• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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Groundhog’s Day

Today is Groundhog’s Day, and despite the lack of attention this holiday receives from many, it is a significant tradition in our country!  Today, Punxsutawney Phil (and other local groundhog legends!) came out of thier hole to determine whether or not they could see their shadow.  If they could, then there would be six more weeks of winter.  However, if they did not see their shadow, then spring was on the way.

Yesterday, my kinders and I did an activity to predict whether or not the groundhog would see his shadow and created a class prediction as well to compare to today’s results.  The kids flipped a shadow/no shadow coin depicting a groundhog ten times and then graphed the number of times it came up as either seeing a shadow or seeing no shadow. 

Then, they colored the side of their coin that matched the winner (shadow or no shadow) and put their coin in a prediction bag with the rest of their classmates.  Later in the day, we took each coin out of the bag and graphed our class predictions under the headings “6 more weeks of winter” and “spring.”  The kids were so excited to see what side would win!  At the end, we discovered that the students had predicted mostly spring when doing their experiment, which meant that the groundhog not seeing his shadow was our class prediction.

Today, wouldn’t you know it, Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow!  The kids fore-casted correctly!  What a fun activity and a great way to see them get involved in prediction and inquiry.  On Monday, we will get to talk about their prediction, whether it was correct or not, and if they think the groundhog will be right in his verdict or not.  So cute! 🙂

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