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Groundhog Day Lesson

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February 2 is Groundhog Day. Groundhogs are small brown furry animals. They live in burrows in the ground, and they eat grass, berries, and other vegetation. Groundhog Day is based on folklore. The folklore is that if the groundhog comes out of its hole and sees its shadow then there will be six more weeks of winter weather. But if the groundhog comes out of its hole and doesn't see its shadow, then there will be an early spring. (3 pages)

Calendar Showing Groundhog Day, February 2, 2014

When is Groundhog Day?

  • It is on February 2.


  • In 2014, it is on a Sunday.


  • In 2014, the groundhog Phil saw his shadow, so he predicts six more weeks of winter.

 

Groundhog Sitting Upright

What are groundhogs?

  • They are small furry animals. Furry means their bodies are covered with hair.


  • They have short ears, a short tail, and short legs.


  • Groundhogs are common in the northeastern and central part of the United States.

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