Storytime Theme: Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day was this week which gave us the perfect opportunity to read and learn about Groundhogs.

On a side note, this week I was on tv promoting the library!  I made Valentine Crafts and talked about book selections. 🙂  Here is the link:  http://abc19.tv/valentine-crafts/

Books:

  • Groundhog Day by Mary Lindeen (This non fiction book showed adorable pictures of groundhogs, as well as taught us interesting facts! Did you know the groundhog is in the squirrel family?)
  • Ten Grouchy Grounhogs by Kathryn Heling (We talked more about alliteration this week with the help of this books—it’s filled with them! It also has a nice cadence to the structure of the story which is very appealing to kids.)
  • Tickle, Tickle! Itch, Twitch! by Julie Olson (Poor groundhog, Gus, is victim to a prank from his mouse friend and now has an itch he just cannot scratch without help!)
  • Who Will See Their Shadows This Year? by Jerry Palotta (The other animals are a bit jealous of groundhog getting all of the credit. But when they see their shadows this year, things don’t turn out too well!)

Activity:

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Groundhog Puppets:  So, this simple craft was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest. I used the clip art above to make this puppet craft.  Just cut out the clip art and tape it to a straw.  Then you fold construction paper in half and cut out an arch shape.  Put a small notch at the bottom center of the arch—this will allow the straw to go through.  I also added tape to the sides so that the “dirt mound” would not fly open when they were working the puppet.  You can have the groundhog go up and down and look all around for his shadow!  See?

 

 

Songs/Fingerplays:                                                                                                      

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This lesson plan is free and you have my permission to use it all you want.  I just ask that you give me a little love by crediting me on any blog or social media post.  Thank you!

 

 

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