Helen Lester
Lesson plans for Tacky the Penguin

Me, First
Reader's Theater script for 8 readers. Free, downloadable. Adobe Reader required for access.

Tacky the Penguin
After reading Tacky the Penguin students write and illustrate their own Tacky stories.

Penguin Webcams around the World
Antarctica, New Zealand, Denmark, the United States: a variety of webcams to let students see penguins in action.

Penguins are Cool!
A webquest on penguins to accompany Tacky the Penguin .

Reader's theatre Tacky the Penguin
This script calls for 6 penguins, 5 narrators, and 4 hunters.

A Tacky Cheer
Students make predictions, copy cheers, and make inferences as they read Three Cheers for Tacky . This lesson is designed for grades 3-5.

Tacky the Penguin : First Grade Activities
Four activities for first graders.

Where in the World is Tacky the Penguin?
Students complete an art activity and a classroom graph. This lesson includes downloadable handouts, extensions, and assessment ideas.

Author, a True Story
Students practice noting details. Includes text-dependent questions, vocabulary words, a culminating task, and additional learning activities. Word processor required for access.

Author, a True Story
Online activities for Oral Language and Research.

Author, a True Story
Pages 5-7 present a lesson on choosing topics for nonfiction writing. 63 pages; Adobe Reader required.