The History of Groundhog Day

Why do we rely on a Groundhog to determine when Spring will arrive? Find out with a brief yet informative video that details the history of Groundhog Day.       

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have the video prepped in full-screen mode before learners enter the classroom to avoid viewing inappropriate ads, comments, or suggested videos 
  • Flip your classroom; assign the link as homework, direct pupils to watch it prior to applying their new found knowledge in the classroom
  • Create a classroom blog post; ask class members to give a brief explanation, detail their favorite facts, or ask questions about what they watched   
Classroom Considerations
  • The video begins with an ad
  • Groundhog Day is celebrated every year on February second
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Provides movie and cartoon clips to help convey inforamtion in an engaging fashion 
  • The narrator speaks at a decent rate—not too fast, not too slow
  • None