Penguin Parade

Penguin Parade lesson plan

You’re off to Antarctica on an expedition to study penguins! How many different species can you identify?

  • 1.

    Research the various species of penguins. Learn about their size, shape, recognizable characteristics, and habitats. How many species of penguins can you identify? Where are their natural habitats? This accordion-folded display will give you, and penguins, an opportunity to strut your stuff!

  • 2.

    Cut a long, narrow piece of poster board with Crayola® Scissors. With Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils and a ruler, divide the strip into several identical boxes. Make two sections for each kind of penguin.

  • 3.

    In every other box, draw a picture of a different species of penguin. Using Crayola Twistables, color in the penguins. Highlight each one’s unique characteristics.

  • 4.

    Write the names and descriptions of penguins in the boxes next to them. Fold your strip back and forth along the lines to display your Penguin Parade.


  • Students research the different species of penguins, discovering where the various types live, breed, and how they survive.
  • Students compare and contrast characteristics of various types of penguins such as size, weight, coloring, and habitats.
  • Students create a series of penguin pictures that highlight the unique qualities of each type of penguin.
  • Students research the effect of global warming on the penguin population.


  • Work independently or in small groups to research penguin species and natural habitats. Prepare life-size displays of each.
  • Use facts about penguins to write a creative story about them.
  • Find out about polar expeditions to study penguins.
  • Where can penguins be found outside of their native habitats? If possible, plan to go see them.