We began a unit on penguins yesterday. I love teaching about penguins because I find them so fascinating. I began by putting the letters P-E-N-G-U-I-N-S all mixed up in a pocket chart. I called students up to make words using these letters (sun, pin, sip, sing, …) then I had them try and figure out the “mystery” word using all the letters.
Our 100th day of school will be this Friday. I always think it’s such a fun day. The students love it because it’s a break from the “normal” daily routine. Here are a couple of things we will be doing on Friday for you to download.
Here is a Groundhog Day poem and a couple of activities to go along with it.
I posted my Christmas Tree Behavior Motivator in December, so now I have my Snowman. When the class is all working together and doing what they should be doing, they earn a part of their snowman. If they are making poor choices, a part can be taken away. When they complete the snowman, they earn some type of reward. They love this and by changing it up every month or two, it keeps the idea fresh.
Next, I posted the chart “What Do You Think?” and had students come up and write yes or no to the questions, “Can penguins swim?” “Do penguins live at the North Pole?” and “Do penguins have feathers?”
I posted two January centers a couple of days ago. Here are two more that I have been working on.
Students will match the snowflakes with the correct money amount to the snowman to make a winter picture.
Penguin Word Families
Students will match the fish to the correct penguins.