Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Groundhog Day

Once again, my students inspired me today! We were reading this cute groundhog story, when one of my students asked, "how come he only sees his shadow sometimes?" Of course many of the other students were excited to tell him the answer to his question. :) But, I still thought it would be fun to do a little investigation anyway. I spent my lunch half eating and half making an investigation worksheet for this afternoon.

So... first, we made our own groundhog paper puppets.
Then, we asked our "essential questions", made our predictions, and went over our plan.
I originally was going to turn off all the lights and use flashlights, but it was actually sunny outside! It's pretty much cloudy from November-June here in Portland, but we were blessed with a beautiful day. So instead we went outside and tried to find our groundhog's shadows.



Some of the kids got really into it and acted out the groundhog popping out of his burrow. To compare, we went inside and turned off the lights and closed the shades. I challenged them to try to find a shadow anywhere in the room. Some of course knew they couldn't no matter what, others tried just in case, while some were determined to make a shadow. When we were all done, we discussed then completed our investigation paper.

When I got home, I enhanced it a bit with some cute font. If you would like to download a copy of it, you can get it here.

6 comments:

  1. Love it!! We weren't in school Tuesday, Wednesday,... or today even so if we go in tomorrow that will DEFINITELY be an activity we do :) Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Next year if you take them outside, have them work with a partner and trace their shadow in sidewalk chalk! Then, they can measure it with a ruler and also in non-standard units with a groundhog cutout. Before we completed the activity, I had them estimate how many feet and "groundhogs" long their shadow would be. This was on a blog somewhere... I don't remember who posted about it originally. Someone also had a form that you can purchase on TPT that basically does this same activity... look for it next year around this time! :)

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  3. Love it! Thanks for the cute idea to go along with this! :)

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