After reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins for our Language Arts program, Amelia was a little interested in learning more about penguins. We grabbed a few books off our shelf that we already had and read more about these interesting birds. Once we finished those books we all agreed we wanted to make a quick pit stop with our regular homeschool lessons and do a full penguin unit study!
We dove into this with very little knowledge of penguins and have learned so much already. Did you know that according to fossil findings there were over 40 species of penguins that are now extinct? Plus, Emperor penguins can stay in the water for up to 27 minutes! There are just so many cool facts about penguins to learn.
Since we love to research and create, we decided to build our own unit study on penguins from scratch. This was really a fun one to put together and we have enjoyed it so much that we decided to add it to our resource shop!
Check out our unit study for purchase below, plus these penguin resources we’ve gathered that you’ll want to bookmark:
- Penguin book list
- Penguin movies and documentaries
- Penguin live feed cams
- Penguin resource websites
- Penguin activities
- Penguin toys and games
Purchase the Penguin Unit Study and Lapbook
This complete unit study is geared toward grades 2-5 and includes over 40 pages of information, activities, and worksheets. There is also an add-on lapbook for even more penguin fun.
Penguin Book List
One of our favorite parts of a unit study is the book list. We love digging into brand new books and having lots of books on hand for research. Below are some of the books we suggest to have along with your penguin unit study.
You can click on each book for more information and to purchase on Amazon through our affiliate link. Your local library might even have some of these books on hand.
Penguin Movies & Documentaries
We also love a good movie or documentary to watch while we work on our unit studies. There are lots of great penguin movies and documentaries available. Here’s some of the movies we watched during this unit study.
Penguin Live Feed Webcams
We found these amazing live feeds from zoos and aquariums across the world. We turn these penguin cams on while we are working on our unit study activities or if we are researching a specific species and know we will see it on the live feed.
Most were very active during the day and some even record the feed so you can watch it after hours.
- Pittsburgh Zoo
- San Diego Zoo
- Georgia Aquarium
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Edinburgh Zoo
- Detroit Zoo
- Aquarium of the Pacific
- Vancouver Aquarium
Penguin YouTube Videos
Penguin Resource Websites
We have found lots of great resource websites about penguins to further our research. Many of these sites go into great detail on each of the different species of penguins. There are many fantastic photos of penguins, information on conservation and links to ways you can help save the endangered penguins.
- National Geographic
- Global Penguin Society
- Penguin Foundation
- DK Findout!
- Smithsonian Mag
- Ocean Conservancy
- Live Science