Team Groundhog 2004 ~ Highlights
and their classes from across our great country - from Hawaii to Maine!
We're sharing weather data and much more! Here are some of the highlights of our project...
The Kick-Off ~ February 2, 2004 ~ Groundhog Day!
See Create a Graph for easy graph creation.
Shadow or no shadow, that was the next question!
we had made groundhog stick puppets,
before we even left the classroom,
we knew the answer to the question!
Once outside the bad news was confirmed!
Six MORE weeks of winter!
The day ended by acting out groundhog poetry with our stick puppets and writing a 5 W's poem about the day.
saw his long, dark shadow
on February 2nd - Groundhog Day -
on the wall outside Peirce School
because it was a bright, sunny day
Here is a picture graph of the shadow information.
This week was Valentine's Week and sweet messages were in order.
Here is the valentine we sent and some that we received:
Brownie's Valentine to the Team
Week 3 ~ Vacation for Brownie
Week 4 ~ Let's Get Creative!
Week 4 was "Get Creative" week. Poetry, stories, and artwork were all welcomed. Winston helped us lead the way with a story he wrote at home. I used his great work to make a cloze (fill-in-the-blank) activity for our class and our team members. You can read it here.
Next we heard from Fluffy and our friends in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, with a great photo showing off their wonderful paper bag groundhog puppets in their beautiful tropical setting. They made us dream of warm breezes! We also enjoyed their Kidpix pictures of Fluffy romping about in HI!
Furball and our friends in Austinburg, Ohio, "took the cake" with all their creativity.
See their dioramas, mobiles, and sculptures!
More creativity from so many team members...
Digger and Pam Elliott's children in Windsor, Maine wrote stories and created TERRIFIC online jigsaw puzzles. Shadow and Mrs. Coats' kids in Berlin, WI drew beautiful pictures. You can view their masterpieces here, and here. And more great Kidpix drawings came from Sombra and our friends in Whitefish Bay, WI.
Lucky in New Jersey was the inspiration for Mrs. McGowan's students' wonderful version of Groundhog, Groundhog, based on the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Her children will read this to their Kindergarten buddies for Read Across America.
Out in Gowanda, New York, Ms. Harris' class wrote this fabulous poem:
Week 5 ~ Groundhog Research
This week is a chance for all the teams to research facts about our furry friends. In our room, I will use this opportunity to teach the children how to write an expository paragraph. We will also discuss how to get information from resources such as the Internet and encyclopedias, take notes and rewrite the information in our own words.
I created a graphic organizer for our work and we will use two pages from Enchanted Learning -
a groundhog information print-out and a groundhog quiz.
Speaking of quizzes, Mrs. Elliott and her second graders from Maine created
a tricky battleship game for all at Quia. Click here to play.
Week 6 ~ How Do We Know When It's Spring?
"How do we know when it's Spring?" This will be this week's guiding question as we vote as to whether or not we think the groundhog is a good predictor of weather.
Helping us to begin thinking about Spring is Ms. Harris and her class
from Gowanda, New York with this wonderful poem:
Week 7 ~ Final Voting
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