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!