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Penguins Unit

We had so much fun learning about Penguins this week!  We only had a three day week because of our snow days so our Penguin Fun will continue next week.  But I wanted to go ahead and share a few of the things that we did.

Wow!  We've learned a lot of information about penguins so far!  The kids wrote one new fact that they learned on a fish and we added it to our anchor chart.

We started working on our All About Penguins books.  
This is the cover and a page from one of their books.

Playful Penguin Glyphs!

The kids LOVED our Math lesson this week.  I still can't get the song out of my head though!  :)
We sang the, Percy Penguin song and then the kids had to see if he could share his fish equally with his friend, Paul.  It was so cute to see them working together to try and figure it out, especially when it was on odd number!  When we drew the number 7 and we couldn't share the fish equally I asked, "What should we do?"  and one of my little cuties said, "Throw it back!"  But we had to give the extra fish to Percy or Paul and I thought it was so sweet when one of them said, "Percy should be a good friend and give the extra fish to his friend Paul."  I love it when there's an unexpected life lesson thrown in!  :)

Here's a picture of our small group follow up activity.
We read, Tacky the Penguin and created a list of adjectives to describe him.
The kids drew Tacky in their literature response journals and we talked about what the Theme of the story was.  Several of my Little Einsteins came up with the theory that theme of the story is:  It's okay to be yourself!  Oh, my goodness!!  I just love the little thinkers that they've become!
I have tons more to share about Penguins next week! Here's our Tree Map
just waiting to be filled in with all of their learning. 

All of the ideas and activities above are included (and lots more)  in my Penguins Math and Literacy fun unit.

My friends, Kim Adsit and Kathleen Pedersen also have some adorable Penguin Math games for sale on TPT! 

So many of you have asked what I'm working on next so here's my To-Do List!
It takes me about 40 hours of computer time to complete a unit so this list is going to take me awhile! :)
If you have something you'd like to see me work on send me an email to
  • America Unit which should be completed by 1/25
  • Dr. Seuss Unit which will be completed by 2/15
  • Common Core Standards Posters
  • Popcorn Words Set 3-Finished and Posted 1/17
  • Zoo unit
  • Insect unit
  • Oviparous unit
  • Ocean unit
  • Dinosaur unit
  • Farm unit

See ya next week!  Enjoy your extra day off!


  1. I love this unit, I think I googled penguin units last year and you came up, that's how I found you, thank God, I love your ideas~EVERYTHING is adorable! I have a question,how did you make "Playful Penguins!" for the title? Is it a banner on the computer just using a cute font? Thanks again, have a great Sunday :)

  2. I love how you taught the percy penguin share lesson with the big penguins, I will be adding that next year. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I would do almost anything for your spelling chunks. So when I read you would post them here I just about fell out of my chair. I am so excited!

    Ms. M

  4. Thanks for the compliment! The letters were made using my Cricut machine. I LOVE that machine it is one of the best purchases I ever made!!

  5. I forgot to mention that I have a penguin alphabet strip up on my blog if your interested. I use it for abc order but it can be used for all sorts of things. Enjoy.

    Ms. M

  6. Deanna you are so creative. I love it.

  7. So fun using Tacky - we add the whole series to our penguins unit! Looks like your kids enjoy him too!

  8. These are some wonderful ideas. Will have to do penguins next winter because we just finished the snowman unit and on to th 100th day.
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. Hi Deanna! You have the cutest blog. I know you're not a regular on the TPT forums, so I wanted to let you know about the efforts of several of us who are networking with a blog, FB, & twitter. It's a new undertaking. I hope you will join us. The info. is on the TPT forums right now under the thread Teachers 2 Teachers.

  10. Hi There!

    A teacher friend of mine told me about your blog, and I {LOVE} it! You have so many awesome ideas, you have really inspired me!

    I just started my own blog, and I have linked to your blog on mine. Check it out when you have time. Thanks :)

  11. Thanki you soo much for the penguin blends. I can't wait to receive these units and emails from you! I want everything you have. Your work is amazing!

  12. Thank you so much Deanna for posting the Spelling blends!!! I love finding awesome 'veteran' teachers that are over the top willing to share their great ideas and creative work!!! It makes life a little easier for the "newbies!" :)
    YOU ROCK! and a SUPER congrats on being the top TPT seller! WOW!! I know I've personally helped quite a bit! ha :)

    Thanks again!

    "Beg, Borrow, Steal"

  13. Hi Deanna,
    I have a Kindergarten friend who would love to leave comments on your site, but doesn't have any of the logins in the drop down menu. Can you include "anonymous" as part of the menu so she can comment?

  14. Hi Karen,
    I sure will! Thanks1 :)

  15. Hi I love your work- thanks for sharing and inspiring us. When I try to see one of your free downloads I can't get into them... do I have to have a google doc account to view them ?
    Thanks D

  16. I absolutely love your units. I'm excited to see your units on oceans and insects, as our reading series include these and they need some exciting sparks. Smiles to you!

  17. Hello,

    There are some Percy the Penguin stories here that you may like:



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