penguin mini unit {freebie}

I hope you are having a great week back in school. I can't believe how fast time goes and how fast this 
week has gone by... and I really can't believe tomorrow is Friday! {Thank goodness!}

Last year my students made these adorable penguins. I love giving step-by-step instructions and then letting my students interpret the art in their own way. Art like this always seems to resemble each students' unique personality and it cracks me up! If you want to make these in your own classrooms, just give your students simple, step-by-step instructions. Start with the snow at the bottom of the page and have them tear it so it looks real. Then have them make the body out of two rectangles {1 black, 1 white}, the feet out of a circle {cut in half}, the beak out of a triangle, and the eyes out of circles. {You've probably already noticed, but this activity ties in great with shapes and symmetry.} Then for the eyes they used googly eyes and they finger painted the snow in the background. The best part about this art project is the small amount of prep work.  Since they are making their own shapes, you don't have to do a lot to get this activity ready! 

I have also put together a FREE unit for all the penguin lovers out there. 
It includes two writing activities {a penguin story and report outline}, with accompanying worksheets, 
that are perfect for winter/January!  Click the picture below to download!

I also found a great Reader's Theater about Tacky the Penguin from the Reading Lady
Click here to download it. It also includes some great poems and songs about penguins.
I"ll definitely be adding this download to my files!

Jodi at Fun in First has an adorable free penguin unit, too! Click here to check it out.

Heather at Heather's Heart also has a lot of free resources that you must download! 
Click here to check out Heather's penguin worksheets.

Rachelle at What the Teacher Wants has a fun Penguin Pie activity that looks really yummy and 
I'm sure your students will love it! Click here to check it out.

If you have anymore great {and free} penguin resources, let me know and 
I'll add it to this post so others can check it out!

I hope you enjoy this unit and I'd love to hear what you think about it. ENjOY!


  1. You are too sweet! I love this and well all of your creations...You're pretty much a celebrity in my little corner of the world!


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  2. I am such a fan of all your products! This is an amazing freebie...and it is just what I need for tomorrow!

  3. Thank you so much for the freebie! It's wonderful!
    Have a great Friday!
    Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits

  4. Thanks for the Freebie! I'm starting a penguin unit next week! I will definitely be using your stuff!

  5. I was working on a free penguin unit last night and hope to have it posted this weekend. I'll let you know when I post it :)


  6. Thank you so much! We are starting penguins next week!!

    First Grade Facts

  7. Thanks so much for the freebie penguin unit! It made this Friday that much better! Have a great day! :)

    Stories From Second

  8. Wow! I haven't started my penguin unit yet, so this comes at the perfect time. Thank you. We do a lot of the same things you do except I usually create a large mural that looks like a rookery of penguins. I have the children create their penguins by tearing scraps of paper. Then they write facts they have learned and I post those on the mural too. It's fun to see the children walk in the classroom and read things on the mural. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Lindsey,

    Thank you so much for this wonderful *freebie*! I have LOTS and LOTS of penguin/snowman *freebies* right now. Most of them are for math work stations. I would love for you to come take a look! =)


  10. Thanks!! We start our penguin unit next week, so this freebie will fit right in!

    Kari :)

  11. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This came just in time. Today was one of those days when it was easier to come to school not feeling well rather than making out those dreaded sub plans! (I have a very challenging class this year). We had been doing some penguin research and I was able to add yours for independent worktime. They did an awesome job and I survived the day!

  12. I heart your blog! It is so creative and your hard work shows :) I am a huge fan! Love the penguin mini-unit too! :)

    Lisa :) (new follower)

  13. Thank you!! This is perfect for what we are learning right now!! You are the best!
    Kerri B

  14. we're beginning penguins next week! this is perfect! thanks :)

  15. Here is the link for my free penguin mini unit.

    Thanks :)

  16. Looks great - thanks! I love the penguin art project using shapes. Happy Friday!

  17. Hi again Lindsey! I just posted 2 penguin digraph *freebies* and my Penguin on the Shelf! I would love for you to come check them out!

    Heather's Heart

  18. This is precious! Your work always looks great! Thank you so much!

  19. How awesome!!!!!! Thanks for the freebie!!!!
    Here's my penguin activity! :)


  20. Here's another penguin freebie I found on Blog Hoppin'.


  21. Here's some more really great penguin ideas from Just Add Clipart.


  22. I have a freebie penguin abc strip. You can find here.
    Or here:

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  23. I like this activity. Thanks so much for sharing.

    First Grade and Fabulous

  24. Hi there!

    My name is Laura and I run the new collective blog called InspiredTeacher.net. We are working to give encouragement and inspiration to teachers. I stumbled on your teaching blog today and loved all your practical ideas! Especially this one on penguins-- how fun and cute!!

    I just wanted to connect with you via webworld and let you know about a new thing we are doing our way called Teaching Tip Tuesday where people can link up a past post they've written giving a practical teaching tip! This post on penguins would work great! We are giving away some sweet stuff over there for it, and would love to have you involved if you have a sec!

    Thanks, and I look forward to connecting with you again! The link is: http://www.inspiredteacher.net/2012/01/teaching-tips-tuesdays/

    Our plan is to run it every Tuesday, if you'd like to jump in! Have a great day!

    Laura Parker

  25. thanks so much for the freebies! I especially like the KWL writing paper.

  26. Great freebie, THANKS!! Starting "All About" writing next week and this fits in perfectly.


  27. Lindsey,

    Love your blog! We just made your adorable penguins in my kindergarten class. Thanks for the idea. : )

    Check them out here:




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