January brings cold weather and time to learn about penguins, polar bears and other arctic animals. as we return on Monday we will kick off the new year with learning about all about penguins. Growing up, penguins were one of my favorite animals, I'm not sure why, but I have a small collection of penguin stuffed animals and figurines.
We will be reading lots of books about penguins. Some will be fiction and the rest nonfiction. We will will then be comparing what we have learned about penguins from the non fiction books to the fiction books to see how the author has added to the characters abilities in the stories. Here are a few of my favorites which can be purchased through my Amazon affiliate linkx. The money I earn through my affiliate links I use to purchase items such as books, cardstock and lamination for my classroom.
We are delving into writing this month and my students are going to be writing what they know about penguins. I'll start out with a big anchor chart. As we read books we will be adding what we learn about penguins to the chart.
I also like to show my students clips from informational videos I have found on YouTube.
All Things Animal TV Ed and Eppa
This one is a favorite of mine.
Emperor Penguin Chicks
All about Penguins for Kids: Penguins of the World
Mr. Harry's I'm a Penguin
My kids love to get up and do the penguin song. It is great for a quick movement activity and get th wiggles out.
Mr. Rogers has a great one, Talk about a blast from the past. This one is actually on PBS
Now for a little Freebie for you Here is the chart we are using this week.
Well, I have only 1 day left before I return to work, so I am going to squeeze every bit of relaxation I possibly can out of it. By that I mean Netflix, my heating blanket and the couch. It is pouring rain here and we are expecting even more torrential rain that could possibly turn to flooding.
Wherever you are stay warm, stay dry and stay safe.