No Shadow! No shadow!
Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow!!
“A crowd gathered at Gobbler’s Knob early this morning, awaiting the emergence of the groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil. After a tap of a cane on Phil’s tree-trunk cage, his door was opened, and the animal emerged.
He was held aloft to cheers and applause. Phil did not respond, other than to blink. Placed on top of the trunk, he attempted to flee before his actions were closely analyzed.
Interpreting Phil’s behavior, the Groundhog Club emcee proclaimed, “There is no shadow to be cast! An early spring is my forecast!”
He added, “Take your jackets off, you’re not going to need them!”
Fun Fact: Staten Island Chuck (in New York) and General Beau Lee (in Georgia) did not see their shadows. Winter is over!
According to Groundhog.org,
“Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States. It is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives. It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.
If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole.
If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.
The groundhog tradition stems from similar beliefs associated with Candlemas Day and the days of early Christians in Europe, and for centuries the custom was to have the clergy bless candles and distribute them to the people. Even then, it marked a milestone in the winter and the weather that day was important.”
We worked on a lapbook to learn about Groundhog Day, it’s history, and even played a few games. I wasn’t a fan of lapbooks until recently. My son follows the directions at the top of the page and assembles them himself. He will use our computer to research the “sections”. As he gets older, lapbooks have become a better fit for us. Plus, it makes it fun and interesting. If you are curious as to what lapbooks are or want to try them out, click on the banner below for A Journey Through Learning lapbooks.