We all know the movie Groundhog Day, it is a classic. However, do you know how it all started? Download our free history of Groundhog Day worksheet and have fun learning with the kids.
Groundhog Day is a celebration of weather forecasting based on the predictions of Phil the Punxsutawney groundhog. The event happens every year on February 2nd and is celebrated across the United States of America and Canada.
These history of Groundhog Day printables are great as a no-preparation worksheet either for school or homeschool. Have fun in February with these educational but fun holiday activities for kids.
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History of Groundhog Day Worksheets
It is also a great last minute activity for both school and homeschool, as there is no preparation required for this.
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There are 3 pages to print and they will print out in portrait. Make sure to check the printer settings.
Each of the 3 pages has a picture to color in, with the description.
Gobbler’s Knob. On February 2, 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
Candlemas. A Christian tradition where the clergy would bless and distribute candles needed for winter. The candles represented how long and cold the winter would be.
Pennsylvania. In Germany, they added to the Candlemas tradition and used hedgehogs to predict the weather. German settlers in Pennsylvania continued the Candlemas tradition, although they switched from hedgehogs to groundhogs.
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Clymer Freas. The first Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney was started by local newspaper editor Clymer Freas.
Groundhog shadow. The men trekked to a site called Gobbler’s Knob, where the inaugural groundhog became the bearer of bad news when he saw his shadow.
Punxsutawney Phil. In 1887, the newspaper editor, Clymer Freas who was a member of Punxsutawney Groundhog Club declared that Phil, the Punxsutawney groundhog, was America’s only true weather-forecasting groundhog.
Inner circle. The yearly festivities in Punxsutawney are led by local dignitaries known as the Inner Circle. The members wear top hats and conduct the proceedings in the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect.
Have fun with free printable Groundhog Day coloring pages too!
Groundhog Day books
We like to add books to our unit studies and these are the best ones we have found for Groundhog Day:
- Celebrating Groundhog Day: History, Traditions, and Activities
- The Night Before Groundhog Day
- Groundhog Day!
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Last Updated on 7 November 2023 by homeschoolof1