Sunday, January 13, 2013


Taking advantage of this group of children’s natural interest in penguins, we found every book available in the classroom library and worked on skills associated with reading informational text.  This group found a few favorite penguin books (see below) so we used both to work on a number of skills: recalling key details; learning about text features, such as headings and tables of contents; distinguishing between information provided by pictures and information provided by the words in a text; and comparing text features.
The children were surprised to learn how agile and quick penguins are while traversing rocky cliffs, fields and ice.  Many of us tend to think of penguins as having a slow, side-to-side waddle; but in fact, many penguins can walk as fast as humans and can move even faster by tobogganing on their belly and propelling themelves with their flippers and feet for miles.  I was touched by the children's appreciation and connection to the penguin mother and father as they learned how male and female penguins share in the work of incubating eggs and feeding their young. 
These are two of the penguins books the children enjoyed reading: 
Penguins, by Neil Sims and Penguins, by Bobbie Kalman
Below you'll find several language arts assessments the children completed while studying penguins ,as well as a math activity for adding three numbers.



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