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Groundhog Day

Every February 2, thousands gather at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to await the spring forecast from a special groundhog. Known as Punxsutawney Phil, this groundhog will emerge from his simulated tree trunk home and look for his shadow, which will help him make his much-anticipated forecast. According to legend, if Phil sees his shadow the United States is in store for six more weeks of winter weather. But, if Phil doesn’t see his shadow, the country should expect warmer temperatures and the arrival of an early spring.

History of Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day originates from an ancient celebration of the midway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox—the day right in the middle of astronomical winter. According to superstition, sunny skies that day signify a stormy and cold second half of winter while cloudy skies indicate the arrival of warm weather.

The trail of Phil’s history leads back to Clymer H. Freas, city editor of the Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper. Inspired by a group of local groundhog hunters—whom he would dub the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club—Freas declared Phil as America’s official forecasting groundhog in 1887. As he continued to embellish the groundhog’s story year after year, other newspapers picked it up, and soon everyone looked to Punxsutawney Phil for the prediction of when spring would return to the country.

Other Groundhogs Around the United States

While Punxsutawney Phil claims to be the nation’s official forecasting groundhog, he’s not the only furry forecaster in the United States. Some other notable contenders include General Beauregard Lee of Atlanta, GeorgiaSir Walter Wally of Raleigh, North Carolina; and Jimmy of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

There are even more groundhog forecasters in the running such as Octorara Orphie of Quarryville, Pennsylvania—competition right next door to Phil—Staten Island Chuck from the Staten Island Zoo, Unadilla who hails from Nebraska, Buckeye Chuck from Ohio, French Creek from West Virginia, and the Cajun Groundhog from Louisiana. Ridge Lea Larry is a “stuffed groundhog” from Western New York, and the Tennessee Groundhog of Silver Point, Tennessee, is actually someone dressed up like a groundhog on a motorcycle.

While Groundhog Day is a way to have a little fun at mid-winter, climate records and statistics tell us that winter probably isn’t over. Climatologically speaking, the three coldest months of the year are December, January, and February, so winter typically still has a bit to go when the groundhog comes out in search of his shadow on February 2.

Fun Units for Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day Unit for 1st-2nd grades (Download Club Subscribers)

This unit contains 21 student worksheets for students. Skills and activities include: Handwriting (Tracing and Copy work) both manuscript and cursive. Vocabulary, Syllable work, Reading comprehension, Critical thinking, Writing starters and themed writing pages, Predictions and Graphing, Parts of a groundhog poster, Word Search, Puppet template

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Groundhog Day Reader (Download Club Subscribers)

Students will love creating their own reader about Groundhog Day! Includes vocabulary in the reader and 3 worksheets that go along with the reader.

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Groundhog Shape Book (Download Club Subscribers)

Includes 3 possible cover pages and writing pages for 3 levels.

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Fun & Engaging: Working with Sight Words!

Sight words, often also called high frequency sight words, are commonly used words that young children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words in print without having to use any strategies to decode.

Sight words account for a large percentage (up to 75%) of the words used in beginning children’s print materials. The advantage for children being able to recognize sight words automatically is that a beginning reader will be able to identify the majority of words in a beginning text before they even attempt to read it; therefore, allowing the child to concentrate on meaning and comprehension as they read without having to stop and decode every single word.

If you are looking for FUN & ENGAGING worksheets to help introduce and/or reinforce the 1st 100 Fry sight words, look no further!

In these units, Students will have sections to trace the words, color the words, write the words, find and color the words and build each word (cutting & pasting)!

Great to use during introduction to each new word, in class or at home review, extra support, in a literacy center and as school break review. Perfect for all Kindergarten classes (or) use with early 1st grade or remedial 1st grade readers.

CHSH Download Club subscribers can download both of these units (a total of 100 worksheets) now @ http://christianhomeschoolhub.com/pt/Sight-Word-Resources/wiki.htm

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If you’d like to purchase each of these units individually you may do so on CHSH-Teach.com (or) at Teacher’s Notebook.

To purchase on CHSH:

Volume #1 – 1st 50 Sight Words

Volume #2 – 2nd 50 Sight Words

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Volume #1 – 1st 50 Sight Words

Volume #2 – 2nd 50 Sight Words

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