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 Groundhog Day?

On February 2, everyone has their eyes on the groundhog. On this day, legend has it that the groundhog wakes up from its hibernation, peeks out of its burrow, and checks out the weather.

Why February 2? That's because February 2 is exactly half way between winter and spring.

If the groundhog peeks from its hole and it is sunny, it will see its shadow and be frightened. It will then go right back to sleep for 6 more weeks of winter weather.

If the sky is cloudy and the groundhog does not see its shadow, it will not be frightened and will not want to sleep for much longer. This is a sign that spring weather will come soon.

The idea for Groundhog Day came from Germany where farmers would watch the weather on "Candlemas Day" (February 2) thinking that the weather on that day would tell them when they could begin planting. A Candlemas song says that if the weather is sunny, winter will be long, and if it is cloudy, spring will arrive soon. The Germans brought this tradition to America in the late 1800's.

Are the groundhogs right? It turns out that they're right only about half the time. Still, everyone watches the sky on February 2 and celebrates this fun legend.

When is Groundhog Day?
February 1
February 2
the first Sunday in February
February 2 What is a burrow?
a baby groundhog
a type of tree
a hole
a hole What frightens a groundhog?
its shadow
its shadow When is Candlemas Day?
February 2
first day of spring
December 25
February 2 In what country did the idea for Groundhog Day begin?
Germany When did Groundhog Day start in America?
when the Pilgrims arrived in 1620
the late 1800's
mid 1900s
the late 1800's Groundhogs are almost always right in predicting the arrival of spring.
It doesn't say in the story.
False If a groundhog sees its shadow, what will happen?
6 more weeks of winter
Spring will be soon.
It will snow the next day.
6 more weeks of winter If a groundhog does NOT sees its shadow, what will happen?
6 more weeks of winter
Spring will be soon.
It will snow the next day.
Spring will be soon. Groundhog Day is
the last day of winter
exactly between winter and spring
the first day of spring
exactly between winter and spring

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