Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Penguins, Penguins, & Penguins!!

Penguins and Penguins!
This unit was a short one that consisted of a lot of reading, research, and a few Youtube videos.  All were driven for the purpose of understanding, insight, and respect for *the penguin!  
(My little guy and I absolutely loved looking at the fun pictures!) 

The unit focused on the following Life Science Common Core - specifically surrounding 
K.L.1.1 and K.L.1.2
Structure and Functions of Living Organisms.    

Penguins by: Scholastic

Look at that cover! What's NOT to like?  I mean doesn't he look like he is having a great day?!

Yes, we laughed about this fun little guy!


Penguin Playdoh!!
What do you get when you mix white, black, and yes, yellow together?
A "Wacky Penguin" of-course!
Playdoh is a great way for tactile stimulation while it builds upon fine motor skills. 
Look at this adorable cover on this book!
Penguins!! by: National Geographic Kids

 Enjoy this very cute and loving ~Baby Penguin~ video.
Warn you... You might want to cuddle and hold them!!!


Penguin Hand Craft 
  • 2 Black pieces of construction paper
  • 1 medium size white construction piece of paper
  • 1 medium size beige construction piece of paper
  • 2 medium size wiggly eyes
  1. Make one medium size black circle. (head)
  2. Make one large size black oval.  Cut off the bottom. (Body)
  3. Make two small narrow ovals.  (Arms)
  4. Glue the bottom portion of the head behind the body. (Look at the example)
  5. Glue a small portion of the arms behind the body. (Look at the example)
  6. Make, cut, and glue a medium size triangle on the head. (Nose)
  7. Make a medium size white oval and glue on the body. (Tummy)
  8. Glue wiggly eyes on.
  9. Draw, cut out, and glue on the beige hands. (Feet) 
Read: Penguins of the World by: Wayne Lynch

Another great resource with lots of pictures, information, and more!

View the short clip ~

Absolutely "breathtaking" to view such beautiful creatures in their own personal habitat.

 Math:  Penguin Shapes

  • 1 large black, white, and beige pieces of construction papers
  • 1 glue stick
  • 8 small wiggly eyes
  • 1 white crayon


  1. Draw the shapes on the black and white construction papers.  The white one smaller than the black.  Cut all of them out and glue the white on top of the black pieces. (The black is the body and the white is the tummy.)
  2.  Draw and cut out four small beige triangles.  Glue them on the white bodies. (Noses)
  3. Glue the wiggly eyes.
  4. Draw four pairs of feet and glue behind the 'penguins.' 

Read ~  Penguins
Photographs by: Brutus Osling ~ Text by:  Susanne Akesson

This is another awesome book.
The pictures are wonderful with excellent visuals.

We discussed the pictures, asked a lot of questions (mainly my son), and compared and contrasted the similarities and differences.

 Art project:  Penguin Bottle

  • 1 recycled empty bottle
  • 3 cotton balls
  • 1 small triangular orange construction paper
  • 1 small black piece of construction paper.
  • Glue
  • Black marker
  • Two wiggly eyes
  • Clear tape
  1. Cut the black piece of paper in half.  Put one half in the bottle. (The back of the penguin.)

  2. Stretch out the cotton and put in the empty bottle.
  3. Make small black feet and small wings tape on the bottle (look at the picture).
  4. Color the lid area black
  5. Make an orange triangular beak and glue on the top.
  6. Glue the wiggly eyes.
Math:   Blend ~ Estimating, Measurements, and a Craft.
This math lesson follows along the Mathematics Common Core Standards.
CCSS.Math.Content.K.MD.A.1 Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.

CCSS.Math.Content.K.MD.A.2 Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/“less of” the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.
  • Estimation penguin growth.
  • Compare to the child.
  • Take out the measuring the tape.
My little guy made this entire penguin all by himself!!
  • Tape
  • Large sheet of paper
  • Black and orange markers
  • Measuring tape
  • Glues stick
  • 2 large wiggly eyes
Step 1:  Tape several sheets of white paper together.
Get out the measuring tape.
Measure the paper according to the penguin of choice. 
*The measurements are noted within the books.

Step 2:  Draw a penguin. 
A large oval, arms, and feet.

 Step 3:  Almost there!!
I did not help my little one.  He was able to draw the entire penguin on his own.
Woohoo!! Look at this penguin! 
This was the exact measurement for this little guy.
We compared the penguin to my little one in addition to things around the house.

Reading Comprehension:
Bring on the Chapter Books!!
This part of the activity we read a chapter every night.  We went through, asked questions, and predict on what would be next. 

  • We read and discussed the book.  The above picture he drew 'Mr. Poppers' and one of the penguin friends.  He dictated what it was and I wrote it.
  • Made several things that came from the book... one being the 'cookery'.
  • In addition, we did several comprehension lessons in regards to what my little guy retained and so forth.
 Read: Penguins and Antarctica - Magic Tree House Research Guide

We read a few pages due to the fact this particular book was perfect for children who are bit older than my little guy. 

Language Arts - Comprehension and a Penguin Craft!
English Language Arts Common Core: Key Ideas and Details 
 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
  • 1 Large black and white piece of construction paper.
  • Glue stick
  • Orange marker
  • 2 medium wiggly eyes

  1. Make a large oval shaped body and small rounded head.  (Like a bowling pin)
  2. Glue the eyes on.
  3. Draw the nose.
  4. Write on the tummy all of the things the child remembers from previous lessons about penguins.  (Everything I wrote on his was verbatim.)

Read:  'Penguins' by Liz Pichon and 'Penguins, Penguins Everywhere' by:  Bob Barner
This is a energetic little book that sparks the imagination of a little one.

~ Hope that enjoyed the unit! I encourage feedback!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fun Farm Unit Part 2 {NEW}

Fun Farm Unit
Part Two

Field Trip:  Duck Pond
For this part of the unit... I took my son to a duck pond.  It was an early, slightly windy evening therefore, it was a great time to feed the animals, walk around, and socialize with friends.  On this particular night the animals were obviously very hungry.  The crowd gathered around as though they were 'starving'.  They were actually taking the bread out of our hands before I could even reach my hand out.  As soon as we walked up to the pond~ duck galore.  They were coming from all over the place...behind the trees, out of the water, from all sides, and more.  Through all of that, my son enjoyed himself very much.  To my surprise on the other hand; I was rather pleased with how well the animals behaved towards all of the people, especially towards the children.  They weren't aggressive.  Unfortunately, we only brought one loaf of bread... apparently, it wasn't enough.  Needless-to-say, exploring the area, looking at the ducks, and observing the various things that were happening all at once was a wonderful visual lesson within itself.  Things such as the turtles swimming around, ducks walking straight up to us, and observing the other little children that were doing the same thing ~ all priceless within it's own natural way.  Personally and professionally speaking, I find by doing such things demonstrate as to why I chose to home school in the first place.  The basic fact, that 'field trips' are hard to come by within the educational system.  To explain - a teacher would have to find parental support, sometimes money, transportation, permission slips (ohhh! those dreaded slips!), and a whole lot more that goes into effect when thinking of taking 30 plus students somewhere.  I know!! I have done it many times.  However, when all said and done - the adventure was worth it!

Read:  Dimmity Duck
This is a very cute story! My little guy loved listening to it over and over again!! It's a story about friendship, fun with another friend, and differences! Another simple read ~ 'The Duck Says'

Craft:  Making a Rocking Duck!
My little one enjoyed making and playing with this  It does require some help. 

Materials that you will need:

  • Two paper plates
  • Washable Orange and yellow paint
  • Smock and paintbrush
  • Tape
  • Tacky glue
  • Wiggly eyes
  • 1 1/2 paper plate
  • 1/2 sheet of white paper
  • pencil
  • Felt - cut a triangular piece that would be big enough for the ducks beak.


1.  Fold one paper plate
(The body of the duck.)
2.  Paint the plate
3.  Wait until it dries.
4.  Cut the second paper plate in half. 
Fold one of the halves.
(This will be the wings on the duck.)
5.  Paint and wait dry.
6.  Tape on top of the body

By:  Vasha Bajaj ~Illustrated by:  Ivan Bates
A nice little book about a mothers' love!

Craft:  Making a Chick

 - 1-2 Yellow puff balls
 - Tacky glue
 - Small Wiggly eyes
 - scissors
 - plastic golf ball
 - small triangular piece of orange felt
 - yellow pain
- white paper
Step 1:   Paint the golf ball.

Step 2:  Glue the yellow pom-poms all over the golf ball.  Set to dry.

Step 3:    Glue the felt on the feet, (felt) nose on the face, and wiggly eyes on.

Step 4:  Have fun!

Read ~ Chick to Hen
            By: Discovery Kids
This book review the chicks life stages from egg to hen.
~ Read:  Duck & Goose
   By:  Tad Hills

~ An adorable story of two friends who go on a journey in order to figure out something.  Duck & Goose are just two funny little characters that make reading enjoyable!

Chick Walk!

1.              2 (Two) Paper Plates

2.            Markers or crayons

3.            Scissors

4.            2 (Two) Brads

5.            1 (One) large wiggly eye

6.            Tacky glue

Step 1:
On the plates outline, color, and cut out the circles.  Make one circle bigger than the other.  

Step 2:
On the second plate draw four feet connected. (Does not have to be perfect!)

Step 3

Cut out the yellow circle from the first plate. Use the left over plate pieces for the wings.  (Shape them – rounded at the bottom and pointed at the top)

Step 4-- Color the circles, add the fasteners, glue the wings, beak, and wiggly eye, and finally tape the straws.

Math ~ Graphing!

I love using manipulatives when teaching various math concepts.  I have had the pleasure of witnessing the growth and ‘a ha’ moments come alive within so many little ones!  They essentially are educating and developing knowledge through visual stimulation.  Something in which creates a stronger sense of understanding, expansion of knowledge, and an overall lasting impression.  

Common Core:
CCSS.Math.Content.1.MD.C. :  4 Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.

~ Fun
~ Imaginative
~ Learning through the eyes of a child!

I thought that this photo was cute!  My little guy set the lesson up in order to graph!

First we read all of the words and placed the animals accordingly.

We counted all of the animals one by one and then, graphed.  Example – counted all of the cows then, graphed. 

Next – we discussed which one had more, less, and equal.

   ~Read 'Nibble Nibble' by Margaret Wise Brown and 'You're My Little Bunny' by Claire Freedmon

Both are wonderful illustrated books that demonstrate softness and whimsical  bunnies.


Sponge paint~
I find that allowing a child to be creative and artistic within their own personal fashion sparks interest, independence, and yes, imagination! 

Language Arts & Writing! 'Barn Booklet'
Common Core:

Print Concepts

          This part of the unit clearly focused on reading the appropriate books and writing.  To explain, we read stories that fit the topic of the day.  Meaning, if we were talking and learning about horses...we then, wrote our sentence about horses verses doing the entire 'Barn Booklet' together. 
          Furthermore, it must be known that I was able to find a 'barn' template online at abcteach.  However, I made the lesson that surrounded the topic... such as found pictures, books of the animals, and so forth. 


          Common Core:CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10 Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.

          More fun books to include within the unit! All enjoyable, interesting, and loving.  My personal favorite out of this group was and still is...'Going to Sleep on the Farm'.  It reminded me of my little guy due to that he asks a lot of questions about everything.

          I hope that you enjoyed the entire ~Farm Unit~ as much as I enjoyed completed everything with my little guy!

          NOTE: ALL projects were personal projects from Creative Little Apples!  All of the ideas/projects/thoughts were original.  *Unless - noted.  Specifically speaking - 'the Barn Template.'

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