Penguin Theme Ideas??

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  1. Holpea

    Holpea Rookie

    Dec 11, 2005
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    Aug 9, 2007

    I'm moving from 5th to 3rd grade this year, and I want to get a theme going for my room. I worked in a great room that had a frog theme going on, but I wanted to go with penguins b/c they are my favorite animal.

    Does anyone have any ideas of how to incorporate penguins throughout the room?

    Thank you!
  3. hescollin

    hescollin Fanatic

    Jan 11, 2004
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    Aug 9, 2007

    Here is a copy of ideas I have collected.
    PENGUINS -I would choose a theme: Penguins (it's January and winter) Students present "Tacky the Penguin" by Helen Lester.... You will find it at Make a copy for each student. Hi-lite the students part, helps them know when to speak. Ahead of time I would have students make Penguins by decorating empty toilet paper rolls, pattern at Have finished penguins sitting around the room. I would have students read Penguin Pete series books or any penguin books in your library and for chapter reading “Mr. Popper's Penguin's”. (we are about half way, students love it) There is a great pattern at I think it was under printables. Make a penguin book. You will find a pattern for a cover, page with lines, and a page without lines. also has a cute penguin book. Students might write a poem in their book or tell something about penguins. Our students are also going to copy a penguin poem on one page. The poem we are putting on one page of out Penguins books is: Five Little Penguins Dressed in Black... Five little penguins, dressed in white and black. Waddle, waddle forward and waddle right back! Five little penguins, in a funny pose, They are wearing their evening clothes. Their suits are black and their vest are white. They waddle to the left and they waddle to the right. They stand on the ice and they look very neat, As they waddle along on their ten little flat feet. One page will have the penguin’s facts (we will read together). One page will have a story problem. Example: 2 big penguins and 2 small penguins were eating krill. How many penguins were eating krill? And I will put four or five other 3+4 = ____ 5+2=___ and etc on the page We are going to do the work sheet "A Penguin Grows Up" But I don't know where I found it either. I am going to buy sugar cookies, the cheapest big round ones I can find. A can of chocolate frosting and a can of white frosting. Make an upside down V White for the penguin’s tummy; Cover the rest of the cookie with Chocolate frosting, wings. Add a chocolate cookie for the head. A red M and M for the mouth, and brown M and M's for the eyes, or you can use chocolate chips, or raisins for eyes, Pineapple tidbits or candy corn, for the beak, and feet. Students will decorate the cookies, as a fun project. Share a cookie, (have the cookie in a zip bag) a toilet paper penguin, and penguin book with your visitor. I would have a paper sack for her to put her penguins in. Take a brown sack, turn down the top to the inside --3 inches, punch holes in the top (2 on each side about 4 inches between holes, depends on the size of sack you use) and make handles, with cord. (like bags you buy). Paste a picture of a penguin on the bag. Or just buy a bag at a dollar store. We are in the middle of our penguin unit now. During recess we are going to have penguin races. Use plastic Easter Eggs. Put feet together and carry the eggs on the top of our feet like the father penguin, to a marked line and return to the start. Students get to keep the surprise inside. A piece of bubble gum. Eggs I'll save and use again next year. has lots of cute penguin ideas –I sometimes have trouble opening this site. Do a search (little giraffes) click on Mrs. Flanigan’s Little Giraffes. Hope this helps. Petunia in Kansas.....

    Use 2 regular paper plates, a round circle for the head, and brads to make a penguin. One plate lays flat as the body. Attach the head (with eyes, beak, etc.) made of construction paper. Cut the other paper plate in half. Attach to the top of the body paper plate with brads at the top so that the halves swing open as wings and paint black. Attach construction paper feet.

    Students learned about penguins, read stories about them, wrote "cool" poems, made penguin masks, wore black and white for a day, had a penguin march, watched "March of the Penguins" while doing an alphabet scavenger hunt for words, and we even went to see "Happy Feet". I had suggested we have an "in-school snow day" and have penguin bowling, egg waddle races, etc.

    Reader's Theatre about penguins
  4. BethMI

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    Aug 6, 2005
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    Aug 9, 2007

    CAn you call your kids P.E.N.G.U.I.N.S and come up with an acronym? Here are some quick words I came up with. I do this in my class. I also have money with the animal on it.
    P-performing, pride,
    E-excellent, educated, effort
    N-nice, neat,
    G-generous, gracious, grateful

    You could have stuffed penguins as bathroom passes. One for boys, one for girls, when they need to leave they put the designated penguin on their desk.

    COuld have a class mascot stuffed penguin, when kids are behaving really well, on task, good effort, etc. the mascot could sit with them.

    You could decorate your room to look like the south pole.
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