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Will the Groundhog Predict Spring?

Do you think Punxsutawney 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


Want to try a little science? Here's a Life Cycle activity with lots of options! And it's free! 

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

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!


Signs of Spring Resources

It has been one long cold winter here in New Hampshire!

 
From what I understand, it's been a long cold winter all over the US!
 
Signs of Spring Resources - Are you and your students ready for spring? Here are several ideas and resources to make sure that fun learning is happening!
 
Spring in New England doesn't really show up until mid April, but as I was driving to my hair appointment this morning, and I saw a couple of signs of Spring!

I saw buckets on maple trees!
 
Signs of Spring Resources - Are you and your students ready for spring? Here are several ideas and resources to make sure that fun learning is happening!
I know Vermont is the big state for maple syrup, but we do it here in New Hampshire, too! The maple syrup tapping is actually late this year, because the weather's been so cold. They need cold nights and warm days for the sap to flow. We've had plenty of cold nights, but today, we had a warm day. The temp actually went up to 50! I actually took my coat off in the car, and didn't even button it when I was outside! It was fabulous!

Here's the other sign of spring I saw... a little something green:
Signs of Spring Resources - Are you and your students ready for spring? Here are several ideas and resources to make sure that fun learning is happening!

Yep, McDonald's Shamrock Shakes are definitely a sign that spring is coming!

I have a few things about spring up my sleeve. I always make sure I have plenty of books about the subject.  Here are a few of my favorites:


      

            
  I always make sure I read a few to the kids, but I also make sure I've got them in the book tubs so the kiddos will explore them.

I think videos are great to help the children understand concepts, especially things like how seasons work.  Here are a couple I've found!
 
What Causes Earth's Seasons: (10:48 min)

How Seasons Work (58 seconds)
 

How Equinox's Work: Beyond Our Earth (2:24 minutes)

Try them all and see which one you like best!

As most teachers know, squeezing in science and social studies topics are tough, since most of our time is dedicated to reading, writing,and math! In my attempt to keep some of the fun stuff in the classroom, I've included signs of spring in with important literacy and math concepts in this set of No Prep Printables: Signs of Spring Printables: Literacy and Math. I've got some math story problems, popular fact games, word work, writing, and comprehension work, all somehow connected to Signs of Spring. 

Check out Signs of Spring No Prep Literacy and Math Worksheets and Printables.


Spring is a great time to teach about life cycles! Here's a bundle of crafts and activities for the life cycles 9 different plants and animals, at a huge discount!



Here are some other games and activities with a spring theme:

Some of my students are struggling to remember the +9 and -9 Facts, so I made this game to make practicing fun: Adding and Subtracting Nines: Spring Flower Theme 


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Adding-and-Subtracting-Nines-with-Spring-Flower-Theme-1141336?utm_source=Spring%20Resources%20Blog%20Post&utm_campaign=Spring%20Nines

My kids are working on using mental math for adding and subtracting. This game board has a set of cards for addition mental math, and a set of cards for subtraction mental math. Plus, it's got built in brain breaks! It's a favorite in my classroom: Mental Math Addition and Subtraction: Spring Board Game.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mental-Math-Addition-and-Subtraction-Game-Spring-Theme-221515?utm_source=Spring%20Resources%20Blog%20Post&utm_campaign=Mental%20Math%20Spring


Finally, this is a collection of 6 different games that are related to spring. It has word work, grammar, and plenty of math games, all made for second graders, but are also appropriate for high firsts or review for third graders. Click the image to take a closer look at Literacy and Math Games Spring Bundle.


Happy Spring!


Signs of Spring Resources - Are you and your students ready for spring? Here are several ideas and resources to make sure that fun learning is happening!


A Fun Way to Review Basic Information

If you're not familiar with the game of Scoot, it's time you learned! It can be played with any type of task card that would have a quick answer.  (There are other awesome types of task cards for skills that require more time and thinking, but that's not what Scoot is about!)  


A Fun Way to Review Basic Information: This is a great end-of-the-year, beginning of the year, or anytime game, with suggestions on how to use it.


Brain research suggests that including movement will help the brain function more efficiently. Scoot has the children moving from place to place, which not only gets the brain going, but it makes the whole thing more fun for the kids! Individual cards are placed throughout the classroom, and the children move from spot to spot, performing the task, recording the answer on their answer sheet, then moving onto the next card in the next part of the room when the teacher calls "Scoot"! After much scooting, the children return to their starting spot.

For more about how Scoot works, see THIS BLOG POST.


I've used these with small groups and large groups. Sometimes you can take a few cards, have a handful of kids scoot through those, and save the rest of the cards in the series for another day.

The kids love Scoot! It's a great way to add fun to a review that can be rather mundane, like parts of speech or vowel sounds.  Yet, these things need to be practiced so these skills are strengthened.

A couple of years ago, I spent some time making several sets of Task Cards that are perfect for Scoot playing. I've spent the last couple of days updating these sets.

First of all, there's my forever freebie, in honor of a young man we lost a couple of years ago. See THIS BLOG POST for more information about why this is a forever freebie.

Social Studies Review: Scoot or Task Cards is a collection of questions on mapping and general Social Studies knowledge.  It can be played as a Scoot game, or just individual task cards. I made it to review end of the year second grade skills, but have heard that it's great review for older children as well!  See the image below to download this freebie.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Task-Cards-for-Second-and-Third-Grade-Review-in-Social-Studies-250874?utm_source=Reviewing%20Blog%20Post&utm_campaign=SS%20Review

Another product in this series, Vocabulary Review: Scoot or Task Cards gives the children vocabulary practice and review with prefixes, suffixes, antonyms and synonyms. (See image for link.)

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vocabulary-Task-Cards-Prefixes-Suffixes-Antonyms-Synonyms-and-Abbreviations-251032?utm_source=Reviewing%20Blog%20Post&utm_campaign=Vocab%20Review
 
 
Mathematics Review: Scoot orTask Cards reviews time, money, place value, measurement, story problems and fact families. (See image for link.)

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Task-Cards-for-Second-and-Third-Grade-Review-Math-250988?utm_source=Reviewing%20Blog%20Post&utm_campaign=Math%20Review


Language Review: Scoot or Task Cards practices parts of speech:  nouns, proper nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. (See image for link.)

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Task-Cards-for-Second-and-Third-Grade-Parts-of-Speech-Language-250927?utm_source=Reviewing%20Blog%20Post&utm_campaign=Language%20Review


Phonics Review: Scoot or Task Cards practice vowel sounds: short vowels, long vowels, r-controlled vowels, and vowel teams. (See image for link.)

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Task-Cards-for-Second-and-Third-Grade-Parts-of-Speech-Language-250927?utm_source=Reviewing%20Blog%20Post&utm_campaign=Phonics%20Review


Science Review: Scoot or Task Cards reviews all sorts of beginning science concepts: five senses, basic biology, chemistry, astronomy, plants, and weather.


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Science-Task-Cards-for-Second-and-Third-Grade-Review-251607?utm_source=Reviewing%20Blog%20Post&utm_campaign=Science%20Review


Plus, I have a set that bundles all 6 sets!  Combined Review- Word Work, Math, Science and Social Studies: Scoot or Task Cards gives you weeks worth of review activities for all subjects! This is a fun way to spend those last few weeks when the children just can't sit still and have lost their attention spans, or a great way to start the year, making sure they have the background knowledge they need.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Task-Cards-for-Fun-Review-in-Phonics-Language-Math-Science-and-Social-Studies-251035?utm_source=Reviewing%20blog%20post&utm_campaign=Combined%20Review

But there's even more good news: All these items are available digitally with Boom Learning!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Distance-Learning-Combined-Review-BOOM-Task-Cards-Bundle-3754002?utm_source=Reviewing%20blog%20post&utm_campaign=Combined%20Review%20Boom

 These are perfect for end of the year review, summer practice, or back to school reviewing basic concepts. They're appropriate for grades 2, 3, or 4!


A Fun Way to Review Basic Information: This is a great end-of-the-year, beginning of the year, or anytime game, with suggestions on how to use it.

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