Waddle like a Penguin (Grades K - 2)
Penguins don’t fly, but they still share features with all birds: Wings, a Beak, and Feathers, Oh My!
In this live, interactive, web-based program, learn how the unique adaptations of African Penguins help them to survive in their ocean habitat. Waddle and swim like a penguin while observing our live penguin colony. Then, Academy staff will answer student questions about these amazing birds!
This program integrates the Next Generation Science Standards by focusing on:
- Crosscutting Concepts: Structure and Function
Day of Week: Wednesdays (beginning the first week of November)
Duration: 20-40 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, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin
Notes for Scheduling:
- Sunrise in our penguin habitat starts at 9:00am PT, lights may not be fully on at 8:30am PT
- Penguin feeding starts at 10:30am PT, if you want to see the feeding choose a 10:15am PT start time
In this live, interactive program, students will meet and learn about one of the many animals that live here at the California Academy of Sciences: the South African Penguin.
The program will begin by comparing penguins to other birds to discover what features they all have in common. We will then take a live peek into our African Penguin colony as we make observations about the birds and the habitat in which they live.
Through specimens and videos, students will discover penguin adaptations and learn why the ocean is so important to a penguin's survival.
Finally, the class will have a chance to ask questions of Academy staff all about these amazing birds!
- Use the preparation checklist to make sure you don't miss a step in the process.
- Review 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.
Science and Engineering Practices:
- Asking Questions
Disciplinary Core Ideas
- K-ESS3.A: Natural Resources: Living things need water, air, and resources from the land, and they live in places that have the things they need.
1-LS1.A: Structure and Function: All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air. Plants also have different parts (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits) that help them survive and grow.
- Structure and Function
Related Performance Expectation:
This Virtual Program is just one step toward reaching the Performance Expectation listed below. Addition supporting materials/lessons/activities will be required.
K-LS1-1 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.