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“Tacky the Penguin” by Helen Lester (BOOK NOT INCLUDED) is a story about a penguin who is a bit “odd”. His companions are polite, they march in order, they sing nicely, and they are great divers. Tacky is just the opposite but when hunters come Tacky is the only one that stands up to them.
CONTENTS AND DIRECTIONS
Page 1 – Cover
Page 2 – Contents and Directions
Page 3 – Sequencing Cards – print, laminate, and cut out
Page 4 – Comprehension/WH question Cards – print, laminate, and cut out
Page 5 – Yes/No Question Cards – print, laminate, and cut out
Page 6-12 – “Snowball Fight” – Antonyms, Synonyms, Multi-Meaning, Pronouns (he/she)/Verbs, Irregular Past Tense Verbs, Spatial Concepts, and Idioms – Students love to glue cotton balls on the page after giving their response. You can also use them with magnetic chips, play dough, or the students can color the pictures
Page 13-14 – Word Lists – words used in “Snowball Fight”
Page 15 – Penguin Hunt – print, laminate, and cut out – spatial concepts – where are the penguins hiding when the hunters appear.
Page 16-17 – Venn Diagrams (1 page with words to use, 1 page without words) comparing Tacky and his companions
Page 18 – “The Flightless Bird” – nonfiction passage
Page 19 – Beginning/Middle/End – students illustrate parts of the story – interactive notebook
Page 20-21 – Winter Categories – sorting page and picture cards to sort – print, laminate, and cut out
Page 22-27 – My Penguin – open-ended activity to use with your own skill cards – building a penguin – print, laminate, and cut out. There are 4 different penguins with their “parts” – each student gets a penguin page. There are two pages to cut out the parts – print more if needed.
Page 28 – Back Cover/Credits