Our 2 week Kinder unit focuses on geography & map skills - Paul the Penguin wants to branch out of Antarctica! Well, he visits Japan, Germany, France, Mexico, Egypt, & the USA...he finds he's best suited for his home though - in the end he heads back to the South Pole. We learn all about maps, globes, continents, countries, flags, currency, passports, etc.
The students write a penguin research book too - complete with: facts, vocabulary, table of contents, diagram, & new learnings!! The kiddos do all the pages, with models for support - which I complete within small writing groups.
I also find time to teach & act out the vocabulary the kids are learning. We made an Antarctic Food Chain & discussed krill, we made a model of the globe and placed a penguin in the southern hemisphere, we soaked a hand in ice and a blubber glove to discuss the purpose of blubber, we waddled and huddled, and passed eggs across our feet in a rookery, & this year I added a new experiment...
we colored 2 penguins with washable markers & others with crayons (pressing deeply). Then we soaked the paper...this modeled for the students what waterproof means. Did you know that penguins have waterproof feathers? Something I learned & now the kids have a model:
The rest of this week it's all about Sneezy - can't wait to try some of Deanna's Unit...my kids love every unit I've tried so far!
I'll be back later with info from my Project 64 - Drawing Children Into Reading training, taking place this weekend...SUPER EXCITED!!
Miss Kristan King