This 41 page literacy and math unit has a lot to offer. It begins with a story, “Our Day at the Zoo.” The story is in two formats. The first format has the story on one page with pictures included. The second format is in a seven page book format including a title page. The words in both formats are the same.
Next, there are two pages with a total of 11 animal pictures (5 animals on one page and 6 animals on the other page) from the story for students to write the animal names using invented spelling or from a chart the teacher would make with the class (iguana, alligator, bear, elephant ostrich, seal, tiger, zebra, monkey, fox, and kangaroo).
There are four pages (2 with animal pictures and 2 with letters) for students to color the animal pictures (same 11 animals from the store listed above), then cut out the animals and glue to the correct beginning letter.
Three pages of simple addition problems (sums to 5) are included. Animal pictures are used instead of numbers so that students can count the total pictures to find the sum and write the sum in the box. ***These addition problems are the only math skills included in the unit.
Two pages of read and write are included. After students read the one page “Our Day at the Zoo” story or the seven page book format and color the pictures, then there are two pages with five sentences on each page about the story. Each sentence has a missing word. At the end of each sentence, there are two words for students to choose the correct missing word. Students will circle the word that correctly completes the sentence matching the story on the first page, and then write the correct word in the blank. This is a great reading and comprehension check for guided reading, a mini lesson, a literacy center, or homework.
There are three writing prompt pages including (1) Our Day at the Zoo: Students draw and write to tell about their favorite zoo animal (2) Zoo Animal: If you could be a zoo animal, which zoo animal would you like to be? Draw and write to tell your choice and (3) Zookeeper: If you were the zookeeper, what would you do to help the animals? Draw and write to tell. Each of these story prompt pages has a blank box at the top for drawing with lines below it for student writing.
Three pages require students to draw a line from the picture to the correct animal’s name.
Three pages have animal pictures and names with blank lines for students to write a sentence about each animal (2 pages have 4 animals on each page and 1 page has 3 animals on it: 11 animals total).
Last, there is a 13 page “Zoo Words” book. This book is designed so that you can copy the book, cut it in half, staple, and then it is ready for use. There is a title page “Zoo Words” and 12 pages with a zoo animal picture and matching word for students to write a sentence about. Each page has two blank lines for students to create sentences for each animal picture. ***This is similar to the three pages described immediately above, but in a book format. Each of the 11 animals from the story are shown (one per page) with the matching word as well as a picture and word for “zoo.” This is great for a mini lesson on what good writers do, homework, morning work, or literacy centers to work on writing. I hope your students enjoy creating their own sentences for the animal pictures.
I hope your students enjoy this Zoo Animal Unit.
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I am a kindergarten teacher with 22 years of teaching experience! I received my Doctor of Education degree in Teacher Leadership from Walden University in June 2010. The title of my doctoral study is "Writing Conferences in Kindergarten: Using Feedback to Enhance Student Writing." My passion is teaching writing to my students and providing feedback for their writing experiences. I love teaching kindergarten. It is amazing to see students enter the classroom not even knowing how to hold a pencil and watching them become readers and writers by the end of the year. I love teaching in small groups and rotating student groups with literacy centers and math centers.