(Re-printed from last year’s post, because… well… it’s about groundhogs. Really…?)
Image from http://www.groundhog.org/ Honest! Why would I make that up?
Recently I was asked by a former co-worker from another District (who shall remain nameless, for what I hope are obvious reasons):
"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 thought 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, isn’t that the obvious connection?)
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…
No, honestly... I really can't… Nor would I want to try…
2012 Update: In all seriousness, some fun and quasi-relevant curriculum activities have been added to the site. This year you can also find some quality links to meteorology resources and other geography activities in addition to those listed above on the Teacher Resource pages, organized by grade level clusters.