A New Approach to Groundhog Day

A New Approach to Groundhog Day

I decided to take a new approach to teaching about events like Groundhog Day. I have found that my young students really enjoy thematic teaching so I created some new resources that were fun and engaging for them. I started with my calendar time and continued it into reading and math.


Vocabulary Calendar

We begin teaching students vocabulary about the groundhog using this calendar.  I like to show my students the words for the week, and then discuss each word for the day at calendar time. I also use this time to clap syllables, discuss the meanings of the words and help students discover word parts that help them sound out words. They also love seeing and highlighting these words in our emergent reader.

See more about this calendar HERE.

Groundhog Boom Reader

A great way I found that helped to increase my students’ reading comprehension and teach science was using these Boom Readers. They have real photos that help children, especially my SPED and ESL students to make connections. They can listen to the audio by clicking on the speaker icon. They can also practice reading the cards if they don’t click on the speaker. I love using these Boom cards because I can teach with them on a smartboard or use them in centers for my students to read on their own. There are also questions, finding words and practicing phonics in this deck. I also love them because the kids love them!

Read more about why I love Boom Cards HERE.


Try out a few cards for free HERE


Groundhog Vocabulary Boom Cards

These groundhog vocabulary Boom cards are great for developing vocabulary! My students benefit from seeing the real photos of the words and hearing the definitions of the words. I like using these cards in centers as a followup to the Groundhog Reader. There are also cards that help them with syllables, phonics and finding the words in sentences. They love dragging the pointer to the correct answers.  These digital cards are also great because they are self-checking.

Try out a few cards for free HERE.

Groundhog Day Math Boom Game

My students love practicing ordering numbers with these Groundhog Day Math Boom Cards! They get plenty of practice dragging the correct missing numbers before, middle and after the numbers.  The kids love seeing the groundhog in this math game after discussing it during calendar time and reading about it.

Try out a few cards for free HERE


We also have a Groundhog Day Bundle that includes all of these resources as well as our printable Groundhog Day Emergent Reader that includes a teacher guide and student books that your students can write in. We like to use them to teach phonics. There is also a fun Math Scoot Game. Get the bundle with 5 products at a discount!


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Happy Groundhog Day,


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