January = Snow & Penguins

For some reason January makes me think of snow, penguins, and pretty much nothing else. Here in Utah it has been so bitter cold lately. It's cold enough that my students are literally begging me to let them stay inside for recess and, because I am a sucker, I usually say yes. 

Before winter break some wonderful parent volunteers put this cute, winter-themed bulletin board together. They sent in the snow globes ahead of time and I taught my students how to draw a snowman. Their artwork turned out so cute and we added glitter for the finishing touches! My students are so proud of their snow globes!! I love this bulletin board and how I was able to leave it up for December and January {bonus}!

Here are some of the snow globes up close:

Besides hermit crabs, we are all about penguins in my classroom! My kiddos are obsessed with these books that I checked out from our school library. A class favorite is The Emperor's Egg and, I must say, it's also my favorite! It is a fun picture book, great read-aloud, and it is super informative.

Click {here} to check out this book for yourself!

The Emperor's Egg

Today while browsing the internet, I came across this adorable stuffed penguin... I need it!!! How cute is that little chick?  My kids will love this too... I should buy it right??! Click {here} to check it out for yourself.

Aurora World 12" Emperor Mama And Baby Penguin

Right when we got back from winter break, my students made these cute lil' penguins. I first blogged about this simple penguin craft {here}. I always love to see how different each penguin turns out and how they oddly resemble the student that made them! This penguin craft will be the cover of our Penguin Portfolios that I'll blog about later this month. 

For our Penguin Portfolios we will be using a few pages from my All About Penguins freebie on TpT. You can check it out for yourself {here}. I will also be using Deanna's Penguin Unit {here}.

Do you study penguins with your students? What are some of your favorite resources?!


  1. Ha, I did a very similar "snow much fun" idea! I'm all about those decorations that can stay up for as many months as possible!!

    Mr. First Grade

  2. This is a great idea for the enterance to the classroom! What do you do with summer??



  3. I also use those snow globes :) They are perfect! To teach penguins I have always used this resource book from Scholastic! It is amazing! Only a dollar right now too :)

    This year I purchased Deanna Jump's unit and I'm excited to use that. I am heading over to get a copy of your penguins freebie! Thanks for sharing!
    Learning In Wonderland

  4. Your snow globes turned out really cute! We do a whole month on penguins, and the kids love it. Their favorite is the Live Penguin Cam - http://www.calacademy.org/webcams/penguins/. I'll sometimes leave it up when the students are working and they LOVE it :)

    The Brown Bag Teacher

  5. Thanks for the penguin freebie! It's so cute! Love your snow globes too! :)


  6. Thanks for the penguin freebie. I can't wait to use it.

    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

  7. Your door looks very cute! We did mittens in December and it's nice to still be able to leave them up! ;)


  8. We aren't doing our penguin unit until February, but I can't wait! I agree-The Emperor's Egg is my favorite, too!

  9. We start our penguin unit next week! It's our biggest unit we do. We send home a research project where they create a life-size penguin of their choice! I created a unit this year and can't wait to use it. We also LOVE watching the penguin cam!!!

    For the Love of First Grade

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  11. I love the snowglobes. My favorite children's author Steven Kellogg has a story called a Penguin Pup for Pinkerton. It's mostly fiction but does include some facts. I love his illustrations!

  12. Everything you do is FABULOUS. Your class looks like it has so much fun! Thanks for your freebie too! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous

  13. I wish it would snow here in Arizona. I guess I should be thankful that I don't have to drive in snow. have fun teaching penguins. i am currently in the middle of penguins as well.

    Darling Little Learners

  14. Thank you for the freebies, they are what I needed.

    The First Grade Princess

  15. Thanks for the penguin craft idea! We made these yesterday and had so much fun creating them. They turned out adorable and so fun how each one is just a little different! One of my little ones even decided to have her penguin peaking out from behind the snow. :)


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