Elementary School Activities

Welcome to the Elementary section of our Website! We have listed activities by subject suitable for Elementary students here. Each suggested lesson plan or curriculum idea can be downloaded and printed by clicking on the description below.


Shadow Play

Groundhog Day is the perfect time to study shadows. Studying

shadows is not only fun, but also will get the creativity flowing.More>>

Groundhog Cut-outs

We made Phil ornaments to hang on the chandelier for Groundhog Day (but they could hang anywhere). They were just construction paper cut-outs hanging from paper clips, but half were groundhog faces (in brown) and the other half were shadows (in black).

-- Submitted by Jeanie Petersen, Upstate New York

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Groundhog Cookies Recipe

2 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup soft butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg yolk
1 egg, slightly beaten
Currants or raisins


Color Phil!

Phil is just waiting to have some color added to his life!Help Phil by giving him some color; Phil is always much happier when he is brightly colored! Click here for a version you can print!More>>


'PH'il in the Blanks!

Click here to 'PH'ill in the Blanks! More>>

Letter Trace

Trace the letters! More>>

Phil's Weather Word Scramble

Help Phil figure out the words!More>>

Rhyme Time with Phil

Practice your rhyming skills! More>>

Story & Questions: The Groundhog Legend

The origin of they groundhog legend is based on the old Scotch couplet, “If Candlemas Day is bright 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 appearance on February 2nd, which is Candlemas Day, an animal...More>>

Vocabulary words

Banquet - a big dinner party
Burrow - the underground home of Punxsutawney Phil
Celebrate - to have a party
Celebration - a big party
 - well known         
February - the second month of the year

Vocabulary words game

Use this game to practice the Groundhog Day vocabulary words. Cut out the 21 cards and distribute to the students.  Students can get more than one card and all students do not have to have the same amount of cards.  The student with the FIRST CARD begins the game.  Play until the LAST CARD is...More>>


Phil's Handlers Secret Message!

Use the code to discover the secret message!More>>

Phil's Math Message

Phil has a special message for you. Solve the math problems below. Then use the code to find the message. (The first one was done for you.)

Click here for a printable version of the math message.More>>

Phil's Maze

Help Phil find his picnic! Trace the route from beginning to end! Click here for a printable version of the puzzle.More>>

Phil's Puzzle

Help put Phil back together again! Click here for a printable version of the puzzle, and cut out the pieces.More>>

Taking An Egg Count

Punxsutawney Phil went on an Easter Egg Hunt, and now he wants to count how many eggs he found. How many eggs did Phil find? When Phil was hunting for eggs, he fell in the pond and all of his eggs became faded. Can you help Phil by coloring his eggs brightly for him?

Some of the eggs have numbers on them. Color all of the even numbers (2, 4, 6,...More>>

Trek To Gobbler’s Knob

The Trek To Gobbler's Knob 

When my family and I arrived in Punxsutawney for the annual Groundhog Day weather prognostication, we headed out to find out more about the history of Groundhog Day.  We found out that the tradition of Groundhog Day was first celebrated in the early 1880's when the first German settlers arrived in...More>>

Where is Phil? Coordinate Game

Before play begins, have two students sit across from each other with a barrier placed between them.More>>

Mixed Studies

Classroom celebration ideas

Ideas for Groundhog Day Celebrations for 
Elementary or Middle School Teachers

1. Have students find as many smaller words as they can in 

2. Have students find as many smaller words as they can in 

3. Have students use several research...More>>

Groundhog "Hot Dog"

This game is Punxsutawney's version of "Hot Potato." Arrange students in a circle. Give one student a stuffed groundhog, or a picture of a groundhog taped to a stick. As the music plays the students pass the groundhog around the circle. When the music stops the student holding the groundhog is OUT. Play continues until there is only one...More>>

Groundhog Bingo

Bingo is entertaining any day of the year and "Groundhog Bingo" is most appropriate and fun for February 2nd. Prepare game cards with 25 squares and the letters P-U-N-X-Y across the top. Place a picture of a groundhog in the center free space. Randomly place 24 of the following holiday related words in the squares:


Groundhog cookie recipe

Groundhog Cookie Recipe

2 cups sifted flour
 1/2 teaspoon salt 
 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
 1 teaspoon baking powder
 1 teaspoon ground ginger 
 1 teaspoon ground cloves     
 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 
 1/2 cup soft butter 

Groundhog Day Powerpoint

Why is groundhog day a special day?

By Dr. Andrea K. McClain


Spring or Snow

Spring or Snow is an easy game which asks students to try to guess Phil's prediction. Even though the real prediction is known only by Phil, students will have fun trying to outwit Punxsutawney's famous weather prognosticator.

Each student should have two cards - one depicting a spring scene and one depicting a snowy, winter scene. The teacher...More>>

SSHH! Silent Groundhog game!

If Phil predicts six more weeks of winter, he scurries back into his cozy burrow on Gobbler's Knob for six more weeks of sleep. Try not to awaken Phil during his hibernation as your students play SSHH! SILENT GROUNDHOG.

Decorate a soft classroom ball to look like Phil or put a groundhog toboggan cap over a foam ball. The students position...More>>

Suggested reading list

Books About Groundhogs & Groundhog DayMore>>

Toss the hog

The trek to the Knob is over, the crowd has gone home. Phil, the famous weather prognosticator, has made this decree. Now what? How do you get that groundhog back in it s hole? Well... we would suggest that you "TOSS THE 'HOG!"

You will need one ball decorated as a groundhog (use a groundhog toboggan cap pulled over a small playground...More>>


Groundhog Wonderland Song

(to the tune of "Winter Wonderland")
 From: Holiday Ideas for Youth Groups, Wayne Rice & Mike Yaconelli, Youth Specialties, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Groundhogs hoot, are your listening?
 'Neath the sun, all is glist'ning
 A real warm light we're happy tonight<br...<span class="news-list-morelink">More>>

I'm Dreaming of the great Groundhog Song

(to the tune of "White Christmas")
 From: Holiday Ideas for Youth Groups, Wayne Rice & Mike Yaconelli, Youth Specialties, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan

I'm dreaming of the Great Groundhog
 Just like I do this time each year
 When he brings nice weather
 And brings...More>>

Song List

For Music/Poetry that was submitted during the Merchandise Fair go to:

Marilyn Ferguson:



Lana Dalton:




“Up At the Knob”
(sung to the tune of "Up On The...More>>