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Z is for Zoo

Z is for Zoo



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Published by Alison Steadman

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Published by: Alison Steadman on Aug 22, 2012
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ZOOMommy School Unit
Letter: ZShape: CircleNumber: SixNursery Rhyme: Sally the Camel
Zoo Field TripGo on a field trip to the local zoo! Use the attached scavenger hunt tolook for animals with special characteristics. Draw or write the nameof the animal that fits each characteristic. You can also use theattached zoo check-off list to find specific animals and color them asyou go!Playdough ActivitiesUse animal-shaped cookie cutters to create zoo animals. You could also play with animal crackers in the play dough.Place pictures of animals inside protective sleeves. (You could alsolaminate them.) Have children roll out play dough into long “snakes”of play dough. Show children how to use these “snakes” to make barsof animal cages, covering the animals.Zoo CardsUsing attached zoo pictures cards, play Zoo Memory/Match. You canalso use the cards for patterning or vocabulary cards. Finally, you canplay “Animal Charades” by drawing a card and acting out the actionsof that animal.Zoo Keeper Dramatic PlayHave a variety or props that children can use to play zoo keeper.Some props might include:
Boots, safari-type hats, vests, nets,gloves, pails, and stuffed animals
. They can practice feeding andtaking care of the animals.Monkey See, Monkey DoOne person is chosen as “it.” He/she makes a funny movement and
everyone else tries to imitate it.Animal PatternsPrint the animal print patterns and mount on index cards. Whatanimals do they belong to? (You could find pictures of matchinganimals and match them to pictures.)http://www.adobe.com/uk/web/tips/ill10qtpatt/ Zoo Animal Shadow MatchComplete your own animal shadow match by matching animals totheir shadows of similar shapes. Find this adorable printable at 2 Teaching Mommies:http://www.2teachingmommies.com/2011/03/zoo.html
Elephant SoccerInstead of kicking a ball back and forth, hit the ball with your elephant“trunk” (link hands together and extend arms straight down).Zoo Tag This is a fun game to play in a group or for P.E. at school. One child ischosen to be “it” and stands in the center of the gym. The remainingchildren stand on either side of the gym. As long as they are touchingthe walls of the gym, they are “safe.” The children gather togetherand secretly select one animal that they will act out. All the childrenstart acting out the selected animal. The child who is chosen to be“it” must guess what animal they are acting out. He/she yells outguesses. Once the correct guess is yelled out, all of the children mustimmediately run from one side of the gym to the other. As they arerunning, the child who is “it” tries to tag as many children as he/shecan. Once tagged, these children join the child who is “it” in thecenter of the gym for the next round. The game continues with fewerchildren acting out the selected animals each round, until one childremains who has not been tagged. This child is the winner!Bear WalkRace across the room on all four’s, bending at the hips with legsstraight and arms reaching the floor. (Children seem to be quite goodat this exercise, though it is much harder for adults!) This is also a fun

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