Mrs. Hayworth's second grade
read Little Penguin's Tale by Audrey Wood. We read the
story up to the point where the narrator says it could have happened
differently. And there the fun began.
We decided to write our own ending to the tale. Having just
completed a unit of study on animals of the tundra, students
brainstormed a list of animals that we might want to include in our
We reread the story to look for phrases repeated by the
author. Students did a think-pair-share activity to come up
with other adventures Little Penguin could embark upon.
For the next few days, the students participated in a shared writing
experience to tell the tale of Little Penguin's next adventure and
our own ending.
After we finished writing our tale, we illustrated it with KidPix,
printed it and bound it for our classroom library.
One of our second grade literacy objectives is to differentiate
between real and make-believe. Our Kidspiration activity gives
students an opportunity to think about those differences.
Look at me! I'm in a
whale's mouth! Now everyone knows a little penguin shouldn't play
hockey when he is in a whale's mouth.
But he didn't.
He pulled out his trusty
stick and tickled the whale's tongue with it. The whale's tongue
started to wiggle and jiggle up and down.
Little Penguin flew
through the blowhole and landed on a sleeping polar bear. He began
bouncing and turning 360's on his stomach.
"Look at me!" laughed Little Penguin. "I'm jumping on
a large polar bear's stomach just like a trampoline."
Now everyone knows a
little penguin can get frightened when a polar bear is awakened
And he did.
He leaped off the polar
bear to go home. Just then a snowy owl swooped down, picked him up,
and carried him home.
Little Penguin gathered
Grand Nanny and all the other penguins around him. With great
excitement he told the tale of his wild adventures.
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