Groundhog Day is always February 2nd, so why does it feel like the holiday sneaks up on me each and every year? Whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, one book you should share with your students is Groundhog Weather School by Joan Holub and Kristin Sorra. This book takes a closer look at Groundhog Day and weather through the eyes of the groundhogs. I also want to share a few activities you can pair with this book.
About the Book
Welcome to Groundhog Weather School! Ever wonder where Groundhog Day first began? Want to know the reason why we have different weather seasons? Curious about how some plants and animals can help predict the weather? Learn the answers to these questions and many more at Groundhog Weather School! This clever story—starring a cast of lovable groundhog characters—is a fresh, informative, and fun look at Groundhog Day through the eyes of the animals who are the stars of it each year.
This book combines an informational text with cartoon-like characters and speech bubbles. You will need to walk your students through how to approach the text on each page in order to take in all of the information. Take a peek at some of the pages.
If you don’t already have this book in your school or classroom library, you can find it on Amazon.
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Groundhog Weather School Activities
These activities are just one way to guide your students through the book. There are questions, matching activities, and places for students to record the facts they learn along the way.
You can find this free resource here.
If you’re looking for even more great books about Groundhog Day, I have shared a list here.
You might also enjoy these activities to pair with Punxsutawney Phyllis (also known as Wake Up, Groundhog!).