We have been having so much fun learning about the Arctic Tundra, the animals that live there, and then more specifically about polar bears! This week we are traveling to the other end of the world and going to Antarctica to learn about penguins.
Today we read The Emperor Lays an Egg by Brenda Z. Guiberson. This is a great book to help learn facts about the emperor penguin.
We discussed how the penguins have to keep the egg on their feet to keep the developing chick safe from the harsh weather. We challenged our children to try to hold an "egg" (a ball) on their feet. They quickly found this was a very difficult thing to do:
So, we brainstormed ways in which we could make this easier. We decided to try without our shoes:
This was a little easier and the children were able to "waddle" a few steps without losing their "egg". However, it still wasn't easy. What if we had a brood pouch like a penguin does? Hmm...that might help for sure. So we used a sweatshirt and tied it around our legs and tucked the "egg" under the pouch. This time we could "waddle" even further. We felt like our egg was safe and warm now!
We then learned that the poor father penguin endures some of the harshest weather while taking care of his egg. How does he stay warm? By huddling together with his fellow penguins! So we gave it a try. We huddled together in a group and when you are in the middle of the huddle, you are definitely nice and toasty! Aww...look how cute they are!
Last, but definitely not least, we are offering a RAK for you today in honor of all those that were affected by the events last year at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The blogging community is coming together to remember and honor all of those that had to endure this horrible act of violence.
Kelly and Kim are working to give all of you a freebie every day this week in their honor. Today we are offering three different penguin themed write the room pages for your classroom.
You can download them here.
As educators, we remember and honor our fallen colleagues and their students from Sandy Hook School. We honor them each day in our classrooms in which we continue their dream of teaching our children. We honor their memory with our service. Join with teachers everywhere in committing random acts of kindness to show our love for Sandy Hook.
We hope you enjoy your freebie. Please come back tomorrow to look for another one as we continue our week of honor. Stay safe, be happy, and hug your loved ones!