when born and they have an 18" long tongue. Their long legs and sharp hooves can
kick very hard and can even knock a lion down. We read some books about going to
the zoo and some books about animals who live in the rain forest, and grasslands.
"Curious George Feeds the Animals" which taught us why we shouldn't feed the animals
at the zoo. They all have special diets and our food could make them sick. '
"Courdorouy Visits the Zoo", "Going to The Zoo", "When We Went To The Zoo",
"The Watering Hole", "Rumble in the Jungle", Roar, "The Rain Forest" and"Giraffe Trouble".
During story time we got to wear zoo animal masks. We were monkeys,
elephants, a giraffe, a zebra, and a tiger.
Next we all boarded the pretend Zoo Train and took a tour around the zoo.
I hung pictures of all the different animals around the room. We stopped
at each picture to pretend we were seeing the animals in their cages and talk about
what they eat and where they came from. We sang songs about some of the animals,
as we stopped at their cages. "Sally the Camel Has 5 Humps", "5 Little Monkeys",
and the "Hippopatamus" song.
Then we played a game where I called out an alphabet letter and the first one to find the
animal picture that begins with the letter, got to bring it to me. We had an anteater,
bear, camel, dog, elephant, fox, gorilla, giraffe, hippo, kangaroo, koala, lion, leopard,
llama, monkey, ostrich, penguin, skunk, turtle, tiger, walrus, yak, and zebra. This
was a fun interactive beginning sound activity. The students were so excited to race
around the room trying to be the first to find the animal that begins with that letter.
We learned a rhyme about a Boa Constrictor. The students really enjoyed it so we
had to do it several times, getting sillier with the actions each time.
I see a boa, and here it comes.
Oh no, it's got my toe,
Oh gee, it's got my knee.
Oh my it's got my thigh.
Oh fiddle, it's got my middle.
Oh darn, it's got my arm.
Oh heck, it's got my neck.
Oh dread it's got my head.
Then we sang the "Animal Crackers" song.
Once I ate a Lion, and then a tall giraffe.
But when I ate the Elephant he really made me laugh.
Now you might think I'm fooling. But I can tell you true.
That they were animal crackers. And you can eat them too.
Lots of giggles came with this song as well as a discussion of which is their
favorite zoo animal.
During art time we made a very tall giraffe. We cut out his head and mane.
We accordian folded his legs and glued hooves on him. We sponge painted
brown spots all over him. We stapled on a yarn tail and drew a happy face
on him. They turned out super cute and the students were thrilled.
We also cut out a cute elephant and inserted a party horn in the center for his trunk.
Of course this was a big hit with the students. They loved how his trunk rolled in and
out when they blew the horn.
We did a worksheet to help us distinguish right and left.
We also talked about opposites using zoo animal pictures. A cheetah is fast and
a turtle is slow. A Giraffe is tall and a rabbit is small. A snake is long and a lizard
is short, etc.
During center time we each chose a counting or patterning activity to do. This worked
on number recognition and order, patterning, and fine motor development. Some of us
chose the "Feed the Elephant" activity and some of us chose the "Put Me In The Zoo"
visual discrimination activity.