Groundhog Day Fun

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Is spring on the way or do we have 6 more weeks of winter?

This is from makinglearningfun.com I’ve made the small version of this before and mounted it on a sheet of 9X12 construction paper. The large one takes up quite a bit of space, but if you’ve got room for it-go for it! I like to type a caption that the students dictate to me. It’s usally their weather prediction or a fact about groundhogs.

This idea was introduced to me by April Larremore. (http://larremoreteachertips.blogspot.com/)

It’s called Project Groundhog, and I’ve done it for a couple of years now. The kids really enjoy tracking the weather and collaborating with students from other places. Registration will be open soon-here’s the link!
http://users.cdli.ca/groundhog/NewGhog/index.php

PROJECT GROUNDHOG 2011

Weather Tracking Notebook
Project Groundhog 2011 This notebook belongs to:

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Week of February 7-11
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Signs of spring

Do you think using the groundhog’s shadow can help you make a good prediction? Why or why not? ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ What are your favorite things to do in spring? ________________________ ________________________ ________________________

Favorite Groundhog Literature:

(Gail Gibbons)

(Wendie C. Old)

(Joan Holub)

(Pat Stemper Vojta)

Groundhog Day Poetry and Songs
Groundhog Day Old Groundhog stretched in his leafy bed. He turned over slowly and then he said, "I wonder if spring is on the way, I'll go and check the weather today. If I see my shadow between eleven and noon, I then will know that I'm out too soon. I'll crawl back in bed for six weeks more, Pull up the warm covers and snore and snore. But if no shadow gives me a scare, I know that spring is in the air, I'll wake my friends and wish them cheer, With glorious news that spring is here."

The Second of February There's only the day the whole long year, That I hope and pray the sun won't appear. The second of February, you all know, The groundhog goes searching for his shadow. If he should find it, the story is told, We'll have six more weeks of winter's cold. But if it is cloudy, his shadow's not there, There'll soon be warm weather and days will be fair. So please, Mr. Sun, for just this one day. Find a big dark cloud - and stay away!

The Groundhog The funny little groundhog Digs a home in the fall, And hides there all winter Rolled up in a ball. On February 2nd He comes out of there To look at the sky And to sniff the air.

See My Shadow (to the tune of "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. To the Groundhog Will you Won't you See your shadow? Will it Won't it Really matter? Do you Don't you Grin to see

People Take you Seriously?

Groundhog's Holiday The second month, the second day, We know is Groundhog's Holiday. The keeper of the local zoo, Photographers, reporters, too, Anxiously await together Woodchuck's forecast of the weather. Each year this time he leaves his hearth, His home beneath good Mother Earth. He wiggles out to see the sun And sure enough - ask anyoneShould he perchance his shadow see, Back to his home again he'll flee. And that sign's still the surest thing Six weeks must pass before it's spring!

Shadow Time (to the tune of "The Itsy-bitsy Spider") The furry little groundhog Goes in his hole to sleep, Through the cold winter's Snow and ice so deep, In February He stretches to and fro, Does the furry little groundhog Get scared by his shadow?

Mr. Groundhog's Shadow A groundhog lives down deep in the ground. He sleeps through the winter. And every year about this time, He wakes up and wonders, "Is it time to get out of bed Or pull the covers back over my head?" So he pokes his head up out of the ground. Will he see his shadow?

Groundhog, Groundhog Groundhog, groundhog, Funny little ground hog, Peep from your warm winter den. Sunshine, sunshine, Bright and yellow sunshine, Back to sleep and hide your head. Groundhog, groundhog, Funny little ground hog, Peep from your warm winter den. Cloudy, cloudy, Overcast and cloudy, Spring's on the way it's said.

Little Groundhog (to the tune of "Little White Duck") There's a little groundhog Who lives in the ground, A little groundhog Who likes to look around.

She comes outside on Groundhog's Day If she sees her shadow, then she runs away. There's a little groundhog, Who loves to stay and play When spring's on its way.

Little Groundhog I'm a little groundhog Short and stout. On Groundhog Day I always come out. If the sun is shining My shadow, I will see. If the sun's not out Then you'll only see me. Shine, sun, shine Winter's here for six weeks more. Shine, sun, shine Because I want to snore. If you do not shine And my shadow's not out, Spring is here! Everybody will shout.

I'm a Little Groundhog (to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot") I'm a little groundhog short and stout, February second I will come out. If I see my shadow they will shout, "Six weeks more winter without doubt!"

I'm A Little Groundhog

(to the tune of "I'm A Little Teapot") I'm a little groundhog, it's my day. Wake and stretch, go out and play. Down in my burrow, down so deep, Time to wake, from my long winter's sleep. Grumble, grumble, scratch, scratch, Grunt, grunt, yawn. I'll eat my breakfast in your front lawn. I'm a little groundhog, it's my day. Wake and stretch, go out and play.

Here's a Little Groundhog (to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot") Here's a little groundhog, furry and brown, He's popping up to look around. If he sees his shadow, down he'll go. Then six more weeks of winter - Oh No!!

Groundhog Day Groundhog, groundhog, What do you seek? As out of your hole You quietly peek. If the day be fair Your shadow will be Cast on the ground For all to see. And back to your lair, You'll quickly creep

And for six long weeks Again you'll sleep. But if we're lucky, The sky will be gray, And your shadow Today will be far away. Then all of us Will dance and sing. 'Cause just around the corner Here comes Spring! Mary Toots

Mr. Groundhog's Day On February second The groundhog looked about The sun was shining brightly But his shadow wasn't out. Mr. Woolly Bear was watching The groundhog search around "Mr. Groundhog look behind you Your shadow's on the ground." "Hooray", the groundhog shouted "For once we both agree Six more weeks of winter weather Six more weeks of sleep for me."

Groundhog The groundhog emerges on February two To see if the sky is sunny and blue.

It seems rather funny That if it is sunny The groundhog goes back in his hole For six weeks of winter.

Mr. Groundhog (to the tune of "London Bridges") Mr. Groundhog down below, Pop up through the fluffy snow, See his shadow watch him go, Winter's here to stay. Mr. Groundhog down below, Pops up through the fluffy snow, Wide awake he wants to play, Spring is on it's way.

Groundhog Day A shy little groundhog left his bed, Heigh Ho! Heigh Ho! "It must be time for spring," he said. He looked to the left, he looked to the right, The day was clear and the sun was bright; He saw his shadow and ran in fright. Then back to his burrow he crept, he crept, And six more winter weeks he slept. Fun on Groundhog Day There are shadows you make in the sunshine, There are shadows you make by the lamp, There are shadows that lurk in the forest While you tell creepy stories at camp.

There are shadows that help you with puppets, And shadows; you make just for play, But the shadow that's famous is Groundhog's, When he tells whether winter's to stay. Let's go out very early this morning And watch for his shadow, my son; It may not be at all scientific, But you've got to admit that it's fun! Barbara Walker Groundhog Day (to the tune of "Where is Thumbkin? / Frere Jacques") Where is groundhog? Where is groundhog? (Thumb behind back) Here I am! Here I am! (Bring thumb forward) Shadows on this sunny day, (wiggle thumb) Frighten groundhogs all away. (Thumb behind back) Winter will stay! Winter will stay! Where is groundhog? Where is groundhog? (Thumb behind back) Here I am! Here I am! (Bring thumb forward) My, oh my, a cloudy day. (Wiggle thumb) I will stay outside to play. (Move thumb around) Spring is near! Spring is near!

Can you Play? (to the tune of "Where is Thumbkin? / Frere Jacques") Little Groundhog, little groundhog, Can you play, can you play? Popping up your head, Popping up your head, Can you play? Don't run away. Little Groundhog, Little groundhog, Can you play, can you play? Running all around, On the cold hard ground Can you play? Please, please stay! Little groundhog, little groundhog, Can you play, can you play? You can't see your shadow, You can't see your shadow, Here comes spring, hip hooray!

Nine Little Groundhogs (to the tune of "Ten Little Indians") One little, two little, Three little groundhogs, Four little, five little, Six little groundhogs, Seven little, eight little, Nine little groundhogs, Sleeping down under the ground.

All of these poems/songs are from
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems12.html (This is an excellent resource for all kinds of thematic songs and poetry.)

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