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Old 01-04-2009, 06:23 AM
 
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i am thinking i may try a penguin unit - haven't done that before. i saw online the idea to make a powerpoint to introduce penguin vocabulary with a picture and definition - that would keep me busy this afternoon making that hehe. i thought i might do that tomorrow and a penguin craft afterwards (dltk kids has a cute, simple one). I saw that a lot of you do penguin themes. And we could read some tacky books - but beyond that, I need some ideas. Anyone will to share?


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Mr. Poppers Penguins
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This is a cute story that has many penguin facts laced into the story. It is kind of dated but kids can get a sense of what life was like in the 1930's or so. I show the movie March of the Penguins especially if we are stuck inside for recess. It's kind of long so I show it in segments.
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Some Penguin Experiments
Old 01-04-2009, 09:01 AM
 
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Here are a few penguin experiments I usually do that I've collected over the years:

Keeping Warm. Discuss how penguins have special down feathers to keep them warm. You will need 3 zip-lock bags, ice cold water and ice cubes for this activity. Fill one bag 1/2 way with water and ice and seal it shut completely. Zip the second bag almost all the way up but blow some air into it before you seal it completely. (it should be an air pillow) First put the bag with the air under the icecube/water filled bag. Then do the same with a flat bag. Which is warmer. Why do you think so?

For the above "blubber glove" experiment, here's an image I found on the internet:
http://www.mhcbe.ab.ca/St_Francis/gr...ts/blubber.gif


Explain to the children that a penguin has a special gland in its body that produces an oil which makes the penguins feathers waxy. The waxy feathers protect the penguin from extreme cold and icy waters in the South Pole. In order to show the children how the water repels off of the waxy feathers, draw a picture of a penguin. Have the children color the feathers of the penguin with black and white crayons. Pour a cup of water all over the picture. The water will soak the paper however will roll off the crayon. This science experiment will show the children that the water will roll off of the penguin because of the waxy feathers. The children loved this experiment.


Talk about the five different types of penguins. Have a life-size drawing of an emperor penguin attached to the wall. Measure each child using a roll of adding machine paper, cut the paper at the child's height and attach it to the wall beside the emperor penguin. Now the children can compare their height with that of an emperor penguin.


I also do a feather experiment to show the kids why baby penguins can't survive in the cold water until their adult feather grows in. You need to find two feathers... a downy one and another feather... I can always find crow feathers on the road! Put both in water and compare. The downy one stays soggy for a long time.... a bird would freeze with this type of feather. The other one, is basically unaffected by water... the water drips off. The bird dries quickly and so doesn't freeze.
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:08 AM
 
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but one of our teachers always made an igloo from 'clean' empty milk jugs. Woudl basically tie them together to form the shape. Her students always loved it! ( would need help from other grades to collect quickly) She also had parents come in and help put them together.


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Make a rookery
Old 01-04-2009, 03:16 PM
 
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rookery=penguin colony on land. I think anything that is visual in the classroom for the kids is going to teach them the most - especially if they construct it in small cooperative groups as they learn.

Check this out:
http://www.penguinscience.com/classr...FQGHHgodPjIJDw
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Thanks so much for the awesome resources. I've been teaching a penguin unit for four years and have not come across some of these web sites. Thanks for sharing.
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I am so excited now - thanks for all the ideas! I have filled in a bunch of my plans this afternoon and I'm ready to roll tomorrow - mostly. Thanks for all the advice.

Question - one of those sites listed has information for a lapbook. I've never heard of one but it looks kind of neat. Any further information on them?
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Lapbooks
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Hi Smar,

I was considering doing a lapbook for my penguin theme but decided I didn't have enough time to get one together right now. There's a lot of information about building lapbooks online and I can direct you to a few sites. Sometimes they are called "foldables." Google searches of these words will provide a lot of links. There are even some very good youtube movies showing how to make lapbooks. Mostly they seem to be popular with Christian and homeschooling families who kindly share many of their lapbooks online.

Last year I did one with my teaching partner on the theme of Canada and it turned out very successfully. Basically, a lapbook is made from a file folder that is folded to create a book. Some lapbooks are more extensive and larger; made with two file folders. On the front you would put a title, perhaps artwork and then inside and on the back you would put all kinds of tiny projects.

Things like a life cycle wheel, an envelope containing a little book, pull-out accordion books with facts, and on and on and on. You could have some kind of tiny board game etc. There are many different ideas available. I'm not sure why they don't seem to be very popular in public schools. I think the overall idea is really neat. I know that our kids were very motivated to do a good job of their Canada Lapbooks last year because they could see how good it looked as they added each new piece.

Personally, I like the kind that are more unique than the ones I see online. In other words, I like to have the kids do more than fill in the blanks etc. I like them to do their own artwork, make their own books, do their own writing etc.

If you were thinking to do a penguin lapbook, you might have them do a section on the blubber glove experiment. Beside it could be the waxy feather with crayon experiment mentioned above etc. You'd probably have a map of where penguins live, some penguin poems etc.

In our Canada Lapbook we focused on the symbols of Canada.

We had:

-a 3-d totem pole on the cover. It was glued to a flap. Under the flap they wrote what they learned about totem poles.

-a movie review of "Paddle to the Sea" - the kids wrote about the movie which featured rivers, lakes and oceans of Canada

-a felt pocket with a Canada button to keep it closed. Inside were the words to a song we learned called "Canada in my Pocket." The song features all the animals on the Canadian coins.

-The kids painted a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman/woman

-We had a map of Canada showing where we live

-We had a list of the coins with it's value Penny=1 etc.

-The kids made Inuit inukshuks out of rocks - A parent took their photos with their creation as they built them outdoors.

-Artwork of an inukshuk made with black construction paper and mounted on a rainbow type background.

-They made a Maple Leaf "flag" paper quilt square

- They made a book of the coins of Canada and explained the various animals on the coins: beaver, caribou, loon, polar bear etc. The book was coin shaped.

They made a beaver puppet with Chicklet gum for teeth! This was mounted on a flap and under the flap they wrote about whatever they learned about how beaver trapping was an important part of Canadian history.

Anyway... here are the links I have that could get you started with lapbooks:

http://www.homeschoolshare.com/pirates.php
http://www.homeschoolshare.com/docum...rueorfalse.pdf
http://www.homeschoolhelperonline.co...lag_layout.pdf
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimmieh...7601906639826/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimmieh...7600364694387/
http://www.thehomeschoollibrary.com/...finitions.html

http://www.vickiblackwell.com/makingbooks/shapebook.htm

http://www.makingbooks.com/elastic.shtml

http://www.makingbooks.com/freeprojects.shtml

http://www.homeschoolhelperonline.com/lapbooks.htm

http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/mirkwoo.../templates.htm

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Jimmie/371041/

http://www.homeschoolshare.com/lapbooking_resources.php

http://highland.hitcho.com.au/earthlapbook.htm

http://www.homeschoolhelperonline.com/lapbooks.htm

http://www.myteacherpages.com/webpag...n/lapbooks.cfm


Have fun with these!
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