Preschool Corner: Z is for Zoo

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I picked a few books to focus on for the letter Z and then used Itty Bitty Bookworm’s Bo Curriculum {July Year 1} for some of the activities since she has plans for two books, Dear Zoo and also Goodnight Gorilla. We did so.much.reading this week it was almost comical. Kaleb loved the books too, and we spent one entire day on the floor just reading and re-reading the books together.

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Alphabet Book

Our alphabet book activity was a quick and easy zebra puzzle.

Z

Cooking ~ Animals in Cages

Itty Bitty Bookworm provides a fun idea for making zoo animals in their cages using animal crackers. Not so much real cooking, but fun in the kitchen and a yummy little treat. :)

Games

  • Animal charades ~ acting out the different zoo animals from the stories we read.
  • ZooKeeper, Zookeeper ~ played like ‘Doggie, Doggie, who has your bone?’

Math

  • We had fun sequencing the different animals in Goodnight Gorilla using printables from Itty-Bitty Bookworm
  • We weighed and compared our plastic zoo animals that we have around the house to see which ones were similar in weight or weighed more than others.
  • How many to make 5? We used a fun idea from Itty Bitty Bookworm to do some simple addition facts together.

Songs and Rhymes

The book Going to the Zoo is a great play off of Raffi’s song “Daddy’s Taking Us to the Zoo Tomorrow”, so this was a song that we sang a LOT that week. :)

Writing

I wrote the starter to a sentence for Zachary, “My favorite animal at the zoo is…” and Zachary finished the sentence and then he illustrated his sentence.

Stories & Books We Used

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