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Groundhog Day Lesson Plan


According to legend:

If the groundhog sees his shadow, we have 6 more weeks of winter.
If the groundhog does not see his shadow, spring will soon be here.

Printouts to display this concept:

Talk about shadows. What is a shadow?

 Here's fingerplay to help with that concept/

WHAT IS A SHADOW (finger play)
If I walk, my shadow walks. (Use two fingers, in walking motion)
If I run, my shadow runs (Same fingers in running motion)
And when I stand still, as you can see (Same fingers, standing still)
My shadow stands beside me. (Use first two fingers on other hand and stand beside the first two fingers) When I hop, my shadow hops, (First two fingers, hopping)
When I jump, my shadow jumps (Same fingers, jump) And when I sit still, as you can see, (same fingers, bend at knuckles to sit.) My shadow sits beside of me, (Use as before, both sets of fingers sitting beside each other. )

If it's not too cold, go outside and chase each other's shadows.

If it's too cold, hang up a sheet or use a white wall. Flash a bright light or flashlight on the wall and make shadow figures with your hands. Here are a few ideas of images you could make with your hands: You could make a guessing game out of it.



Making Felt Board Groundhog
Make felt board ground hog using this template: Print about 50% of original size on cardstock, color, cut and lamenate. Glue a piece of felt or flannel to the back. Cut out a piece of black felt that is the same shape as the ground hog.  Using a brad, make a hole at the bottom of the groundhog and shadow and attach them together.

(sung to "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!

Groundhog, Groundhog, popping up today.
Groundhog, Groundhog, can you play?
If you see your shadow, hide away.
If there is no shadow, you can stay.
Groundhog, Groundhog, popping up today.
Groundhog, Groundhog, can you play?

Here's one more felt board story to do: Be sure to prepare the felt board pieces ahead of time.

The first little groundhog digs a home in the fall,
And curls up all winter rolled up like a ball.

The second little groundhog comes out of his lair,
On February second to get some fresh air.

The third little groundhog looks up at the sun,
He then sees his shadow and goes on the run.

The fourth little groundhog at his dark shadow peeks,
He goes back to his burrow for six more weeks.

The fifth little groundhog hopes that skies will be gray,
So that he will know that spring is on its way.

Make your own groundhog popping up out of the ground.

Make a groundhog hand and foot print art.

Talk about the letter G.

Let the children do worksheets or coloring pages from preschool packets. You'll find some resources here:

Get a bunch of boxes and tape them together to make a tunnel (Or use couch cushions etc.). Pretend to be groundhogs burrowing under the ground. It's a good idea to end with this since the kids might not want to come out for a while.

Mine wasn't that pretty, but as you can imagine, the kids didn't care and still had hours of fun playing in it.

It even had a hole at the top where the kids could poke their heads out.

Published on 2013-01-29 09:00:00


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