Groundhog Day or Groundhog's Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2. In weather lore, if a groundhog, also known as a woodchuck, marmot or ground squirrel, emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow, it will return into its burrow, and the winter will continue for 6 more weeks. ~Wikipedia

Book List

A Garden for a Groundhog - Lorna Balian
Bear Shadow - Frank Asch
Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather - Bruce Koscielniak
Groundhog's Day At The Doctor - Judy Delton
It's Groundhog Day - Steven Kroll
My Shadow And I - Patty Wolcott
Shadow - Gomi
Wake Up Groundhog - Carol Cohan
Will Spring Be Early? Or Will Spring Be Late? - Crockett Johnson
Woodchuck - Faith McNulty



Songs & Fingerplays

The Wake up Song

Wake up, Groundhog,
time to see
What the weather's
Going to be.
Time to stretch, Time to think, time to eat,
and time to drink.
Wake up Groundhog, time to see what the weather's going to be!

~Submitted by Michelle from Kansas

On Groundhog's Day - sung to "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Do you see your shadow, shadow, shadow?
Do you see your shadow?
On Groundhog's Day.

Yes, I see my shadow, shadow, shadow,
Yes, I see my shadow
On Groundhog's Day.

I don't see my shadow, shadow, shadow,
I don't see my shadow
On Groundhog's Day.

~Betty Ruth Baker

Mr. Groundhog - sung to "Frere Jacques"

Mr. Groundhog, Mr. Groundhog,
Are you there? Are you there?
Will you see your shadow,
We all want to know,
Groundhog Day, Groundhog Day.

~Dr. Margery A. Kranyik

See My Shadow - sung to "Frere Jacques"

See my shadow, see my shadow,
Move this way, move this way,
Doing things that I do, doing things that I do,
Follow me, follow me.

~Saundra Winnett

Little Groundhog - sung to "Frere Jacques"

Little Groundhog
Little Shadow
Where are you?
Where are you?
Groundhog's Day is here
Spring will be here too
Wake up you
Wake up you.

~Kristine Wagoner


Arts & Crafts

Groundhog Puppets

Use felt-tip markers to draw groundhog faces on the top halves of tongue depressors. Give them each a small paper cup with a slit in the bottom. Have them push the bottoms of their tongue depressors through the slits in their cups. Show them how to move their sticks up & down to make their groundhogs appear & disappear.

Groundhog Day Hat

Color and cut out a groundhog face pattern. Glue or staple it to a strip of green construction paper measured to fit the child's head.

Groundhog's Day Mini Book - printable

Mini Book #1

Mini Book #2

Groundhog Headband

First you need a brown heart about the size of a quarter of sheet of construction paper and s much smaller brown heart and a small white heart. Turn the big heart upside down and that is his face. Glue on two wiggly eyes and draw a nose on the part of the heart that goes up (its the middle of the top of the heart which is now at the bottom) Glue the small white heart under the nose upside down, these are his teeth. (glue the white heart from underneath so you only see the teeth, not the pointed part of the heart) Cut the small brown heart in two and glue them on as ears then glue the whole thing to a strip of construction paper (any color) long enough to be a headband. This is a really cute groundhog. Have fun!!!!

~Submitted by Barbara



In The Kitchen

Groundhog Cupcake

Students ice cupcakes with chocolate frosting. Add 2 vanilla wafers to the back of the cupcake for ears; add 2 marshmallows to the front of the cupcake for teeth; add 2 M&M's for eyes.

Groundhog Day Cupcake

Ice a chocolate cupcake with chocolate icing. Using brown gel put eyes and a mouth on Nutter Butter cookies for the ground hog. Place the cookie into the back side of the cupcake and sprinkle the cupcake with green sprinkles.

Groundhog Lunches

Groundhogs like to nibble on grasses and other greens that grow near their burrows. For "groundhog lunches" let the children help make watercress and romaine lettuce salads to eat with a favorite dressing.

Shadow Cookies

Give children two different types of cookie dough. (Refrigerated sugar and chocolate chips cookie dough would work well.) Let them make two balls and push them into each other. Then have them flatten the cookies and bake them to create a shadow cookie.

Making Shadows

Using chocolate chips and butterscotch or peanut butter chips, let the children create shadows. Using the light colored chips have them make a small shape, and next to it, use the darker chips to create it's shadow. The shadow may be larger than the original shape.

Groundhog Stew

4 lbs. beef for stew, cut in 1 1/2" cubes
1 lb. carrots sliced
2 1/2 lbs. potatoes, quartered
1/2 lb celery, chunks
1 onion diced

In large pan, cook the beef in water until it is almost done. Add vegetables and cook until tender. Two envelopes of brown gravy mix can be added for extra flavor.

Food With Holes

Since grounghogs are known for poking out of holes, let children sample some foods with holes such as donuts, bagels, or swiss cheese.



Theme Ideas

Popular legend tells us that a groundhog awakens from hibernation and peeks out of his hole on February 2. If he sees his shadow, it indicates there will be 6 more weeks of winter. If it is cloudy and he does not see his shadow, it is said that spring has arrived.

Groundhog Tunnel

Have your children line up in a row with their legs spread apart. Your children can then take turns crawling under their legs pretending to be a groundhog in a tunnel.

Make a Groundhog's Home

Find a box large enough for a child to crawl in & let them decorate it like a groundhog's home. Paint it , draw trees on it, etc.. Then let them pretend to be grounghog's crawling in & out of their "hole."


Links!

Groundhog Day Cards - 123 Greetings
Groundhog Day - A to Z Teacher's Stuff
Help The Groundhog - Bry Back Manor
Groundhog's Day Poems - CanTeach.com
Groundhog Lesson Plans - Education World
Groundhog Day - Enchanted Learning
Groundhog Day Photo Album - Exclusive on TV Photos
Groundhog Day - Everything Preschool
Groundhog Day - Home of the Groundhog
Happy Groundhog's Day - Mrs. Fischer's Kindergarten
PunxsutawneyPhil.com
Groundhog Day - Songs 4 Teachers
Groundhog Day History - Stormfax Weather Almanac
Welcome to the Official Groundhog Site
Groundhog Day - Zimmerman Family Holiday Page


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