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Groundhog Day Activities for Elementary Students in 2022

Groundhog Day is one of those holidays that totally sneaks up on you as an elementary teacher. By the time you turn the calendar to February… BAM! It’s already here. This post will share some read aloud and resource recommendations to help you plan ahead to celebrate the little guy (and more importantly, the start of spring). There are some really great Groundhog Day activities for elementary students on this list! Read below to learn more!

When is Groundhog Day?

Groundhog Day is on February 2nd each year.

Where is Groundhog Day Celebrated?

Groundhog Day is celebrated in the United States and Canada.

What is the Purpose of Groundhog Day?

The purpose of Groundhog Day is to find out if the groundhog sees his shadow after it emerges from its burrow. The idea is that if the groundhog sees his shadow, then that means that there are six more weeks of winter. If the groundhog does not see his shadow, then spring will arrive early. It’s important to note that this is a cultural celebration, a superstition really, and oftentimes the groundhog is not correct.

4 Groundhog Day Read Alouds

Below are a few of my favorite Groundhog Day books. Reading and talking about these books is a great way to incorporate Groundhog Day activities for elementary students in your classroom.

1. Groundhug Day by Anne Marie Pace

The picture book Groundhug Day is a wonderful February read aloud for Groundhogs Day.
Moose was having a party for Valentine’s Day and wanted all of his friends to be there. Bunny, Porcupine and Squirrel were ready but Groundhog was not. The friends realized it was almost Groundhog’s Day and if Groundhog saw his shadow he would not be at the party. Bunny, Porcupine, Moose and Squirrel spent the night arguing about how they could stop Groundhog from seeing his shadow.

When the sun came up they were still arguing and Groundhog started to come out of his hole. When Groundhog saw his shadow, he immediately went back inside. That’s when his friends realized he was afraid of shadows. Moose, Bunny, Porcupine and Squirrel started telling Groundhog about all the fun things they could do with shadows. Groundhog thought it sounded fun so he came out of his hole. The friends spent the day playing with shadows but at the end of the day Groundhog still wanted to go into his hole. He explained to his friends that it was too cold outside his hole. He wouldn’t be at the Valentine’s Party so the friends exchanged hugs instead.

I loved this book so much I added it to my Starts With a Story collection. Check out these Groundhug Day activities!

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2. Groundhog’s Day Off by Robb Pearlman

In the book, Groundhog’s Day Off, Groundhog is getting tired of the same routine year after year. He wishes the tourists and reporters would ask him personal questions for once, rather than focusing on the weather. He decides that he is going to take a vacation. Before heading to the spa, Groundhog leaves a note to the people explaining they’ll have to find someone else for Groundhog Day this year.

The mayor decides that they will hold auditions for the role of Groundhog. Many animals try out but no one is right for the job. While watching the news, Groundhog hears the Mayor talking about how special Groundhog was. Groundhog is excited to hear how much people think of him and rushes back to his hole. Everyone is excited to hear from him and ask him questions. On Groundhog Day, he gets what he always wanted, everyone is interested in him instead of the weather.

At the end of the day, Groundhog happily heads back to his hole and hears on the news that Bunny has quit!

This book is also part of my Starts With a Story collection. Check out these Groundhog’s Day Off activities!

3. Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller

This story tells the tale of a groundhog who is feeling under the weather and interviews other animals to fill in for him. This book pairs nicely with having the students write about an animal they think would make a good substitute for the groundhog.

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4. Go to Sleep, Groundhog by Judy Cox

This Judy Cox picture book features a furry little fellow who has a hard time falling asleep. Despite hitting the sack on Columbus Day as usual, he tosses and turns. Ultimately he creeps out of his burrow and comes to realize he’s been missing lots of holidays by sleeping. He meets characters such as a Halloween Witch, a Thanksgiving Turkey and Santa. This is a fun book for reinforcing calendar concepts with little learners.

3 Groundhog Day Reading Activities

Below are some engaging and meaningful reading activities for elementary students. You are going to love these Groundhog Day activities for elementary students!

1. Groundhug Day Reading Activities

Our Groundhug Day activities are now digital for distance learning with editable teaching slides and worksheets based on Ann Marie Pace’s book. Read aloud the picture book then use the printables or go paperless with Google or Seesaw to practice standards-based skills.

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2. Groundhog’s Day Off Reading Activities

Our Groundhog’s Day Off activities are now digital for distance learning with editable teaching slides and worksheets based on Robb Pearlman’s book. Read aloud the picture book then use the printables or go paperless with Google or Seesaw to practice standards-based skills.

3. Reading Activities for Any Groundhog Day Book

These groundhog reading activities will provide engaging, meaningful practice to greatly improve your students’ reading and writing skills. They are so quick and easy for teachers to prep. Each of the included graphic organizers can be used over and over and with ANY book you choose. Students love the thematic pages. Teachers love the ease in which they can differentiate to meet individual student needs. You can scoop up these groundhog graphic organizers by themselves or as part of the February graphic organizers bundle.

In closing, we hope you found this post about Groundhog Day activities for elementary students helpful! If you did, you might also be interested in this full list of Groundhog Day books. These make great interactive read alouds in elementary classrooms!

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