Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Study Guide




Mr. Popper dreams of being an antarctic explorer and living among the penguins alongside his hero, Admiral Drake. But as a house painter with a family to care for, Mr. Popper knows his dream is just a dream. Until the day when Admiral Drake responds to a letter by sending a real, live penguin straight to Mr. Popper’s house.

It isn’t long before the first penguin, Captain Cook, is joined by a second penguin named Greta. Soon, the Poppers have a houseful of new penguin friends. But with a dozen penguins to feed, plus Mrs. Popper and the children, how will Mr. Popper ever make enough money to keep the whole family going, penguins and all?

But Mr. Popper and Captain Cook are nothing if not imaginative, and now it’s time for them to dream even bigger . . . and to take the penguin show on the road!

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Through Richard and Florence Atwater’s amusing book, students will learn:

About the Author: Learn about Richard and Florence Atwater.

Background Information: Exploring the Arctic and Antarctic.

Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.

Literary Techniques:  In context, foreshadowing, hyperbole, idiom, main character, conflict, complications, climax, resolution, setting, theme, character traits.

Moral Lessons and Character Values:  Attitude, pride, kind words, wisdom, priorities, money, work as if for God, advice, plans.

Activities and Writing Assignments: Penguins, geography, explorers, science, discussions, writing, history, games, talents, music, money, nature shows, cooking, art, newspaper, field trips.

Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Florence and Richard Atwater.

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

Features and Benefits of the study guide

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5×11 format is convenient to read and easy on the eyes
  • Every question has plenty of whitespace for student’s answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
  • Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
  • Provides a permanent record of the student’s work
  • Convenient, removable answer key included for the teacher!
Recommended Grade Level: 3-6
Setting: United States, early 1900s
Workbook ISBN: 978-1-58609-323-5
CD ISBN: 978-1-58609-558-1
Study Guide Author: Rebecca Gilleland
For the Book By: Richard & Florence Atwater
Study Guide Page Count: 60 pages

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × .5 in