This time of year is one of my favorites because we really start to get into our nonfiction units! We really loved learning all about penguins this week. This post is full of penguin activities, including a free penguin directed drawing!
I love working on labeling whole group! I made this penguin out of butcher paper and then students came up and stretch out the words to label.
Since I decided to have us work on one page of our penguin research books a day, we often did interactive or shared writing to support all my writers.
Students used that information in their own writing. We worked on one page a day so that we had an entire book by the end of the week!
They used our labeled penguin to help them label the parts of a penguin here. This is usually a hard task for my kinders, but they rocked it with that support!
Penguin Directed Drawing
I ended up hanging up our labeled penguin by my guided reading table, and we made directed drawing penguins to go around it! Since I tend to make up my directed drawings in the moment, I took what worked and changed what didn’t to make this free penguin directed drawing for you!
Grab the directed drawing instructions here!
I also have a free polar bears directed drawing here!
As you can see, we cut ours out so that they would fit in this space.
Types of Penguins Research and Writing
After we learned about penguins in general, we looked closer at different types of penguins! There are 7 different types of penguins included in my penguins unit to research.
The macaroni penguin was a class favorite! They also loved hopping around like rockhopper penguins!
An amazing teacher who used my penguin unit tagged me on Instagram to show me the penguins her class had made. Aren’t they amazing?
They used the information from the unit to write about each penguin and make life-size examples! How cool is that!
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