Groundhog Day ESL Lesson
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Groundhog Day ESL Lesson
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Groundhog Day – Reading Comprehension Text
Groundhog Day is a special holiday which is celebrated in most of Canada and the United States on February 2 nd every year. It is called Groundhog Day because on this day an animal called a “groundhog” comes out of his burrow and predicts when the end of winter will be.
If the groundhog sees its own shadow then it will go back inside its burrow. This means that winter will continue for another six weeks. However, if the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow and stays outside, it means that there will be an early spring.
Groundhog Day celebrations take place all over North America every year. It is a funny custom which North Americans have been taking part in for about 200 years. There are Groundhog Day celebrations in many cities in Canada and the United States. You can find a list of cities and towns which have Groundhog Day celebrations here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day)
Reading Comprehension Checkup Questions
ESL Patterns - Will and Wont For Predictions: Look at the cartoons and the sentences:
Today is cold and snowy, but tomorrow it will be sunny and warm.
You will meet a tall and kind stranger.
Don't worry, this wont hurt a bit.
Discuss the questions below with a neighbor:
Free Discussion Group Activity: Choose one of the following topics to talk about with the rest of your group:
Think about your topic for a couple of minutes and make notes about what you will say. The people in your group are going to listen and ask you questions.
While other people are talking in your group decide on one or two questions you will ask them.
Web ESL Research
Go to (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day) and answer the following questions:
ESL Conversation Prompts - ideas
Can you prepare a description of a special holiday which is particular to your country (one that people in other countries probably don’t know about).