All About Penguins Unit with Tacky the Penguin, Informational Texts and Research

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#bestof2016sale This penguin unit features common core reading comprehension activities and a mix of fiction and nonfiction penguin texts. Penguin printables and activities to go with any informational penguin text and Tacky the Penguin books as well. A powerpoint with lots of real photos and links to videos will help your lesson come to life. Common core standards include strands: key ideas and details, answer questions to demonstrate understanding, use text evidence, describe characters, and recount stories.

36 Activities Include:

Penguin Vocabulary Cards
All About Penguins Informational Text
Label the Penguin Parts Activity
Little Blue Informational Text
Little Blue Response Questions
Chinstrap Penguin Informational Text
Chinstrap Response Questions
Emperor Informational Text
Emperor Response Questions
Galapagos Informational Text
Galapagos Response Questions
Gentoo Informational Text
Gentoo Response Questions
King Penguin Informational Text
King Penguin Response Questions
Rockhopper Informational Text
Rockhopper Response Questions
Macaroni Penguin Informational Text
Macaroni Penguin Response Questions
Penguin Research/Trading Cards
Story comparison penguin shaped venn-diagram
Penguin fiction/non-fiction comparison venn diagram
4 days of Vocabulary practice.
Interactive Tacky mini-book
Tacky the Penguin Problem/Solution
Tacky Interview-Character Analysis
Tacky the Penguin Close Read Guide
Character Analysis Graphic for note-taking and brainstorming
Close read response writng sheet
Adjective/Noun/Verb sort
Three Cheers for Tacky setting response
Tacky and the Emperor Problem/Solution
Favorite Tacky story opinion writing
Tacky craftivity-Frame for opinion writing
Penguin fact/fiction sort
Penguin non-fiction research pamphlet

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Kindergarten CCS-
RL.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RL.K.2 With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
RL.K.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
K.9 With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
K.10 Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
RI.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RI.K.2 With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
RI.K.3 With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
Craft and Structure
RI.K.4 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.
RI.K.5 Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book.
W.K.1 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book (e.g., My favorite book is...).
W.K.7 Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of books by a favorite author and express opinions about them).
W.K.8 With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.


First Grade CCS-
RL.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RL.1.2 Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
RL.1.3 Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
RL.1.4 Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
RL.1.5 Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.
RL.1.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
(RL.1.8 not applicable to literature)
RL.1.9 Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.
RI.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RI.1.2 Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
RI.1.3 Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
RI.1.4 Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.
RI.1.5 Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.
RI.1.6 Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.
RI.1.7 Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
RI.1.8 Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.
RI.1.9 Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures). CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
W.1.3 Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
W.1.5 With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
W.1.7 Participate in shared research and writing projects
W.1.8 With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.


Second Grade CCS-
RL.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
RL.2.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
RL.2.5 Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
RI.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
RI.2.5 Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
W.2.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
W.2.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
W.2.5 With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
W.2.7 Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).



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All About Penguins Unit with Tacky the Penguin, Informatio
All About Penguins Unit with Tacky the Penguin, Informatio
All About Penguins Unit with Tacky the Penguin, Informatio
All About Penguins Unit with Tacky the Penguin, Informatio
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