I'm here to show you what we have been up to this week!
We have been learning all about penguins!!
I asked my students to guess what our theme would be this week... To my surprise, most of their guesses were animals. What surprised me the MOST was that NO ONE guessed penguins!!
When I pulled out this little guy, they all cheered for joy! HA!
Meet Pete the penguin! He has been our classroom mascot for the past week and will remain in our class for the next couple of weeks :)
The kids were so excited about Pete the penguin because they were so sad that Rosie, our elf, left us before the holiday break! I warned them before we left that she would be gone when we came back but they still felt sad when she didn't show up again after break! Pete saved the day!!! ;)
I found this gift bag in the clearance section at Walmart and decided to use it for our penguin theme. I put penguin pictures, with the different species names, in the bag. Every day, Pete lets us grab a paper out of the bag. This way, we never know which penguin we will learn about and it is a surprise every day! This has been SO MUCH FUN!
We have been using my slideshow to learn about the different penguin species.
We also have been using our Smart board to find pictures of the penguins, their predators, and their locations on the world map.
We have also been working hard at filling up our penguin fact pages. The kids keep asking me when they can decorate their cover page! Hehehe! I have a feeling some of these kiddos will be keeping their penguin book for a while ;)
Take a look at our cute little penguin crafts!
Next week, we will continue to learn about more penguin species and we will be starting our mini books!
The kids are getting into this theme WAY more than I could have imagined! They walked out of the building, on Friday afternoon, in a single file and waddling like a colony of penguins! It was priceless :) They sounded like a bunch of ducks all the way down the hall! I loved seeing teachers and staff sticking their heads out of their rooms to see what was going on! It definitely made me happy to know just how much they are loving what they are learning in my class :)
I'll be back next week to show you our second week of penguin fun!
You can find all these penguin activities at my TPT store :)
I'll leave you with a few New Year's resolutions... I just LOVE when kids start to write phonetically!
It is so precious to me ;)