Groundhog Day Explained

What's the difference between Groundhog Gus and Punxsutawney Phil? A lot, if you live in Georgia or Pennsylvania! Learn about the ways different North American regions celebrate Groundhog Day with a fun video.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Send the video home for learners to watch before a groundhog-themed lesson the next day
  • Encourage groups or pairs to conduct additional research on the holiday
  • Show relevant and classroom-appropriate clips of the 1993 film Groundhog Day 
Classroom Considerations
  • The video uses the term Canmericans to describe citizens living in America and Canada; explain the term to class members to prevent confusion
  • Narrator speaks quickly
Pros
  • Entertaining take on a popular holiday
  • Short length makes it a good warm-up or class viewing
Cons
  • Video is more about the various groundhogs that epitomize the holiday around the country than the origins and celebrations of Groundhog Day