Tacky the Penguin Activities and Lesson Ideas with a free file
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester is such a fun book for your penguin unit. This little odd bird makes you laugh out loud. This book provides an engaging way to discuss character traits, predictions, inferring, and more. There is also a cute penguin craft to go along with your Tacky activities. You will also find a set of free printable worksheets towards the end of this blog post. The winter season is a great time to break out your penguin books and I know Tacky books must be on your list!
Tacky the Penguin Comprehension Activities
Tacky the Penguin was one of the first reading comprehension activities we made when we started our Engaging Readers back in 2013. Engaging Readers lesson plans are an interactive way for kindergarten, first-grade second-grade students to learn about reading comprehension. Brain research tells us that the same area of the brain that processes reading comprehension is activated during listening comprehension activities. Therefore, the teacher does the decoding work, but the students do the thinking work.
Reading Comprehension: Making Predictions with Tacky the Penguin
We start the week by working on making predictions. Kindergarten teachers will find that students in the primary grades are MORE than capable of making their meaning known through pictures!
Our writing prompt asked students to predict what would happen next after the hunters arrived.
I can not understate how important partner work is. Students need lots of opportunities to process language and discuss their thinking. As a teacher, you can not possibly provide an opportunity for each student to express their thinking to YOU directly.
Moreover, turning to their partner and talking is not only purposeful, but it is also essential. It is a great way for students to work on oral language.
During this time of the day, we are not concerned with the letter sound association (transcription) that students are doing. We know we have lots of instructional time dedicated to encoding and decoding words. We have explicit lessons that strengthen those skills each and every day.
During our read-aloud time, our main focus is to improve students’ listening comprehension (which is a launching ground for reading comprehension), vocabulary development, and oral language. Our writing prompts give students the chance to make their meaning known through their illustrations and it works perfectly. Tacky the Penguin is a perfect addition to your lessons because it BEGS to be discussed!
Tacky the Penguin Story Sequencing Activity
As I said, Tacky the Penguin BEGS to be discussed. With each book, students work together to put the story cards in order. This group retelling activity is such a great support for their oral language development.
Tacky the Penguin Craft Activity
Each student makes their own penguin craft. This penguin craft is an easy prep gem! It is also a great way for students to practice eye-hand coordination and scissor skills as they make their own Tacky. Tacky looks pretty dapper in his colorful shirt, don’t you think?
Remember, the oral retelling of a story is such an important step, but it is often skipped. If you want your students to be proficient in retelling a story, they must have ample practice. My class loved this part and would fuss if we cut it short.
Tacky the Penguin Story Retelling Cards for Your Interactive Whiteboard
We included this perfect companion activity. Talk about low prep! We love that you can display this retelling on your interactive whiteboard. It is a PowerPoint file… EASY!
Tacky the Penguin Venn Diagram
Students used graphic organizers to discuss and compare Tacky with his penguin companions.
Then students complete their own recording sheet Venn diagram.
Inferring with Tacky the Penguin
The writing prompt asked students to infer whether Tacky’s companions would treat him differently.
You can see the classroom display was a sight to behold!
Tacky the Penguin Read Aloud Video
his is my favorite version of the video. If you don’t follow StoryTime at Awnie’s House on YouTube, you are going to want to for sure! By the time we get to the end of the week, the students enjoy hearing another person’s voice (honestly… I the breather.) But seriously, hearing another person’s example of fluency and intonation is powerful.
Tacky the Penguin: Vocabulary Activity
Students also work on looking closely at a few of the vocabulary words that are included in the book.
Tacky the Penguin Sentence Study Activity
Examining and correcting sentences is also part of our book activities.
TACKY THE PENGUIN ACTIVITIES AND LESSON PLANS
Want more Winter Read Aloud Activities?
I have linked a few below:
- Fun Sneezy the Snowman Activities (Free Snowman Math File Too)
- Easy The Mitten Activities FREE (Psst… The Whole WEEK Printable Files!)
- Snowmen at Night Activities and Lesson Ideas (Free Activity TOO!)
- 7 Fun Snowy Day Activities (Free File) and Lesson Plans for Kindergarten & First Grade
- Martin Luther King, Jr Kindergarten Lesson Plans, Free File, and Activities
- 15 Fun Polar Bear Activities for Kindergarten and First Grade
- Engaging Penguin Activities for Kids with Free Penguin Worksheets
Have a great week and be sure to scroll to the bottom for your free math activity!
Do you love Tacky as much as we do?
You can find another Tacky the Penguin set of activities in the following blog post:
Free math center activity with a penguin theme!
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