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Explore these resources for ideas you can use to connect classroom curriculum to Groundhog Day. Whether you choose to focus on groundhogs during an animal unit or on the history of this pop-culture event in the context of superstitions and traditions, these ideas and resources will get you started.

A word of warning: since Punxsutawney Phil is the focus of attention at a very specific time on a specific day, you may have trouble accessing these sites on the big morning. You may want to visit these sites with your class a day or two ahead!

 

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Groundhog Day - The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club

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K to 12
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If you are looking for information about Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil, Punxsutawney (location itself), and more - check out this website. There are LIVE webcams setup for February...more
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If you are looking for information about Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil, Punxsutawney (location itself), and more - check out this website. There are LIVE webcams setup for February 2nd, video clips from previous years, a wealth of historical information, fun facts, photos, geographical information, and more. The reading level is a bit high for younger elementary students, but all levels would enjoy the video clips and photographs.
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tag(s): holidays (129), pennsylvania (6)

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Challenge students to investigate a certain facet of this site (for example, Past Predictions) and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Have students use one of the many TeachersFirst multimedia Edge tools reviewed here. Share the projects on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share this link on your class website for families to explore at home.
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Groundhog Day: (Punxsutawney) Phil Your Day With Fun - Education World

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This site features five "ready to go" lesson plans related to Groundhog's Day, nearly all include standards, objectives, and even technology options! Lessons designed for grades K-5...more
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This site features five "ready to go" lesson plans related to Groundhog's Day, nearly all include standards, objectives, and even technology options! Lessons designed for grades K-5 include "Where Is Punxsutawney Phil? - A Groundhog Day Tag Game" and "A Shadow of Yourself." Grades K-8 will find the lessons "Find the Hidden Hibernators" and "Graphing Groundhog Predictions." And finally designed for grades 3-12 is "Marmots (Groundhogs) of the World."
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tag(s): animals (218), charts and graphs (183), holidays (129), light (40)

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These FREE lesson plans are ready to go for you on Groundhog's Day. Connect your students with current events, science, research skill, math, and more using these fabulous lessons.
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Groundhog's Day Activities - Apples4theTeacher

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This site is all about Groundhog Day! If you are looking for ways to celebrate this holiday in your class: interactive coloring pages, short stories, historical/research information...more
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This site is all about Groundhog Day! If you are looking for ways to celebrate this holiday in your class: interactive coloring pages, short stories, historical/research information about the holiday, thematic booklists, poems, crafts, puzzles, and more... look no further. This site offers a wide variety of activities for elementary students all ready to go.
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tag(s): holidays (129), light (40)

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Share this link and activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create a station and set up one of the links as a reading station (about shadows,) interactive coloring, research, crafts, or other topic. Use this site as part of a lesson on shadows in science class. Put a link to this website on your class blog, wiki, or website for students and families to explore together.
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Groundhogs Day - Myvocabulary.com

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Explore vocabulary and word activities related to Groundhog's Day on this extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more. Find interactive vocabulary activities the same list of using...more
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Explore vocabulary and word activities related to Groundhog's Day on this extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more. Find interactive vocabulary activities the same list of using Groundhog's day related vocabulary words. There are printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): holidays (129), vocabulary (304), vocabulary development (99)

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Try these thematic puzzles as your vocabulary of the week in early February. Have students work in cooperative learning groups, divide up the vocabulary words, and have each group find the definitions for their assigned vocabulary words. Have the groups share their words and definitions in an online book, using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.) Have the groups share the online books on your interactive whiteboard or projector. If you don't have the time to complete online books, have students share the definitions using a class wiki or create their own interactive whiteboard activities to challenge classmates to match words and definitions. Be sure to also check out the interactive word puzzles!

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Groundhog Day and Possum Night Talking Storybook - Mighty Book

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This is a talking storybook that tells the story of Groundhog Day (and a bit more.) Animations and silly music help bring the story to life and add interest for ...more
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This is a talking storybook that tells the story of Groundhog Day (and a bit more.) Animations and silly music help bring the story to life and add interest for students. Students can follow along as text is highlighted when being read. The story can also be stopped at anytime and pages can be flipped forward and backward.

tag(s): holidays (129), preK (225)

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This would be a great site to use on classroom computers as a center close to Groundhogs Day. Show the book on your interactive whiteboard or projector and have students circle and find adjectives, nouns, or verbs in the story.
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Groundhog Facts - Cornell Chronicle

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If you are looking for simple facts on groundhogs, this is the site for you! Learn what is going on in their burrows, what they eat, and why February 2 ...more
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If you are looking for simple facts on groundhogs, this is the site for you! Learn what is going on in their burrows, what they eat, and why February 2 has been chosen for Groundhogs Day. Facts included are easy to understand, even for younger students, and can be a great starting point to include with background information for Groundhog Day.

tag(s): animal homes (28), habitats (70), holidays (129), weather (168)

In the Classroom

Use information from this site in Guided Reading centers - print out the questions and responses and separate them, then have students match the correct response with the appropriate question. Share this site with students when researching different types of animals, hibernation, habitats, or other animal information.

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Groundhog Day History - StormFax

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This site offers a history of Groundhog Day along with a year by year recap of the groundhog's forecast. It is divided into sections for easier viewing, sections include origins ...more
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This site offers a history of Groundhog Day along with a year by year recap of the groundhog's forecast. It is divided into sections for easier viewing, sections include origins of Groundhog Day, information on the movie of the same title, along with the history and a list of each year's shadow observations. Although very simple, this site is worth a visit to gather facts and information about the Groundhog Day observance.

tag(s): holidays (129), weather (168)

In the Classroom

Share information and facts from the site with students on Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil's forecast has only been accurate 39% of the time according to this site, share this fact with students and have them research how this percentage would change if there had more or less correct observances. Have students research weather conditions in your city for the same dates and compare that to see how it could have worked out if Phil were from your hometown.

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