Check out these Penguin Fact and Fiction Books
This part of the post is linking up with my best blogging buddy, Andrea over at Reading Toward the Stars for her Book Talk Thursday. As you can see, there are several excellent Penguin themed books. Of these, my favorites are Tacky for primary and Mr. Popper's Penguins for upper. You see resources for both below. Andrea's Book Talk Thursday is a great linky for learning about new book ideas and how to use them. She's been rolling with it now for two years, so there are lots of great book recommendations in her archive! You can check out her Penguin list [Here].
Eve of the Emperor Penguin by Mary Pope Osborne is a book that I enjoy using with my fourth grade kids this time of year. The Magic Treehouse series are well liked by so many children, and I love the fact that Osborne includes such rich vocabulary and ties in science and social studies content into the books. This one takes Jack and Annie to the Arctic for lots of frigid adventure. .
Another favorite Penguin book of mine is Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester. This series is just plain fun. Our kindergarten teachers have a whole week devoted to penguins and Tacky is a favorite. His crazy behavior keeps the children engaged, and the story works well with many reading skills. You must check them out if you haven't already. I haven't made anything for Tacky, but Teresa Maguire has with this great Close Reading set, and it's free! The set could be used with the whole group to model skills in K-1, and in small group with 2-3.
Hands-On Activities for Penguin
There are so many great options for studying penguins and the arctic, but I am going to start out with two set that I've made. I plan to use them together during the same week and teach my students to make comparisons across multiple texts. The first is a forever freebie that I shared recently on my Facebook page. I have purchased a LOT of close reading materials to use with my students, but I've really wanted to make a few of my own. It will introduce your students to penguin research and help your students learn the routines of close reading. To access it, just click on the image below.
The second set is a partner script written for two voices called Penguins on Parade. It is a fictional story based upon the idea of Tacky. The main character has all sorts of challenges on the ice, but he overcomes these issues by being a superb swimmer. It would work well if you are trying to teach author's message/theme or character development. It is not free (but is only $3.00). It includes supplementary materials for before/during/after reading.
How about a few fun finds from other places? Here are my favorites.
All of these will be combined with my latest products, Arctic Animal Close Reading sets.
This Pinterest board has been formed to collect our planning sheets as well as other themed resources. Feel free to follow it or pin to your own collection.
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