#4080. Penguins

Reading/Writing, level: Kindergarten
Posted Sun Jan 20 16:55:40 PST 2008 by Angela Nalley (angelanalley@pickens.k12.sc.us).
Dacusville Elementary School, Dacusville, USA
Materials Required: black, blue, and orange construction paper, white paint, writing paper
Activity Time: 10:00
Concepts Taught: Sequencing and Writing

Teacher Name: Angela Nalley

Subject: Language Arts Class Periods: Kindergarten Date(s): January 18, 2008

Daily Review:
X Prior Learning
X Objective
X Thinking Skills
X Sequencing Academic Objectives:
The student will be able to sequence the life cycle of a penguin and then the student will create a penguin and write three sentences to describe their penguin. Standard(s):
K 4.1: Generate ideas for writing by using techniques such as participating in conversations and looking at pictures.

K4.7: Use uppercase and lowercase letters.

K 4.8: Use appropriate letter formation.

• Lesson Introduction: The lesson will begin by doing a KWL chart about penguins. After the class discusses the chart we will use the internet to visit various sites about penguins. We will watch the life cycle of a penguin, see the penguin habitat, and watch penguins through a live web cam. The class will sequence the life cycle of penguin on sentence strips. When finished they will get in groups of two and take turns tracing each others feet on black construction paper. The students will cross their feet to make their penguin and cut out a nose and feet from orange construction paper, next they will paint the eyes and a snowy habitat for their penguin. When they have finished they must write three sentences to describe their penguin.

Examples: My name is_____________________.

I like to play____________________.

My favorite food is____________________.

• Instructional Process

• As a class we will visit the following websites to study and learn information about penguins. The students will use the information from the websites to complete the life cycle of a penguin and to write about the penguin they make. They will use the facts from the websites to write their sentences.

Activity #1: http://www.d81.w-cook.k12.il.us/kennedy/asmith/penguins/penguins.html
Notes: This website is full of information on penguins. It gives many facts and a quiz at the end.

Activity #2: http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/cpzoo
Notes: This is a live web cam form the Central Park Zoo in New York. The class can watch the zoo keepers feed the penguins and watch them interact throughout the day.

Activity #3: http://www.siec.k12.in.us/~west/proj/penguins/main.html
Notes: This site talks about the many types of penguins around the world. It contains slideshows, habitat information, and fun activities for the students.

Activity #4: http://www.kevinshafer.com/penguinplanet/
Notes: This site features award winning photography of penguins. It contains video clips, and a listening area to hear the penguin's calls.

Activity #5: http://www.kidzone.ws/animals/penguins/index.htm Notes: This site is for exclusively for the kids. It contains penguin games and activities along with quizzes to help the kids learn about penguins.

• Homework or extension activity: The students will complete the life cycle of penguins and then they will make a penguin and use the information from the websites to write three sentences about their penguin.

• Assessment/Reflection: (Strategy/Result)
The life cycle will be taken and graded. If they sequence it in the correct order they will get a 100. If they sequence it in the wrong order it will be given back for them to correct. The sentences will be graded by two stars. One star is given for spacing and the second star is for making correct letter sounds. Two star papers get a reward sent home and it will be hung on the "Wrapping up Good Work" wall.

Targeted Practices (Check and make notes as desired.)
x Assessment
x Cooperative Learning
x Learning Styles
0 Multiple Intelligences

x Technology/Internet
x Cross Curricula Lesson ( Subjects: History and ELA)
0 Other _______________________________________