What a wonderful book! Swallow does a fantastic job weaving groundhog facts into a very funny story. Your students will enjoy the humor as well as walk away with some fun facts about groundhogs, a definite must read for Groundhog Day!
Below are the teaching tips I came up with to go with this book.
Reading level: 2.9
Theme/subject: Groundhog Day, Animals
Suggested vocabulary/phrases: king of the mound, rodents, marmots, excitable, hoggy-paddle, blimp, blimp with legs, predators, submarine periscope, thickets, chompers, burrow, gnaw, hibernate, body rhythms,
Reading skills and strategies:
- purpose for reading – To learn about Groundhogs
- author's purpose – inform
- The author explains what kind of animal a ground hog is and its different names.
- The author tells what a groundhog eats.
- The author shows what their burrow looks like.
- ideas or topics – the text is organized by topics
- Different names
- Their burrow
- Who they are related to
- Different people that like them
- What they can do
- Different places they can live
- What they eat
- About their teeth
- What they do when they find a mate
- classify & categorize –
- classify animals
- categorize ones that hibernate and ones that don’t
- compare & contrast –
- Other holidays that have an animal associated with it (Easter, Thanksgiving)
- The groundhog to the squirrel
- fact & opinion –
- Groundhogs are related to squirrels
- Groundhogs can whistle
- Groundhogs can move about 700 pounds of dirt and rock in a day
- Groundhogs teeth stop growing while it hibernates
- Groundhogs chatter their teeth to scare their enemies away
- Groundhogs always see their shadows
- Everybody loves groundhogs
- Groundhogs are the best kind of rodents to have around
- The groundhog is better than the Easter Bunny
- main idea & details –
- Main idea – The text is mostly about all the things groundhogs can do.
- A groundhog cannot run very fast
- A groundhog can swim
- A groundhog uses his front teeth to gnaw through sticks
- predict –
- What do you think the story will be about?
- Who do you think the groundhog is related to?
- What do you think a groundhog can do better, run or swim?
- What do you think a groundhog eats?
- How do you think a groundhog keeps its teeth from growing too long while he hibernates?
- story elements –
- title – Groundhog Gets a Say
- author – Pamela Curtis Swallow
- topic - Groundhogs
- organization – by topic
- KWL – have students give you this info
- summarize main idea –
- author – Pamela Curtis Swallow wrote
- book title – Groundhog Gets a Say
- author’s purpose – to inform the readers
- statement about topic – that there is more to a groundhog than just Groundhog’s day.
- at least 2 detail – Groundhogs can move up to 700 pounds of dirt and rock without getting dirt in their ears and they make burrows that other animals can’t wait to move into.
HERE. This bundle so far, includes 6 different books and will continue to grow as I find more holiday books.