What is Groundhog’s Day?• Groundhog Day is based on a custom that people from Germany and Great Britain brought to America. They believed that it was a time for forecasting the weather for the next six weeks. According to legend, the groundhog awakens from its hibernation on February 2. It sticks its head out of its burrow and looks around. If the sun is shining and the groundhog can see its shadow, it is frightened and crawls back into its hole. This is supposed to mean that there will be six more weeks of winter weather. But if the day is cloudy and the groundhog cannot see its shadow, it stays out of its hole, indicating that spring weather will soon come.
What is Groundhog’s Day?1. What is a burrow? a. The groundhog’s home b. Another name for a groundhog c. Something groundhog’s like to eat d. The country that started groundhog’s day answer
What is Groundhog’s Day?2. What does the word forecast mean? a. To run really fast b. To sleep all winter c. To predict the weather d. To stay awake all winter answer
Forecast means…• To predict the weather. Next slide
What is Groundhog’s Day?3. What does hibernation mean? a. To stay awake all winter a. The place where a groundhog lives b. To sleep all winter c. To predict the weather answer
Hibernation means…• To sleep all winter. Next slide
What is Groundhog’s Day?4. When do we celebrate Groundhog’s Day? a. February 2 b. February 14 c. January 2 d. March 2 answer
We celebrate Groundhog’s Day on…• February 2 Next slide
What is Groundhog’s Day?5. What happens if the groundhog sees his shadow? a. 6 more weeks of winter b. 6 more weeks of summer c. Spring is on its way d. Winter is over answer
If the groundhog sees his shadow it means…• 6 more weeks of winter. Next slide
The Groundhog Legend The origin of they groundhog legend is basedon the old Scotch couplet, “If Candlemas Day isbright and clear, there’ll be two winters in the year.” During the conquering of Northern Europe,the Romans brought this tradition to the Germans.They concluded that if the sun made an appearanceon February 2nd, which is Candlemas Day, ananimal would cast a shadow, thus six more weeks ofbad weather, known as two winters.
Pennsylvania’s earliest settlers were Germans.They found many groundhogs in the state. Theydetermined that the groundhog was the mostintelligent and sensible animal. Records show that in the early 1800’s peoplefrom Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania began tocelebrate every year by going into the woods tohonor the Punxsutawney Groundhog as the onlytrue weather prognosticator. This group soonbecame known as the Punxsutawney GroundhogClub and they placed the official groundhog homejust outside of town on Gobbler’s Knob.
The first official trek to Gobbler’s knob wasmade on February 2, 1887. Each February 2ndsince, thousands of people celebrate GroundhogDay by making the trip to Gobbler’s Knob to getthe official word of the world’s only trueweather forecaster. The rest of the day is filledwith activities including: the annual GroundhogBanquet, crowning of the Groundhog King andQueen, school assemblies, craft shows, andactivities for entire families.
BONUS• Which town shares its name with a famous groundhog?• Extra point: spell the name of the town correctly.