for Penguin Day
The students will list facts
the students what they know about Penguins. List
these facts on chart paper or the chalkboard. If
desired, ask the students what they would like to
learn about penguins and record these questions.
some of the nonfiction books or web sites about
penguins. There are many fascinating facts about
penguins, including the reasons for their coloring,
their nesting habits, and the way they
exploring the information with the students, allow
them to complete the Penguin
Fact Worksheet by listing 4 new facts they have
learned about Penguins. (Older students may be
able to do the investigating of materials on their
own. Younger children may need to copy 4 facts
from the chart paper or draw pictures of what they
an alternative, have the students record their facts
on to pieces of paper cut out in the shape of
penguins. Display these facts on a wall called
"Our Colony of Penguin Facts". (Groups
of penguins are called "colonies".)
lists of Penguin Vocabulary. Have the students
find definitions of words such as "rookery",
"molting", and "creche".
an experiment with heat absorption and reflection in
relationship to color. This relates to the
coloring of penguins. Black absorbs heat, while
white reflects it.
a lesson on friction. Penguins
"toboggan" down icy slopes. Would they
reach similar speeds if the slope were covered with
penguins to other birds.
the Antarctic habitat through books and web sites.