Science Storytime: Pierre the Penguin (K-2)
illustrated by Laura Regan
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Virtual Programs are live, interactive programs that connect your class exclusively to a science educator over the internet.
What happens when an Academy penguin gets sick?
In this live, interactive, web-based program, read along with an Academy educator learn about what happened to one of the Academy's most famous residents, Pierre the penguin!
Summer 2020, we are suspending reservations for Distance Learning programs to prepare for the fall semester.
Day of Week: Tuesdays
Duration: 20-30 minutes
Target Audience: Kindergarten - 2nd graders in schools, libraries, homeschool groups, and more
Price: $70 per session
Title I Discount: 50% off
Bulk Discount: 20% off (pre-book 5+ sessions)
Group Size: 8-65 students per session
Multilingual support: English and Spanish
Notes for Scheduling:
- Sunrise in our penguin habitat starts at 9:00am PT, lights may not be fully on at 8:30am PT
In this live, interactive 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 will happen next, and think about how we could help Pierre. After reading the book, the students will dive into our penguin colony via web cameras stations at our exhibit. At the end of the program, we will explore what it is like to be a penguin by waddling and swimming like one.
Notes about the program:
Pierre is no longer alive at the Academy. In May 2016 the Academy announced that Pierre, the oldest bird in the Academy’s colony of African penguins, died at the very old age of 33. In the wild, African penguins have an average lifespan of 15 years. During his time he had several mates with whom he produced 16 chicks, 27 grand-chicks, and 11 great grand-chicks so far.
At the end of the program, the Academy educator will acknowledge that Pierre has died and that he lived a long and wonderful life.
- Use the preparation checklist to make sure you don't miss a step in the process.
- Review the program summary to learn about materials you will need, pre and post activities, and expectations for the day.
- The technical guide will help you become more familiar with our online platform, Zoom.
- Nervous about the technology? Schedule a FREE technical check-in with Academy staff to walk you through how to connect the day of the 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
Science and Engineering Practices:
- Asking questions
- Structure and Function
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