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Groundhogs Day Poem for Kids
Are you ready to get kids excited about Groundhogs day? If so, this Groundhogs Day poem for kids, and pocket chart activity, are sure to keep the learning fun!
History of Groundhog’s Day
Groundhog’s Day is celebrated in the United States on February 2nd. Originated in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, this holiday is based on whether or not a groundhog comes out of his burrow.
If Punxsutawney Phill comes out of his hole and sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If it is cloudy and the groundhog cannot see his shadow, he will come out, and it is a sign of an early spring.
I’ve created this Groundhog’s Day poem for kids to help you celebrate this event while engaging kids in an interactive reading experience.
My daughter and I read the poem about Groundhogs Day, together. You can see how this simple poem can also be a fun Groundhogs Day song for preschool, kindergarten, or first grade kiddos.
I’m a Little Groundhog, is included in the Poem of the Day Collection, with over 115 seasonal poems for kids.
Groundhog’s Day Build a Poem
Build a poem is an interactive reading activity for kids.
Students can work in a small group, or individually, to read, build, and recite the poem.
For example, as seen in the pictures and classroom video below, students have the poem’s word cards in random order. Once in random order, they refer to the “I’m a Little Groundhog” poem, line by line, to build the word cards into the correct sequence. When done, they recite the poem.
Simply print the large word cards and I’m a Little Groundhog poem for a fun pocket chart poem.
You can have your early readers work together in a small group at a pocket chart center, or set the word cards out at a word work station.
When setting up this Groundhog Build a Poem, hang the Groundhog’s Day poem for kids at the top of the pocket chart. You can place the word cards in a container, or mix them up at the bottom of the pocket chart. Personally, I like to mix them up in the lower pockets.
This allows students to quickly see the words they are searching for when building the Groundhog’s Day poem.
In the Classroom, Distance Learning, or At-Home
Your readers can have fun with this poetry activity anywhere!
You do not need a pocket chart to complete a build-a-poem. My friend, Kayla, from Kinderimpressions, has her students complete my Build a Poem activities on the floor. She tapes the poem to a surface nearby, and has the students use designated floor space to sequence the word cards.
If you are teaching online, and the families have access to a printer, simply have them print the word cards, and let their kids practice at home.
This would also make a great homeschool activity for kids in prek, kindergarten, or first grade.
Groundhog’s Day Poem for Kids
It’s amazing how us teachers can make Groundhogs Day so engaging!
The kids get so excited about making predictions, learning about shadows and seasons, and watching on the big day as the groundhog comes out!
Getting the kiddos to remember what happens if he does or doesn’t see his shadow can be a little tricky!
Try this simple Groundhogs Day poetry activity, and watch as they quickly learn the routine!
Once you try a Build a Poem activity with your kiddos, you’ll find out whey they are my absolute favorite activity to build fluency, concepts of print, and language! I could go on and on, but you can try it for yourself!
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