Fun Facts About Groundhogs

Punxatawney Phil is a woodchuck, or more famously known as a groundhog. This furry little creature enjoys chewing on wood and hibernating in the winter, but when he wakes up and sees his shadow, the next few weeks of winter or spring is determined. Watch a video that explains the meaning of Groundhog Day and gives cool facts history on this burrowing rodent.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Show the video on Groundhog day, February 2
Classroom Considerations
  • Best used as a introduction to Groundhog Day
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Pros
  • Explains the importance of the groundhog's teeth, the type of rodent it is, and its family members
  • Visually engaging
Cons
  • None