If your students are crazy about penguins as mine have always been, it’s the right time of year to take out those penguin books and activities to keep them engaged and learning! It’s amazing the things you can teach through a theme, like penguins! From narrative, to informational books, these penguin stories are my favorites!
I like to use these books to do some fun penguin activities in my classroom! Here is where you can read more about the penguin activities I do with my students and I’ve posted them all in my TPT shop here!
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1.National Geographic Penguins!
This is one of my favorite series of books because it offers tons of photographs and facts with kid friendly language. My first graders have loved collecting facts and writing “All About Penguin” booklets with this one! I also love the text features including a table of contents.
This book is great to use with life cycle activities and a research companion!
2.Tacky the Penguin
Since this is definitely a student favorite, writing about student’s favorite part, or including it as a part of a penguin reading center where students write about their favorite story are both great options for this one!
3. If You Were A Penguin
Are you looking for an engaging and playful way for your students to learn about penguins? This rhyming book is full of facts but helps students relate to penguins! The vocabulary is great for young readers with words like “duet” and “toboggan”. Compare and contrast penguins to humans or use as a jumping off point for a narrative writing task!
Here’s the venn diagram I like to use for students to compare themselves to a penguin, but you could definitely do this on a chart paper!
4.Our Amazing World Penguins
This is another wonderful informational book with amazing photographs. The text is too difficult for my first graders but my third graders could read the text in this. It would be great to read parts of or to use for the photographs for younger kids, or even use during book buddy time!
A penguin KWL is a great one as you read to share information with your students!
5. The Penguin Who Wanted to Fly
This story is great for discussing theme, but it’s also a great one for practicing retelling and summarizing since it follows a great problem/solution plot.
6.Penguin and Pinecone
This is a wonderful chapter book that my first grade students love listening to year after year! I like to read it during snack time when we are studying penguins and they are always begging for more! We talk a lot about visualizing during these read alouds and the facts and vocabulary that they have learned from all of our penguin research really shines through!
Here’s a sample of the writing pages included in my penguin story activities resource that can support story writing!
8.Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups
This is a wonderful story for teaching theme as well since the friends work so well together! Students could also complete one of these little retelling or summary booklets!
I love using these books for students to research and complete their own web organizer and then write all about penguins!
10.Lost and Found
Here is a link to my supplemental story activities and research companion activities!