In our Beginning Readers classes, Language Arts and Science are taught as integral units with our youngest students developing expressive language skills while also learning about Antarctica, its climate, and its wildlife. After reading a series of Tacky the Penguin books by Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger, our Beginning Readers students were inspired to write their own stories about the adventures of “Tacky” the Penguin.
Tacky Went to Martha’s Vineyard by Charlie
Tacky goes to Martha’s Vineyard, where he makes it snow during the summer.
Tacky goes swimming in the hot tub and then goes ice skating on the pool. He falls through the ice and into the cold water.
After falling into the water, Tacky found his way back to the South Pole. He said “where is everyone?”
Then Tacky goes back to Martha’s Vineyard through the secret passage and still cannot find anyone.
Tacky goes back to the South Pole and searches for his friends. He went to the Emperor Stadium where Tacky found everyone.
Tacky Goes to Carroll School by Nora
Tacky feels really hot. To cool off, Tacky gets lost boogie boarding and ends up at Carroll School.
Tacky gets to Carroll School and opens the door and walks down to Mrs. Wilkins’ classroom.
Tacky has math class with Mrs. Wilkins’ but doesn’t know what Symphony Math is. Then Nora and Dillan say “it is a math game on the computer.” Tacky says “what’s a computer?” Nora and Dillan then say “you’ll figure it out.”
The class then has gym, where Tacky goes with Mrs. Wilkins’ class. The class plays a game called Island Hop. Nora, Dillan, Jordan, and Clara are on his team and they are way ahead of him. “Tacky is having a hard time on the scooter” Nora says. So then, Nora got a rope and pulled Tacky, which made it a little easier, but he still had a problem with gymnastics. Coach helped him and now Tacky felt much better about himself.
Then it was Today’s Hooray’s and Clara, Dillan, and Nora had a big act to do, but don’t forget Tacky! Then Tacky got some ribbon, Nora did regular dancing and singing, Dillan was the main singer, and Clara was hula hooping, of course! And they put on a great thing. Nora went close to the hula-hoop that it almost went down.
It was a great time. Then Nora drove Tacky back to the beach and Tacky boogie boarded back to Antarctica. “That was great time” says Tacky. “I have dyslexia, I guess” says Tacky.
Tacky Goes Somewhere by Jordan
While Tacky is Antarctica, he sees a worm hole.
The worm hole takes Tacky to Boston, where he finds a skateboard at the skateboard park. Tacky rides the skateboard a lot, but is not very good.
Some boys come to help Tacky learn how to skateboard.
Tacky then falls down into the worm hole back to Antarctica.
Tacky Goes to Gymnastics by Dillan
Once upon a time, Tacky decided to go on an adventure to find gymnastics.
Tacky then swam to another iceberg where he met a girl named Dillan.
They were working on the beam when Tacky had arrived. Miss Katherine said “penguins are not in my class! But it is okay, how about we all go to the bars!”
Tacky flips over the bars and lands on his feet.
After a few more tries on the bars, the class was over.
Tacky then swam back to his own iceberg.
Tacky Goes Ice Skating by Clara
Tacky is carrying his own skates to head to his own ice rink. Tacky is trying to learn how to skate on the rink.
There are five other penguins sliding on their bellies next to Tacky. The companions notice that Tacky keeps falling on his belly and the penguins say “you cannot ice skate, all penguins can’t.”
Then the penguins have Tacky come slide on their bellies down the hill with them.
Tacky Goes to the Alps by Willem
Once upon a time there was an odd penguin named Tacky. Tacky lived in the South Pole and flew on a plane to the Alps.
Tacky skied up a snow bank and landed face first in front of a cave.
Inside the cave was a sleeping polar bear. The polar bear wakes up and sees Tacky.
The polar bear says “a penguin for lunch?” The polar bear pulls out a fork and knife and tries to eat Tacky.
Tacky then lands on top of the polar bear who then slides down the Alps with Tacky on his back.
Tacky then flies home on the polar bear.
Tacky Meets Someone Quite Peculiar by Skylar
Tacky is looking down at what is going on from the top of a snow peak.
Below him he suddenly sees this black monster. He slides down on his tummy to get a closer look on what is below him.
Tacky jumps onto the deck of the Black Mouth, and then he starts walking down the deck and sees stuff he has never seen before in his life.
This is the inside of the Black Mouth’s bridge.
Tacky goes back and tells his friends about what he saw and they all watch the Black Mouth go away.