Groundhog Day
 
 
 
 
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Groundhog DayHoliday: Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2nd. A groundhog is a rodent and is also known as a woodchuck, marmot, or ground squirrel.
 
Video: Groundhog Day
Video Script: Groundhog Day
Hi. In the classroom today you will learn about Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2nd.

A groundhog is a rodent and is also known as a woodchuck, marmot, or ground squirrel.

In weather lore, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and does not see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end.

If on the other hand, it is sunny and the groundhog sees its shadow, the groundhog will supposedly retreat into its burrow, and winter will continue for 6 more weeks.

Famous groundhogs are found throughout the United States and Canada.

The most famous groundhog is Punxsutawney Phil of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

As stated earlier, the groundhog's shadow means six more weeks of winter, and no shadow means spring is around the corner.

Groundhog Day proponents state that the rodents' forecasts are accurate 75 to 90 percent of the time.

A Canadian study for 13 cities in the past 30 to 40 years puts the overall predictions accuracy rate at 37 percent.

The National Climatic Data Center puts the overall predictions accuracy rate at around 39 percent.

Whether accurate or not, Groundhog Day is still a fun holiday.

Until next time.
From YOUR Teacher: Groundhog Day

This is kind of a fun holiday. All across America and Canada, people watch their televisions to see what the groundhog will predict.
Video: Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day - A 1993 comedy film starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. In the film, Murray plays Phil Connors, an egocentric Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during a hated assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event (February 2) in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania finds himself repeating the same day over and over again. The following video was a trailer (preview) for the movie. Try to understand as much of the movie trailer as possible.
Test: Reading Comprehension Groundhog Day

Read the video script or watch the video above. In the test questions below choose which is the best answer for each question. There are 10 questions. Good luck.
1.  Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated in which countries?

a.  United States and Canada
b.  United States and Australia
c.  Canada and Australia
d.  United States, Canada and Australia
2.  A groundhog is which of the following?

a.  pig
b.  cow
c.  rodent
d.  chicken
3.  Which of the following is not another name for a groundhog?

a.  woodchuck
b.  walking pig
c.  marmot
d.  ground squirrel
4.  What is supposed to happen if a groundhog does not see its shadow?

a.  summer will be hot and humid
b.  fall will be more colorful
c.  winter will soon end
d.  spring will be only 6 weeks long
5.  What is supposed to happen if a groundhog sees its shadow?

a.  summer will be only 6 weeks long
b.  fall will continue for 6 more weeks
c.  winter will continue for 6 more weeks
d.  spring will be only 6 weeks long
6.  Which groundhog is considered to be the most famous?

a.  Punxsutawney Phil
b.  Phil Connors
c.  Bill Murray
d.  William Shatner
7.  Punxsutawney is located in which state?

a.  New Jersey
b.  Pennsylvania
c.  California
d.  New York
8.  A Canadian study for 13 cities in the past 30 to 40 years puts the overall predictions accuracy rate at which percentage?

a.  33 percent
b.  35 percent
c.  37 percent
d.  39 percent
9.  The National Climatic Data Center puts the overall predictions accuracy rate at around which percentage?

a.  33 percent
b.  35 percent
c.  37 percent
d.  39 percent
10.  Which of the following is true about Groundhog Day?

a.  it is a federal holiday
b.  it is an international holiday
c.  it is an excuse to stay home from work
d.  it is a fun holiday
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