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Grade 2: Language Arts: Penguins






Instructional Design:
Marleen Atkinson
Trish Lema
Alannah van Bryce




Stage 1 - Desired Results




Established Goals:
Experience and construct meaning from informational texts.
Through speaking, students will communicate their understanding of their selected penguin.
Through listening to other students oral presentation, students will explore other’s experience and knowledge.


ICT Outcomes:
Below is a pdf file identifying all of the ICT outcomes touched on throughout this project. Click on the file to download it to your computer.

Enduring Understandings:
Students will understand that we can draw meaning from a variety of texts.

Essential Questions:
Why do penguins live where they live?
How are penquins suited to survive in their environment?
What are the similarities and differences in the way penguins live and the way we live?


Students will know and be able to:
Recognize how penguins meet their basic needs.
Recognize the penguins’ role in the food chain.
Give examples of how penguins avoid predators.
Describe the relationship of penguins to living and non-living things in their environment.
Students will be able to write sentences based on key words.
Students will be able to demonstrate oral presentation skills when presenting to the class.





Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence






Performance Task(s)
You are an ornithologist  (bird scientist) and your task is to educate other children about penguins by filling out a web of information on a particular penguin. You will be able to record yourself reading some of your writing.


Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
Oral presentation
Teacher observation
Student generated questions of the “experts”


Self Assessment
Journal reflection
Whole group reflection




Stage 3 - Learning Plan






Teaching and Learning Activities

Preparation to do in class:
1. KWL chart about penguins - connect it to science unit on hot and cold temperatures
Hook- Students told they are going to become ornithologists and their job is to educate others about penguins.  One of our jobs here on earth is to be caretakers of God’s creation. Ask them: Did you know that all penguins are endangered?
2. Teacher will assign penguins to students. Students will experience print and other media texts to develop knowledge and understanding of the subject. They will research their topic and take notes, point form, on the Kidspiration web paper. Have a set of 2 or 3 penguins with all the information available for weaker students.
3. Teacher provides students with user ID.
Lab period 1:
1. Open a Kidspiration document (science, elephants) and teach how to:
Create a new subtopic, write in them, use the arrow keys, write a capital letter, delete a word and a bubble, undo, move bubbles, change link, go to outline, quit.
Back in class, students will continue researching all week.
Lab period 2: Students must bring their researched information along with their books so they can continue researching if need be.
1. Open the Kidspiration penguin document and start writing their information point form:
Write their name, and create a new bubble for some information they have. Continue writing all the info researched so far. They can research some more info if they have transferred everything they have.
Back in class, students will continue researching all week.
Lab period 3: Students must bring their researched information along with their books so they can continue researching if need be.
1. Open the Kidspiration penguin document and continue writing their information point form:
Create new bubbles as needed for the information they have. Continue writing all the info researched so far. They can research some more info if they have transferred everything they have.
Back in class, students will finish researching their topic.
Lab period 4: Students must bring their researched information along with their books so they can verify something if need be.
1. Open the Kidspiration penguin document and continue writing their information point form:
Create new bubbles as needed for the information they have. Continue writing all the info researched.
2. Teach how to go to outline and write complete sentences.
Lab period 5: Students must bring their researched information along with their books so they can verify something if need be.
1. Open the Kidspiration penguin document and continue writing their information in complete sentences in the outline.
Lab period 6:
1. Open the Kidspiration penguin document and continue writing their information in complete sentences in the outline.
2. Teach students how to record and listen to their voices.
Lab period 7:
1. Open the Kidspiration penguin document and continue recording their voices.
2. Start practicing their presentation, with the question to answer at the end of their presentation: What are the similarities and differences in the way penguins live and the way we live?


Additional Teacher Resources
These are documents for teachers and/or students that were developed to support the project.  Documents will always be available in pdf format as well as in the original format created (e.g. MS Word, AppleWorks, Kidspiration, etc)



Rubric(s)






AppleWorks 6  1.pctClick to download Rubric





Student Exemplars







The following exemplars represent an excellent, adequate and limited student samples. Please click on the exemplar to download a copy.  NB - You will need Inspiration 6 installed on your computer to view.

         Excellent.Ins





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