Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine's Day Freebies and Half Off our New Problem Solving Units!

Happy Wednesday! We are blogging over at the Primary Peach today, and we've shared some Valentine's Day ideas and Freebies! Please stop by to check out the Sweet Treats! Just click the image below!

And, we've created two brand new Math Problem Solving Units for Valentine's Day! They are on SALE today for HALF Off! Yep! Half Off today!
Just click the images below to check them out!

Thanks for visiting! Have a great day! :)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Groundhog Day Must Read Mentor Text

Happy February! I love February because there are so many special days to celebrate, and one of my favorites is Groundhog Day! I've loved Groundhog Day since I was little. Waking up and watching the news to hear if the groundhog saw his shadow was always so exciting! :) Even though his predictions were often inaccurate, it was still fun!

A few years ago, I found the cutest book to read to my students on Groundhog Day (which is tomorrow, February 2nd!). It's called Groundhog Weather School by Joan Holub. It's definitely engaging and entertaining, but it hits on tons of important science skills too!

The story is written from the groundhogs and other characters' points of view, and it is told through speech bubbles. It quickly captures the students' attention!

In the story, Professor Groundhog opens up a Groundhog Weather School to teach groundhogs all over North America to predict the weather. The groundhogs learn all about what it means to be a groundhog, weather, shadows, seasons, and more. 

If you teach about weather, this book is a great way to introduce or review important weather topics. It also teaches about why we have different seasons and the Earth's tilt and orbit- ties in perfectly with our solar system unit!

The groundhogs experiment with shadows and learn how the form. This is great review if you teach about light energy!

There's also a page with facts about famous groundhogs around the United States and Canada!

This is such a fun book for Groundhog Day! I hope you and your students enjoy it!

Happy Groundhog Day tomorrow!!!  Have a great week!

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