We used my Penguin Picnic creation. These research creations are great for conducing research in kindergarten and using that research to do writing. And it’s FUN!!!
The way we do our research is through our read alouds and videos. I read a loud a story and we discuss it and share new learning. Then we add the new learning to our schema map. And then add that writing to our research journals.
We start off with our schema map (or a KWL). As we learn about penguins, we add new learning to our schema map and address misconceptions as the research project goes on.
We also do a lot of fun penguins art projects. DUH! You have to have art with your research projects!
Paper plate penguins! These are made with 2 paper plates. The head is the center of a plate. The ring that is cut off is cut in half to make the wings. We then use the extra pieces to make feet. BAM!
We also made these adorable symmetrical penguins. These were so easy. Fold a large sheet of white construction paper in half long way. Add black paint to one side. Less is more. I made a shape like a three. Then added a little squirt of orange where the feet are.
Close the paper and rub.
When it dries, add eyes and a beak!
We also made a penguins snack!!
You need: crackers, cream cheese, olives and carrots.
Cover the cracker with cream cheese. Slice olives for the head. Cut the slices in half for the wings. Cut a carrot triangle for the beak.
Of course, we have to have a hat.
And a costume.
And no penguin research can be complete without Jack Hartmann’s Penguin Dance!
If you’re interested in penguin research, you can check out my Penguin Research Project below. This includes everything you need for class charts and research journals and has math and literacy centers!
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PENGUINS! Penguin Research Project was last modified: December 30th, 2017 by Greg Smedley-Warren
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