Monday, January 30, 2012

FREE Groundhog pattern

We did not finish this today but I wanted to get this out in case you could use it this year. I was inspired by the big-eyed Scrappin Doodle clipart to make a groundhog peekover.
The cute paper is from Kerri at Teacher Bits and Bobs!

Today we read a Gail Gibbons book to learn about groundhogs. Before we read, we recorded our schema on a circle map. After we read, we crossed out anything that was a misconception and then added new learning in a different color. Not pretty but this is what my charts look like if I do them on the spot with the kids. This my attempt to combine the Debbie Miller chart I did last year with my new dedication to thinking maps.
I was hoping to have the kids write a paragraph about the new facts they learned but with a field trip this week and their less than stellar behavior, it may not happen. We'll see if my blood pressure can take it. Hence the shorter Phil response paper you see above in the sample.

Off to bring one son to basketball and help the other write 10 metaphors (really?) so I gotta run. Hope you can use the pattern.
Groundhog Pattern



  1. So cute and useful! Thank you for sharing with us.

  2. How cute! I was thinking today that I really needed to do something Groundhoggy!
    Rowdy in First Grade

  3. You are my most favorite person right now!! I needed to make a groundhog pattern so badly, but have been swamped with 100th day and trying to get all my other groundhog day stuff done, that I haven't had time. Now I don't have to! Thank you so much!
    Mrs. Plant's Press

  4. LOVE!! Thanks so much! He is adorable!!


  5. Cute as a button...easy as pie...Just what I needed to make me as happy as a clam (although I don't how you can tell if a clam is happy). My day Thursday should go as smooth as silk. Does this help at all with with metaphors...or is everything still as clear as mud. took me a while to get started, but now I can't stop.

    Thanks for the pattern!

  6. So cute! I have a similar one that we made today that I will be sharing tomorrow :) Great minds think alike!


  7. I like your chart. I think I might try that!

    Grade ONEderful

  8. Hey Jen! That paper is from me!! Glad you could use it!! :)
    Kerri B

  9. Thanks for the free download! I think your groundhog is adorable- and I believe {fingers crossed} my firsties could do this without too much explanation. Which will be great since I have no voice!
    I like your bubble map-I was thinking you could also use a tree map.
    Thank you for sharing!


  10. So cute Jenn! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to make this super cute groundhog!
    Stickers and stars

  11. Can't wait to try this tomorrow!
    Thanks for sharing!