A Day at the Zoo
Students will narrate several linked events, tell about the events in order, and provide a reaction to what happened.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Inform your students that you are going to be reading two stories about the zoo today.
- Ask them if they have ever been to the zoo. Allow them to share a short memory, an animal they saw, or their favorite part of the zoo with the class.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (40 minutes)
- Have the students gather around you if you are going to read the stories from a book. If you are going to play the videos linked, make sure you have them loaded and ready to go on your projector or interactive whiteboard.
- After you have read one of the stories have the students retell the story in chronological order. Set them up with questions like what happened first, next, after that, finally?
- Next, read the second story and have them retell the story in chronological order.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (20 minutes)
- Have the students go back to their desks. Pass out one Write and Draw worksheet to each student.
- Tell the students that they are going to illustrate and retell If I Ran the Zoo. Because you just read two stories to them, you may need to give them a couple of hints to remind them of what happened.
- Alternatively, you could read one story then do the activity, and then read the other story and do the activity. Whichever you feel would be better for your class.
- You will need to walk around the room and monitor what they are doing and answer any questions they may have as they work.
Independent Working Time (20 minutes)
- Students will show what they know by retelling and writing the story on the lined portion of the paper and then illustrating the story in the box provided.
- Next, they will color their pictures.
- Repeat the same process with the other story. Note: You could do this activity over several days if you do not have the needed amount of time.
- Enrichment: You can have students create their own picture book about the zoo.
- Support: You may need to work with children needing extra support. Have them retell the story to you one event at a time and guide them through the writing portion of the activity.
Related Books and/or Media
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Once the activity is complete, have the children turn in their stories and illustrations. You will be able to look over them to get a good idea of whether or not the students understand what was going on in both of the stories.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- As a whole group, have the class provide reactions to the stories.
- Ask them what they enjoyed about the books, what they found exciting, unusual, funny, etc.
- Try to engage students into a discussion about the stories. Note: This would be an awesome activity for a zoo-themed unit that you could connect with in science, social studies, and math.