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Winter Activities: Penguin Writing Craft!

Winter time is here! Maybe that means you are coming off winter break, or maybe you've been back for a few weeks and need a fun writing activity to do with your students. One of my favorite things to do during a cold, winter afternoon, is bring my students to my cozy rug, read a book, and do a fun writing craft! This resource is meant to be paired with this adorable book: "Be Brave, Little Penguin!" If you don't have this book in your classroom already, you can find it on YouTube. This is a great book to use to teach an SEL lesson about bravery or to review literacy concepts.

I hope you'll find this low-prep, winter resource useful! Let's jump in!

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After reading this book with your students, use these anchor chart titles to facilitate discussion. Ask students to brainstorm:

  • Ways they can be brave like little penguin

  • Ways they have been brave before

  • Ways they can help little penguin be brave.

This will help give students ideas on what to write depending on the prompt that you choose to use. If you teach ESL or have ESL students in your classroom, this is a great way to practice their speaking skills. Be creative with this! Depending on student ability, you can write down their ideas. For older/more advanced students, you can give them all sticky notes to write their answers to add to the anchor chart.

I have included an easy, low-prep flip book and foldable to practice retell. It specifically has students using sequencing words "first, next, then, last." I have also included a worksheet where students have to identify setting. These tend to be a skills that my little learners need lots of review and practice with.

Now for the fun part... the craft! Use the anchor chart to help students answer the prompt that you choose. I have included five prompts:

  • What would you do to help little penguin be brave?

  • If I was little penguin, I would...

  • How can you be brave like little penguin?

  • Bravery is...

  • What does it mean to be brave?

My hope with these prompts is that you will be able to choose one that best suits your students needs. Each prompt has two writing line options for you to use to differentiate for your writers who need extra support. You can print this craft using a color printer, black and white for students to color, or I have included a craft template for you to print each part in bulk on colored paper.

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I hope you find this resource fun, engaging, and useful! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out in the "contact me" tab. I LOVE seeing my resources in action, so please make sure to tag me on instagram @carolinacornertpt with this craft. Happy Winter!



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