Activating Our Prior Knowledge on Penguins
We started with a with a KWL interactive anchor chart to get our brains moving.
Instead of a theme specific one, I made this interactive anchor chart neutral, so I could reuse it over and over again. #timesaver #winning After watching a live feed from SeaWorld as our hook,
I gave each student one sticky note and had them write facts that they already knew about Penguins…
We stuck those on our “K” part of our chart and reviewed and shared as a class. Then we brainstormed some questions we still had about penguins and then used another sticky note for those q’s. Some of our questions were pretty interesting like…
- “Why do penguin mommies throw up their food for their babies?” Umm… yum….
- “Why do they live in the cold if they have to huddle together?” Yeah… why do they??? LOL!
Close Reading About Penguins
For our close read that week, I pulled a story from our reading series..
Penguins Center Activity: Multiple Meaning Words
I kept it challenging by separating the iceberg sentences.
We needed a little brain sweat this week! I would suggest leaving the sentences together for younger students. If you have this pack, be sure to re-download it to grab this new activity! Click the pic or here to check it out!
Wrapping Up Our Learning about Penguins
My favorite fact was one student discovered that there was an extinct species of penguin that stood almost as tall as an adult! What a great conversation to have about key content vocabulary and why we thought that penguin died out. Another favorite fact was the understanding of how a penguin’s size is directly linked to their location and the cold. #geniuskids #teachme
Penguins Unit Writing Activity
As part of our writing this week, we used our close reading story, “Penguin Chick” to write an essay on how Emperor penguin chicks grow and change.
You can grab this paper here!
I made up this quite writing sheet for use to publish our essays on. It was a great lesson on note taking and using evidence to support your claims. #nailedit
Do you teach about penguins? I’d love to hear what fun activities you do, so comment below! Oh! and if you didn’t get a chance to read my guest blog post over at CorkboardConnections, be sure to check it out!