Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Groundhog Day

Is it just me or are groundhogs stinkin' adorable?? I am having so much fun teaching about them this week! Here's what we've done so far {and are planning to do!}

On Monday, we read My Shadow by Susan Winter, and talked about what a shadow is.
 First graders are so sweet, they have the best discussions!

Then we brainstormed some things that we can do with our shadows and did a mini writing activity.

After we wrote about what we like to do with our shadow, we did a super fun art activity! I got this idea from the first grade teachers I'm working with, so cute!!

I gave the kiddos a white piece of construction paper stapled onto a black piece of construction paper and had them draw at least three objects.

After they finished drawing, they very carefully cut out each object, making sure to cut the black paper at the same time. They completed this task surprisingly better than I had anticipated! Go first graders!

Then, they flipped the black paper upside down and glued it directly under their objects.

Finally, they added details to the background. I love how they turned out!
 {ugh, blogger!!}

On Thursday, we're going to make these cutie groundhogs.

You can download the template {here} or {here}.
I shrank the ears down a little on the template because it was looking too much like a mouse to me!

We'll read this adorable book that Kathleen at Growing Kinders made and write the interesting facts we learned for our groundhog to hold.

We're also going to draw our groundhog family in a math center!
 I haven't decided how I'm going to teach them to draw groundhogs just yet...but I think I will base them off the little groundhog template above.

And we'll tell about Mr. Groundhog's day using this adorable mini book that Christie at First Grade Fever created.

I'm loving Groundhog's Day!

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  1. Love the shadow pictures...they turned out really well for K! Wow!

    "Kindergarten Kel

  2. Kelly, I'm a little trickster ;) I'm actually teaching 1st grade right now!

  3. Oh my goodness! I love these ideas! You are fabulous!

  4. Hey Hadar - I bet you've already been tagged, but I tagged you anyways. You're it. http://ohthelessonslearned.blogspot.com/2012/01/im-it.html

  5. I LOVE the shadow activity! I agree that groundhogs are too stinkin' cute! I get a tickle how they knock on Phil's door every year before they pull him out! I seriously might have to actually be THERE one year!I have a Groundhog's Day t-shirt that I ordered from the site.

    We get a package from Phil every year and he is sending his cousin this year to see what will happen in Texas...and yeppers, I have an adorable stuffed groundhog! =)

    Heather's Heart

  6. Love the little shadow art! I already pinned it!


  7. I am loving that groundhog!! (and the shadow art is awesome, too!!)
    First Grade Blue SKies

  8. Ooo, I'm stealing the shadow idea! They look so cute!

    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  9. Shadow art idea is very neat! Time for a lesson plan change, lol. :) Following you too!

  10. Hi Hadar! I am tagging you too! I hope you can play along.



  11. That shadow activity is too cool!!! :)
    Loving those groundhogs -- they are absolutely adorable. :)
    PS You didn't notice my fingers when we met so it's not THAT bad!!! :)
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  12. Wow-I absolutely love those shadow pictures! So creative! I am contemplating whether my kinders' cutting skills could handle that activity...
    Keen on Kindergarten

  13. How creative!! I love this project! And I am seriously debating on that move!

  14. Um...that shadow project is amazing! I LOVE THAT!

  15. These activities are so cute! You are just too creative! I hope you are having a great week! :)

  16. I did the paper cutting shadow activity with my kiddos and they loved it!!! Thanks for the idea!
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First

  17. Hey! Thanks for the great shout-out! I LOVE LOVE your shadow pictures! I can't believe how well your kiddos did! {I love Groundhog's Day too-such fun!}
    Christie :)
    First Grade Fever