Learning About Penguins with Science Apps
This week one of the Wonderopolis wonders of the day was about Penguins. If you are not familiar with this great site read more about it HERE. The question was “Why Can’t Penguins Fly?” Instead of watching the video and reading the facts I instead decided to let the class predict and then investigate first. We had been learning about birds only a few days earlier so the topic was a perfect fit.
The first thing we did was make a list of reasons why the penguins can’t fly using the Popplet app
Then we used the FREE app ABCmouse set one to learn about penguins. When you click on the habitat it reads and shows different facts.
Then we used the World Book app of Animals. This one isn’t free but it has 185 different animals. I plan to use the app a lot this year. The app includes several images of each animal, a sound clip of the animal (for most of them), facts about the animal and the ability to compare animals.
The last app we used was Pocket Zoo HD. This app is unique because it has live webcams from zoos. As with any webcam the animals are not always there but the kids love checking and there were several penguin cams so we got to see some. There are also videos (pulled from YouTube) and we did watch one of them. I always preview these ahead of time! This app also has an audio sound for most of the animals and basic facts.
The logical next activity was exploring non-fiction books from our library. I always try to include “real” books when possible and the apps and videos are the hook that leads to them being excited about looking at the books.
The last step was to watch the Wonderopolis video and read the facts from the website. It was a fun day exploration in my class and I feel my kids have a strong knowledge of penguins and more importantly how animal features play an important part in where they live.