Lesson Plan

A Day at the Zoo

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!
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Fantastic Fiction: Retelling Stories pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

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

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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Introduction

(10 minutes)
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  • 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 describe to the class a short memory, like an animal, things or people they saw, or their favorite part of the zoo.
  • Encourage students to share information about their experience at the zoo and specific details about things that happened during their visit.

Beginning

  • Pair students with another student who speaks the same home language (LI) to share their thinking.

Intermediate

  • Preview unknown concepts, such as a zoo by providing visuals such as pictures or movies.