Preschoolers: Zoo

For more information on how I plan and prepare my preschool storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one class.

The Plan



1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle*
My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall**
Stop Snoring, Bernard! by Zachariah Ohora**
Wild About Books by Judy Sierra

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: What a Zoo!**

Featured Track: “Wimoweh”*

Flannelboard: Color Zoo*

Flannelboard: Dear Zoo*

Letter of the Day: Z**

Puppets: You Can Hear*

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree*
  • Dance Your Fingers Up*
  • Everyone Can March*

How It Went

Monday morning
Today’s big hit was My Heart Is Like a Zoo. The kids spent time on each page and wanted to count the hearts on all the animals. They also laughed appreciatively as the animals did sillier and sillier things. I think the page that got the most laughs was the herd of hippos drinking apple juice. The Letter of the Day “Z” did trip them up a bit with “zigzag” and “zucchini”. Many of the kids thought that the zucchini was a cucumber. So, it was a great day for new vocabulary!

Thursday morning
I had the very best fake snorers in this group while we were reading Stop Snoring, Bernard. This group also got to get up and practice their American Sign Language with me during our song “Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree”. This was also the group that needed to get up and march around the room to the song “Wimoweh”. Or as they prefer to call it, “The Lion King song!”

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