Middle School Activities

Welcome to the Middle School page! Here you will find studies and curriculum available for download. Content is organized by subject. Simply scroll down the page and click on the item to download for your use in the classroom.


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>>


Phil's Weather Word Scramble

Help Phil figure out the words!More>>

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>>

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

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>>


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>>

Shadow or Spring Game

Math teachers can tie this into the study of fractions or decimals by looking at the portion of students who are eliminated in each round. You can also discuss theoretical probability vs. experimental probability when counting the number of times the teacher pulls “Shadow” vs. “Spring”.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>>


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,...

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


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...