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The Best Resources For Groundhog Day


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Groundhog Day is every February 2nd, and I thought I’d post a quick “The Best…” list of some links I put together for my class this week.

Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Groundhog Day (that are, of course, accessible to English Language Learners);

EL Civics has a Groundhog Day Lesson specifically designed for ELL’s.

5 Minute English has a short reading comprehension activity.

This is a simple explanation of the holiday.

Here’s a Groundhog Day Quiz.

See video of the Groundhog Day 2008 celebration.

Seeing His Shadow is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.

Groundhog Day
is a video from CNN.

MSNBC has another video of the event, plus an article.

The real deal behind Punxsutawney Phil is another MSNBC article that gives a good history behind the tradition.

Groundhog: Don’t Shoot The Messenger is a video from The Wall Street Journal.

Groundhog Day is a talking storybook.

For teachers, here’s a lesson plan on using the “Groundhog Day” movie with ELL’s.

CNN has several Groundhog Day related videos.

Groundhog Day: Can Groundhogs Really Predict Spring? is a video from How Stuff Works.

Can our furry friends really forecast? is a short, accessible article at MSNBC.

Education World has a simple Internet Scavenger Hunt about Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Predicts Early Spring is a 2011 slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.

Punxsutawney Phil springs into action for Groundhog Day 2011 – in pictures comes from The Guardian.

Questions About the Groundhog is from The New York Times.

6 things most people don’t know about Groundhog Day comes from the Mother Nature Network.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Groundhogs comes from Scientific American.

CNN has a ton of videos related to Groundhog Day. Go here and click on “CNN Videos” at the top.

Groundhog Day: Can Groundhogs Really Predict Spring? is a video from How Stuff Works.

More winter weather, Punxsutawney Phil predicts in 2012 is from CNN.

Here’s a slideshow from CBS News on Groundhog Day 2012.

The Wall Street Journal has a slideshow on 2012’s Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Day Videos & Activities is from Teacher Vision.

Here’s a video of the 2013 festivities:

Groundhog Day 2013: ‘Punxsutawney Phil’ Predicts Early Spring is from ABC News.

Groundhog Day 2013: Famous Weather Predicting Groundhogs is a photo gallery from ABC.

40 years of groundhog forecasts, mapped is from The Washington Post.

A groundhog just chomped down on a Wisconsin mayor’s ear

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


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  4. The Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester, CT also has a great Groundhog’s Day Celebration.

  5. Groundhogs day is one of my favorite holidays and I have been looking for a long time for a way to share it in the classroom but in an educational way. Thanks for the great ideas!

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