Groundhog Day is another “holiday” that is often forgotten in upper elementary classrooms. A few years ago, I created a few printable freebies that make great Groundhog Day activities, and I’m sharing them with you today. My students love completing these as we learn about the tradition of the groundhog. The activities shown in this post are all free printables, and a link to download them will be available at the end of this post.
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Groundhog Day! by Gail Gibbons is my go-to read aloud because it mixes a history of the tradition with real facts and information about groundhogs. Just a warning that this book does spoil the fun and say that celebration with Punxsutawney Phil is fake. However, I think fifth graders like getting that secret insight. Click below to check the book out on Amazon (affiliate link).
Another great thing about this book is that it works well with a writing prompt about whether or not the students would prefer the groundhog see his shadow or not. Students can pull the details from the read aloud into their opinion essay. Great way to sneak some evidence based writing into your lesson.
Another of my favorite activities for some Groundhog Day fun is this math printable that has students practicing fractions of whole numbers. The students use the key at the bottom, do a little math, and then color in the groundhogs correctly. (Note: I have also included a primary version of this where the students color based on the specific number.)
Of course, you can’t do Groundhog Day activities without doing a class prediction chart. Make a class tally chart and then have your students represent the information from the class tally chart into the chart on the printable. You could up the rigor on this by having students draw conclusions based on the data and create questions to answer using the data.
All of these activities can be downloaded for free in my TpT store by clicking on the image below or clicking on the purple download here button below.