Have you ever watched a group of penguins huddling together to stay warm?
I just watched a video of how they do it.
They actually form circular bands around the youngest and stand with their backs facing out towards the cold.
But they rotate the bands around so that everyone has a chance to be warm in the center. Neat, right?
There’s a lot more to learn about penguins with kids. Which is where this penguin life cycle sequencing activity can help!
This hands-on animal science activity is great for teaching early elementary students about life cycles during winter.
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Be sure to check out our list of fun penguin books for kids to read too!
Penguin Life Cycle Sequencing Activity for Kids
- Printer (with ink)
- Printer paper
- Child-safe scissors
- Glue stick
- Laminator (optional)
- Hook and loop adhesive coins (optional)
- Dry erase markers (optional)
- Colored pencils (optional)
This resource includes a completed penguin life cycle sequencing mat.
Once students have learned the primary life stages of a penguin, they can practice remembering the steps on their own.
There are a blank penguin life cycle mat and a blank penguin life cycle mat with writing lines.
Students who are already writing can practice writing out the life cycle stage names.
There are penguin life cycle stage circles to cut out and place in the correct order on the sequencing activity mat.
For students who are not yet reading, there are picture life stage circles that show the stages without words.
And a full blackline version is included!
How to Use the Penguin Life Cycle Sequencing Activity
When you’re ready to use this penguin life cycle lesson with your students, you have several options.
Hand out the circle cards and blank mat and let kids cut the circles out and glue them in the right sequence.
You can print the entire resource at half-size and laminate it.
It makes a great addition to morning tubs!
If you decide to laminate the life cycle labeling mat, students can use dry erase marker to write and wipe the life cycle stage names.
Turn this lesson into a reusable science center activity!
Just add hook and loop adhesive coins on the back of the circles and on the blank circles on the mat.
Students can practice placing the circles in the correct order and then try again another time.
You can assign the blackline version as a take-home assignment.
Children can color the mat and circles and order them correctly before bringing them back to class.
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