February 2 is Groundhog Day. That is always a fun event to teach every year–especially in primary grades. According to the story–if it is cloudy when a groundhog comes out from its burrow home then spring will come earlier; if it is sunny, the groundhog will see its shadow and hurry back into its burrow, and winter weather will persist for six more weeks.
Here are some simple plays to teach about the funny little groundhog in your classroom:
Groundhog Day is a 3 page play for grades K-2. This fun play includes rhymes, repetition, and predictable language to help bolster young children’s reading and oral language skills. Comes complete with teaching strategies and cross-curricular extensions for science about furry little creatures.
The Rabbit who Stole Groundhog Day is a 10 page play for grades 1-3. Kenneth Rabbit, Molly Mole and Mr. and Mrs. Groundhog all contribute to a fun time. This play includes cross-curricular extension activities and book links and is all ready to go!
Dia de la Marmota is a play about Groundhogs Day in Spanish for Grades K-2. Comes complete with teaching strategies and extension ideas.
Make your own little groundhog with two circles of brown construction paper, some googly eyes and a plastic cup. Put the groundhog on a craft stick so that he can slide up and down into his “burrow”.