We had THE BEST time learning about penguins over the last couple weeks. We read The Emperor's Egg as part of our reading series, and I added some of Amy's activities from her super cute penguin unit.
To finish our unit, I put everyone in groups to research specific types of penguins. I had gathered information on six different types of penguins. They worked together filling out a graphic organizer with facts. Then, they wrote their own four paragraph informational essay. I am so impressed with how their writing is coming... Still working on indenting, though. :) Several of them even wrote two full pages worth of information.
We've talked a lot about plagiarizing when writing informational pieces.
One boy was reading his penguin piece to me. After he read me a sentence (that was obviously plagiarized) he yelled out, "I am NOT PLAGIARISM!!!" It was hysterical!
When their writing was finished, they made these adorable penguins!