6 Ideas for Some Groundhog Day Fun in your Kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd Grade Classroom

Celebrate Groundhog Day all week in your kindergarten, first, or second grade classroom!  My GROUNDHOG DAY FUN PACKET AND BULLETIN BOARD BUNDLE contains all the resources you’ll need to celebrate this holiday with your students! 

This product includes the following 6 NO PREP activities for  celebrating Groundhog Day  in your classroom:

  • Groundhog craft templates
  • Differentiated writing options for Kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade
  • Voting ballots
  • Math (graphing predictions)
  • Grammar worksheet (Groundhog adjectives)
  • Groundhog Day song

Click here to view my Groundhog Day Bundle!

Leading up to Groundhog Day…

I love reading Gretchen Groundhog, It’s Your Day! to my kindergarten class before we take our vote.  We also watch clips on United Streaming/ Discovery Education about the history of Groundhog Day.  Next, I give each student a voting slip.  The students fill out the secret ballots.  Then, we use the graph included to show our results.    Last, I tell the children to watch the news in the morning of Groundhog Day so that they can report the news when they get to school.
During Writing Workshop, I have my students complete the writing prompt that goes along with the bulletin board craft.  They complete the prompt, “On Groundhog Day,…” and they finish the sentence starter with their prediction.  For example, they may write “On Groundhog Day, the groundhog will (or will not) see his shadow.”  I collect and save these prompts to attach to the craft portion which they make on the actual day of the holiday.

On Groundhog Day…

On the morning of Groundhog Day, I ask the children if they know the results.  We look back at our graph and decide whether our predictors were accurate.  I hang the appropriate sign (also included in the bundle) in the classroom to show the results.  It will either read “Six more weeks of winter,” or “It will be an early spring!”  I am surely hoping for an early spring!
We then complete the Groundhog Day Bulletin Board Craft and attach the writing at the end.  We also complete the Groundhog Day adjective page later in the school day!
Teacher Tips for prepping and assembling are included in the packet as well!
If you like what you see, click on the TPT Store link at the top of the  page!  Product will download as a zip file.  You will need to extract two files. One file contains the craft templates and writing in a landscape format. The second contains additional files for decor, math graph, voting ballots, grammar worksheet, song, and additional writing in portrait format.
Don’t forget to teach your kids the fun song included as well!  I hope  you have as much fun as I do with this holiday!
Happy Groundhog Day!