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Dive into the Fascinating World of Penguins: A Resource for First and Second Graders

Penguins are exciting birds to learn about, and this unit is designed specifically for first and second graders! In this blog post, you will explore the key components of this unit that was carefully created to help your students learn all about these wonderful birds, while keeping in mind all the important learning objectives that need to be taught to our first and second graders. I know that you will enjoy this fun unit packed with engaging activities and resources to hep your students learn about the wonderful world of penguins!

penguin unit for first grade

Penguin Information

One of the highlights of this unit is real photos of penguins and information about them. I like to read the information to my students on the whiteboard. We read the information together. Included are activities to use before reading about penguins. This includes a KWL chart and a penguin true and false. I do the true and false before we begin to check what my students know already and what they might be missing. This strategy also helps motivate students on what they would like to learn.


Penguin Vocabulary with real pictures

Penguin Vocabulary

I have always loved teaching vocabulary to my students and teaching vocabulary about penguins is a highlight of this unit. The vocabulary words feature real photographs. By incorporating authentic visuals, students will not only expand their penguin-related vocabulary but also develop a deeper understanding of these incredible creatures. Additionally, the unit includes an activity where students can create their own illustrated dictionary. I do this as a whole class where each student makes a page to go with a new vocabulary word.Penguin Life Cycle and Parts of a Penguin

Penguin Life Cycle

Penguins have fascinating life cycles and in this unit a penguin life cycle poster is included and activity worksheet where students will have the opportunity to label the different stages of a penguin's life, reinforcing their understanding of this natural process. Parts of a penguin poster and worksheet also allows students to identify and label the various parts of a penguin's body.

Emperor Penguin Booklet

Included is a captivating book on the emperor penguins life cycle that students can read and color. Students will gain valuable knowledge about these majestic creatures while developing their reading skills.

All About Penguins Writing Organizer

All About Penguins Writing Organizer

In this unit I have all the writing materials ready for your students to make their own "All About Penguin" books. The pages includes a variety of options for your students including a pre-writng organizer for students to gather their information on penguins. This whole process could be easily modeled for your students and a great way for them to write their own non-fiction writing piece on penguins.

compare and contrast penguins and owls

Compare and Contrast Activity

Your students will use their criticial thinking skills with this compare and contrast activity that focuses on owls and penguins. Use a pocket chart or poster paper to utilize this lesson. Also a venn diagram worksheet is included. When students compare and contrast they are exploring similiarities and differences between these two birds, promoting a deeper understanding of animal characteristics.

fact and opinion first grade- second grade

Fact and Opinion

Another concept important for your students to understand is fact and opinion. Students will learn to differentiate between factual information and personal opinions. Included are posters and sentences where students will sort the sentences under the correct concept. This activity encourages criticial thinking and helps develop analytical skills. Additionally, a fact and opinion sort activity fosters collaborative learning as students work toether to categorize statements.

Tacky in Trouble-Reader's Theater

Tacky in Trouble Reader's Theater

Included is a reader's theater script of a fun penguin story, "Tacky in Trouble." This is based off the book Tacky in Trouble by Helen Lester. Also included with the reader's theater script are puppets, and

worksheets that highlight story elements and writing about the story worksheets. Also included are materials for a fun Tacky the Penguin craft, that would go great with your students retelling of the story.


This Penguin unit has everything you need to create an engaging and educational experience for your first and second graders. Dive into the world of penguins today and spark your students' curiosity and love for learning. You can purchase this unit here in my web store or in my tpt store.

Happy Teaching! Jane