Groundhog Day is one of those holidays that totally sneaks up on you. By the time you turn the calendar to February…BAM…it’s already here. Over the next two days, I’ll be blogging about books and ideas to help you plan ahead to celebrate the little guy (and more importantly, the start of spring). Today’s post features some fiction books that I enjoy reading to my students and my own kids at home. Tomorrow I’ll share the informational texts that I use.
Go To Sleep, Groundhog!
by Judy Cox features a furry little fellow who has a hard time falling asleep. Despite hitting the sack on Columbus Day as usual, he tosses and turns. Ultimately he creeps out of his burrow and comes to realize he’s been missing lots of holidays by sleeping. He meets characters such as a Halloween Witch, a Thanksgiving Turkey and Santa. This is a fun book for reinforcing calendar concepts with little learners.
Mr. Groundhog Wants the Day Off
is about a groundhog who needs a break. He’s tired of being blamed for 6 more weeks of winter and tries to get others to do his job. This book is a great springboard for a writing project about a job/responsibility that your students would like to give away. Since the characters in the story point out the reasons why the groundhog is good at his job, it also lends itself to writing about a chore they are good at.
Along those same lines, Substitute Groundhog
tells the tale of a groundhog who is feeling under the weather and interviews other animals to fill in for him. This book pairs nicely with having the students write about an animal they think would make a good substitute for the groundhog.
Ten Grouchy Groundhogs
is a cute story about grouchy, grubby, gobbling, gabby, giggly, groovy, graceful, glitzy, gleeful, groggy groundhogs getting ready for their great big day. This book easily lends itself to math extensions for young students, but I think it’s a fun one to reinforce adjectives. Challenge your students to think of even more adjectives that start with the letter G or have them each pick a different animal and brainstorm adjectives that begin with that letter as well. While this book was written for younger learners, it’s a fun one to read to intermediate students as well. You can do the same activity, but with a lesson on alliteration and dictionary skills by having them use a dictionary to find even more adjectives that start with that letter.
AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE…Groundhog Weather School by Joan Holus. While most groundhog books are geared towards the little folks, this one is a great read for my third graders. It’s funny and engaging and chock full of facts. The style of the writing and pictures really appeals to them and they gather details to use in their groundhog animal research writing as well. If you aren’t familiar with this book I highly suggest you snag a copy to share with your students.