I am not a huge fan of winter, so I’m always looking forward to Groundhog Day. No matter what the outcome, it reminds me that winter is eventually going to end (and endless inside recess days 😉 ). My students seem to always be in agreement so I try to incorporate just a few Groundhog Day activities into instruction, no more than 20-30 minutes. This post will share a few free Groundhog Day digital activities that you can use with your students.
About the Free Groundhog Day Digital Activities
There are three different digital activities included in this free resource and they are designed in Google Slides. Click here to view a guide for assigning Google Slides through Google Classroom.
Activity #1: What’s Your Prediction?
The first activity has the students recording their prediction for the groundhog. Depending on your students, you may want to give a little bit of background information on what Groundhog Day is and all the details about seeing the shadow (or not) and what it means before having the students write their predictions.
Activity #2: What’s Your Opinion?
The second activity is a quick opinion writing activity. The students write an opinion about if they would rather the Groundhog see his shadow or not see his shadow. Basically, do they want six more weeks of winter, or do they want spring to come early? They would connect what they want with the Groundhog seeing his shadow or not seeing his shadow, and then write a quick opinion piece that supports their opinion.
Activity #3: Class Prediction Chart
The final activity is a class prediction chart. You can do this as a whole class. If you were teaching in-person, you can display this and then have the students move their prediction up to the correct spot on the chart. You could also do this through a Zoom lesson if you are teaching remotely by sharing your screen and either giving all of the students edit access to the slide or by you being the one to create the chart.
You could even combine all of the students’ slides from their first activity (where they wrote their prediction) and send out the results for the students to go through and graph.
Depending on the grade level, this would also be a math activity where you could talk about how many more people think he will see his shadow, how many people voted in all, how many more people predict that he will see his shadow, etc.
Download the FREE Digital Groundhog Day Activities Here
Click here or on the image to download a PDF with a digital access link on page 1. You will click the link and COPY the activity to your Google Drive. From there, you can delete slides, insert slides, etc.
More Digital Activities for February
If you need more digital (and printable) activities for February, check out these Valentine’s Day activities from my TPT store.