1. Making predictions about the groundhog’s shadow
Before Punxsutawney Phil makes his appearance, students can easily begin to make predictions of the weather by checking for patterns, tracking the weather or simply by making a guess. Have them back up their claim with full sentences using what they know already! I’m going to be using this site to show my students the history of his decisions!
2. Reflecting & tracking of the groundhog’s prediction
3. Fun facts & information about groundhogs
There are tons of sites dedicated to fun facts of groundhogs in kid friendly language! Here is a bunch below:
- Fun Groundhog Facts for Kids from Kids Play & Create
- Groundhogs from National Geographic
- 14 Fun Facts About Groundhogs from Sarah’s Science
- Groundhog Day from Fact Monster
4. Describe what it would look like in a groundhog’s house
5. Describe why the groundhog shouldn’t be scared of his shadow
Your kiddos can use their reasoning to explain why groundhogs should not be scared of their shadows. You could even go outside and see if your students can see their own shadows and explain the some ways they might get over this fear!