It can be difficult to find a good middle school Groundhog Day lesson plan for students. I see a lot of crafts and picture books when I search for lessons. Groundhog Day is an interesting North American celebration for many people.
I think it is important that my students develop good background knowledge about a variety of topics. I use the Article of the Week format to help my students build their background knowledge. To help with this knowledge building, you can use this middle school Groundhog Day lesson plan that is focused around a non-fiction article. Students will learn about the history of Groundhog Day and it’s past and present traditions.
In this lesson plan students work on their pre and post-reading strategies by using graphic organizers and comprehension questions.
Middle School Groundhog Day Lesson Plan
- Have students complete a K-W-L graphic organizer about this holiday.
- Watch a background information video on Groundhog Day. This will help students who struggle with reading comprehension activate their prior knowledge.
- Read the Groundhog Day comprehension article.
- Complete the comprehension questions.
- Complete the multiple-choice standardized test prep format questions (paper or self-grading Google Form options).
- Have students return to their K-W-L graphic organizer and complete the last column.
- In the next class period, have students complete a follow up writing assignment. Depending on the grade level you may ask students to write a paragraph or an essay.
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Groundhog Day Non-Fiction Article: This resource contains 1 non-fiction article and 3 reading activities to assist with reading comprehension, standardized test prep (EQAO) and cross-curricular learning. This resource contains individual PDFs of student pages to assist with online learning i.e. Google Classroom as well as Google Slides formatted lessons for 1:1 schools.
- Teacher lesson plan
- Pre-reading K-W-L chart
- Non-fiction article (with and without photos)
- 3 Post-reading activities: comprehension questions, grammar questions (2 options: paper and self-grading Google Forms), long answer writing response
- Individual PDFs of student pages to assist with online learning i.e. Google Classroom
- Google Slides formatted lessons for 1:1 schools