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Story last updated at 7:42 PM on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Penguins heat up studies at Paul Banks



By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff Writer


 

Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

First-grade students at Paul Banks Elementary School present "This is the nest that the penguins build" during a Friday assembly.

It may have cold enough Friday afternoon to feel like Antarctica, but inside Paul Banks Elementary School it even looked like the south side of the planet when youngsters gave a penguin-powered performance for family and friends.

Not only was it a temperature-fitting topic, penguins also offered an across-the-curriculum stepping stone to education basics.

Kindergarteners, first- and second-graders wrote stories, produced movies, composed songs and poems, created art projects and found ways to include penguins in every area of study.

"The students loved it. We worked on habitat and predators and prey as well as coverings — feathers, down, blubber — and adaptations," said first-grade teacher Wendy Todd.

Lining up in front of assembled guests, Todd's young students summed up what they'd learned with a theatrical reading of "This is the nest that the penguin built."

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