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Groundhog Day Books and Activities

Six more weeks of winter, or an early spring? I am ready for the groundhog to predict an early spring! Whatever the little critter predicts, Groundhog Day is a fun holiday to celebrate!

I live in Pennsylvania, the home of Punxsutawney Phil, so I am always looking for the best Groundhog Day books and activities. Get ready to have some fun with  your students and celebrate this unique winter holiday!

Groundhog Day Books

Every holiday celebration deserves some special books! I am always trying to squeeze in as many books as I can. These are just a few of my favorite books for Groundhog Day.

Full of Facts: Groundhog Day by Gail Gibbons

Kid Favorite Character: Punxsutawney Phyllis by Susanna Leonard Hall

Rhyming Read Aloud:  Grumpy Groundhog by Maureen Wright

Groundhog Day Writing and Craft


There are so many Groundhog Day writing activities about the weather, so I wanted to do something different. I wanted our activity to be creative and fun! The kids loved brainstorming ideas and thinking about what a groundhog would dream of doing. We used the craft template to make our own groundhogs. This craft is perfect for a February bulletin board display. Click here to check out the Groundhog Day Craft and Writing

Movement Cards for Groundhog Day


You know I love to get my kids moving EVERY day! These Groundhog Day Movement cards are so fun! Here are some easy and fun ways to add these to your plans:

  1. Put them in a basket and pull out one at a time during transitions. 
  2. Use the cards with my free Movement Maker activity for a special holiday twist! 
  3. Incorporate the cards into morning stretches or after recess cool down activities. 


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Groundhog Writing Center

Children love writing about Groundhog Day. You can use these vocabulary cards or word banks  to help take the frustration out of writing for little ones. They are perfect for a setting up a writing center or creating an anchor chart for your classroom. By displaying these words, your students will feel more inspired and motivated to work on writing. 

Groundhog Day Hide and Seek

Who can find the groundhog? I love this hide and seek game, because I can change the words to match our current sight words. I can also make another slide with math facts for a fun review during math! To play, drag the groundhog behind one of the stumps.  Now your students can take turns guessing where he may be hiding!  Click here to get Groundhog Hide and Seek

Groundhog Day Puppets

Adorable Groundhog Day interactive puppets? Yes, please! Kelly over at Typically Simple created this fun craft to show the groundhog popping up out of his burrow! I love how simple they are, using mostly materials you may already have in your classroom. Your students are sure to have a great time making the groundhog pop up and down after they complete this cute activity!

Groundhog Day Song

If your class loves music, check out Jack Hartmann and his Happy Groundhog Day song! They don’t need to learn any choreography, and the lyrics are full of fun facts! If you need some movement minutes, get ready to wiggle and learn at the same time!

Make Groundhog Day unforgettable! I hope you love these ideas for a day full of reading, drawing, playing, writing, creating, and moving!  You make learning fun! Your students are so lucky to celebrate this holiday with you!

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Emily Yerty

Emily Yerty

I’m a teacher who believes in creating a classroom kids love and activities that keep them engaged all day!

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    1. Hi Shari,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to reach out! You can enter your email above in the post and freebies will come right to your inbox.

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