: Are you learning about penguins in your classroom? Looking for a fun activity during the winter season or to go along with your science studies? If so, your students will enjoy this fun 'fact find' word search! If your students are like mine, they love these puzzles.
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FREE Fact Find Extension Activity List
I have marked this for grades 3-5, but some third graders that have weaker reading skills might need help on some words, such as words like regurgitated, tobogganing, and a few others. They may need some teacher assistance.
This is perfect for winter, especially for December or January. Of course, it can be used any time you are reading or studying penguins.
This is not just any 'ole puzzle. It doesn't just include words. It includes facts about penguins that your students will enjoy reading. I call it a 'fact find'. Within each fact, a word (or words) is underlined. Those are the words the students will find in the puzzle. For example, one sentences says, "Tobogganing is when penguins slide on their tummies over the ice. It provides a more efficient way to travel." The word 'tobogganing' is underlined and that is the word they will find.
In this penguins themed word search puzzle, words are found forward, backward, up, down, and diagonal. I would consider it on the challenging side since students are looking for words diagonally and backwards, and because they will practice reading skills. Please know this ahead of time if you are planning to use this with third graders or below.
I use word searches to introduce vocabulary, or even just give it as morning work. They are also great to use in writing. Perfect for a sub, too.
There are many options for using this word search 'fact find'.
One option is to have students partner up and practice fluency. They can take turns reading the sentences. This can be used for a writing activity. Have them take the facts from the puzzle and turn them into a paragraph, changing out some of the words to make it their own. Use it as a reading homework assignment,too. Parents can work with their child to find the words. Feel free to be creative and use it in your classroom however you would like.
The penguin themed words included in the word search are:
swimmers (flightless but swimmers)
Emperor (largest species)
Little Blue (smallest)
water (time spent on water and land)
fish (foods eaten)
bill (use it to help catch food)
bristles (on tongue)
salt water (can expel salt water though gland)
camouflage (in and on water/land)
molting (process each year)
oil gland (for water proofing feathers)
FACT FINDS you will like:
Maps and Globes
December and Christmas
Non-Fiction Text Structure
Candy Canes and Christmas Cards
New Year's and January
Winter and Snow
Martin Luther King, Jr.
100th Day of School
Nonfiction Text Features
Black History Month
St. Patrick's Day
March and Spring
Pie in America (incorporate into Pi Day)
Cinco de Mayo
Back to School
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For more creative lesson ideas, click on 'elementary lesson plans' by my picture above.