Lesson Plan

Put Me in the Zoo

This literature-based lesson teaches students about answering key questions and understanding a character's point of view. It'll have young readers roaring, thumping, and having tons of fun as they imitate story characters.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify characters, settings, and major events in a familiar story.

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


(10 minutes)
Story Map
  • Have your students gather in a circle.
  • Ask your students to brainstorm what they know about zoos and zoo animals. You can show some pictures or non-fiction books about zoos to stimulate prior knowledge.
  • Allow students to share what they recall/ know about zoos.
  • Bring out some zoo animal figures and a "zoo" (basket). Place one of the animals in the zoo.
  • Ask the students questions like: Which animal did I put in the zoo? Where did the animal go? Why do we put animals in zoos? How do you think the animal feels about being in the zoo?


  • Connect to background knowledge by displaying a variety of animal images both from zoos and of common pets.
  • Pair students together who speak the same home language (L1) to share their connection to the lesson theme.


  • Provide sentence stems for students to utilize as they share their thinking.

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