Tacky is an odd bird but he is a brave bird who protects his companions. So he is also loyal. The central theme of this awesome book is everyone is unique. everyone has positive qualities and everybody has a purpose. This is something many of the kiddos today need to learn. Just because you are different does not make you a bad person or unworthy. it is often times the one who is different, who will be brave enough to do what needs to be done!
Using various colors of construction paper, thchildren created their "Tacky" penguins. There were many giggles and comments as they created these odd birds! But that was just the beginning! They loved measuring the various parts of the penguin using cubes, a nonstandard unit of measurement. We did this activity to start off the beginning of our measurement unit in Math!