1) Because most penguins live in a cold climate, turn on a fan and allow the classroom to become a little chilly.
2) If there is a water fountain nearby, have each student take a drink. (NOTE: you may also provide water for them by way of paper cups).
3) Then, ask students to close their eyes and meditate on the information provided them for about 60 seconds considering the following questions: How would it feel to be a penguin? What kind of mood would you be in most often? What goes on in a typical day?
4) When that time is up, instruct students to write a sensory poem about what it would be like to be a bird that moves by waddling, not flying and one that lives in an often cold and wet environment. Remind them that such a poem would focus on the five senses: hearing, feeling, smelling, seeing, tasting.
5) After 10-12 minutes, begin asking students to come up and read their poems. As a class, discuss the imagery and palpability of the penguin experience provided by the shared poems. Talk about this in conjunction with a review of what all was learned about this special bird.