Monday, February 7, 2011

Groundhogs & Their Burrows

Since we were iced out of school last week, I’m playing catch up this week and using all of last week’s plans :)  We still have LOTS to do and I barely scratched the surface last Monday!  I was SO bummed that my kiddos missed Groundhog Day last week :(  I planned on teaching the kids about animals that hibernate & groundhogs fit in perfectly!  Shockingly enough, only one of my kiddos knew that the groundhog didn’t see his shadow last week, so we went on with the day as planned :)

We went through this awesome little SmartBoard lesson before doing anything.  Y’all…this was just TOO much!  Even though the lesson was primarily centered around Groundhog Day and groundhog facts, there was a lot of great info on hibernating animals!  The kids loved it!!   


If you have a SmartBoard, click the pic to download the lesson!  I found it on Smart Exchange!!  I’m nowhere NEAR talented enough to make something this dang cute!!

Groundhog Day

The kids most enjoyed learning about burrows and how groundhogs dig tunnels.  Did you know they dig up to 700 lbs. of dirt when digging their burrows?!  WHOA!  We talked about burrows and other places animals calls home…dens, lairs, nests, caves, etc.  Then I had the kids pretend like they were groundhogs and do a little descriptive writing. 

First they had to draw their little burrows.  CRACKING up that this one has a TV & a bed!  HA!


Then they had to write a few sentences describing their burrow as if they were a groundhog.


Finally, they made a little groundhog.  I LOVE this little art piece.  It takes all of about 5 seconds to put together.  One of my best friends, Jodi, showed me this idea years ago when we taught Kindergarten together and I’ve been doing it with my kids ever since. 


The groundhog is made of one large brown heart {turned upside down}, one medium sized brown heart {cut right down the middle and used as ears}, and one medium sized white heart {turned upside down and used for teeth}.  All the kids had to do was cut the ears and make the faces.  The hearts were pre-cut for them!  I think these are the dang cutest things!  And perfect since Valentine’s Day is only a week away!



  1. Love it! The groundhog idea is great!!!

  2. Oh I love your groundhogs and their burrows! I've seen a lot of groundhog writings but never with their cute little homes attached. I've found my groundhog writing for next year! :) Thanks for all that you share.

  3. love this! i will def. be doing this next year! thanks:)

  4. We missed Groundhog Day too, so we've been playing catch up. Cute ideas! I just posted on our groundhog catch up a few days ago. Thanks for the smartboard link. Love cute, already done files!

  5. I am so loving the TV in there! Priceless :)


  6. Cute! Cute! Cute! My first graders are still obsessed with groundhogs.. I am ready to move on to another animal :o)

  7. Great ideas!! The burrows with the writing is adorable!!

    Sarah at Classroom Chic

  8. Cute! We were home 4 days too and I decided to skip Groundhog's Day. Now I am depressed. Maybe I can do something similar for our forest unit?

  9. Cute! I'll use this next year for sure!

  10. Holy cuteness!!!!

  11. Love it! TOOOO cute!!


  12. So lucky to have a smartboard, what a great tool to use, the whole unit on groundhogs was awesome! I didn't know they could be used that way~guess that's why they're called smartboards! HA!

  13. Cute groundhogs and burrows, I love the idea!!

    I know you posted about your 'Mystery Words' activity a longgg time ago but I just posted about it today over at my blog! My kids loved it!

  14. Super cute! I'll be putting those ideas away for next year!

  15. Cute! And, so simple! Love it!


  16. I was just searching through your blog (I'm a fellow first grade teacher) and subsequent lover of all things "first." I just saw that you posted a comment about our Groundhog's Day SmartBoard lesson! YAY! It is from our site at! Come check us out for more SMART fun!

    The girls at

  17. We made these today and they were super cute. Thanks for sharing!! :)

  18. This activity was SO ADORABLE! My first graders loved designing their own burrows today! Thanks for sharing!