Who doesn't love penguins? They are like little birds in tuxedos!
My classes have enjoyed learning about these birds. Below you will find
some lessons I have done in my classroom. You will also find great links to many
penguin goodies!!!

Updated - January, 2011

Penguin Vocab

South Pole, Antartica, flippers, ocean, penguins, emperor, feathers, diving, swim, slide, tuxedos, waddle, colony, nests, stones, chick, hatch, winter, weather, snow, temperature, rookery

There is so much you can do with vocab. I like to introduce each word in a powerpoint. I include the word, meaning, and a picture. It is also a good idea to display your vocab. words on a special word wall. I have use a large penguin cut-out and placed the words on the white tummy of the penguin! Your students can use the word wall when they write about penguins. You may also play games with the vocab. - bingo is fun to play with the words.

Perfect Penguin Ideas

Playful Penguins Board Game

You can create a game as seen to your right.
Make a board and directions. You can make enough for
each student in your class. After they play the game with a classmate, they
can take it home and play with an adult

This game is found on CDROM #2


Penguin Punctuation Center

In a pocket chart place a few sentences about penguins. Leave off the punctuation.
The student must place the correct punctuation next to the sentnce.

For Instance:

Penguins like to slide on ice

Do you see the little penguin

(The student would need to place the correct punctuation at the end)

This center and all it's parts are found on CDROM # 2
You will also find a center sheet to match this center on the CDROM


Penguin Snack From Ms. Stubbs' Class

So easy and so cute Ms. Stubbs!!!

or make Penguin Coookies

Penguin Glyph - find a penguin pattern for your students to add to

Round Chest - Boy
Oval Chest - Girl
Ice Skates on - Want it to snow
No skates on - do not want it to snow
Blue Scarf - likes winter best
Yellow Scarf - likes summer best
Orange Scarf - likes fall best
Red Scarf - likes sping best
Stripes on scarf - I have a sled
Dots on scarf - I do not have a scarf.
Hat on - I like winter
Hat off - I do not like winter

Penguin Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Sung to: I'm a Little Teapot
I'm a little penguin,
on the ice.
I think the cold is very nice.
I can hop around
first once, then twice.
I think ice is very nice.
Also, when I taught a penguin unit, we acted out the father
penguins guarding the eggs on their feet while the moms "waddled"
away to eat. We used plastic Easter eggs. The kids enjoyed that!

Penguin Thoughts
Have you ever seen penguins in picture books?
I always smile when I see their looks.
They look like men in their fancy suits,
All black and white from head to boots.
I often wonder when it snows,
Do they freeze their little penguin toes?
Do they shiver and shake in their land of ice?
Sitting on icebergs CAN'T BE NICE!

Three Little Penguins

Three little penguins, dressed in white and black.
Waddle, waddle forward and waddle right back!
Three little penguins, in a funny pose,
They are wearing their evening clothes.
Their suits are black and their vests are white.
They waddle to the left and they waddle to the right.
They stand on the ice and they look very neat,
As they waddle along on their little flat feet.

Sung to: "The Twelve Days of Christmas"

I went to the South Pole and what did I see?
A little penguin baby, sitting on the ice.
Two penguin friends,
Three penguin girls,
Four penguin boys,
Fire penguin kings!
Six penguins flapping,
Seven penguins swimming,
Eight penguins hopping,
Nine penguins turning,
Ten penguins smiling,
All penguins dancing!

Improved and Expanded in 2011 - The PERFECT Penguin Packet

Great Thematic Activities For Your Penguin Unit
(Grades K-2)

1.) My Penguins Fact Booklet -
Your students can practice reading this book at school and bring it home to share with an adult!

2.) Penguin Erase a Rhyme Activity -
This is three sheets. The first sheet is teacher directions. The second sheet is an easy to draw graphic of a penguin. (The students may also keep this at their seats and cross out the parts as you work the lesson with the class.) The third sheet is an independent activity for your students to complete after the lesson.

3.) Penguin Center -
A Punctuation Pocket Chart Center. All the materials you need to print & make a great center.
~This activity is found on CDROM # 2 too.

4.) Penguin Rhyme Activity Sheet-
Students color the penguins that have rhyming word.

5.) Penguin Word Building -
Includes the letters in the word Penguins for your students to cut & use. They must then use the letters to form words and answer questions. This also makes a great word building center!

6.) Penguin Following Directions Activity -
Student read directions and completes various activities. These directions can be read by the teacher (listening comprehension) or the student (reading comprehension).

7.) A Little Penguin Book
Pictures of penguins doing little things like resting, fishing, & more. The text matches the illustrations. The student cuts the pages and staples to form a little book.

8.) Penguin Board Game: Learn about Penguins as you play.

9.) Penguin Drop Addition Game. Directions for this fun partner addition game are includes. Grades 1-2

10.) Graphing Penguins - Student glue Penguins on to a graph and then answer questions about the graph!!! Grades 1-2

11.) Penguin Vocabulary Sheet and Activity. Grades 2-3

12.) Penguin Beginning Sound Match Up.

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Play Penguin Pile Up With Your Class or Pop and Drop Penguin or Pengoloo

I can see so many uses for this Penguin Hamper in the classroom:

USe these Penguins in a Toob for math fun or centers

Great for K or Pre K. Practice color matching with these.

Tacky the Penguin

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Hardcover - Paperback -
Lit. Unit - Free Lesson- Play Script

Little Penguin's Tale -

Activities to Match

Busy Penguins

Penguin Pete


EVEN MORE Penguin Printables

You will find may printables here!

A Penguin Grows Up
Look at the stages of growth

Emperor Penguin Printout
Your students will know the Penguin from head to toe
with this sheet!

Penguin Life Cycle

Penguin Craft
Includes Template to Print

Printables on our CDROM
This is the CDROM that has penguin files. They aren't free, just perfect for
a penguin unit! :)


Reader's Theater
Tacky the Penguin
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I'm a Little Penguin Song!
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