Friday, January 20, 2012

Penguins!

My kids have REALLY enjoyed learning about penguins this past week.  We started off the week with our can, have, are chart
 and throughout the week we read some fun penguin books, but we are trying to focus on non-fiction now with the new common core standards.  The kids can really pick up on so much information! Throughout the week they wrote about what they learned and made some cute projects!
 I also made a 'life size' emperor penguin for the hallway.  The children have loved measuring themselves against the penguin.  I have overheard so many children from other classes talking about how they are bigger or smaller than an emperor penguin!

You can check out all of our Penguin centers HERE.

 Next week we will move into our bear unit.  The children are going to LOVE it.  They get to bring in a teddy bear on Monday and the bear will hibernate in our cave all week.  We will wake them up from hibernation on Friday, just in time for pajama day! Can't wait!

15 comments:

  1. This stuff is soo cute! I start polar animals next week... beginning with the penguin! I looove the life size emperor, I'll be borrowing that idea :)

    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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    1. It's a must! The kids couldn't walk by him without measuring themselves! So cute!

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  2. I love can, have, are charts! They really make the students think. I am posting sometime this weekend a can, have, are poster on wolves that my students did.

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    1. I never even heard of these charts until I entered the blogging world! I LOVE them now! And my kids love filling them out on their own also.

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  3. I've been there with the North/South Pole before...it is easy to say one when you mean the other! =)
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  4. I discovered the can, have, are charts this summer when I discovered blogging. I love them and my kids do too. It makes writing sentences from them so much easier. I love your penguin. What were you dimensions for it? We've skimmed over penguins but we start measurement next week and that would be perfect. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Not sure of the exact dimensions..but one of the books we read said the average emperor is about 44 inches tall..so I made mine about 46 :)

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  5. Great penguin ideas! It looks like your students learned a lot and had fun!

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  6. Super cute lesson! I Love the Penguin globe!
    Thanks for sharing!

    gllitzyinfirstgrade.blogspot.com

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  7. Just discovered your blog & am your newest follower. Your ideas look great! Thanks for sharing!
    Anita
    Mrs. Bremer’s Kindergarten

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