Will it be an early spring? Explore Groundhog Day with these themed activity worksheets.

What is Groundhogs Day? An American tradition that dates back over 200 years, Groundhog Day is a celebration where Americans gather around in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to watch a groundhog predict the weather for the next six weeks. Even though the day is not a public holiday, it is widely observed throughout the United States of America! Every year on February 2nd, a groundhog is said to forecast the weather by looking for his shadow. If the Sun is out and shining, and the groundhog sees it, it is said to give six more weeks of winter. However, if the weather is cloudy, the forecast is of an early spring. Due to the weather being different in the different parts of the States, may town in Canada and the U.S have their own groundhogs for weather prediction with their own traditions and cultures for the Groundhog Day. How fun is that!

These worksheets contain a number of different activities using a dedicated set of vocabulary words related to the Groundhog Day celebration, including mazes, word search, fill in the blanks, scrambled words, word wall flash cards, acrostic poems, crossword puzzles, and more. Last but not least, a KWHL (know, what, how, learn) diagram is included to help students pick a topic to explore in more depth. Where did this crazy holiday come from anyway? It all stems from Dutch country in Pennsylvania. While the Ground Hog is as right as a coin flip we keep at it. Come on, we all know its fun!

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The Story of Groundhog Day

This day marks the changing of the seasons from winter to spring. It is celebrated every year on February 2nd.

The History

Groundhog Day has its roots in an ancient Christian celebration called Candlemas Day, which marked the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.


According to legend, when a groundhog emerges from his den on February 2nd and sees his shadow, then winter will last for six more weeks.

Word Search

Find the related words in the puzzle. Write each word you find on a line.

Crossword Puzzle

Use the clues to complete the puzzle.


Proofread the passage and find the errors.

In the News

Pretend it is 1886 and you are a reporter for the Punxsutawney Spirit. The groundhog has not seen his shadow. Write the story.

Happy Day!

Did he see his shadow? Draw his picture below. One the lines, write a short paragraph about the holiday.


Trace the words. Color the picture. If he saw his shadow, draw in the shadow.

Writing Page

I hope that...

Paragraph Fill

Fill in the missing pieces.

His Shadow?

Pretend you are a reporter. Write a news story about what happened when the groundhog came out of his burrow. Then draw a picture to go with it.

Six More Weeks of Winter

Each ladder contains a pair of words. Find the words that connect the two, changing only one letter per step.


The animal that predicted spring before groundhogs took over the job in the U.S.

What's a Groundhog?

They are large rodents, the largest of the species of the squirrel family. They have brown fur, round bodies, bushy tails, and strong legs with sharp claws which they use to dig into the ground.

Follow Up Questions

What other animals are of the same species?

Visual Crossword

You know that we had to get boxing day in there.

Word Scramble

Unscramble : drizzle, February, sunshine, shadow, predict, scared, forecast, hibernate, controversial, accuracy, broadcast

Word Search

Accuracy, Broadcast, Controversial, Drizzle, February, Forecast, Hibernate, Predict, Scared, Shadow, Sunshine

Missing Letters

Complete all the words on that sheet.

Word Chop

Sniff out the vocabulary words up in there.

Alphabetic Order

Gets those words in order. It is helpful to use numbers with it.


Do you know what the shadow means?


Help the groundhog find his bed.

Word Wall

A whole lot of words for your students.

February Poem

This gives you a lot of different topic ideas to work with.

Hog Poem

There is no "S" for shadow. That always disappoints.

Weather Poem

We often lose sight that this is what it is all about.