Penguins Unit for Kindergarten and First Grade

Stephanie Trapp
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Are penguins birds? Where do they live? Find out the answers to these questions and more during this penguins unit for kindergarten and first grade! The week-long comprehensive unit includes detailed daily lesson plans with literature suggestions. It incorporates science, reading, writing, math, handwriting, and art. It also includes a STEAM activity and links to videos that complement the unit study.

Click on the PREVIEW to read each lesson plan, see the Week-at-a-Glance planning sheet, as well as examples of printables and art projects.

Teacher Features You’ll Love:

• Detailed daily lesson plans

• Week-at-a-glance planning guide

• Key concepts and objectives

• Extensive literature list

• Video links and QR codes

• Activity directions and printable templates

What’s Covered in the Unit?

Day 1: Are Penguins Birds? (Characteristics of Penguins)

• Classifying and sorting activity

• Label parts of a penguin

• Are penguins birds? writing prompt

• “If It Doesn’t Have Feathers” song

Day 2: Where Do Penguins Live? (Types of Penguins)

• Penguins on the map activity

• Penguin report writing prompt

• Penguin emergent reader

Day 3: What is a Baby Penguin Called? (Penguin Life Cycle)

Life cycle of a penguin craft

• The Emperor and his egg activity

Day 4: What Do Penguins Eat and How Do They Stay Warm?

• Oily feathers experiment

• Penguin huddle activity

Day 5: How Do Penguins Move?

• Penguin slide STEAM challenge

• Penguin tobogganing races

• If I were a penguin writing prompt

Math Connections:

• Ordering numbers least to greatest

• Counting

• Place value: tens and ones

• Addition

• Subtraction

• Ten and twenty frames

• Making ten

• Comparing numbers with >, <, =

• Graphing

• Counting coins

• Measuring

• Word problems

Literacy Connections:

• Penguin word wall

• Beginning letter sounds

• Syllables

• CVC mystery words

• Read and draw words that end with p

• If I can read “hop”

• Punctuation

• Fixing mixed up sentences

• Verbs

• ABC order

• Penguin poem writing

• Postcard from a Penguin writing activity

• Penguin’s Party writing activity

• Penguin Problems writing activity

• All About Penguins writing activity

Questions? Feel free to email me at

Find more cross-curricular units for K-1 HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Total Pages
141 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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