Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Penguins Read-the-Room Freebie



Hello, Teaching Friends!

Well, who knew? January 20th was Penguin Awareness Day. Had I been {aware} of that, I probably would have posted this yesterday! :)





If anybody's aware of penguins, I'm thinking it's probably our primary grade students. Have you noticed how many new resources have debuted just this year? I won't even try to list, but would love to direct you to a post by my friend Arlene at LMN Tree.  Arlene has a wonderful talent for researching great topical books, links and other resources. Here's her post about penguins!

I love to teach about penguins! My personal fascinations with them include ...

* They have huge dedication to their young ones even before they are born, as witnessed by the careful mom-to-dad foot-to-foot exchange of the egg.

* They are experts at walking on ice. I'm so jealous. If I'd made a walk-on appearance in March of the Penguins, it would have turned into a slapstick comedy. I am ridiculously bad at walking on ice.

* They are tricksters. Some people (even big people!) are sure that penguins are not birds. Also, penguins are tricky in that some people are convinced that they live with polar bears. There are some truly gifted clip artists out there who have not yet gotten this message. Spread the word.

* They slide across the ice on their bellies. I mean, how fun is that? What kiddo wouldn't want to imagine himself sliding alongside them? Plus, it's called tobogganing. Such a cool name.


Since there is already so much available online about penguins, I was kind of hard-pressed to come up with a new freebie. {Here are links to two "oldie but goodie" freebies, a 120 chart game called Penguins on Ice , and a board game that you can customize for your spelling words, word wall words, etc. - Slip Slidin' Spelldown.}


So, here's my latest humble contribution to the mountain of penguin resources out there. Your students will find word cards around your classroom and use them to complete a short reading passage about emperor penguins. Then they'll read the passage aloud with a friend to be sure the words make sense ... and along the way, get some extra practice with decoding and fluency. Click on the picture and enjoy!


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8LaCTimmHFZVWlTOUpFRjVWdXM/view?usp=sharing


I'm linking up this week at Teach Junkie's Teaching Idea Tuesday and Comprehension Connection's Thematic Thursday. Click on the buttons below to see lots more great ideas for teaching!


http://www.comprehensionconnection.net/2015/01/thematic-thursday-brings-you-penguin.html      http://www.teachjunkie.com/  Teaching Blog Addict Freebie Downloads

Happy Teaching!







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12 comments:

  1. Who knew? I do not think I could have planned Penguin week better then, could I? I love the looks of this product too. How perfect for young readers. I'm really excited to use all these great resources next week. I know my kids will love them. Thanks for linking up, Linda!

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  2. Thank you so much, Linda. I have pinned it for next year.

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    1. Great! I hope you'll enjoy using it. Thanks for your comment!
      Linda

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  3. I had no idea that January 20th was Penguin Awareness day! Cute post.

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    1. It sure was news to me! A FB friend mentioned it because of her local aquarium. Thanks for commenting, Nancy!

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  4. Thanks so much for the "Shout Out" Linda. I love your Penguin Reading Activity! Pinning and going to check out all the other wonderful Penguin products.
    Arlene
    LMN Tree

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    1. Arlene, your links and resources are always so good that I'm more than delighted to send readers your way!
      Thanks for pinning!
      Linda

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  5. Love this! Thanks for sharing that it is Penguin Awareness Day!

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    1. "Penguin Day" was just something that I happened across on Facebook, Laura! Sounds like it's got the makings of an annual celebration in the primary grades, don't you think? Thanks for leaving a comment!
      Linda

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  6. I just finished reading the National Geographic Penguin Reader with my top group on Friday. I showed them the trailer of March of the Penguins. Gosh, I LOVED that documentary / movie. This should make you laugh: I said, "It's going to snow this weekend. Go to the library and get the movie." These six year olds looked puzzled. All at once, they replied things like, "I'll watch it on YouTube," "I'll watch it on Netflix." "Will Red Box have it?" I felt SO OLD! Seriously! Thanks for the freebies! Love!
    Firstgradebloomabilities

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    1. So funny! After all, you weren't totally old... you suggested that they go to the library to get a movie, not even a book! :) By the way, I loved March of the Penguins, too, Lisa!
      Thanks for sharing your fun story.
      Linda

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