Groundhog Day Fun for the Classroom January 31 2012

Groundhog Day occurs each year on February 2nd! If you've never seen it, I highly recommend a viewing of Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. At times confused, depressed, philosophical and joyful, Bill Murray portrays a man stuck forever in the same day with hilarious excellence. While Groundhog Day isn't a national holiday, I make this movie part of my personal first week of February each year.

For the classroom, however, there are many activities to share with your kids that are not fraught with so much angst!

Groundhog Day Read Alouds

Take some time to learn about Groundhog Day with your students using this variety of read-alouds. As you and your students read through the books, make a chart on butcher paper - Facts and Opinions or a KWL chart would work nicely  - about Groundhog Day.

  • Go to Sleep, Groundhog! by Judy Cox
  • Gretchen Groundhog, It's Your Day! by Abby Levine
  • Groundhog Gets a Say by Pamela Curtis Swallow
  • Groundhog Stays Up Late by Margery Cuyler
  • How Groundhog's Garden Grew by Lynne Cherry
  • It's Groundhog Day by Steven Kroll
  • Punxsutawney Phyllis by Susanna Leonard Hill
  • The Groundhog Day Book of Facts and Fun by Wendie Old, Paige Billin-Frye, and Wendie C. Old

Goundhog Day Classroom Activities

There are many fun classroom activities to do in addition to reading about Groundhog Day. This Groundhog Day Classroom Activities post details instructions for a probability game, a classroom graph regarding the years that Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow, the story behind Groundhog Day, and a simple silhouette craft.

Groundhog Day Science Through Project Groundhog

Project Groundhog provides your classroom with an opportunity to discover whether or not Groundhog Day is more myth or fact. Started in 1994, this activity utilizes the internet to help classrooms all over the world to share their daily temperature and overall weather during the six weeks following Groundhog Day.

This project includes a Teacher's Guide, a Parent Letter and a calendar to follow during the experience, as well as a printable Weather Book that you can provide each student in your classroom. Registration is free and now open!