All About Penguins Unit NGSS Science and ELA Unit

Grade Levels
K - 2nd
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Engage your students in learning with this integrated penguin life cycle unit. This resource includes tons of activities and information to engage your students in learning about the penguin life cycle, penguin adaptations, penguin habitats, penguin diets, and more.

This unit is perfect for K-2 primary students, as many of the science activities and writing craftivities include traceable sentence starters and primary writing lines to guide them in their learning.

Your students will love learning new information about penguins, reading their own penguin mini books (with 2 differentiated levels), participating in a fun penguin iceberg STEM activity, and showing off their knowledge with a writing craftivity or research project.

Included in this resource:

  • KWL Chart
  • Facts I Know Chart
  • Questions I Have Chart
  • Facts I Learned Chart
  • Penguin Facts Pages (3 options - 1 with traceable sentence starters)
  • Penguin Vocabulary Focus Wall Posters
  • Penguin "Can, Have, Are" Whole Class Sorting Sentences Activity
  • Penguin "Can, Have, Are" Student Writing Activity with Word Bank
  • Penguin Life Cycle Poster and Craftivity Printables
  • Penguin Diagram Poster and Student Diagram Fill-In Page
  • Penguin Body Parts Labeling Activity
  • Penguin Adjectives
  • Penguin/Iceberg Info Page/Poster
  • Penguin STEM Activity
  • Penguin Graphing Whole Class Activity (2 Options)
  • 5 Mini Books- All About Penguins, Penguin Life Cycle, Penguin Bodies, Penguin Habitat, Penguin Diet (each mini book has 2 differentiated options for early readers)
  • 1 Vocabulary Mini Book
  • All About Penguins Full Page and Half Page Writing Craftivities
  • Penguin Research Report Pages (Includes.a cover, table of contents, 5 chapter pages, and glossary pages- with and without traceable sentence starters)

Please see the full preview for a closer look at all of the science and ELA activities included in this unit!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs. Examples of human problems that can be solved by mimicking plant or animal solutions could include designing clothing or equipment to protect bicyclists by mimicking turtle shells, acorn shells, and animal scales; stabilizing structures by mimicking animal tails and roots on plants; keeping out intruders by mimicking thorns on branches and animal quills; and, detecting intruders by mimicking eyes and ears.


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