This eight-page informational text passage addresses the following questions, which are the most common questions students ask about this fun February holiday:
Why is Groundhog Day on February 2nd?
Why is a Groundhog predicting the weather on Groundhog Day?
Who are some of the more famous groundhog weather predictors?
What is the history of Groundhog Day?
What are some groundhog behaviors like hibernating and burrowing?
To further engage the reader, the text is written in an interview format with a fictionalized groundhog. To help the reader engage the text, there is a three-page student activity sheet that includes five multiple-choice comprehension questions, five short-answer questions and two challenge questions. One challenge question asks students to compare an old English "Candlemas" poem to the tradition of the groundhog and the other asks students to consider the accuracy of one of the nation's groundhogs. All the statistical data has been provided for that activity.
I wrote this activity because my third-grade son kept on asking me questions that I couldn't actually answer. It is suitable for use with students in grades three through five.
The preview of this activity actually contains the entire informational text passage so feel free to fully enjoy it this February! The paid download for this product adds the student activity sheet and the answer key.
Happy Groundhog Day! I hope that your groundhog doesn't see his shadow!