Groundhogs usually don’t do anything exciting. They’re the round, brown, kind of boring animals waddling alongside highways and across our backyards. So you can imagine everyone’s surprise last week when a groundhog came barreling into a kids’ baseball practice in New Jersey and started chasing after the kids, even though he himself was only the size of a soccer ball. When the coach ran over to fend him off, the groundhog started chasing the coach, who dove into his car for safety. To make sure the animal didn’t bite anyone, the police captured the groundhog with a loop, but he broke the rope. Then after being caught again and caged in an animal shelter, he broke out of there. That’s one groundhog who doesn’t want to be in captivity – or who just really wants to play baseball.
Wee ones: If there are 9 kids practicing baseball and the groundhog joins in the game, now how many players are there including him?
Little kids: If you have 9 kids and a groundhog running around the field, how many little feet are on the move? Bonus: If you can sprint (run your fastest) 100 feet but the groundhog can make it only 70 feet, by how far can you outrun the groundhog?
Big kids: The coach estimated that the terrifying groundhog weighed 20 pounds. How much more do you weigh? Bonus: If you have 9 kids averaging 50 pounds each, how much more does the baseball team weigh than the feisty groundhog?
Wee ones: 10 “players” total.
Little kids: 22 feet: 18 people feet and 4 groundhog feet. Bonus: 30 feet farther.
Big kids: Different for everyone…subtract 20 from your weight in pounds. Bonus: 430 pounds more (450 minus the 20).