Penguins Unit for Kindergarten and First Grade

Stephanie Trapp
Grade Levels
K - 1st, Homeschool
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141 pages
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Stephanie Trapp


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

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

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Total Pages
141 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents. Examples of patterns could include features plants or animals share. Examples of observations could include leaves from the same kind of plant are the same shape but can differ in size; and, a particular breed of dog looks like its parents but is not exactly the same. Assessment does not include inheritance or animals that undergo metamorphosis or hybrids.
Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. Examples of patterns could include that animals need to take in food but plants do not; the different kinds of food needed by different types of animals; the requirement of plants to have light; and, that all living things need water.


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