Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thematic Thursday - Penguins on Parade!

I mean, who doesn't, right?
They're cute.
They make us laugh when they waddle.
What's not to love?

This week's Thematic Thursday Linky is all about PENGUINS!

I'm going to start out by sharing a few of my favorite Penguin books.
(You can grab any of these books by clicking the titles in the widget at the bottom of this post.)

With her trademark directness and simplicity, Gibbons introduces those irresistibly appealing birds, the penguins. As her pen-and-ink and watercolor paintings reveal, these nonflyers share a basic body shape, but lined up alongside each other across the pages, they are seen to possess distinctive feathering that distinguishes the 17 species from each other.

This fun book from Scholastic is chock FULL of information and gorgeous photographs AND comes with an online companion book!
Scholastic Discover More is a revolutionary new nonfiction line pairing stunning print books with corresponding interactive digital books that extend the learning online.

PENGUINS unlocks a free 48-page digital companion book, AMAZING ANTARCTICA, offering even more information, photos, and videos!

Both of these are about the Emperor Penguins and how they care for the egg and young chick.

These offer more stunning photographs and tons of information about these fascinating birds.

If you were a penguin . . .
You could swim really fast and toboggan on ice.
Sing a happy duet, once or twice.
You could live on land but dive under the sea.
There's a lot penguins can do, just like you and me!
Wendell and Florence Minor create a charming tribute to all the playful fun and activity that comes with being a penguin—which young readers can delight in too!  
This fun book would make a great springboard for the kids to write poems about "How to Be a Penguin."

No study of penguins is complete without the fun fictional tale of Tacky the Penguin.  Tacky the Penguin is a total nonconformist who lives with a group of formal, proper penguins. But it is Tacky who foils the plans of three critters with ``get-rich-quick plans'' that threaten the penguins' existence. With his un-penguin-like antics, Tacky puzzles the hunters to such an extent that they're firmly convinced they cannot be in the ``land of the pretty penguins.'' This is a rollicking tale that clearly shows that there are advantages to being an individual.

Here is  a 5-minute video about Penguins.

Here's one from National Geographic Kids on Emperor Penguins.

...and how about some funny Penguin Brain Breaks?

This will have the kids rolling on the floor.

And one final Penguin Song.

How about some fun activities to go along with all this penguin learning?

Check out these cute displays from

I L♥VE these guys!

This one looks fun for the littler learners.

And I'm in love with this art project from

They are just so bright and cheery!

from Jenny at Art With Jenny K.

For more Penguin themed learning activities, 
check out these fun products from my 

Penguin Pals is an engaging activity incorporating penguins, comics, dialogue, and narrative writing.
It is a huge hit with my kiddos!

The Important Thing About Penguins allows students to use the format from Margaret Wise Brown's The Important Book to demonstrate their learning to create a bulletin board display or class book.

Penguin Acrostics also allow students to showcase their learning in a fun and creative way.

And finally,

In Playful Penguins, students identify sentence types in order to solve penguin riddles or puns.

A couple more Penguin activities for the younger learners include:

from my friend Jennifer at Simply Kinder

WHEW!  That's a LOT of Penguin Fun!

Click on the image below to open and download the PDF.  
You can access all the links to each of the books and ideas in the PDF.  

For these and more penguin ideas, follow my Penguins Pinterest board.
Follow Confessions of aTeaching Junkie's board Penguins on Pinterest.


  1. What a neat collection of penguin activities! I am sure your kids will enjoy all of them. I also love all of the great video clips. I believe we'll incorporate some of them into next week's plans. :-) Have a great week!

  2. Great post! What great videos! Thanks!

  3. Wow, really loved your post! I especially liked the art project from Deep Space Sparkle. That one is unique!
    Burke's Special Kids

  4. Oh my word, I love this collection of penguin ideas and resources! I'm drawn to non-fiction for penguins since I love the photographs - they are stunning and funny creatures.

  5. I came over from Teach Junkie!
    I always enjoy seeing you in a link-up because I love your ideas and resources!
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas!
    Fern Smith's Pinterest Boards!


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