Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mr. Popper's Penguins Lapbook

This is Part 2 of our 3 part unit study on the Arctic/Antarctic.

Part 1: Inuits
Part 2: Penguins/Mr. Popper's Penguins
Part 3: Polar Bears/Magic School bus Polar Bear Patrol

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I found a great lapbook through Homeschool Share on Mr. Popper's Penguins.  It has questions for each chapter, and activity ideas.  We did many of them, skipping ones that Levi was not quite ready for, and adding in some more of our own!   The Homeschool Share pack had some lapbook templates, but not many.  It did have a lot of questions, so I used those to make templates of my own to go with them.
The templates I created (to go with the Homeschool Share Lapbook)
The directions for my templates

I also made a "travel brochure" template, which can be used for this book, or for anything else.   In Mr. Popper's Penguins, Mr. Popper dreams of travel.  So one of the activities we did was to design a travel brochure.  This template is a blank that has some info for kids to fill out to create there own.  This would also be a good one if you are studying a particular country, city or area.  
Travel Brochure  


Most of the activities we did are up in the templates link, but here is one we did on Penguin Beaks.  We learned that penguins have a rubbery grip inside their beaks to help them hold onto slippery fish.   We folded a model of a beak, and then did some experimenting.   He had to pick up a slippery chapstick tube using chopsticks, and then we added rubberbands to see if there was a difference.  







Another experiment we did was to find out about penguin feathers.  They are covered with oil.  So I put some olive oil on his hand to see how the water beaded up.   



And here is the finished lapbook, it is many pages long!
 











On the right is a map activity I found someplace, its Halloween theme, but oh well! 

On the left is the back of a page where he chose pics from National Geographic magazine to cut out.  On the right is a made up pet.  

This is the travel brochure he made.

Copywork, all is from Draw, Write, Now.  
 His handwriting is literally better than mine already! 


This was another LONG unit, but he really likes the book, so it was fun for him!   I try and go deeper into the topics he is most interested in, and just cover the basics on ones he isn't as into.  

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