The Emperor's Egg- Learning Centers

Your Name: Missy Harriss
School: Dillingham Adventist School
Published Date: April 6, 2012
Subject(s): All
Intended Grade Level(s): Kindergarten

A Thematic Learning Center plan specifically for Kindergarten students using the book The Emperor's Egg, in the environment unit of Stepping Stones.

Stepping Stones Theme, Goals, and Skills
Theme: Brrr It's Cold- The Emperor's Egg
Goals: The student will be able to begin developing the skills mentioned below by accomplishing the tasks of each center.
Skills: Skills below are taken from Kindergarten Stepping Stone Teacher's Manual
  • Science
    • 1A- Ability to Do Scientific Inquiry
      • A1.1 Asks questions that can be answered with scientific knowledge and personal observation
      • A1.2 Plans and does investigations
      • A1.3 Uses tools to gather and think about data
    • 6A- Abilities of Technological Skills
      • 6A.3 Develops an ability to solve problems using technological design
  • Math
    • Target 1 Numbers and Operations
      • 1.5 Orders numbers 0 -10
      • 1.6 Writes numbers 0-10
      • 1.9 Makes a model to represent a number 0-20
  • Writing
    • Target 1 Reading and Writing Skills
      • 1C.5 Meets teacher/student set goals for Kidwriting by participating in Writers Workshop
      • 1C.6 Writes original stories
  • Art
    • Target 1 Media, Techniques and Processes
      • 1A Drawing
        • 1A.2 Draws from memory, imagination, and observation
      • 1F Technology
        • 1F.1 Recognizes that computers, simple still cameras, and/or video cameras create graphics, photographs, and videotaped images
        • 1F.2 Uses media techniques to communicate concepts, thoughts, and feelings...
        • 1F.3 Uses computer graphics to draw and paint

Faith Integration:
In this unit we are learning about a God who cares. In this specific lesson we are looking at how God cares enough to give the necessary means for the penguins and other animals to survive the harsh elements of Antarctica. The Key Concept is "Jesus takes good care of me".

Technology Standards:
  • The student will demonstrate creative thinking
    • Applying existing knowledge to generate new ideas
  • The student will be able to understand and use technology systems

  • Paint (Software-default on computer)
  • Digital Camera
  • Stuffed Penguins, and other thematic toys (Plastic Eggs, snow, etc...)
  • Computer with Internet
  • Access to Voice Thread or PowerPoint
  • Play Dough or Clay
  • Penguin Worksheet
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Paper Plates
  • Scissors
  • Penguin Patterns
  • Glue
  • Recording Software
  • Microphone

Teacher Preparation:
  • The teacher will need to bookmark or create a link on the desktop to the Penguin Webcam
  • The teacher will have taught the children how to use Paint (or whatever Paint program is on the school computers)
  • The teacher will have taught the children how to use a digital camera
  • The teacher will make a schedule so that students know where they are going when
  • The teacher will model each of the centers for the students

Student Preparation:
  • Students must be able to use the mouse to click on the Penguin Webcam
  • Students must be able to create a picture using Paint
  • Students need to remember the rules for using the digital camera
  • Students have learned how to use Kid Writing independently
  • Students will need to know how to save work in Paint

Classroom Management and Decoration:
Management -These centers will be done individually while teacher circulates among students. Two students will go each day. This set of centers will be available for the week we are studying The Emperor's Egg. More time maybe needed for some activities and time allowance will be made.

Decoration - The classroom will already be decorated for the Brrr It's Cold unit with white Christmas lights and Igloo shaped tents. There will be thematic stuffed animals around (penguins, artic animals, etc...) The room will look very cold with lots of snowflakes hung about.

Below is the rubric that will be used to assess and evaluate how each child accomplishes the tasks.

Antarctica Penguin Webcam Center 1

Books, references, worksheets.
  • No additional items needed

  • Computer with internet capability
  • Paper
  • Pencils and Crayons

Student Instructions-
  • Ask yourself, "What do I want to see and learn from this webcam?"
  • Click on the Antarctica Penguin Webcam link on computers desktop.
  • Observe
  • Draw a picture and use Kid Writing to write about what you saw.

Differentiated Instruction:
  • If a student is not developmentally available to use "Kid Writing", at a later time they can bring me the picture they drew and tell me verbally about it.

Multiple Intelligences:
  • Naturalist
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic
  • Linguistic
  • Spatial

Paper Plate Penguins -Center 2

Books, references, worksheets.
  • "Paper Plate Penguin" taken from Brrr It's Cold -Daily Lesson Guide, page 247

  • Patterns
  • Scissors, glue, crayons
  • Paper Plate

Student Instructions
  • Decorate the penguin pieces
  • Cut out the needed pieces
  • Glue them to the paper plate
  • With a classmate, create a story about your penguins
  • Share it with the class

Differentiated Instruction:
  • If the student feels uncomfortable presenting the story, they can tell the story to teacher
  • Student may also choose to use Kid Write and write the story out

Multiple Intelligences:
  • Linguistic
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic
  • Naturalistic
  • Spatial

Digital Story Telling -Center 3

Books, references, worksheets.
  • Emperor's Egg - Martin Jenkins

  • Stuffed animals, thematic toys
  • Digital Camera
  • Recording Software
  • Microphone
  • PowerPoint, Voice Thread...
  • Computer with Internet

Student Instructions:
  • Using the stuffed penguins and other thematic toys, recreate a scene from The Emperor's Egg.
  • Take a picture of the scene you chose
  • Teacher will help you download pictures off the camera
  • Student will then narrate their own version of the book to go along with the pictures.
  • Using the voice and pictures, the teacher will help the student put them together and create a digital narrative using PowerPoint or Voice Thread
  • Music may be added behind the narration

Differentiated Instruction:
  • The teacher will assign a student to help if teacher is unavailable to help a student create this project. The teacher understand this will take time and extra help for most students

Multiple Intelligences:
  • Spatial
  • Linguistic
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic
  • Musical

Painter- Center 4

Books, references, worksheets.
  • No additional items needed

  • Computer with Paint

Student Instructions
  • Open Paint program on computer
  • Use the paint and drawing tools to draw a penguin or scene from the book
  • After you are finished save your work

Differentiated Instruction:
  • If unable to draw a specific item or theme, experiment with the different options that can be used in Paint.

Multiple Intelligences:
  • Spatial
  • Linguistic
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic
  • Naturalistic

Mathematician- Center 5

Books, references, worksheets.
  • "Five Little Penguins" taken from Brrr It's Cold -Daily Lesson Guide, page 228-229


Student Instructions
  • Using Play Dough or Clay create "penguins" (could be black circles)
  • Using the worksheet provided by teacher, put the correct number of penguins on the numbers
  • Use a digital camera to take a picture of your final work
  • If time permits, the class can take the "penguins" created or plastic penguins from the dramatic play center and do the 5 Little Penguins song

Differentiated Instruction:
  • If too easy, students can create their own worksheet by writing the lines and numbers on the paper themselves
  • If too hard, students can make ten penguins and show the teacher they can count to ten.

Multiple Intelligences:
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic
  • Musical
  • Logical-Mathematical
  • Linguistic