Penguins {Nonfiction & Fiction}

It’s back to the real world tomorrow!  I know tomorrow morning is going to be ROUGH.  I have been sleeping in until at least 7:30 and tomorrow, the alarm clock will be set again for 5:00 am.  Going back after a break is always sooooooooo hard.  I will actually have to get out of my pj’s before sunrise and I won’t be able to go and get my almost daily white peppermint mocha’s from Starbucks.  On a good note, cabinet installation on our kitchen is suppose to start tomorrow.  Wahoo! 
So, since it’s a 3 day week, we aren’t going to start a new week in our reading series.  Instead, we will be doing lots of review and getting back into the swing of things.  I decided that we would be using Penguins as our theme this week.  We will be learning about penguins and doing tons of nonfiction reading activities.  You can download those for FREE by clicking on the picture below.
Since we are going to be learning about penguins, I decided to use Tacky the Penguin books to do some “fiction” activities as well. 
I created this Fun with Fiction {Penguins} unit to help us review our comprehension skills.
Many of these graphic organizers can be used for any penguin themed nonfiction book, but some of them are geared towards Tacky the Penguin.


I really enjoy teaching about penguins so I’m hoping that these units will help us transition back into the school year with ease.
Do you head back tomorrow or are you off for the rest of the week?

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  1. Thanks for the cute penguin freebie. We report back tomorrow and our kiddos come back Thursday. White chocolate mocha is one of my favorites! I may have to make time now to grab one tomorrow morning 🙂

  2. I feel for you having to go back! I identify with the almost once a day peppermint lattes…. I don't go back until Monday but I already said to my husband "Let's go for coffee everyday, because I won't be able to do that once I go back to school!" I love your penguins and I think they are great for back to school this time of year…I would like to invite you to come and link up at the New Year Linky Party I am hosting on my blog at! There are lots of great ideas you can download and while you are there you might consider becoming one of my newest followers…I am trying soooo very hard to get to 100 before school starts next week…and things get super hectic again! Regardless, please come and join us!
    Happy New Year!

  3. Thank you for the freebie! So cute! I am in 2nd, but know I can still use this cute unit! We went back this week – looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow!

  4. Thanks for the freebie! So jealous of you teachers who go back tomorrow! 🙂 We went back Wednesday and had indoor recess all week! Kids were bouncing off the walls!


  5. I can't imagine going back last week, ..ugh! So glad to recharge the batteries for full two week and go back tomorrow. Love your penguin unit. I have always used the TACKY series of books and the kids enjoy them so much. Have a great week and year, love your stuff! Sue at

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