We began a unit on penguins yesterday. I love teaching about penguins because I find them so fascinating. I began by putting the letters P-E-N-G-U-I-N-S all mixed up in a pocket chart. I called students up to make words using these letters (sun, pin, sip, sing, ...) then I had them try and figure out the "mystery" word using all the letters.
Next, I posted the chart "What Do You Think?" and had students come up and write yes or no to the questions, "Can penguins swim?" "Do penguins live at the North Pole?" and "Do penguins have feathers?"