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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Zoo Unit

This week we started our two week unit on zoo animals!  The students are having a blast learning about zoo animals in preparation for our field trip to the zoo next Friday.  
We started off the week learning about Giraffes.  
For each animal we have a whole group lesson with a close reading passage.  Students have a response sheet for each zoo animal.
My kiddos LOVED making their adorable giraffe craft.  You can find this adorable craft

A group of my students hard at work sorting animals to their animal covering.  Then they are writing a complete sentence describing what each animals covering is.

One of my students working hard matching the phrase to the correct picture.  Then he's writing a complete sentence to describe the picture.

You can check out this Zoo Unit by clicking the image below. This unit includes 20 Math and Literacy Stations, Writing activities, and Nonfiction Passages for 16 Zoo Animals.
 If you interested in only the Zoo Passages those are offered separately in my TPT store.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Going to the Zoo!

I just adore this time of year!  My favorite unit to teach is in the Spring, which is Zoo animals, so I can not wait to begin this unit in a couple weeks.  We will be spending two weeks on this unit.  

We will be reading nonfiction text on Zoo animals. The students will find each animals diet, habitat, babies, and interesting facts in the text and record their answers.  
Each student will be given their own animal to research and find information on.
Each animal has a nonfiction passage and recording sheet.  Our students are going to travel the world as we learn about each animal.  The students will paste the picture of the animal where it lives on the world map.  We will also discuss the animal covering of each animal.
These Writing activities have really helped organize our classroom writing station. The writing activities includes:
- Around the Room
- Rainbow Writing
- ABC Order
- Read It, Write It, Stamp It
- Word Scramble
- Acrostic Poems
- List
- Postcard
- Recipe
- Card
- Letter Stationary
- Writing Stationary
There are 9 Literacy stations included for the following concepts:
- Long/Short Vowel
- Asking or Telling Sentences
- Synonyms
- Syllables
- Adjectives with Animal Coverings
- Possessive Nouns
- Digraphs
- Rhyming
- Animal Math Ups
There are 11 Math stations included for the following concepts:
- 2-D Shapes
- 3-D Shapes
- Nonstandard Measurement
- True or False?
- Skip Counting
- Telling Time to the Hour and Half Hour
- Place Value
- 1 less, 1 more, 10 less, and 10 more
- Fact Family
- Graphing
- Greater Than/ Less Than

*If you are interested in my zoo unit I have it available on TPT.  You can check it out by clicking on any of the pictures above.   
The nonfiction passages are available separate in my store. You can check them out by clicking here.

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