A Day at the Zoo

  • Kindergarten
  • Reading, Writing
  • 110 minutes
  • Standards: W.K.3
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August 8, 2015
by Cortney Nagler

Your class will have so much fun reading books about the zoo and sharing reactions about the story that your they will be itching for a class field trip to the zoo!

Learning Objectives

Students will narrate several linked events, tell about the events in order, and provide a reaction to what happened.

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Lesson

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.

Extend

Differentiation

  • 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

Review

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.

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