Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bananas for Groundhogs

     Groundhog Day is right around the corner and no one loves silly holidays more than kindergarten teachers! I've been looking through my files trying to decide which activities I'm going to dust off and roll out on Thursday. With the pressure to fit everything we do into the Common Core Standards,  I'm finding myself worrying that some of my "Old Favorites" might seem like "fluff" to administrators who might stumble into my room while we are painting, cooking, or doing other worthwhile but less academic activities.  So, I've been on a mission to beef up some of these fun favs to include a more comprehensive literacy component.  For example, in the past we've made these yummy little snacks on Groundhog Day. They're cute and healthy and the kids LOVE making (and eating) them.  
     So, in an effort to make the fun a little more "Core Friendly," I've created a recipe book to go with the activity.  With shared reading, independent reading and independent writing components to go with the fun, I'm not going to worry a bit if my principal walks in when we're up to our elbows in Cheerios and raisins.  If you're as bananas about Groundhog Day as I am, leave a comment and help yourself to a copy of the packet down below.  You'll just need to pick up some dixie cups, bananas, Cheerios, chocolate chips and raisins.  Have a Core-riffic Groundhog Day!

     On a side note, I've just stumbled across a really great graphic artist, Lauren, who sells clipart on Etsy.  She even allows the use of her graphics in products you make for TPT!  Check out her shop The First Grade Diaries.  In celebration of this great find, I'll send a copy of the emergent reader I made with her clipart to the first three people who comment below.  (Don't forget to leave me your email)
Have a great night!


  1. This looks wonderful! :)


  2. Thanks so much for this cute idea! My kiddos will love the snack.


  3. Looks great!!


  4. It looks great!!! Love the recipe!!
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First

  5. I love the banana groundhog! So cute and fun! Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. This looks like a fun and YUMMY activity to do!

    Cheers to School

  7. Love the banana groundhog! lol...and Lauren is awesome! =)
    First Grade Blue Skies

  8. I LOVE the banana groundhog! That will be a must do!

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    Heather's Heart

  9. Are you OK...haven't seen much from you in awhile??
    Hope all is well and you are just busy being the GREAT teacher you are:)
    Fondly, Barbara

  10. That is soo cute! I'm so happy I found you while blog hopping. I am a new blogger and have a lot to learn still. I have a cute Abe Lincoln art project you might like so hop on over and check me out. I am your newest follower and know I'll enjoy popping in every so often. :o)
    Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

  11. What a great activity to incorporate reading and writing into a fun groundhog day activity! Thanks for sharing!