Thursday, March 1, 2012

Groundhog Day

Andrew had a fun time learning about groundhogs at the beginning of February. We read several books about groundhogs and did some fun things with what we learned. On Groundhog Day, they woke up to find that their pancakes had groundhogs in them!

During school, we made our first lapbook. It's made from a file folder and filled with the activities we did leading up to Groundhog Day. Andrew was super proud of his book, and I think he probably enjoyed this more than anything else we've done all year long. I definitely see more lapbooks in our future.
Here's the cover. We decided on the layout together and then he glued everything where he wanted it. After it was finished, he wanted me to write at the top, "#1 book from Andrew." Also on the front are four groundhog jokes we found that he LOVED.

We learned about the diet of groundhogs, the history of Groundhog Day, some vocabulary about animals, hibernation facts, other names for the groundhog (the whistle pig was his favorite), and how they make their homes. He also had to make his prediction before the big day about what the groundhog would do. At the top of the photo you can see part of the Weekly Reader we did about Groundhog Day.

Andrew predicted 6 more weeks of winter, because he was really hoping that would ensure that we would get some snow. He was very excited that his prediction was right!

With this mild winter we've had, it doesn't seem likely that we'll see any snow. However, this is the South, and we have had huge storms in March before. We'll have to wait and see!

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