Great Groundhogs! by Karen Gray Ruelle

great-groundhogsThis Easy Reader beginning chapter book is a good pick to read to first graders about Groundhog Day.  In the four chapters, a brother and sister cat discuss the traits of a groundhog, how to attract one, and what it means to see a groundhog’s shadow.

Predicting: Throughout the story the cats are preparing to see a groundhog.  On the next to the last page they hear munching behind a flower pot.  Students can predict that it will be a groundhog and they will be right!

The text involves the cats in a research project on groundhogs.  They look in newspapers, magazines, and the Internet and find that groundhogs make a barking sound and have sharp teeth.

Pair with nonfiction information about a groundhog from Britannica Online.

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