As I was working on my groundhog packet, this memory invaded my mind, and I just had to smile. I hadn't thought of this cute little rodent in over ten years. I am not so fond of rodents... I like to read about them in picture books and in nonfiction texts, but I draw the line at having one in my house. However, I became fascinated with groundhogs as I worked on my packet.
Phil's Fabulous February Forecast includes (3) original informational reading texts about Groundhog Day and groundhogs. One gives a short, simple overview of Groundhog's Day in a printable book form; one is a bulleted list of "fun facts" about Groundhog Day; and the last is a three page article on groundhogs. For the latter, I included actual photos of these cute rodents (they were in the public domain- yay!), illustrations, captions, think boxes to promote active reading, and a plethora of factual information.
Designed for small group intervention in grades 3 and above, it is also more than appropriate for advanced first graders and on-level 2nd graders. My son who is reading on a second grade level (he's in 1st grade) read the article. I asked him if it had too many words on the page. He said, no, and that he thought it was interesting. If something I create gets his seal of approval, then I know it will "fly" with other kids the same age.
With the 41 page packet, there are plenty of activities for an entire week! I included reading response sheets, an opinion writing prompt, graphic organizers, drawing activities, a compound word activity, and more! Many of the activities are perfect for literacy centers.
|Compound Word Cards|
Have a terrific Tuesday... stay warm if you are affected by the arctic freeze!