Hi, friends! With February just around the corner, I've decided to team up with some other great bloggers to bring you some books we love! Each of us will feature a book, along with an activity or resource, perfect for the upcoming month!
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First, I simply read the book aloud to the students. This is merely for enjoyment, so that we can become familiar with the text. I take time to point out the words that rhyme. As we get closer to the end of the book, the students are able to finish the line of rhyming text. They even like to chorally recite the repetitive parts of the story.
The ending of the story is my absolute favorite, especially if good ol' Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow!
During our math instruction, I reread the story. This time, I have the students act out the story using a ten frame and counters. I stop after each page so that the students can model the story. Then, we orally recite the number sentence that fits this story problem...such as ten minus one equals nine.
During our literacy block, we read our Ten Little Groundhogs emergent reader. One of our focus words for the week is "play," so I have the students highlight this word in the text. We also circle the word "out" since that is another one of our newer word wall words.
On the second day, we complete the math portion of the reader. First, we look at the ten frame to determine how many groundhogs there are. Then, we reread the text and cross off the last groundhog. Last, we complete the number sentence at the bottom of the page.
If you'd like to give this Groundhog's Day activity a try in your classroom, just click the image below to grab it for FREE!
I was lucky enough to get Ten Grouchy Groundhogs from Scholastic a couple years ago. If you are unable to find it there, you can always grab it from Amazon using this affiliate link.
If you are looking for more classroom ideas for the winter, head on over to my "Winter" board on Pinterest!
Don't forget to check out these other great February read alouds and activities!