The Great Penguin 3rd Grade

The Shedd Aquarium wants to expand its Penguin Exhibit.  The Aquarium wants to hire a team of specialists to research new types of colonies.

Your job is to assume the role of one of the specialists:

Henry Habitat - Henry Habitat is the habitat expert.  He needs to research where the penguins live - environment, weather, etc.

Fanny Food - Fanny Food is the food expert.  She needs to determine what food should be made available to feed the penguins.

Nanny Nursery - Nanny Nursery is the penguin caretaker.  She will learn about how the penguins build nests and care for their babies.

Edward Expert  - Edward Expert is the penguin expert.  He will research the penguin's physical characteristics and how they move. 

1.  You will be divided into groups of 4. 
2.  Each group will choose two penguins from the following: 
        Emperor        King            Adelie        Chinstrap 
        Macaroni       Gentoo        African       Rockhopper 
        Little Blue     Yellow-Eyed 
3.  Each member will be assigned a role. 
4.  Explore the web sites and research your penguin. 

Emperor Penguin Macaroni Penguin
Adelie Penguin Rockhopper Penguin
King Penguin  African Penguin
Chinstrap Penguin Yellow-eyed Penguin
Gentoo Penguin Little Blue Penguin
 Penguin Information  



You need to create a slide show for each penguin that you have researched.  Your slide show should include the following: 
1.  Title and authors 
2.  A description and picture of the physical characteristics of 
     your penguin. 
3.  A description of where your penguin lives and what the 
     environment is like. 
4.  Foods that your penguin eats. 
5.  How your penguin builds nests and cares for babies.?

6. Why they look that way?


You will be evaluated using four assessments.

Description: The Student Self Asssessment will be worth 50 points.

Description: The Teacher Assessment will be worth 50 points.


This entire project is worth 100 points.

Penguins are unique flightless birds that have captured the imagination of everyone.  Penguins live only in the Southern Hemisphere and some live in  Antarctica, the coldest place on earth.  How do they survive?

There are 18 different types of penguins.  As the children work through the webquest, they will learn about the abilities, behaviors, and adaptations of different types of penguins.

■ All living things grow, take in nutrients, breathe, reproduce, and eliminate waste. (5.1a) ■ An organism’s external physical features can enable it to carry out life functions in its particular environment. (5.1b) ■ Each plant has different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction. (3.1b) — Roots help support the plant and take in water and nutrients. — Leaves help plants utilize sunlight to make food for the plant