Ms. Sowa's Second Grade Class
Clinton Avenue Elementary
Port Jefferson Station, NY
Mr. Popper's Penguins


As part of our Winter/Penguins thematic unit, we read Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater. How we loved this book and especially learning all about these endearing birds!

Some of the many activities we did include:
-creating a 5 W's poem to summarize each chapter of Mr. Popper's Penguins
-creating a graphic organizer on Kidspiration to summarize the characters in Mr. Popper's Penguins using the 5 W's format 
-researching and illustrating different types of penguins using information gathered from  Perfectly Puzzling Penguins and following directions on the Penguin Worksheet
 -using Kid Pix to make our own penguin pictures

As a culminating activity, we look forward to making our own life-sized penguins, finishing our KWL chart, and of course, having a Penguin Party!

Here are some samples of our work.


by Brittany


by Sruthi

5 W's Poems

Mr. Popper

Paints houses

In the day

In his town

Because it is his job.

 By Maeghan (chapter1)


Admiral Drake

Announced Mr. Popper’s name

On the radio

In the morning

Because Mr. Popper sent him a letter.

 By Brittany (chapter 2)


Captain Cook

Came to the Popper’s house

At 432 Proudfoot Avenue

After Mr. Popper got the message from Admiral Drake

Because Admiral Drake said he would send him a surprise.

 By Sruthi (chapter3)


The guy

Drilled the holes

In the ice box

At Mr. Popper’s house

Because Captain Cook needed to breathe.  

By Juliana (chapter 5)


The barber man

Got mad

In the afternoon

At the barber shop

Because Mr. Popper brought his penguin in.

 By Amanda (chapter 8)


Captain Cook

Made a nest

In the afternoon

In the ice box

Because that is where he is going to live.

 By Amanda and Marissa (chapter 7)



Kid Pix

by Brittany

Kid Pix

by Robert

Emperor Penguin

Rock Hopper Penguin

by Laura

King Penguin

by Juliana

New York State Learning Standards

English Language Arts, Standard 1 
Students will read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding.

English Language Arts, Standard 2
 Students will read, write, listen, and speak for literacy response and statement.

English Language Arts, Standard 3 
Students will read, write, listen, and speak for critical analysis and evaluation.

Math Science Technology Standard 2 
Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.

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