One of my favorite books to read during the winter is Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater. Here is a great book unit to go along with the book.
This unit includes:
- Specific Teacher's Notes and Directions for Pre-Reading Activities, Implementing Strategies from Comprehension, Vocabulary, and other activities to do with the book.
- Cover for student packet
- List of Suggested Vocabulary
- Over 90 comprehension questions to go along with the book
- Before, During, After Questioning Organizer
- Vocabulary Graphic Organizer
- 2 Character Traits Graphic Organizer
- Story Elements Graphic Organizer
- Make an Inference Activity
- Visualizing the Story Sheet
- Making Connections Organizer
- Figurative Language Activity
- Cause and Effect Organizer
- What's the Message- theme license plate
- Life Cycle of a Penguin Sheet
- Venn Diagram (comparing/contrasting North Pole and South Pole)
- Venn Diagram (comparing/contrasting Movie and Book)
- Answer Key and Examples
*****NOTE: I have an AWESOME PENGUIN UNIT that I have posted that goes along with this unit. It focuses on the nonfiction aspect of reading. It includes many graphic organizers, an adorable penguin glyph, and a penguin research paper activity. If you are interested, you can purchase this unit separately or I offer a bundle that includes both the Mr. Popper's Penguin unit and the Penguin Unit at a discounted price.
This is one of my all time favorite books to read with children. Thank you for sharing your unit on Mr. Popper's Penguins. It is a fun and imaginative read for children. We all end up wishing we had penguins to care for. How fun this unit will be this year. Thank you!
November 14, 2012
Great resource! My students really enjoyed doing the activities.
I have the penguin and novel unit available as a bundled package in my store. Here is the link to the product: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mr-Poppers-Penguins-Book-Study-and-Penguin-Unit-Bundle
I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
The Common Core Standards are not identified in the book unit, but I designed the unit with the Common Core Standards that I wanted to cover. The unit focuses on these skills from the 4th grade Common Core Standards:
* graphic organizer for using context clues to identify the meanings of unknown words.
* Character Traits
* Making Inferences
* Figurative Language (similes)
In my classroom, I used the Penguin Unit (also available in my store and in a bundled package with the novel unit), to hit more of the Common Core Standards with nonfiction.
Please let me know if you have any other questions.