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Woodchucks Under the Porch

Updated on March 16, 2015

Vermont Woodchucks

One of the baby woodchucks in our backyard at Royalton Bed and Breakfast
One of the baby woodchucks in our backyard at Royalton Bed and Breakfast | Source

Woodchucks

Woodchucks chuck wood and groundhogs determine the coming of spring. They eat your garden, dig holes under the porch but look adorable when they are first born and start to venture out of their dens.

Watching the woodchuck babies venturing out from under the porch inspired us to study these cute little rodents. So don't just hibernate, pop your head up and find out about woodchucks.

You will find dozens of ideas for learning centers, Word Walls, games, activities and literacy bags. Sharpen your claws and dig into learning...

Baby Woodchucks

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Woodchucks Live Under Our Porch

We have a family of Woodchucks living under our porch. There is a big fat papa Woodchuck, a middle sized Mama Woodchuck and four wee little baby Woodchucks.

I believe there are Uncles, Aunts and cousins living under the barn, chicken coop and woodshed.

The babies are adorable and are not shy at all. I have gone right up to them and looked them right in the eye, observing their shiny noses and round furry bodies.

Woodchucks are also known as groundhogs and have quite the reputation for weather divination in February. It's a fun holiday to celebrate!

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Language Arts Lessons with a Woodchuck Theme

Johnny Chuck

Woodchuck in the Yard.
Woodchuck in the Yard. | Source

The Adventures of Johnny Chuck

I like to read a chapter book to the children after lunch recess . These books have very short chapters of one to two pages and I haven't found a child yet that doesn't love them. Allowing each of the children to pick a stuffed animal to snuggle with as they sit or lie on the rug helps them to stay quiet and focus on the story.

Thornton Burgess was a naturalist who wrote stories about all the Animals of the North American Woodlands.

Despite the fact that the animals are named and wear clothing, the animals are basically true to their animal ways. In the Adventures of Reddy Fox, for example, Reddy hunts and eats chickens from Farmer Brown's Chicken House.

Reddy has to watch out for Bowser the Hound.Chickens may be killed and eaten because no chickens are characters nor do any have names.

In The Adventures of Johnny Chuck, spring has arrived and Johnny Chuck goes wandering, gets in a fight, and sets up housekeeping with Polly Chuck. Will there be baby woodchucks soon?

Second Graders and up should be able to read these books easily on their own and they are so inexpensive that I suggest that you get several copies for the children to read together.

Woodchuck

Groundhog (Marmota monax)
Groundhog (Marmota monax) | Source

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck?

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck? If a woodchuck could chuck wood?

He'd chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

Tongue Twister and Woodchucks

Write ""How much wood..." on a poster board and laminate it. Read and recite it often with your students until they know it by heart.

-1. Use highlighter tape to highlight words or letters that are repeated.

-2. Try changing words such as logs instead of wood. How does it change the rhythm of the tongue twister?

-3. Try changing animals. What about groundhog instead of woodchuck?

Woodchucks for Beginning Readers

Woodchuck at Blackberry Road (Smithsonian's Backyard)
Woodchuck at Blackberry Road (Smithsonian's Backyard) | Source

Puppets in the Reading Nook


A Stuffed Woodchuck Puppet would be a great addition to your Reading Nook.

Over the years I have collected quite a few stuffed woodchucks.We keep them in a tall round laundry basket that we call the Woodchuck Hole.

The children use them in many different activities described below.

Which Woodchuck Will Go? - A Beginning Reading Game

Find out which woodchuck will be the one to go all the way to the end of the tunnel and check for its shadow.

(2 players)

-Use the tiles on the floor, two stuffed woodchucks and a deck of "Who Will Go?" cards.

-To make the cards write the following sentences on 2 or 3 cards each. Laminating the cards will make them last longer.

I will go.

You will go.

We will go.

I will not go.

-Shuffle and divide the deck of cards evenly.

-Children take turns drawing a card, facing the other person and reading the card.

-Then the child moves his or her woodchuck according to the sentence.

The first woodchuck to get all the way across the floor is the one to see its shadow.

Woodchuck Family

Family of Woodchucks
Family of Woodchucks | Source

Woodchucks All Around

Poem by Evelyn Saenz

Woodchucks in the garden,

Eating all our food.

Woodchucks in the flower beds.

Do you think that's good?

Woodchucks by the back porch.

Woodchucks in the ground.

Woodchucks by the barn door.

Woodchucks all around.

Groundhog Themed Math

Woodchuck Burrow

Juvenile Woodchuck
Juvenile Woodchuck | Source

Woodchuck Tunnels, Burrows and Holes - How deep can a woodchuck dig when a woodchuck digs its hole?

These furry, grizzled, brown to gray mammals have long curved claws that are ideal for digging and climbing.

The Woodchuck's Tunnels can be up to 5 feet deep or about 3 Woodchuck Units deep.

To visualize how deep a woodchuck's tunnel really is try to find places that are actually 3 Woodchuck Units deep.

For Example:

1. Window ledge to the ground

2. Top to the bottom of the slide

3. Reading Loft to the floor

Woodchucks are Great at Digging

Science

Woodchuck Sensory Table

Garden tools imitate long curved woodchuck claws. Try digging in the playground or garden.

Miniature Fields

Children will discover about the structure of the dirt, how grass roots help to hold the soil together, and conservation of matter. (The dirt they dig out of the hole must go somewhere.)

1. Fill a Rice Table half full of dirt.

2. Add grass seed or birdseed and sprinkle with water.

3. Cover and allow the grass to grow and get thick.

4. Give the children miniature garden tools to try to dig tunnels like woodchucks.

You may need to limit the area or have several tubs of grass growing to provide enough untouched ground for all of the children.

Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day! is about the traditions that led to the big celebration now held each year on February 2nd in Punxsutawney, PA.

Gail Gibbons includes information about the groundhog's diet, habitat, burrows, and newborns kits and looks.

She also explains how past cultures depended on hibernating animals to help them determine the arrival of spring.

"If a groundhog sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter," is explained in terms that are perfect for a child's level of understanding.

The Woodchuck is a True Sleeping Beauty - Woodchuck Hibernation

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."

What's happening down in the burrow?

Hibernation

Hibernation
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Where do woodchucks sleep in the winter?

Groundhogs go into a deep sleep called hibernation. Their bodies slow down and their body temperature drops to just a few degrees above freezing.

Because their sleeping den, called the hibernaculum, is below frost line in the deepest portion of the burrow their body temperature goes down to as low as 39-40 degrees F. This is about the same temperature as the inside of a refrigerator.

Woodchucks are one of the few mammals that enter into true hibernation.Woodchucks begin their hibernation in mid-November, and wake up in late February.

During the beginning months of school when the woodchucks are actively preparing for winter we read Every Autumn Comes the Bear and Blueberries for Sal. We read the couple of chapters of The Hobbit to get a feel for how the woodchuck may feel in his burrow.

In October we read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and in mid-November we read the story of Sleeping Beauty

What do Woodchucks dream about?

Woodchuck Illustration
Woodchuck Illustration | Source

Writing about Woodchucks

You might post an illustration such as this one by Anna Myers to start brainstorming ideas for writing stories about woodchucks.

Ms. Myers wrote and tells us that:

The woodchuck was a lot of fun to draw, it went to illustrate a story about a woodchuck who lived in the author's backyard. This particular woodchuck is dreaming about Bok-Choy.

What's the wake-up call?

Theories abound from the amount of daylight to hormones but in any case the woodchuck wakes up and we humans like to celebrate.

Fictional Tale of a Hibernating Groundhog

Wake Up, Groundhog!
Wake Up, Groundhog! | Source

Time to Wake Up the Groundhog!

In February, reread the books that you read in November. Make a list of all the things that the Woodchuck missed in your class while he/she was sleeping. Notice how much more the children can read than back in the fall.

Write weekly sentences on the woodchuck calendar about what the Woodchuck is doing now that he or she is awake. ie: "The woodchuck wakes up." "The woodchuck nibbles on the tulips." Etc.

Where does a Woodchuck Live?

Woodchuck
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Woodchuck Habitat

Woodchucks prefer to live in open farmland and surrounding wooded areas.

Reading books by Thornton Burgess such as The Adventures of Johnny Chuck or Old Mother Westwind will help children get a feel for the Woodchuck's habitat and neighbors.

Every day after lunch recess we have story hour where the children pick out a stuffed animal to snuggle with, curl up on the rug and listen to a chapter book.

Groundhog Bulletin Board

Make a bulletin board with a meadow scene.

You might add a title such as Woodchucks are Vegetarians or I'm a Salad Lover

Make a groundhog peaking out of its hole looking for something to eat.

As you read about woodchucks you can add vegetation to the bulletin board so that your woodchuck has plenty to eat.

In the Art Center children can draw and cut out pictures of woodchuck food and then attach them to the bulletin board.

You might provide seed catalogs for ideas.

By adding labels to the Woodchuck Habitat scene you turn it into a Word Wall.

Woodchucks gnaw on Ornamental shrubs and fruit trees. They eat garden vegetables and other vegetation and are considered a pest by most farmers and gardeners.



What do woodchucks eat?

Woodchuck Food
Woodchuck Food

What's for dinner?

Photo Credit: Woodchuck Eating Grass on Flickr, Creative Commons.

Photo Credit: Dandelion on Flickr, Creative Commons.

Photo Credit: Clover on Flickr, Creative Commons.

Groundhogs gorge themselves on green plants, such as dandelion greens, clover, and grasses.

They also find nearby garden vegetables absolutely delicious.

Woodchucks binge and purposefully put on weight in the summer, reaching their maximum mass in late August.

They become lethargic or tired and prepare for hibernation in October.

By February, hibernating woodchucks have lost as much as half their body weight.

Gopher It!

In Gopher It! a scattered pile of Food Cards are put into a pile in the center of the table to form the Garden.

On their turn, players pick any card out of the Garden and pick as long as they wish, up to 4 cards, unless they pick the same type of Food Card twice in a row.

This game encourages basic addition skills, introduces simple strategy, social interaction play, and endless combinations of replay ability.

I used a fine-tipped permanent marker to write the words for the vegetables on the cards.

Groundhog Teeth

Woodchucks, being rodents, have front teeth that continuously grow throughout their lives.

As the teeth grow, they are naturally worn down when the animal gnaws on wood and other objects.

If you have a rabbit, hamster or mice in the classroom you may observe them chewing on wood.

Maybe you could go on a field trip to a beaver pond to see where beavers have gnawed on trees to cut them down.

Carpentry Center:

To understand how Woodchuck teeth get worn down:

1. Put out some Woodchuck Teeth (Small pieces of balsa wood)

2. Trees or Logs (Sandpaper tubes that slip over wooden dowels for bird perches.)

3. Children use the teeth to gnaw at the logs.

4. Children could also file their own fingernails.

To learn more about rodent teeth you might like to read about Snaggletooth Stormy , a woodchuck from the Brookfield Zoo that has had to have braces.

Science Table:

Have several skulls with teeth for the students to examine.

The children can observe the differences between rodent teeth and the teeth of other mammals.

Various types of teeth can also be seen and compared by looking at animal x-rays. (See below)



Rodent Teeth Theater

Set up a Computer on your Science Table near the animal skulls and let the children watch a video of a rat going to an orthodontist.

Social Studies and Groundhogs

Woodchuck Geography - Where in the world would you find a Woodchuck?

Woodchucks are found throughout virtually the entire eastern United States and much of Canada.

In the puzzle center put puzzle maps of the United States, Canada and North America as well as a stack of blank maps of North America with each of the states and provinces are provided.

After coloring the Woodchuck range, which is outlined for them, the children put a Fingerprint Woodchuck on each state or province where Woodchucks live.

NOTE: We learned how to make Fingerprint Woodchucks after reading Ed Emberley's Thumbprint book. We used them to mark the states and provinces where woodchucks can be found.

Woodchuck Exercise

Woodchuck Tunnel

Playground Tires
Playground Tires | Source

PE Class for Little Woodchucks

Dig Some Holes and Run Around

The primary Woodchuck burrow entrance is usually marked by a large mound of earth, although secondary entrances - dug from underground - may be virtually unnoticeable.

These woodchuck entrances pose a real tripping injury threat to horses, riders and walkers alike.

1. Make a primary Woodchuck burrow entrance in the sandbox by digging a big hole with a huge pile of sand around it.

2. Lay a series of old tires down on the playground and try to run through them to see how difficult it can be for horses, riders and walkers.

Arts and Crafts with a Woodchuck Theme

Woodchuck Paper Doll - Groundhog Paper Doll

Groundhog's Day paper doll card
Groundhog's Day paper doll card | Source

Woodchuck Worksheets

Groundhog Day Crafts, Worksheets and Printable Books
Groundhog Day Crafts, Worksheets and Printable Books | Source

Gregory's Shadow

Gregory Groundhog always feels braver when his best pal, his shadow, accompanies him.

On the day before Groundhog Day, Gregory suggests that he and Shadow go find something to eat. "Sure... I'm right behind you," quips his amorphous companion, whom Gregory inadvertently leaves outdoors when he returns to his burrow.

I like to read this book with Moonbear's Shadow by Frank Asch. We make a Venn Graph to compare the two books.

NOTE: A portion of the author royalties from this title will go to the Don and Lydia Freeman Research Fund to support psychological research concerning children afflicted with cancer.

Gregory's Shadow was posthumously published by Don Freeman, the creator of Corduroy.



Groundhog's Day Divination

Woodchuck Chillin Out
Woodchuck Chillin Out | Source

Why is February 2 Groundhog Day?

Every year on February 2 the groundhogs come out of their holes and check their shadows. What does it mean?

There is an Old Wife's Tale that says that groundhogs or woodchucks come up out of their holes to check the weather to see whether it is time for them to come out of hibernation.

There was a time when people needed to guess when spring would arrive in order to begin the planting season. They looked for signs in nature to let them know when that would happen. One of those signs is when the groundhogs begin to emerge from their dens.

We celebrate Feb. 2 because it reminds us that spring is just around the corner. It seems to help when we get those big, 2 or 3 foot snowstorms in the middle and end of winter.

If a Groundhog sees his shadow, what does it mean?

There will be six more weeks of winter.

There will be six more weeks of winter.

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    • Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I hope he doesn't see his shadow this year. I am already ready for spring

    • RobinDM 5 years ago

      soooooo, trying to trick me, you wascally wabbit!!! Great one! ;-)

    • Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I get to enjoy winter for a few more weeks. Break out the hot cocoa.

    • Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      In the Northeast, if the groundhog sees his shadow then we expect another six weeks of winter. If he doesn't see his shadow, it means we can expect another six weeks of snowy cold weather!

    • AngelDey 6 years ago

      You just made me do math! Both the answers are the same. In Northern Nevada, there will still be many more months of cold after Feb 2, but seeing shadows doesn't keep the marmots (gophers, woodchucks, etc.) from coming out!

    • UCAN2 LM 8 years ago

      Yes! 6 more weeks of winter! One a half more months (six of one - have dozen of the other!) And what a winter it has been..... But today it is sunny and not as cold. Just give me the sun!

    • Tiddledeewinks LM 9 years ago

      Six more weeks AND the sun is shining!

    • KCStargazer 9 years ago

      Six of one, one and a half of the other, but the saying goes "six weeks". Sunny weather means it is still in a winter weather pattern, so they go back in "frightened" by the shadow (more like the prospect of 6 more weeks of cold) and hibernate. Cloudy weather would indicate being in a Spring weather pattern and warmer weather coming sooner.

    • CoralMilburnCur 9 years ago

      The sun is shining?

    There will only be six more weeks until spring.

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      • BrickHouseFabrics 6 years ago

        winter will last six weeks more

      • Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

        My grandson was born on groundhog day - he's 2 this year on 2/2! It's a sunny day for us no matter what the woodchuck does.

      • Lee Hansen 9 years ago from Vermont

        If he sees his shadow, he won't be eating at my garden for another 6 weeks.

      • Becca Sanz 9 years ago

        That it's time to watch out for more signs of spring.

      • EelKat13 9 years ago

        I always wondered how we know he's looking at his shadow and not just contemplating on increasing his inner Zen by meditation of the snow covered blades of grass, in hopes of reaching enlightenment? I mean, why should he care wither he sees his shadow or not?

      What's so special about Feb. 2?

      February 2 or Groundhog Day lies about halfway between the winter solstice in December and the vernal equinox in March.

      That makes it a "cross-quarter" day.

      In some cultures it is celebrated as the mid point of winter. (Remember Shakespeare's Mid-Summer Night's Dream?)

      About that time, near the second week of February, that many groundhogs end their hibernation anyway.

      Will the Groundhog see his Shadow?

      How many more weeks of winter?

      Groundhog's Day in Vermont

      If the groundhog sees his shadow there will be 6 more weeks of winter. If he doesn't winter will last for another month and a half.

      Vermonters, affectionately known as Woodchucks, have a dry sense of humor, especially when it comes to their notoriously long winters.

      Go Out and Chuck Some Wood!

      Woodchuck Looking at the Woodpile
      Woodchuck Looking at the Woodpile | Source

      Woodchucks Get Some Exercise

      Photo Credit: Woodpile on by Chmee2 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

      Go out to the playground with a stack of logs and try chucking wood.

      It is amazing how much exercise you can get from chucking wood. Try moving a whole woodpile.

      • Line the kids up and move the wood a piece at a time bucket brigade style.
      • Then form a line the other way and take turns chucking wood from one pile to the other.
      • Finally stack all the wood back into a pile to keep it dry for winter.

      NOTE: Take turns and watch out for splinters!

      Woodchucks for Literacy Bags - Soft, Cuddly, Stuffed Groundhogs

      You can find lots of unique items to add to your Literacy Bags at yard sales, flea markets and on eBay. Look for Groundhog Shadow Puppets, Stuffed Woodchucks or other Groundhog's Day games and activities.

      Include a couple of books about woodchucks. I like to include a fiction as well as a non-fiction book. Also include a game and a plush animal.

      You can ask your children to name your stuffed animal. We named ours Gregory. The children love taking Gregory home for the weekend. They read to him, play games with him, sleep with him, take him wherever they go. Then they write about his adventures in his diary which is also included in the literacy bag.

      When we get back together, we read all about Gregory's adventures.

      Congratulations Woodchucks! - The Woodchucks just won The Purple Star Award!

      Woodchuck with a Purple Star
      Woodchuck with a Purple Star | Source

      Woodchuck Unit Study Award

      Lenses on Squidoo received the Purple Star Awards as having been judged one of the very best pages on Squidoo. The woodchucks would like to thank the Purple Star Committee for such a high honor.

      This was one of the very first webpages on Squidoo to have received the Purple Star. Sadly, with the demise of Squidoo, this unit study has lost many of its links and images. With time I hope to fill it out with more of the fun, hands-on activities and ideas that you expect in unit study.


      Do you check for the groundhog's shadow on February 2?

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          Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

          Well now I know everything that I could ever desire to know about a woodchuck. Fabulous as I am sure that one of these days I am going to run into one of those little guys.

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          Christine Hulme 3 years ago from SE Kent, England

          SO much excellent info on this little creature! Lovely lens and congrats on purple star!

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          Michey LM 4 years ago

          You are my favorite teacher, as I always learn something from you. Great lens and presentation. Blessings!

          So well deserved purple star.

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          flowski lm 4 years ago

          I really enjoyed this lens. We have marmots also called whistle pigs up here in the mountains. I like the intermediate ski run at Vail named Whistle pig! They hang on the rocks.

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          UKMarkWilliam 4 years ago

          Nice and interesting one.

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          As many groundhogs as we have around here, I have never been able to get a good picture. Maybe I should just camp out beside one of the many holes in our yard.

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          Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

          Great lens. We don't have Woodchucks or Groundhogs in New Zealand. Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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          Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

          I've never seen a woodchuck. Interesting critter.

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          iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

          Of course! Fun lens! I am featuring it on my lens, Pennsylvania for Teachers & Travelers. https://hubpages.com/education/learning-about-penn

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          Storytutor 5 years ago

          Yaaaaaayyyy!!!! Woodchucks!!! My ESL students always want to know what they are!

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          mumsgather 5 years ago

          Happy Groundhog Day. Blessings coming your way.

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          KateConn 5 years ago

          Happy Groundhog Day!

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          reasonablerobby 5 years ago

          Brilliant Educational Superb!

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          RobinDM 5 years ago

          This is simply excellent! I can really use this with Darling! Thank you so much. I just love Thorton Burgess. I'm going to have to check to see if we have this particular one. I collect all I can find!

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          Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

          Wish I had a woodchuck living under my porch. It would be much better than some of the critters that have decided to camp out under my house. Thanks for all of the really creative ways to use woodchuck resources for teaching and learning. Appreciated!

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          Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

          This is an excellent and informative lens on woodchucks. Very well done!

          In my experience, woodchucks are cute & cuddly --- until they start eating all of the plants in my gardens!

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          GordyM 5 years ago

          Wow, you have piqued my interest with your pages, I am reading them one by one, This is so interesting.!!

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          Carol Fisher 6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

          We don't have woodchucks in the UK so I've never known anything about them until now. What a great page on the subject - blessed.

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          AngelDey 6 years ago

          Oops. I called them gophers in the debate module above, but I just looked it up and they are not related. Two different critters. Learn something new every day.

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          Jack 6 years ago

          Very informative lens. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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          BrickHouseFabrics 6 years ago

          We look forward to the spring when they show up. We once had a mama w/ 4 babies living below the house!

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          kt_glasses 6 years ago

          So cute~~Your description for Woodchucks family is so sweet and adorable.

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          irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

          Have never seen one until now! Thank you for educating me. The closest we have in Sweden to this little guy is the beaver.

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          ShamanicShift 6 years ago

          Highly informative about a favorite critter--glad I came!

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          Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

          Thanks for this really informative unit study. Wish your lenses had been around when I was still homeschooling.

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          VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

          Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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          Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

          @CherylsArt: The woodchucks thank you for the Purple Star greetings.

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          Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

          @mbgphoto: Thank you very much. The woodchucks are delighted that you stopped by.

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          Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

          @WindyWintersHubs: And a Happy Belated Groundhog's Day to you from the Woodchucks.

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          Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

          @eclecticeducati1: Thank you, SquidAngel.

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          Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

          So now I know, a groundhog and a woodchuck are one and the same. Definitely a purple star lens!

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          Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

          Very informative lens. congratulations on that purple star.

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          WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

          Congratulations on your Purple Star. Happy Belated Ground Hog Day!

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          eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

          How cute!!!! Congratulations on your purple star! Great lens. Blessed by an Angel and I'm lensrolling to my Groundhog Day Lapbook lens.

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          Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

          @CastleRoyLisa: Thank you for visiting the woodchucks.

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          Lisa 7 years ago from Rhode Island

          this is a wonderful lens so much about the Woodchuck I love it and yes I check I think animals and nature know more about these things now if I could only safely keep them out of my garden.

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          Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

          @Sylvestermouse: Thank you so much, SquidAngel. I look forward to seeing pictures of your paper plate groundhog.

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

          This is remarkably awesome! Now I want to go make a paper plate groundhog of my very own. So Cute and Angel Blessed!

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          Andy 8 years ago from London, England

          Cute. We just have squirrels, rats and foxes in London.

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          clouda9 lm 8 years ago

          Wonderful lens! Fun to find out more about this little cutey...we share a very special day :)

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          Aquavel 8 years ago

          I absolutely check the groundhog's shadow every February 2nd.

          This lens is amazing! It's packed with info, beautiful visuals & videos & is so much fun! 5*s, faved, & lensrolled to my Groundhog Day lens.

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          fotolady49 lm 8 years ago

          I have woodchucks aka groundhogs, in my yard, also raccoons, possums, rabbits, squirrels and skunks. I live in the city but we have deep backyards because there is not a street in the middle of the properties. So we have a veritable wildlife sanctuary, and a few deer too. Love your lens.....5*****

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          fotolady49 lm 8 years ago

          I have woodchucks aka groundhogs, in my yard, also raccoons, possums, rabbits, squirrels and skunks. I live in the city but we have deep backyards because there is not a street in the middle of the properties. So we have a veritable wildlife sanctuary, and a few deer too. Love your lens.....5*****

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          fotolady49 lm 8 years ago

          I have woodchucks aka groundhogs, in my yard, also raccoons, possums, rabbits, squirrels and skunks. I live in the city but we have deep backyards because there is not a street in the middle of the properties. So we have a veritable wildlife sanctuary, and a few deer too. Love your lens.....5*****

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          kellywissink lm 8 years ago

          5 stars!

          Welcome to the Homeschooling Support Group!

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          Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

          [in reply to Pastiche] The Woodchucks are wishing your grandson a happy birthday.

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          Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

          Ah, I must admit they are cute in pix, but boy do they devastate my garden. Superb lens as usual Evelyn. I have more respect for the little rodents.

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          rewards4life info 8 years ago

          The most informative lens Woodchucks I've ever seen! Brilliant!

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          Mortira 8 years ago

          I've got my fingers crossed for Groundhog Day this year! I'm trying not to get my hopes up though.

          Welcome to the Four Seasons group!

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          Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

          Your lenses are a wonderful resource. You have really surpassed yourself on this one.

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          aidenw 8 years ago from USA

          What an interesting lens about an interesting animal. I didn't know much about woodchucks but thanks to your lens, now I do. I don't think I've ever seen one except on TV on groundhog's day 'cos they don't live where I live. I'm an animal lover and yes, they do look adorable.

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          Mayflowerblood 8 years ago

          cute and informative lens!

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          Aquavel 8 years ago

          I check every February 2nd. Excellent lens! I get more out of it every time I read it. Rolled, starred, favored.

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          ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

          Excellent lens! YOur students must love you.

          Lizzy

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          VBright 8 years ago

          If I were a home teacher, I would consider you an invaluable source! Excellent job!

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          religions7 8 years ago

          Is this your fiftieth lens? It's great anyhow. You did apply for giant didn't you?

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          Lee Hansen 9 years ago from Vermont

          My grandson was born on Feb 2, so I drew a special woodchuck coloring page and groundhog's day clip art in his honor.

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          RuthCoffee 9 years ago

          Wow tons of teaching ideas and activities! I spot woodchucks frequently where I live.

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          Becca Sanz 9 years ago

          Your lens is very informative. Staying healthy is very important. I hope you will support movement to promote Healthy Food on college campuses.

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          rwoman 9 years ago

          Another great lens but I expect nothing less from you! I can't wait until my son gets home from school so I can share it with him. He'll love it too.

          I hope you'll have time off from all your hard work for some Earth Day trivia fun here!

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          Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

          I wanna be a woodchuck...and eat your 5 stars *****!

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          Tiddledeewinks LM 9 years ago

          Anothern great educational lens you've made! I like all animals, but some I'd rather see away from my garden and all the hard work I put into it. We like a lot of the same things, as I like those Thornton Burgess animal books, too! My daughter, (the lensmaster-Eelkat) was schooled at home, when I found the Moores homeschooling book at the library, and took her out of public school at 3rd grade, and she never went back! I would have done it sooner had I known I could. We need to get the word out to others.

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          Barkely 9 years ago

          Cute, we have a woodchuck in our back yard, but I'm not his fan. He digs up my flowers! LOL

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          maxy 9 years ago

          Great lens, creative and informative! Please check out my phone card lens!

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          Susan 9 years ago from Texas

          Awesome, Evelyn! Love these lenses of yours that are great lesson plans. Reminds me of my days in Children's Lit in college when we had to pull stuff like this together. (Don't think mine were as good as yours though!)

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          thomasz 9 years ago

          Cool lens. Interesting info.

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          KCStargazer 9 years ago

          Happy Groundhog Day! Another spectacular lens, Evelyn. I've also heard them called Marmot, Whistle Pig and Land Beaver. Welcome to the Kaleidoscope Group! Come see your lens in the "February Features". Always a thrill to see and feature your lenses!

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          frances lm 9 years ago

          Really nice lens. Would also be fun for a kid. Well done.

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          bdkz 9 years ago

          Cute lens. I lens rolled you to my: The Groundhog ... Why We Love That Pesky Critter! lens.

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          Heather Weaver 9 years ago from Colorado

          Lovely lens! I was a biology major in college, and we had one professor who brought in treats on Feb 2, because it was one of the major "Biology Holidays." Five stars and a vote at Lensroll!

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          Classic LM 9 years ago

          Thanks for submitting your great lens to my group Nature and Environment!Interesting! I gave you 5 stars

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          groovyoldlady 9 years ago

          Fun and charming and full of great info. Thanks for another awesome lens!

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          CoralMilburnCur 9 years ago

          5* Excellent lens. Well done. Coral

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          SPF 9 years ago

          Very nice lens. I will have to revisit it with my daughter, she will love it. Great addition to my group, Backyard Habitat. Thanks for submitting and keep up the great work! 5*s

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          flicker lm 9 years ago

          You've outdone yourself again, Evelyn! I love the baby woodchucks, too. They are sooo sweet.

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          GypsyPirate LM 9 years ago

          Great lens, I love reading about he groundhogs.