P is for Penguin (Plus FREE Printable)

My kindergartner and I recently finished a unit about Penguins in My Father's World and we had so much fun with it that I thought I would share some of the books we read and activities we enjoyed.
Books About Penguins

Penguins (living science book with real pictures and lots of facts)
Plenty of Penguins (easy reader)
A Penguin's World (living science book with drawn pictures and lots of facts)
Playful Little Penguins (rhyming book)
How Big is a Million (living math book)
Tacky Goes to Camp (We love the Tacky the Penguin books!)
Happy Birthday, Tacky!
Tacky the Penguin
Tacky and the Winter Games
The Life Cycle of an Emperor Penguin (living science book with real pictures and lots of facts)
My Life in the Wild Penguin: A Life Cycle Book (living science book with drawn pictures that look real and lots of facts)
The Emperor Lays an Egg (living science book with drawn pictures and lots of facts)

Additional Resources and Activities

I'd also highly recommend that you have a copy of Mysteries and Marvels of Nature. This is a book our children have enjoyed time and time again and it gives lots of facts about many different animals. It is also internet linked if you care to further your study about a particular animal. We looked up different kinds of penguins in this book and read about them.

Another incredible resource that I think every family should have is the Planet Earth DVD series. Be prepared to be blown away by the incredible places and animals on our planet that most likely, you've never seen before. This has been a fantastic all around resource for our family and is wonderful to pull out when we want to focus on a particular region or animal. There is very, very minimal reference to evolution.

A fun game was having the kids pretend they were Emperor Penguin Fathers taking care of their eggs. They put hardboiled eggs on top of their feet and tried waddling like a penguin. It was pretty comical! 

For Songs and Poems, a great resource is Preschool Express. I also found one I liked from Songs 4 Teachers.

I made a page entitled Penguin Research and it's a fill-in-the-blank style research paper for young children. Here's a free printable for you to use:

I also had our son dictate to me whatever he wanted to tell me he had learned about penguins and I typed it up as he dictated it to me. Then we made a penguin out of construction paper and he glued his dictation on the inside flap. We love how it turned out!

We were also able to take a trip to our local zoo where they have several species of penguins. It was a fun way to end our unit on penguins.

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