by Lita Judge
Penguin has the soul of an eagle and wants to fly. But, as we know, penguins cannot fly. Penguin shows up to Flight School anyway and listens to the lessons of Teacher. All of the other birds learn how to fly, but Penguin does not. Teacher figures out a way to make Penguin fly and he tethers Penguin to himself and allows Penguin to feel like the wind. Penguin is ecstatic; he got to fly! The funny ending has Penguin bringing his friend Ostrich to Flight School and says “My friend Ostrich has the soul of a swallow” to which Teacher responds “Gulp”. 🙂
Building classroom community? Setting goals? This is the book for you! Help teach your students that even though others are different, or say that you can’t do something, teamwork can produce amazing results! A quick read, Flight School is bound to delight your students and inspire them to work together to achieve great things!
Flight School is also great for Beginning, Middle, and End.
Or if you are looking for a book that makes the reader infer what is happening through the illustrations, this is the book for your lesson!
This book could also be a jump off point researching about different birds. The reader can infer that penguins and ostriches do not fly, while other birds at flight school could. Students could research birds on PebbleGO and tell whether or not their type of bird can or cannot fly.
A lesson idea found from http://amf3tx.wix.com/alisonfullerton#!delivery/cl1h
1. Read “Flight School” to the class.
2. Discuss. What did the penguin demonstrate in this story (perseverance, effort, hard work, never giving up, etc.)?
3. Discuss. What are some things that you have done in the past that you never gave up on (i.e., maybe tying your shoes, riding a bike, writing my name, etc.)?
4. Relate this discussion and theme to academics and everyday life. What are some ways that we can we persevere in school?
5. Pass out the “Easy vs. Difficult” Worksheet. Have the students list things that are easy for them to do and difficult for them to do.
6. Discuss that everyone has strengths and weaknesses; if the child continues to work hard and persevere on their “Difficult” list, then they can eventually achieve it!
7. Use the list as an exit pass and a plan to achieve some of the tasks in the “Difficult” section.
8. At the end of the year/in a few weeks or months, follow up on any progress that the students have made in the “Difficult” section.