|Image from http://www.groundhog.org/ |
No, really - why would I make that up?
"Hey Matt! Know any place where I might find some great lesson plan ideas about Groundhog Day?"Groundhog Day? Really?
It’s a day about a rodent, right?
…kind of a big rodent, mind you, but a rodent nonetheless.
First I though I might suggest he show a few clips from the Bill Murray/Andi MacDowell movie of the same name, but then I thought, “No, I don't want to be responsible for exposing another generation to that.” Undaunted, I set out to find a more educationally-appropriate response to this seemingly simple question.
And hey, wouldn’t you know? There’s an official website of the Punxsutawney Phil Groundhog Club. Please note: It’s the OFFICIAL web site! Beware of imitations…
Anyway, visitors can find lesson plans & activity ideas, including teaching students the lyrics to groundhog-themed songs, like I'm Dreaming of the Great Groundhog, and Groundhog Wonderland. (I was shocked, however, that there was no redux of The Captain & Tennille's Muskrat Love. I mean, is that connection not obvious?) Kids can also learn groundhog-themed games, like Groundhog Bingo and something called "Toss the Hog." You could then end your day crafting Groundhog Poetry, sharing a Groundhog Video, or completing some paper & pencil activities while enjoying Groundhog Cookies! (Oh my, you can even buy a groundhog-shaped cookie cutter.)
Mmmmm.... I can't remember the last time I enjoyed Groundhog Cookies.
Honestly... I really can't.
And DID YOU KNOW: According to THIS ARTICLE, Willard Scott of NBC’s Today Show fame is coming to the nearby Wildlife Prairie State Park to do his own version of the traditional "holiday" celebration. I can imagine the field trip requests that will be flooding local administrators' offices now... sheesh...
Hmmm… who would be your prognosticator-of-choice… ?
|Image from www.groundhog.org |
Bet they're glad they snapped up that URL before it got away
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… devoted to a rodent…
… a really BIG …
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