Groundhog Day Nameplate

Groundhog Day Nameplate Lesson Plan

Did the groundhog see his shadow? Create a groundhog nameplate with Crayola® Color Sticks and make a prediction.

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    Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania's earliest settlers. According to folklore, if a groundhog comes out of its burrow on February 2 on a sunny day and sees its shadow, winter will continue for six more weeks. If it’s a cloudy day and the groundhog doesn’t see its shadow, then it stays above ground as a sign that spring will arrive soon. The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, PA., with a groundhog called Punxsutawney Phil.

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    Fold a piece of construction paper in half lengthwise. Write a name on the bottom edge of one side of the folded paper with Crayola Color Sticks. Make sure to press hard when writing the name so the color is more intense. Use the flat side of a Color Stick to color the background.

  • 3.

    On a piece of construction paper, draw a cloud and a sun. Color each with Color Sticks and cut them out with Crayola Scissors.

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    Draw a circle with two small ears on a paper plate. Color the groundhog’s head adding eyes, a nose, and two front teeth with Color Sticks. Cut it out with scissors. For younger children, have an adult make a template of a groundhog head that can be traced.

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    Draw two arms about 4 inches (10 cm) long on a paper plate. Color the groundhog’s arms with Color Sticks.

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    Use a glue stick to attach the groundhog’s head to the nameplate above the written name. Then glue the cloud to the top of one arm and the sun to the top of the second arm.

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    Attach the arms to the back of the nameplate using a brass fastener. Make sure the sun and the cloud are facing out in the same direction as the groundhog’s head. Adult assistance may be required to poke the fasteners through the name plate and the arms.

  • 8.

    Have children make predictions about whether it will be a sunny or cloudy day by raising the arms on the nameplate.

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • LA: Read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grade level text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
  • LA: Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • LA: Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
  • MATH: Reason with shapes and their attributes.
  • SS: Compare ways in which people from different cultures think about and deal with their physical environment and social conditions.
  • SS: Give examples and describe the importance of cultural unity and diversity within and across groups.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas.

Adaptations

  • Possible classroom resources include: The Groundhog Day Book of Facts and Fun by Wendie C. Old; Groundhog Day! by Gail Gibbons; Go To Sleep, Groundhog! by Judy Cox
  • Invite students to investigate hibernation, what other animals hibernate and why. Use Crayola Markers or crayons to create illustrations of an animal in its natural habitat during a warm season and a second illustration of the same animal hibernating in its natural habitat.
  • Encourage students to learn about shadows and what crates them. Suggest students sketch a classmate and include a shadow appropriately in the picture.