here are step by step direction a fun bat art project to integrate literacy with the arts. Plus, the kids love it!



A Batty Art Project: Here are step by step direction a fun bat art project to integrate literacy with the arts. Plus, the kids love it!



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