Lessons & Units :: Pierre the Penguin: A True Story 1st Grade Unit

Paired Text Questions: "An Owl is a Bird" and Pierre the Penguin

Lesson Plan

Pierre the Penguin: A True Story | AD580L

Pierre the Penguin: A True Story
Learning Goal
Integrate information from the non-fiction passage “An Owl is a Bird” and the book Pierre the Penguin: A True Story to compare two different kinds of birds.
Necessary Materials
Provided:
  1. Questions
  2. Non-fiction reading passage “An Owl is a Bird”

Not Provided:
Pierre the Penguin: A True Story
 
  • Questions 1 and 2 refer to the non-fiction passage “An Owl is a Bird.” Questions 3 and 4 refer to the book Pierre the Penguin: A True Story. Questions 5 and 6 refer to both the passage and the book.
  • Student versions of the questions are in the 'Texts & Materials' tab.
 
Part 1: "An Owl is a Bird"
 
Read the passage “An Owl is a Bird” out loud to your students. Alternatively, students can read the passage independently or as a group.
 
Question 1: What are the feathers of an owl like? Your answer should come from the passage.
 
Sample student answer: The feathers of an owl are soft.
 
Question 2: Do feathers help owls? Support your answer with information from the passage.
 
Sample student answer: Yes, feathers help owls. Feathers let owls fly quietly, which could help them get around and hunt.
 
Part 2: Pierre the Penguin: A True Story
 
Question 3: At the beginning of the book, Pierre had no feathers and was afraid to swim. What would have happened to Pierre if he dived right into the water?
 
Sample student answer: Pierre would have gotten cold.
 
Question 4: Imagine that Pierre had feathers at the beginning of the book. Would he still have been afraid to go for a swim? Use information from the book to explain your answer.
 
Sample student answer: Responses may vary, as long as they are supported by the book. For example, students may respond that Pierre would not have been afraid to go for a swim if he had feathers. He would not get cold in the water if he had feathers to keep him warm.
 
Part 3: "An Owl is a Bird" and Pierre the Penguin: A True Story
 
Question 5: How are owls and penguins alike? Your answers should be based on the passage and the book.
 
Sample student answer: Any answer with a basis in the passage and book is acceptable. Ideally, students will recognize that owls and penguins both have feathers.
 
Question 6: What is a difference between an owl’s feathers and a penguin’s feathers? Support your answer with information from the passage and the book.
 
Sample student answer: Any answer with a basis in the passage and book is acceptable. After the previous five questions, students should be prepared to recognize that an owl’s feathers and a penguin’s feathers are used for different purposes. An owl uses its feathers to fly quietly. A penguin’s feathers keep it warm underwater.

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User Comments

Both text choices were engaging to my first grade students.
Great lesson.

I can't wait to use this with my first graders.