Lesson Plan

Interesting Animals: Penguins

Penguins are such interesting animals! Help your students practice identifying the main topic and key ideas in a nonfiction text using this fun penguin-themed lesson plan.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to share key ideas from a text in conversations and writing.


(5 minutes)
  • Introduce the lesson by displaying the different images of Antarctica and penguins.
  • Display the prewritten T-chart titled with "What We Think about Penguins" on one side and "What We Know About Penguins" on the other side.
  • Ask the students to look carefully at the images and ask, "What do you think about penguins?"
  • Have students participate in a peer conversation by turning and talking to a partner. Instruct them share an idea using the sentence stem, "I think penguins ________."
  • Invite a few volunteers to share either their own or their partner's thought with the whole group. Record students' thinking on the “What We Think About Penguins” side of the T-chart.
  • Explain that today you will be learning all about penguins and how to discuss facts about them!