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Groundhog Day Lesson Plan

What is Groundhog Day?  It is a day set aside on the 2nd of February in both The United States and Canada to tell how many more weeks of winter will be left. If the groundhog comes out and doesn’t see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end.  If the groundhog does sees its shadow because the weather is bright and sunny, it will be frightened and run back into its hole, and there will be six more weeks of winter.

 

Songs, Fingerplays and GroupTime Fun

See My Shadow…
Frere Jacques
See my Shadow, See my Shadow
Move this way, Move this way
Doing things that I do, Doing things that I do
Follow me, Follow me

The Little Groundhog…
Sleeping, sleeping in the ground,
All winter long,
The little groundhog sleeps so sound.
Snore! Goes the groundhog!
Sleeping, sleeping in the ground,
All winter long,
The little groundhog stretches and wakes.
Pop! Goes the groundhog!
He rubs his eyes, and looks around
What does he see?
He sees the sun so bright and warm.
Pop! Goes the groundhog!
He’s sleeping, sleeping in the ground,
All winter long,
The little groundhog sleeps so sound,
Snore! Goes the groundhog.

Mr Groundhog…
Mr Groundhog down below
Pops up through the fluffy snow
See his shadow watch him go
Winter’s here to stay
OH NO!!!!!!

Mr. Groundhog down below
Pops up through the fluffy snow
Wide awake he wants to play
Spring is on it’s way
HURRAY!!!!!!

Groundhog Tunnel Game…
Have the children line up in a row. (If there are a lot of children, have
them line up in two rows.) To form a tunnel, have them stand close together
with their legs apart. Let the last person in the row be the groundhog. Have
the first groundhog through the tunnel on his or her stomach. When the
groundhog reaches the end of the tunnel, have him or her stand up and become a
part of the tunnel while a new groundhog starts wiggling through.

Shadow Tag…
Let the children play shadow tag on a sunny day. Choose a child to be “it”.
Have “it” try to step on another child’s shadow. When “it” steps on someone’s
shadow, that child becomes the next “it”.

Shadow Making…
Explain to the children that objects that get in the way of the sun or a
bright light cause shadows. Shine the light from a film projector, a slide
projector or a lamp on a bare wall. Turn off the lights in the room. Let the
children stand in front of the bright light and experiment with making their
own shadows. Ask them to make big shadows, little shadows, animal shadows and
moving shadows.

Making Shadows…
(Melody: Twinkle, Twinkle)
Shadows big and shadows small
I see shadows on the wall
Shadows here and shadows there
Lots of shadows everywhere
All the shadows that I see
Big or small they don’t scare me.
Shadows. shadows – oh what fun.
I can make them in the sun
I will make some big and small
I make shadows by the light
In my room so late at night.

February…
February, February
My favorite time of year
Groundhog Day, Valentine’s day
and the Presidents Days are here!

Groundhog Groundhog…
(Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Groundhog, groundhog, come and play.
It’s a warm and sunny day.
It’s too nice to stay inside:
Wake upnow and come outside.
If your shadow comes with you,
He can do the things we do.

I’m a Little Groundhog…
(I’m A Little Teapot)
I’m a little groundhog, (Place hands on hips)
Short and brown.
All winter long, (Rest head on hands and pretend to sleep)
I sleep underground.

On February 2nd (peek through cupped hands)
I peek out and then,
If I see my shadow, (put hands over head as if hiding in a hole)
I go in my hole again!

Mr. Groundhog…
(Twinkle Twinkle)
Mr. Groundhog in the ground,
Pop your head up, look around,
Do you see your shadow?
Look up high and look down low.
Mr. Groundhog in the ground,
Pop your head up, look around.

I’m A Little Ground Hog…
(I’m a Little Teapot)
Here’s a little groundhog, furry and brown,
He’s popping up to look around.
If he sees his shadow, down he’ll go,
Then six more weeks of winter – oh, no!

Ground Hog, Ground Hog…
Let the children take turns popping up out of cardboard carton ‘burrow’ as everyone recites the
poem below.

Groundhog, Groundhog, popping up today.
Groundhog, Groundhog, can you play?
If you see your shadow, you can stay.
Groundhog, Groundhog, popping up today.
Groundhog, Groundhog, can you play?
(Jean Warren)

If desired, arrange room so that you can create or take away a shadow. Overhead lights would eliminate a shadow and a low light aimed directly at the ‘groundhog’ would create a shadow.

Trying Shadows…
Hang a sheet and light it from behind… then children can perform between the sheet and light while an audience enjoys a shadow performance from the other side.Or you can do shadow puppets on the wall with hands.

Groundhogs Day Art

Groundhog…
Pop-up puppets made with a cup is a great ground hog project. Take a styrofoam cup (or any cup that glue will stick to) Add cotton all around top rim of the cup Make a hole in the bottom of the cup and insert a craft stick. Glue picture (from clip art or wherever else you can get it) of a little groundhog.

Books and Additional Classroom Items for Sale

 

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