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   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!


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