Men in top hats gathering around a burrow and luring a large rodent out to see if he casts a shadow to make a weather prediction is an unusual tradition! Odder still is that a sunny day, which will cast a shadow, means MORE winter, not less. That seems backwards!
Checking on one’s shadow is not a very scientific way to predict the weather, but Groundhog Day is a perfect time to talk about the science of shadows! Listed below are books and activities to help you explore shadows with your child.
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- BBC Bitesize Science: Shadows
- Smithsonian Air & Space Museum: The Science of Light and Shadows
- Printable: Clifford Animal Shadow Match
- Printable: Crayola Groundhog and his Shadow
- Printable: Puxsutawny Phil Letter Match
- Printable: Groundhog Day Letter Tracer
- Printable: Phil’s Weather Word Scramble
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