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Alphabet > Letter Z > Z is for Zoo
Animals > Zoo
Books > "Goodnight, Gorilla"
Community Helpers > Zookeeper
Holidays and Events >
*June > Zoo and Aquarium Month
*December 27th > Visit the Zoo Day
Here are printable materials and some suggestions to present letter Z. The presentation ideally should be part of wild animals or zoo animals theme activities and crafts.
Science > Animals > The Zoo | Zoology
A zoo is place where living animals, especially wild ones, are kept for people to look at and for scientific research and study. The word "zoo" is short for zoological garden.
Zoology is the science and study of animals.
Community helpers and careers > Zookeeper @ Wikipedia.org
Music > Finger play > Physical Activity
Sing and move with this zoo theme finger play at Reading is Fundamental.
Alphabet Activity: Alphabet Letter Z is for Zoo
Present and display your option of Z Zoo alphabet printable materials listed in the materials column.
* Finger and Pencil Tracing:
Trace letter Z's in upper and lower case with your finger as you also sound out the letter. Invite the children to do the same on their coloring page (first presentation) or handwriting practice worksheet.
Encourage the children to trace the dotted letters with your choice of sharpened crayon, fine tip marker, coloring or regular pencil and demonstrate the direction of the arrows and numbers that help them trace the letter correctly. During the demonstration, you may want to count out loud as you trace so children become aware of how the number order aids them in the writing process.
*Find the letter Z's: Have the children find all the letter Z's in upper and lower case on the page and encourage them to circle or trace/shade them first. Visit each child to make sure they have identified the letter Z's and then discuss the locations with the poster.
Letter Z words (initial consonant sound): Letter Z Activity Worksheet and Mini Book This page and matching mini-book can be used as part of Letter Z program of activities to reinforce letter practice and to identify related Z words. Read suggested instructions for using the worksheet and mini-book.
Discuss other letter Z words and images: First 'brainstorm' and ask the children about other words that have that beginning sound and write them on a board (dry erase board) as the children come up with example. You can print letter Z in a different bright color to make it stand out. If you have illustrated alphabet books you can also use images in them. You can also display other Z posters and coloring pages or even make a letter Z classroom book using coloring images or color posters. Visit Letter Z Printable Materials to make your choice.
Letter Z Word Search & Handwriting Practice
The four word search game features a zoo and letter Z words with pictures and handwriting practice.
Advanced independent handwriting practice, print your choice of printable lined-paper or story paper (draw, color & write).
Zoo Coloring Book or Zoo Mural Activity:
Put together a mural or coloring book with a zoo theme with animals coloring pages from A to Z and zookeeper coloring page. Visit a zoo online to learn about the animals.
Book | Literacy activity: Zoo theme > "Goodnight, Gorilla"
This activity includes printable materials for the book.
Read "Goodnight, Gorilla" a classic preschool book. The book introduces children to a zoo and seven different animals: a gorilla, a mouse, elephant, lion, giraffe, hyena and armadillo in that order. They also get to meet the kind zookeeper and the zookeeper's wife who live just outside the zoo grounds.
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