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Students read Mr. Popper's Penguins. In this Mr. Popper's Penguins lesson, students record descriptive clues from the book. Students research Adelie penguins and compare and contrast to their local community. Students prepare a presentation for the class. Students participate in creating a rubric.
A video featuring polar bears, walruses, killer whales, penguins, seals and more introduces a unit study of the Polar Regions. A KWL chart launches research into the three different areas (ice cap, tundra, and taiga) and animals that inhabit these chilly climes. Each class member writes and illustrates a fact on the polar region. Pages can be collected into a classroom Polar Animal Fact Book.
First graders investigate the life of penguins. In this penguin lesson, 1st graders complete a KWL chart about penguins. They learn a penguin song, and listen to Sonia W. Black's Plenty of Penguins as they learn about habitats, eating habits, and Antarctica. They make a penguin web which they use to write and word process a story about penguins.
Fourth graders locate Antarctica and recognize it as the setting of Mr. Popper's Penguins. In this Mr. Popper's Penguins lesson, 4th graders understand the financial decisions made by Mr. Popper. Students discuss wise spending. Students study the uses of credit. Students make posters to show their group work.
Students read a story about Penguin Life and answer vocabulary and comprehension questions about it. For this penguin life lesson plan, students respond to literature by researching penguins and creating a Venn diagram to compare/contrast two breeds of penguins, match baby animals names to parents and create a paper mache penguin.
Students examine Ernest Shackleton's journey through the Antarctic and trace Shackleton's Actual Route on a map using longitude and latitude coordinates. Students compare his intended route with his actual and determine how far off Shackleton was from his intended journey.
Students participate in a virtual field trip. In this virtual field trip lesson, students access a web site that takes them to Antarctica to watch Adelie Penguins as they care for their offspring. They make a flag of Antarctica and keep a journal of the life cycle of the penguins.