Saturday, February 2, 2013

Groundhog Day

Happy Groundhog Day!  1st graders have been learning lots of fun facts about groundhogs.  Did you know groundhogs take a breath once every six minutes when they hibernate or that their teeth never stop growing? Or how about that they are the biggest member of the squirrel family?  We read non-fiction texts and used National Geographic for Kids to learn all about groundhogs.  Then 1st graders made predictions on whether Phil would or wouldn't see his shadow.
Looks like most of the class predicted correctly!
On Friday, we met up with our Kindergarten buddies in the amphitheater to do a little groundhog activity on the iPads.  As a group, we read Gretchen Groundhog, It's Your Day!  Then, 1st graders and their Kindergarten buddies worked together to illustrate the main idea from the story.

1st graders and their K buddy were able to choose which app they wanted to use.  Some used educreations, drawing box and others used drawing pad.  This gave their finished products some nice variety   Look at how adorable our groundhogs came out!

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