Penguin Pete and Pat Lesson Plan
Read the story of how Penguin Pete meets his match, then have students participate in a story sequence activity, a group discussion, and more.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
Penguin Pete returns from another adventure with his friend Walter Whale only to meet Pat, the penguin of his dreams. What follows is love, marriage, and a new baby penguin.
Children will develop language, literacy, and creative-thinking skills as they engage in a story sequence and other extension activities.
Show the children the book Penguin Pete and Pat. Explain that the book tells the story of how Penguin Pete meets his wife, Pat. Ask them to predict how they think the two penguins will meet.
1. Story Sequence Cards
- Photocopy machine
- Photocopy paper
- Oak-tag paper
- Glue stick
- Clear contact paper
- Large resealable plastic bag or manila envelope
In advance: Photocopy several of the illustrations from the book. Choose illustrations that clearly show an element of the book's plot — these illustrations will become story sequence cards for the students to identify and arrange chronologically. Glue the photocopies onto sheets of oak-tag paper and cover with clear contact paper.
Step 1: Break the class into small groups. Read the story Penguin Pete and Pat to one group. Place the story sequence cards in front of the students, keeping them out of sequence. Review the cards with them to identify each part of the story. Ask them to arrange the cards in the correct sequence.
Step 2: Rotate the groups so that all of the children have an opportunity to participate in the activity.
Step 3: Put the story sequence cards in a plastic bag or envelope and place them in the back of the book. Keep the book and cards in your library or activity center. Encourage children to read the book alone or with friends and use the sequence cards.
2. Book Talk
Ask children to recall the different colors of Penguin Pete's, Pat's, and baby Tim's beaks. Why was Tim's beak green?
3. Story Extension
- Chart paper and a marker
- Drawing paper or story paper
- Crayons, colored markers, or colored pencils
- Binder and three-hole punch, or other means of binding students' work into a book
Step 1: The story ends with Penguin Pete teaching Tim how to swim. Ask the children to think about other types of activities Penguin Pete and Pat might do with Tim. Record their ideas on chart paper.
Step 2: Invite each student to create a story and drawing that depicts one of the ideas listed on the chart paper. Provide drawing paper or story paper and art materials. Assist the children in writing or dictating their stories.
Step 3: Invite them to share their work with their classmates.
Step 4: Collect all the stories and pictures to make a class book. Bind the pictures together and create a title and cover page.
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Teaching plan written by Risa Young.