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!

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