Well, with penguin love around here, we did a mini unit study on penguins back a few weeks when we were all trying to get back into school (um, still are!). It was fun though. I loved the kids' enthusiasm and the little things we did. Again, since we were not doing any school officially, I tried to do a variety of activities to hit on the main subjects.
We took advantage of a very unusual warm day and headed to the zoo for an hour or so!
Penguin "foot" craft (and review of shapes for Critter).
Seeing how a penguin's downy feathers keep it warm using 3 bags - one with ice and water to represent the cold, one with a bit of air, and the third flat. The feather is the bag with a bit of air in it. Very easy to do and very visual, hands-on "experiment" with the kids.
Penguin Punctuation - I typed out sentences to do with penguins and Skipper had to write in what he thought each sentence should end with.
Being a daddy Emperor penguin. The boys tried to shuffle their "egg" (made of clay) around. Very difficult!
Pop-n-Drop Penguins game - received at Christmas. The first to get their penguins out and around the board to "home" wins. I actually won this!
Critter cracks me up. He grabbed one of his daddy's fleece coats, put his legs in the arms, and waddles around like a penguin. It was hilarious and the other two quickly followed suit.
A little treat to go with the penguin pie worksheet below, though ours were more like penguin pops. Regular fudge bars have malt in them, which the boys cannot have, so this was an awesome find - and so delicious, no pun intended!
This fill-in-the-blank worksheet dealt with similes, though we skipped the lesson and just filled it in for fun.
Some grid work. Skipper loved this, though Critter struggled a bit at first.
Checking out how ice bergs look (just a bit out of the water, and plenty more underneath the surface).
Penguin counting by 5's. Still working on skip counting with Skipper...
All about adjectives with Tacky the Penguin. Tacky was a great book and this was a pretty fun worksheet too though I had to do a lot of prompting initially.
Other Fun Stuff
- I gave Skipper letter tiles that spelled out "penguin" and then he had to form words out of those letters.
- Penguin place value online math game. Skipper loved this, but he loves anything on the computer.
- Penguin addition online math game. Again, another hit.
- Penguin time math. I printed these and used as review, not like the directions said to use them. Skipper had to write in the times.
- Made a penguins fact book.
- Read all about penguins from Simple Schooling.
- Used a globe to check out all the places where penguins live.
- Read some of Lizzie's diary about her trip to Antarctica.
- Watched The March of the Penguins - how amazing!
- Finished the week off with a movie night (Happy Feet).
- The Magic School Bus Chapter Book: Penguin Puzzle by Judith Bauer Stamper
- I am Small by Emma Dodd
- Penguins (Smithsonian book) by Seymour Simon
- Tacky the Penguin with audio cd by Helen Lester
- Penguins by Liz Pichon