Groundhog Day Video Writing Prompts

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K-2: Overcoming Fear
The Groundhog Legend sometimes claims that groundhogs are afraid of their shadows. Let's help the groundhog overcome its fear.

  1. Why shouldn't the groundhog be afraid of its shadow?
  2. What makes you scared?
  3. Write down at least one good reason you don't need to be afraid of that thing.

3-5: Comparing Seasonal Actions
Like bears, groundhogs also hibernate during the cold winter months. Similar to groundhogs, people’s actions and activities often change when the seasons change. Let’s see how your activities change depending on the season.

  1. List the four seasons on a piece of paper. Leave room after each season to write something after it.
  2. Next to each season, list at least three activities that you do during that season.

6-8: Create Your Own Legend
Legend has it that groundhogs can predict whether we’ll have a long winter or an early spring. The tradition is based on the animal’s instincts and reaction to nature.

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  1. Make up your own legend involving another animal.
  2. Identify your chosen animal.
  3. List at least 5 of the animal’s traits or habits.
  4. Using one or more of those attributes, create your own legend regarding that animal’s special powers that people should celebrate. 

9-12: Pro/Con Argument
Considering both sides of an issue helps you to create a stronger, more persuasive argument. Let's apply that concept to the Groundhog Day debate.

Write one paragraph arguing why the Groundhog Day tradition should continue. Then, write a second paragraph arguing why it should NOT continue. 

*Bonus: Hold a debate in class!

 

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