Groundhog day is nearly here and it is an exciting time as we wait to discover if Spring will come early! We will be celebrating this year with a few fun activities and read alouds.
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- Read Alouds
There are several fun read alouds that I like to read around this time! The first is a book I wrote called “La marmotte se réveille“. We have been working on retelling stories in my classroom and I wrote this book with that in mind. The story features a cute little groundhog, asleep in his burrow. Groundhog Day arrives and the children come to wake him up! As with all of my French Emergent Reader packages, I include a colourful “Big Book” version. I use this as a shared reading or read aloud. It eventually will go into our classroom library as my students love to read these books all year long!
The story also comes in two black and white versions – one is great for sending home and is done in a colouring book style!
The other one has the illustrations missing. Students can cut out the provided images and then glue them to the correct pages to help show their understanding of the story.
We will also be using this book to work on some retelling activities! The “La marmotte se réveille” package includes several differentiated retell pages that you can use to help your students retell this cute story.
There are also a couple of fun paperback books that my students really enjoy! Qui remplacera la marmotte cette année? is a fun little book that features a bunch of forest animals who are getting tired waiting for Spring! They begin to wonder why it is always the groundhog that gets all the attention and decide that they can use their shadows to bring Spring. It all goes wrong though when each animal brings in a different type of weather.
I like to use this book to introduce some more vocabulary for different weather conditions. We generally use very simple vocabulary each day when discussing the weather and this book helps add to it. From tornadoes to sand storms, this book is a fun way to talk about the weather and the variety of animals!
The other book that we have fun with is Dix marmottes marabouts. A great book for subtraction, Dix marmottes marabouts features a bunch of groundhogs living in their burrow. They love to do a variety of activities, each one causing another groundhog to leave their burrow until there is only one left. This is a fun book to get students moving as they act out all the different activities of the characters.
2. Videos on Youtube
There are a couple of cute videos available on Youtube! The first one is a short video about a groundhog having trouble getting a meal! It is wordless. We use this video to practice our retelling skills!
If you have time to do some work with non-fiction, I also like this documentary about groundhogs.
3. Fun Activities
Besides reading some fun books, we also work on a little activity booklet I have available in my TPT store. Part of my “On s’amuse” series, the package features a set of word wall cards to help with vocabulary.
Also included is a set of 7 fun activities to help you celebrate Groundhog day. All activities are designed to be photocopied front to back on two pieces of paper. With writing prompts, a labeling activity, guess the secret word and a word search, this booklet is a fun way to celebrate Le Jour de la Marmotte with your students!
I do a lot of directed drawings with my class and I always love how they turn out! Proud to be Primary‘s website is one of my go to sites for some great directed drawing activities. While the instructions are in English, I find it easy enough to give them in French for my students!
How do you celebrate Groundhog Day in your classroom?
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