Groundhog Day

Barbara J. Feldman

Groundhog Day folklore says if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow when he comes out of his burrow on February 2, there will be six more weeks of winter. If it is overcast, and the groundhog does not see his shadow, then spring must be near. How accurate is the furry rodent that is also known as woodchuck? Visit the following sites to find out.

  • Apples4theTeacher: Groundhog Day5 stars

    "The celebration of Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania's earliest settlers. It stemmed from a combination of religious beliefs and facts associated with hibernating animals. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day." Apples4theTeacher has a nice selection of printable activities, poems, stories, related books, and Groundhog Day crafts. For example, this poem from Robert Louis Stevenson dovetails nicely with the holiday. "I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me / And what can be the use of him is more than I can see."

  • DLTK: Happy Groundhog's Day5 stars

    Celebrate Groundhog's Day at DLTK with printable coloring pages, a fun tongue twister poster, puzzles, printable books, bulletin board ideas for teachers, and dozens of craft projects. "The first little groundhog digs a home in the fall, And curls up all winter rolled up like a ball." Print out the rhyme, and make five felt groundhogs (from a printable template) for a fun finger puppet activity.

  • Groundhogs at HogHaven5 stars

    Visit HogHaven to meet some of the groundhogs that live there, watch videos, hear sounds, and peruse the frequently asked questions. What do groundhogs eat? "We are mostly vegetarians. We like fruits and vegetables of all kinds, and some of us will eat eggs (I'll take mine scrambled please!). I've also heard that some of us occasionally eat bugs (yuck!). Other than that, we are not meat eaters."

  • Groundhog.org3 stars

    The guys in the top hats at the Punxsutawney Groundhog Day celebrations are the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. They are the local dignitaries who run the annual event, and this is their official website. Don't leave without reading the FAQs, which cover Groundhog Day History, Past Predictions and Fun Facts About Groundhogs. "A groundhog can whistle when it is alarmed. Groundhogs also whistle in the spring when they begin courting."

  • Stormfax: Groundhog Day History4 stars

    "When German settlers arrived in the 1700s, they brought a tradition known as Candlemas Day, which has an early origin in the pagan celebration of Imbolc. It came at the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Superstition held that if the weather was fair, the second half of Winter would be stormy and cold." In addition to a great history of the holiday, this Stormfax site lists all of Punxsutawney Phil's predictions going back to 1887. And in case you were wondering, his accuracy is pretty bad. His predications have been correct only 39% of the time.

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!


    Cite This Page

  • Feldman, Barbara. "Groundhog Day." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 22 Jan. 2013. Web. 27 Aug. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/groundhog-day/ >.


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