Letter G Groundhog Theme
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G > G is for Groundhog
Mammals > Forest >
Groundhog or Woodchuck
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Feb. 2nd > Groundhog Day
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suggestions to present letter G (hard g sound)
1. Animals > Mammals > Forest > Groundhog or Woodchuck
A groundhog or woodchuck is a rodent from the family of squirrels. It has a thick body and shaggy brown fur. Groundhogs are common in Canada and the northeastern United States.
Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2. Tradition has it, that if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and doesn't see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow because the weather is bright and clear, it will be frightened and run back into its hole, and the winter will be extended by six more weeks.
2. Alphabet Activity > Letter G is for Groundhog
Present and display your option of letter G printable activities in the materials column.
Children Age 3 and under:
* Print a letter G coloring page
D'Nealian or Standard Block font and a groundhog coloring image behind it or on a separate page if using paints to decorate later. Discuss other letter G words found on the worksheet. * Finger Tracing:
Trace letter G's in upper and lower case with your finger as you also sound out the letter. Invite the children to do the same on their coloring page.
* Children can trace and color the letter G's. After completing coloring the letter, encourage children to color the groundhog image. Write the word groundhog on the finished coloring page.
Children Ages 3+ to 6:
Alphabet - beginning letter G (hard G sound)
1. Present the Letter G Activity Worksheet and Mini Book program.
Letter G words: This worksheet and matching mini-book can be used as part of Letter G program of activities to reinforce letter practice and to identify related G words. Read suggested instructions for using the worksheet and mini-book.
*Finger and Pencil Tracing:
*Trace letter G's in upper and lower case with your finger as you also sound out the letter. Invite the children to do the same on your worksheet. Encourage the children to trace the dotted letter with your choice of sharpened crayon, fine tip marker, coloring or regular pencil and explain the direction of the arrows and numbers (on the upper right corner) that help them trace the letter correctly. During the demonstration, you may want to count out loud as you trace so children become aware of how the number order aids them in the writing process.
*Find the letter G's: Have the children find all the letter G's in upper and lower case on the page and encourage them to circle them first. Visit each child to make sure they have identified the letter G's and then discuss the locations with the poster.
Discuss other letter G words (soft g sound) and images (refer to activity worksheet above): First 'brainstorm' and ask the children about other words that have that beginning sound and write them on a board (dry erase board) as the children come up with examples. You can print letter G in a different bright color to make it stand out. If you have illustrated alphabet books you can also use images in them. You can also display letter G posters and coloring pages or make a letter G classroom book. For related images visit: Letter G Printable Materials .
Letter G Word Search & Handwriting Practice
The eight word search game features the groundhog and letter G words with pictures and handwriting practice.
Advanced independent handwriting practice:
1. Print your choice of printable lined-paper and encourage children to draw a groundhog behind the page or print a groundhog coloring page image.
2. Drawing and writing paper Encourage children to draw and color a groundhog and write letter G g. Share some images of real groundhogs to inspire the children.
Crafts > Groundhog printable craft
Visit this easy groundhog printable craft.
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