It's Ground Hog's Day on Friday, February 2nd. While I personally ALWAYS hope that this little critter does NOT see his shadow, we will just have to wait and see. We will be using this week and all the fun of groundhogs to learn, craft, grow and play!!!
Here is what we have in store for the week!!!
Ground Hog Fine Motor Skill Activity: The kiddos will use large tweezers to place pom poms on the circles around Mr. Punxsutawney Phil. This activity is a lot of fun and dynamic on improving fundamental skills such as depth perception, color recognition, fine motor and gross motor skills. Click on the picture below to print out your own at-home practice sheet, and I also included a link for tweezers that I love for young kiddos.
Punxsutawney Phil Short Story: The kiddos will get a chance to build their confidence in reading as we use this picture storybook to learn about Ground Hog's Day. Reading is one of the most fundamental skills that can help your youngest kiddos soar!!! Yet, reading is so much more than just looking at those big words. Pre-K kiddos are already developing reading concepts by looking at the cover of books, pictures, letters and more! I already have a great class of readers and love to boost their confidence everyday by letting them know that they are Readers!!!! Click on the following picture for an at-home copy.
Groundhog's Day Trace & Cut: The kiddos will help our groundhog get to his carrot by tracing the line, but of course we will add a twist.... I love to get the kiddos thinking and moving in ways that are 'outside of the box.' I will tape the following tracing worksheet underneath the tables. The kiddos LOVE to get down on the floor and switch things up. In addition, this simple change in direction is great for developing and strengthening those fine and gross motor skills. Click on the following picture for an at-home copy.
Groundhog Letter Trace: We will use the following Groundhog Letter Trace worksheet to place small beads upon the dotted lines. This practice will help the kiddos in areas of depth perception, letter & color recognition, as well as fine & gross motor skills. Click on the following picture for an at-home copy.
Groundhog's Day Letter Match: We will also switch things up a bit with this Groundhog Letter Match worksheet. I have already seen that the kiddos LOVE glue and they ask for the 'squeezie' glue, which is fine by me for some projects as it really uses those gross muscles and fine motor skills to squeeze out that glue. The kiddos will get a chance to use those glue skills and some fun glitter to help reinforce some Groundhog Letter recognition skills! Click on the following picture for an at-home copy.
Groundhog Shadow Craft (2-ways): There are so many fun ways to create the groundhog's shadow so I thought we might try 2 different ways if time permits. First, the kiddos use the ground hog template, chalk & black construction paper to create the shadow effect. Second, the kiddos can use a fun sponge painting technique. I plan to use white paint, small sponges and clothes pins so they can use the 'tapping' effect on their artwork! I can't wait to see how the kiddos enjoy this project! Click on the following ground hog template picture for an at-home activity.
Groundhog Day Cookie Baking: I LOVE baking (so much more than cooking) and pulling it into the classroom often. It is great for teaching measuring concepts, chemical reactions (baking soda & vinegar), direction following skills and overall independence. Most of all, the kiddos just have fun making their own treat to enjoy. I, also, love the sense of community that it builds! This week, we will making a gluten free version of this 'Ground Hog Day Cookie' Recipe. The kiddos will let you know how they enjoyed them.
Groundhog Shadow Graph: Finally, what is Groundhog's Day without pulling a little STEM and math into the equation? We will poll the class to find out which kiddos believe we are having 6 more weeks of winter and which ones are ready for the warm sun! We will then create a class graph. This is a great way to introduce some fundamental math concepts. Click on the following picture for an at home graphing template.