Groundhog Day Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension Groundhog Day stories with questions and answers. Read and test reading comprehension online or print and use offline. Recommended level: 2nd Grade and up


What is a Groundhog?

Groundhogs are furry animals about the size of a cat. They are also called "woodchucks" or "whistle pigs".

Groundhogs spend most of their time underground. They use their strong limbs and sharp claws to dig tunnels and burrows (big holes).

These underground burrows are very important. That's where groundhogs sleep and have their babies in the spring. The burrows are a good place to hide from their enemies. Coyotes, black bears, foxes, and hawks like to snack on groundhogs.

When the weather is good, groundhogs spend a lot of time eating. They like grasses, berries, clover, and tree bark. They love eating alfalfa and are sometimes a pest to farmers.

Why do groundhogs eat so much? They have to store up fat to be ready for their long winter nap called a "hibernation". For about 3 or 4 months they go into a very deep sleep. Their breathing slows down so much, you can barely tell they are alive.

Adult groundhogs are the size of
a cat
a fox
a rat
a cat What is a burrow?
a baby groundhog
a type of tree
a big hole
a big hole When do groundhogs have babies?
winter
spring
fall
spring About how long do groundhogs hibernate?
24 hours
3 months
1 year
3 months What is another name for a groundhog?
brown squirrel
groundpig
woodchuck
woodchuck Where are burrows located?
treetops
grassy fields
underground
underground Which of these is a favorite food of groundhogs?
alfalfa
earthworms
peanuts
alfalfa Which of these is NOT an enemy of the groundhog?
a bear
a fox
a rat
a rat Which of these is NOT eaten by groundhogs?
berries
mice
tree bark
mice Groundhogs starve themselves before their winter hibernation.
True
False
It doesn't say in the story.
False Why do groundhogs sleep in burrows?
to hide from their enemies
to eat lots of worms
Both are correct.
to hide from their enemies What does "hibernate" mean?
to have babies
to sleep deeply through the winter
to dig underground
to sleep deeply through the winter

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