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Oak Ridge Elementary School

Students at Oak Ridge Elementary Predict Groundhog Day Outcome

This popular tradition of shadow scouting started in Pennsylvania and was derived from a German superstition. On February 2, a groundhog emerges from its burrow. If they see their shadow and frighten they retreat into the burrow, signifying six more weeks of winter. On the other hand, if they don’t see their shadow then spring will arrive early that year.  

The students made predictions last Friday in class on whether they thought Mr. Groundhog would see his shadow and bring six more weeks of winter or if he wouldn't and spring would arrive early. Three students predicted he would see his shadow and 11 predicted he would, along with Kay who hopes he will not see his shadow so spring may come early this year. The students also made their very own groundhogs out of paper bags. 

Kay decided to turn Groundhog Day into a hands-on activity because it allows the students to flourish in their creativity while ensuring an exciting and engaging lesson.  

“I believe hands-on projects are important to keep students engaged and interested in what they are learning,” said Kay. “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child’s excitement when they have finished their project and want to show off their hard work!”