Since it's winter, what's more appropriate than studying some arctic animals! So we will jump off into nonfiction study this year with Penguins!!! Not only are they cute, but there is a lot of fun information to learn about them!
During this study, students will work through a packet similar to ones we have done in the past but then there will be more vocabulary, more chances for them to write what they have learned, learning how to fill in bubble maps with facts (organizing their learning), and compare fiction stories to nonfiction stories. We have TONS of books both nonfiction and fiction for us to dig through this unit. They will learn to compare the components between the two different types of books. On PebbleGo there is some great online resources, facts and videos. We will also explore National Geographic for Kids online and the books. There are many different types of penguins too so there will lots of discussions, questions and learning about that too!
And for fun (and there's some learning in there too!) I will show a Frozen Planet video called "Criminal Penguin" (
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1f--GZSptnk) It's hilarious! And how a Japanese family rescued an Emperor Penguin and how he lives his daily life now with them! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxtvrdP8an0)
Stayed tuned for new vocabulary and facts!