Text Set Collection #1: Zoo animals
PreK-Kindergarten Age Group
Tennessee State Standards:
Zoo animal websites
This is an online book written by Rolando Merino for his son Rollie. It is about animals that live in the zoo and what sounds they make. As a kindergarten teacher I would use this unit very on in the year. I would read the story and ask students basic questions afterwards.
This is a cool website. I would take my students to the computer lab and have them work on this as I am observing them and helping them. On this website you can make animals and play with them. You can also go on guided tours and look up information and learn about animal habitats.
This website has great ideas for finger plays and songs to teach children about zoo animals. The songs are set to tunes of songs that a lot of children already know, like “Wheels on the Bus”.
The San Diego Zoo has an option to adopt animals. I think this would be a great idea for a year long project. The class would adopt a zoo animal or two, and then talk about these animals all year and keep track of how they are doing.
This is an online website, but an offline tool. This is a website I go to get coloring pages of zoo animals. We talk about an animal, and then the students can color a picture.
Zoo animal Miscellaneous
The Knoxville Zoo has something that they call a zoo box that schools can borrow and use. They have them for all different age groups and in all different areas of interest.
Field Trip to the zoo
I would just take my students on a field trip to the zoo at the end of the unit on zoo animals. The Knoxville Zoo is a great place to go!
Animal Cracker game
This is a fun game. I would bring a box of zoo animal crackers in and then give each child an animal cracker. They would have to tell me what animal it is, and what sound the animal makes. If they knew a fact about that animal, they could tell me as well. After that, they could eat their cracker.
Talk to the students about what animal tracks are and show them pictures so they learn how animal tracks are different and alike. You can also buy small plastic animals and put the feet in paint and show the students that way as well. This is more hands on for them. You’d want to show them real pictures first though.
This is a power point/slide show about zoo animals. It was made for kids by kids.
Books about going to the Zoo and Zoo animals
This book is a flap book and has students trying to guess which zoo animal is under each flap by descriptive keywords.
This book is about a father and daughter on a trip to the zoo. It has great illustrations, and is repetitive so is great for an early reader.
Curious George Visits the Zoo
What more can you say? It’s Curious George. The students love hearing about his adventures. I could also have a discussion with the students about how to act at the zoo while using this book. What did George do well/not so well while at the zoo, etc.
1,2,3 to the Zoo
This is a book by Eric Carle. It has whimsical pictures with zoo animals and counting added in.