Is it necessary... probably not... however... to a little 7 year old... furry animals on the news making predictions is a huge thing... so... I've learned to embrace it and do something constructive with it ;) I've collected a basket of books and added the idea of Groundhog Day to important concepts that we need to review. They're happy... I'm happy... it's a happy day at school. If your interested in joying in on the fun... I've place my Groundhog Day unit on sale... it has 5 math and 5 language arts activities.