Tuesday, January 29, 2013

My Favorite Penguin YouTube Videos


I thought it might be fun to share some YouTube videos on penguins. Enjoy!  

Emperor Penguin and Its Chick

This video is four minutes fourteen seconds.  It shows the father feeding the chicks, the mothers returning to take care of their fish.

This video is a clip from March of the penguins.  It is fun to see the miracle of life.  

Rockhopper Penguin

This is a documentary by Dr. Ruedi Abbuehl about rockhopper penguins in the Falkland Islands. The quality of the video isn't the best, but I love watching the rockhopper penguins hop everywhere.  Each part is about 10 minutes long.

Pierre the Penguin

Pierre in his wetsuit

Pierre, an african penguin, looses his feathers.  They make a wet suit to keep him warm and comfortable.  Then, miraculously, his feathers return.  Pam is his biologist, friend, and hero.

Here is a news-clip about Pierre.
My son loves Pam--so we found this video of her showing the different body parts of an African penguin.
Pam introducing the penguins.

Antarctic Penguins
It is three and half minutes long.  It shows the penguins swimming, tobogganing  and waddling.  

Snares Island Penguin

It might be nice to show penguins that live in a tropical rain forest, rather than Antarctica.  This is a video of Snares Island and its penguins.  

This video also shows some great underwater footage.  

Monday, January 28, 2013

Another Bump Game

I don't know why having themed bump games makes it so much more fun--but it does seem to change it up a bit.  So for February, I made a bump game incorporating the February holidays.

I wanted the colors to not be too girly--I have boys--so I often think of them!!!  Grab it from my google drive.  

You can also grab some winter themed division games at my TPT Store.

I have a bunch of other February Math game for sale at my TPT Store.   Enjoy!!!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Suzuki Saturday--A New Game

Phase 10 Dice

Oh, I came up with a new game--well Emily came up with it.  We found the a phase 10 die and used the die with two Ws, 1, 2, 3, and 4.

We played it this way:

1: play bread only
2: play bread and cheese
3: play bread, cheese, bread
4: play bread, cheese, cheese, bread
W: Is an upside down M--so I played the song.

It was fun--and she came up with the idea all by herself!  She was able to review 8 songs!!!  

I also made up this chart.  I want to make sure that we practice every single song from Book 1 at least once a week, if not twice a week.  I also took notes on today's songs.  For instance, on Little Playmates--she didn't play certain notes staccato.  I wrote that down, I also had her practice that section (one handed).  She did awesome when reminded!  She still is a bit rough on Allegro and Christmas Day Secrets.  But we are well on our way to finishing Book 1.   It's a tremendous amount of work--but so worth it.  She is set for her Suzuki Graduation Concert in April. I know this makes it seems so easy--but there are so many days of frustration and exhaustion.  We went to a workshop, and I was completely exhausted at the end of the workshop.  I didn't even look at the piano or her music for days.    I hoping that this new chart can keep us both on track!  Maybe she can even come up with more games to make piano that much more fun!  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

How tall is a penguin?

I love this idea!  Students can stand next to a penguin, measure themselves and learn about a penguin.  Perhaps you don't have the time, room, or artistic ability to create this fun mural!  But if you do--then it is a wonderful display!

This is also an awesome poster that I found at allposters.com.   There is no actual measuring of true comparison.  So I decided to make little cards with a picture of the 17 different species of penguins and their sizes.  Even better--this can be used to fulfill many common core objectives for measurement in so many grade levels.  
How tall is a penguin?

Are you taller than a penguin?
After I made the cards, I made this tape measure--in inches, and put the penguins on the wall.  

Find them at my TPT store.

How Tall is a Penguin?
Little Blue is so tiny--only 12 inches!  

Measurement: Common Core Standards!

Here are some of my favorite penguins!  

How tall are you?  Are you taller than a penguin?

The two biggest penguins:  Emperor and Emily.  Although Emily did say that she was a person and not a penguin!

I couldn't get in little blue--but I promise it is there!

Now there are so many things you can do with these:  Ask questions:  How much taller is the emperor penguin than you?  If you had to be 28 inches to ride a roller coaster, how many penguins could ride the penguin.  The students could measure and put the penguins up themselves.  You could also ask how many little blue penguins do you need to be as tall as the emperor penguin.  

You can order three of the penguins by length and compare:  A chinstrap penguin is bigger than a little blue, but smaller than an emperor.  So an emperor penguin must be bigger than a little blue penguin.  There by completed a common core requirement in measurement for first grade:  

1. M.D. 1. Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object.
 If you have second graders measure each other, you can fulfill another common core requirement:  

1. Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.

By asking students to use the ruler as a way to show the difference in height, you help the students fulfill another common core requirement.

2. M.D.5
Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve word problems involving lengths that are given in the same units, e.g., by using drawings (such as drawings of rulers) and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

Who knew penguins could be so useful?  Anyways, you can grab the penguins at my TPT store.!  Enjoy.  (Sorry no problems  yet . . .  that may come later--but this took a lot longer to create than I had planned!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Suzuki Saturday: The Last of Book 1

Wake up Emily

We were off to a rough start on Friday night.  The boys were playing on the computer and with their Legos in the living room.   I just couldn't get Emily's attention--the computer and legos are by far more interesting than playing the copy-cat game with mommy.  So I decided we needed to make it a bit more interesting.  We turned the song into a personal story!  There are so many different words floating around for Allegro by Suzuki in Book 1--but this was a spur of the moment--let's get Emily interested--I went with the ones I could remember.

She loved acting out the song and having the pictures taken of her, finding pictures of her school, and of course learning the song.  And yes, she can now play the entire song both hands.  It was our last song in Book One.  Now just to polish up some of the songs--namely Christmas Day Secrets.  She will have her graduation concert at the end of April!  I am just wondering what the story will be this time!

Allegro, by Shinichi Suzuki 

If you want other versions:

(Music by Shinichi Suzuki)

Head head ears ears eyes eyes nose nose
Shoulders shoulders waist waist knees knees toes toes.
Fingers, wrist and two elbows;
Eyes and ears and hair that grows!
Head head ears ears eyes eyes nose nose
Shoulders shoulders waist waist knees knees toes toes.


Toot toot toot, the train is in the station
Ding ding ding, put down the crossing gate
Wave wave wave, the engineer is waving
Down the track the train in moving straight

Round and round the wheels are turning
Slower, slower, till they stop . . . .

Toot toot toot, the train is in the station
Ding ding ding, put up the crossing gate. 

So grab a camera and write your own story.  It will make learning this song so much easier.  But if you just think Emily is too cute to pass up--you can grab it here!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Division Math Games!

I have a fourth grader who hates doing flash cards--so beginning in second grade--I started making math games. We played all sorts of games: still using flash cards in many cases.  I think these two division games might be my favorite: there is some strategy involved!

Division Game

Division Board Game

So Grab from my TPT store--and enjoy!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Penguin Vocabulary

Penguin's Crest: The Long Head Feathers
Penguins are birds because they have feathers.  Only birds have feathers.  This penguin has a crest, which is a ridge of long feathers on the birds head.  I love crested penguins: erect-crested, fiordland, macaroni, rockhopper, royal, and Snares Island.

Penguin's Flipper
Penguins' wings or flippers do not fold up like most birds' wings.  They are used to help the penguin swim powerfully through the ocean.  The penguin uses its feet to steer, and its flippers to fly through the water.

Many penguins feed on krill. All penguins feed from animals in the ocean.  I found it interesting that different species of penguins have different diving depths.  So if different species live and feed in the same area, and eat the same food, they find their food at different depths.  In this way, the penguins can live and dwell together.

Ice Pack
Many penguins live 75% of their life in the ocean.  Here are some penguins on an ice pack, maybe resting after a feeding.
Penguin Rookery

Gentoo Penguin Rookery

All penguins come on land to mate, nest, and care for their young.  Some make holes in the ground, others like the adelie and gentoo make rock nests, and still other like the emperor and king use their feet for nest.  When the birds come together to breed and care for their young, it is called a rookery.

First the egg is laid, then it must be kept warm while a chick grows inside.  This time span is called incubation.  Each penguin species has a different incubation period.  This emperor penguin keeps the egg warm under its brood patch.  It carries the egg on its feet, so it won't touch the harsh ground.  For three long months,  it waits until the chick is ready to hatch.  

A penguin breaks through its egg with the help of an egg tooth.  The white tip at the end of this adelie penguin's beak is an egg tooth.  It will later fall off.
Gentoo Creche
 After a penguin is born, the parents take turns feeding the chick.  One penguin will go to the ocean to feed while the other stays behind to protect the chick.  Eventually, it takes both penguins to feed for the young:  both mother and father go to the ocean to gather food.  The birds then huddle together in a group for warmth and safety.

Penguin Fledglings

 Once a penguin loses its down feathers, it is ready to swim in the ocean.  They have the right type of feathers to swim and stay warm.  The penguins, however, are not fully grown.  At this point, they are no longer chicks, but fledglings.    Here a emperor penguin is leading a group of fledglings for a swim in the ocean.

Now I have also made some worksheets to go along with these!  The Can-Have-Art Penguin Tree Chart

Penguin Tree Chart
Penguin Vocabulary

I also made up a definition cheat sheet as a companion to Seymour Simon's book on penguins.  
 I love the penguin graphic organizer!

Penguin Vocabulary: draw the vocabulary word. 

You can find these at my TPT store.  Enjoy!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Penguins--My Top Ten Penguin Picture Books

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Penguin Picture Books--Top Ten Recommendations

365 Penguins
 I just love this book!!! The book begins quite simply--an ordinary family is sitting down eating together--when--Ding! Dong!--a penguin is delivered.  Every day, this family receives one penguin, no more, no less, so by the end of the year they have 365 penguins.  As anyone could imagine--having this many penguins  causes many problems.  The writers incorporate math as a way to care for the penguins--but even math can't help them with the sheer chaos of raising penguins.  It is well illustrated and a fun way to incorporate math into a unit on penguins.

Tacky the Penguin, by Helen Lester
 I couldn't possibly mention my favorite penguin books and leave out Tacky--I might be sent to time-out for that oversight.  Tacky is a odd bird, even for a penguin, but a very nice bird to have around.  Seriously--the students will love Tacky for his unique behavior--and how that behavior always seems to save the day!  It is a great book to talk introduce or discuss  character traits.  My all time favorite Tacky book--Tackylocks--a fractured fairy tale!  Right now, I am in love with fractured fairy tales and how they can be used to teach students how to write and different elements of a story.

Cuddly Dudly, by Jez Alborough

Unlike most penguins, Cuddly Dudley isn't very social.  He would rather be by himself, but Dudley is so cute that his family just loves to tackle and cuddle him.  One day Dudley wanders off, and eventually gets lost.  When his family finds him, he loves being cuddled.  There are some other twists and turns--but needless to say the illustrations are wonderful--it is a wonderful book to talk about story organization.

Antarctic Antics: A Book Penguin Poems, written by Judy Sierra
I first came across this book eight years ago when I started watching Scholastic Storybook Treasures with my now fourth grader.  I tried to find the video on YouTube, but no luck.  I did, however, find a preview on Amazon. I love how the poems are fun, well-written, and informative.  There are even skua birds involved!  I think my favorite poems are the riddle poems.  This is a great book to use in studying penguins, poetry, or just a fun read aloud!

As I started researching penguins, I really enjoyed reading nonfiction books about penguins.  They truly are an interesting bird--a force of nature--miraculous in their adaptive characteristics for survival.  Sixty percent of my recommendations are informational book: nonfiction.

Penguins, by Seymour Simon
 I love Seymour Simon's books.  About three years ago, I was able to hear him speak at the International Reading Convention.  It was a wonderful opportunity to learn how his joy of science and language developed into writing many, many nonfiction books.  I always recommend his books!  Each page of the book has a beautiful photograph of a penguin, then goes on to describe and give characteristics about many of the seventeen species of penguins.  If Seymour Simon wrote a book on a subject I was studying in the classroom--I will always read it to the students!
Penguins, by Gail Gibbons

Gail Gibbons, another wonderful nonfiction writer, has written and illustrated this book.  If you were to ask me which is my favorite illustration, I couldn't name one.  They are all wonderful!!!  It explains different mating rituals of many of the penguins, identifies penguin's body parts, and of course presents information in an interesting manner.  We are lucky, that both Gibbons and Simon wrote books on penguins.  Both can be used as a read aloud in primary grades and a resource for upper grades!

National Geographic Kids Penguins!

I have always enjoyed National Geographic Kids books.  The book has photographs and disseminate information in a fun clear manner.  My own children always want to buy these books for their jokes--and become very excited when they have new jokes to tell.  Love this book and love that independent readers can read and learn about penguins on their own.   

March of the Penguins, by Jordan Roberts
 In 2005, many of us watched the long march of the emperor penguins across the ice of Antarctica.  This book is based on the 2005 movie, March of the Penguins.  Emperor penguins are one of the few penguins that mate during their winter.  Their ability to mate and produce penguins in the harsh antarctic winters is incredible and unique.  This is a great choice to read before or in place of watching the movie.  The photographs and writing is, as always, top notch.  I wouldn't expect anything less from National Geographic.

Animals Close-Ups The Penguin: A Funny Bird.  
This book looks up close at the king penguin. It was very interesting to read and learn about the king penguin.  Their breeding cycle, nesting grounds, and care for the chicks is unique.  The pictures and captions are very informative.  My only reservation in recommending this book is their ambiguity in word choice.  When speaking about the king penguin, the book refers to them simply as penguins.  I had to do further research and learn that although king penguins mate every other year, most penguins mate every year.  A great book to teach students the importance of research and finding many different sources.

Penguins!  Strange and Wonderful, by Laurence Pringle
I love this book for its writing, illustrations, maps and penguin classifications   It was the first book that showed the different categories of penguins:  crested, banded, brush-tailed, giant, and two other penguins that are not closely related to any other group.  It truly shows that penguins are both strange and wonderful!

Penguins at Home: Gentoos of Antarctica, by Bruce McMillan

I loved this book about the gentoo penguins--but would not use it as a read aloud for young primary children.  It is very long and in-depth.  That being said, I feel I learned the most about penguins, and particularly this type of penguin from this book.  For that reason alone, I recommend the book.

There might be the next 10 favorite penguin picture books post coming soon--and I would be remiss if I didn't mention Mr. Popper's Penguins a a great read aloud book in the classroom, but for now this is my list.  

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Fractured Fairy Tales

As many of you know--I love different versions of the same story--I love them even better when they are messed up--or fractured.  We have been working on our own version of the Gingerbread Man--but instead of just being a man it is an Ninja.  This Ninja doesn't just run: he fights, he hides, he uses candy weapons, and of course he gets away and returns to the Master Ninja for the final test!

First, we made a Ninja Man
(we found the cookie cutters at Target!--love Target!)
Then we wrote out the character traits we wanted for our Ninja:

We then had to make the hideout for our Ninja man.   The boys wanted to design their own houses.  I made a template and rolled and cut out the dough.  You can find the recipe here. After he fights, runs, and outsmarts his pursuers, he finds his way to the Ninja Master.  There he faces the final test:  can he sneak up on the Ninja Master's home without being detected?  

Does he make it--well you will just have to read our book to find out!

We also decided to change the setting.  The Gingerbread Man is set in the country--for our fractured fairy tale:  we chose Chicago.  

Of course, you could always go the traditional route and make a gingerbread house with pink frosting--just in case  you weren't into Ninjas! 

Remember that camouflage is very different in the candy world than the natural world!

You can write your own fractured fairy tales or get your students started here.