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Groundhog Day

Planning for a Happy Groundhog Day in your classroom? The teachers creating resources on the Teach Starter team have got you covered if you're looking for some fun curriculum tie-ins for the February holiday. This quirky tradition may not have much scientific basis, but there are many fun ways to get students thinking and learning about the seasons. Whether you teach kindergarten, 3rd grade, or even preschool, Groundhog Day activities will get students thinking and learning about shadows, statistical accuracy, and a whole lot more.

When Is Groundhog Day 2023?

The Groundhog Day holiday arrives just once a year (unless you're in a Bill Murray movie!), and that day is always February 2. The holiday is one of those that moves around the week, so in 2023 Groundhog Day will be a Thursday. So long as school is called on account of snow, you can celebrate the announcement of an early (or late) spring with your students!

What Is Groundhog Day and How Does It Work?

Not familiar with this quirky holiday? The Groundhog Day celebration was born in 1887 in Gobblers Knob, Pennsylvania. The traditional tale is that if the groundhog emerges from its hole and sees its shadow, it gets scared and scurries back into its burrow, predicting six more weeks of winter. However, early spring is in the forecast if the groundhog doesn't see his shadow.

It's certainly a unique holiday, but it also opens the door for countless curriculum-aligned ways to celebrate.

Grab and Go Groundhog Day for Kids!

Celebrate Groundhog Day in the classroom with printable Groundhog Day activities for preschool and up. Bring a bit of Punxsutawney Phil into your with these Groundhog Day ideas from the teachers on the Teach Starter team.
  • Print a set of Groundhog Day worksheets to encourage students to write a letter to Mr. Groundhog convincing him to make the prediction they want the most.
  • Print, cut, and read a fun book about Groundhog Day for preschool and kindergarten.
  • Grab some dice and Roll to Create a silly Groundhog Day story.
  • Make a fun Groundhog Day craft to decorate your February bulletin board.
Groundhog Day is also an awesome time of year to study Light and Shadows. Head over to the Science department and grab another Groundhog Day Activity (or two)! We think you'll love our science experiment on shadows! Need more ideas? Check out Groundhog Day Activities for Kids Plus Fun Holiday Facts

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