Welcome to the Teacher Toolbox! Here you will find a broad variety of instructional resources to compliment your students' viewing of Saving a Species: Penguins. Use these materials to construct lesson plans, spark discussion, and inspire your students to become active participants in preserving the world we share with wildlife.
Can you identify on a globe or map where the equator and Antarctica are found? Can you also point out another location (other than Antarctica) where penguins are found in the Southern Hemisphere?
How many species of penguins do scientists currently recognize? How many can you name?
Baby It's You
The materials and methods penguins use to build their nests depends on their species. Can you name some materials and methods penguin use to build their nests? Why do penguins have so many types of nests?
Describe how penguin parents care for their chick.
Why is the marine environment important to penguins?
Describe a simple marine food chain containing penguins.
Name a physical and behavioral characteristic that helps penguin survive in the aquatic environment.
The Mating Game
Explain what the term "nest site fidelity" means.
Give an example of a penguin courtship display and explain the importance of these displays.
The Person to Penguin Connection
Corey traveled to Antarctica to observe penguin species whose numbers have been steadily decreasing in recent years. What are some of the reasons for these declines?
Barbara traveled to South Africa to help with a penguin chick bolstering process. Explain why this program is so important for this species of penguin.
Even though it may seem that penguins live far away from the United States there are many things that we can here at home that will protect penguins. Give an example of something you can do this week to help penguins.