Groundhogs Day Worksheets
On February second the American popular culture celebrates Groundhogs Day. Rooted in German tradition, the badger was believed to have the ability to predict Spring seasonal weather patterns. The tradition carried on to the United States by way of German immigrants to the Pennsylvania area. There are not a huge population of badgers in the Pennsylvania area, so the groundhog was substituted. The tradition says that if the groundhog sees his shadow, winter weather will carry deeper into the spring season. If the groundhog does not see his shadow, its an early spring. These worksheets will help teachers celebrate the events in their classrooms.
Mad Libs - This can be a really funny one, if you add the right words. Insert the proper type of word in each blank. Read the story aloud to your friends for extra laughs.
Proper Nouns and Pronouns - In each sentence below circle the proper nouns and underline all pronouns for people and animals ONLY.
Predicting Complete Predicates - Punxsutawney Phil is busy predicting the weather so he needs your help in predicting the complete predicates in each sentence.
Reading Comprehension Worksheets:
Facts - Learn some fun and interesting facts about groundhogs
and then answer the questions/fill in the blanks that follow.
Punxsutawney Times - On the morning of Feb 2, 2015, tens of
thousands of people waited around the home of Punxsutawney Phil.
Shadow - Read a fictional story about Punxsutawney Phil and
answer the questions that follow. What important lessons did Phil learn on this day?
Phil Is Stuck Maze - Help
Phil navigate his way out of that crazy maze. Phil has slept in on his big day and needs to find his way out to the surface to
predict the weather. Start from the middle where Phil is and help him find his way out
to Gobbler's Knob.
Phil's Word Search - Phil needs to collect all of these words
that are lost in the puzzle below so he can predict a long winter
or an early spring!
What's Your Prediction?
- How are you feeling about this year? Will winter be extra-long or will spring come early? Why do you think
Your Own Animal Legend - Punxsutawney Phil is a famous animal
legend that predicts the weather. Pick an animal and its special traits or powers and give it a
special day. The animal can be real or fictional.
a Groundhog! - It is often said that groundhogs are afraid of
their own shadows. Use your own past or present
experiences with fears to help you. Write at least 6 sentences.
What is GroundHogs Day?
The Groundhogs day is celebrated on 2nd February each year. It is a holiday based on German superstition. The Groundhog Day is not a public holiday but it is still celebrated actively in many parts of the USA.
Roots and Origin
Thousands of years ago, animalism and worship of nature was a common thing amongst the people of Europe. The people of the part which is now known as Germany used to believe that the badgers had the power to predict the future. They believed that a badger is blessed with supernatural powers to predict the coming of the spring. They heavily depended on the badgers while planting crops and harvesting them.
Many Germans settled in the area of Pennsylvania as immigrants. There were no badgers in the area of Pennsylvania that is why the badger was substituted with a groundhog. However, the people were wise enough to understand that this was nothing but a superstition but the tradition was continued as a part of the culture. According to the tradition, if the groundhog sees its shadow on February 2 and runs to hide in the burrow by being scared of it, it signifies that winter will continue for the next couple of weeks. But if the groundhog does not see its shadow, then the spring is on its way.
Groundhog Day In Punxsutawney
The Groundhog Day is celebrated all around the United States in different ways. Different regions celebrate it in their unique ways. However, the most famous spot for celebrating the Groundhog Day is the Punxsutawney, Pensylvania. This is the place where the preparations for the Groundhog Day start early. Thousands of visitors gather around this area to celebrate this day. The governor of Pensylvania also attends this event. Punxsutawney Groundhog Club organizes many activities and festivities for the day. Many people gather around to witness the accuracy of a groundhog in predicting the weather.