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Mr. Popper' s Penguins

The printables on this page are designed to go along with the children's novel Mr. Popper's Penguins, by Richard and Florence Atwater. Worksheets include reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, literature circle role sheets, a word search puzzle, and vocabulary activities.

mr poppers penguins Worksheets

Chapters 1 - 4

This worksheet has ten reading comprehension questions about Mr. Popper, his home, his family, and his penguin Captain Cook.
3rd through 5th Grades
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Vocabulary words on this printable include spattered, expanses, expedition, prospect, absent-minded, stout, pompous, and hastily.
3rd through 5th Grades
This printable file has 30 cut-apart cards with words and definitions for the vocabulary words for chapters 1 through 4.
3rd through 5th Grades
Draw a picture of your favorite scene from this chapter. Then, on the lines below, describe the scene you drew.
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Tell what's happening in the picture. The illustration shows a penguin in a crate.
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Chapters 5 - 8

This sheet has questions about the refrigerator serviceman and policeman's reaction to the penguins. There are also questions about Captain Cook's rookery.
3rd through 5th Grades
Vocab words on this printable include dignity, intention, outraged, neglected, protesting, consented, and ordinance.
3rd through 5th Grades
Students can practice the definitions for the words: outraged, intention, dignity, vigorously, protesting, neglected, consented, and ordinance.
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Write a few short sentences to describe the events shown in the picture. Illustration shows Mr. Popper walking his penguin on a leash.
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Chapters 9 - 12

This worksheet has eight reading comprehension questions about the newspaper article about the Poppers, Captain Cook's illness, and their new Penguin, Greta.
3rd through 5th Grades
Words on this worksheet include spectacle, sympathetic, droll, astonished, spar, amid, scarcely, and sulking.
3rd through 5th Grades
This printable file has 10 vocabulary word cards and definition cards that can be cut apart and used for practice.
3rd through 5th Grades

Chapters 13 - 16

This worksheet has eight reading comprehension questions about Mr. Popper's plan to earn money, the penguins' stage performances, and the Poppers' train trip.
3rd through 5th Grades
Vocab on this worksheet includes exhibit, sensation, unforeseen, unique, descriptive, and remarks.
3rd through 5th Grades
Print out these vocabulary cards to practice the definitions for the words: sensation, remarks, exhibit, unforeseen, novelty, descriptive, and unique.
3rd through 5th Grades

Chapters 17 - 20

The questions on this page cover the country's reaction to the penguins' performance and Mr. Popper's experience in jail.
3rd through 5th Grades
The words on this worksheet include shrieking, nuisance, mischief, concerned, apparent, and corridor.
3rd through 5th Grades
Students can match the definition cards to the word cards in review for the vocabulary words in chapters 17 through 20.
3rd through 5th Grades

Whole Book

Think you know your Mr. Popper? Use this activity to test your knowledge of the book.
3rd through 5th Grades
Some words hidden in the puzzle include: Mr. Popper, penguin, New York, performance, Greta, train, South Pole, Antarctic, icebox, eggs, Admiral Drake, and Captain Cooke.
These bookmarks have a picture of Mr. P. walking one of his penguins on a leash.
3rd through 5th Grades

Literature Circles

The question leader writes open-ended questions to discuss with the reading group.
3rd through 5th Grades
The summarizer writes a short summary of the assigned chapters.
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The illustrator draws a scene from the assigned chapters. Members of the reading group look at the picture and describe what's going on in the picture.
3rd through 5th Grades
The word wizard finds challenging words from the text and defines them.
3rd through 5th Grades
The real life connector tells how certain parts of the story are similar to events that have happened in real life.
3rd through 5th Grades
This page can be used as a cover sheet to your students' literature circle packets.
3rd through 5th Grades

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