Penguin Study with Mr Popper’s Penguins

Who doesn’t love penguins? They are so adorable! A great way to interest your children in reading is by reading a book with a fun topic like penguins! If you and your children haven’t read Mr. Popper’s Penguins, now is a great time to do so! If you have very young children, it’s a fun book to read aloud to them. If your children are old enough to read on about a 5th grade reading level, have them read it to you–or take turns reading to each other!

And to go along with your reading, we’ve created a set of notebooking pages! Notebooking pages are a simple way to dig deeper into a topic. They provide some structure and ideas for extending your study of a topic, but they allow you to keep things as simple as you like (by answering the basic questions and keeping it quick and easy) or to dive in deeply (by doing more extensive research, answering questions more thoroughly, and maybe even doing some additional reading or research on the internet).

Penguin Study with Mr. Popper's Penguins

To download the free 2-page notebooking pages, just click the image above or click HERE. The book is not included, but you can probably find a copy at your local library, or you can buy a copy on Amazon.

And if you’d like to turn your penguin study into a unit study, we’ve shared some ideas below.

Penguin Unit Study Ideas

Penguin Study Guide:

Use the following as a guide to study penguins. Do research with your children or have them do their own research to answer the following questions:

  1. What are penguins and where do they live?
  2. What do most penguins eat? How much do they eat?
  3. How many species of penguins are there?
  4. What sounds do penguins make?
  5. What are their mating habits? Do they nest?
  6. How do they care for their young?
  7. What does a penguin egg look like?

Where penguins live for penguin studyFind penguins of the world and their regions with this interactive map.

There are 17 species of penguin. Most are named for the location or regions they breed. Consider doing a geography study with your  penguin study. Here are a few great online resources for learning about specific penguin species:

  1. African penguins or African blackfooted penguins
  2. Adélie penguins
  3. Emperor penguins
  4. Chinstrap penguins
  5. Erect crested enguin
  6. Fiordland penguin
  7. Galapagoes penguin
  8. Humboldt penguins
  9. King penguins
  10. Little blue penguin (These little guys are the cutest ever!)
  11. Macaroni penguin
  12. Magellanic penguin
  13. Rockhopper penguin
  14. Royal penguins
  15. Gentoo penguins
  16. Snares penguin
  17. Yellow eyed penguin

Observe Penguins:

Go to your local zoo and actually observe penguin behavior or observe African blackfooted penguins on the very cool Penguin Cam from Monterey Bay Aquarium!

Free Educational Resources, Study Guides and Printables for Mr. Popper’s Penguins:

Homeschool Share Mr. Popper’s Penguins Lapbook
Mr. Popper’s Penguins Study Guide PDF
Scholastic Penguin Growth Worksheet
Mr. Popper’s Penguins Classroom Activity Sheets (Vocabulary and Comprehension)

Free Penguin Notebook Pages

Kids can use these Free Penguin Notebook Pages to record what they’ve learned about penguins. Consider printing the penguin page multiple times for each species of penguin ( Listed above) and compile them into a penguin book.

If you like these pages, you will love HHM’s nature notebook pages or our 78 page set of Bird Notebook Pages.

About the author

Stephanie Harrington

Stephanie was a military spouse for 20 years and has homeschooled for more than 17 years. She and her husband of 25 years retired from the military and settled in their native state of Iowa where they continue to homeschool their youngest child. Her homeschool style is eclectic with Charlotte Mason and classical influences. She continues to encourage and support homeschoolers through her writings and curriculum development.
When she isn't teaching or writing she enjoys sightseeing, gardening, and cooking.

About the author


Wendy is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms. She married her high school sweetheart, Scott, 28 years ago, and they live in the South with their three children. Hannah, age 23, has autism and was the first homeschool graduate in the family. Noah, age 22, was the second homeschool graduate. Mary Grace, age 16, is the remaining homeschool student. Wendy loves working out and teaching Training for Warriors classes at her local gym. She also enjoys learning along with her family, educational travel, reading, and writing, and she attempts to grow an herb garden every summer with limited success.

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