Pierre the Penguin book cover

illustrated by Laura Regan


January 19, 2018 is Penguin Awareness Day. We will celebrate by learning about one of the Academy's most famous residents, Pierre the penguin!

Classrooms everywhere are invited to join this FREE webchat!

Date: Friday, January 19th
Time: 9:10am PST (12:10pm EST) or 10:10am PST (11:10pm EST)
Duration: 30 minutes
Price: Free!
Target Audience: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Interactivity Options: The class will interact with us using a Chat Box

What to expect during this Special Live Event

In this 30-minute program, students will read along with an Academy Educator the real life story of Pierre the Penguin by Jean Marzollo.

Throughout the reading time, we will pause to make observations, predict what would happen next, and think about how we would help Pierre. After reading the book, the students will dive into our penguin colony via our web cameras. At the end of the program, we will explore what it is like to be a penguin by waddling and swimming like one.

This program is interactive in nature! Students will have the opportunity to ask Academy Educators about their curiosities regarding African Penguins.

Technology required

Students get to see and hear the Academy expert, and teachers will enter comments and questions into a text-based chat window.

To participate you must have the following technology available:

  • Desktop, laptop computer, or tablet.
  • Strong internet connection; a wired connection is preferable.
  • An updated version of the free application Zoom installed on your computer or tablet.
  • If you have a large class we also recommend having a projector and speakers.

Groups are limited to no more than 75 students and no more than 3 classes for a single connection.

Check out what teachers said about last year's program!

"My students loved seeing the live cameras and having their names/questions mentioned by the educator. They also loved learning about Pierre the Penguin, since we'd done some background prep on penguins."
-1st graders at Marsh Elementary School


"In science, we learn about how habitats and organisms go together (certain organisms live in certain habitats), so this was directly tied to that."
-2nd Grade teacher from Baker Elementary School

Can't join us on January 19th? Check out other Special Live Events or our one-on-one Waddle Like a Penguin program.

Grades: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Program Duration: 30 minutes
Price: Free
Time Slots: 9:10 am, 10:10 am