If you don't have a zoo near you, or there's no budget or time for your kiddos to visit a real zoo, why not take them on a virtual fieldtrip? I researched zoo websites to find the best virtual experience for your students and listed 8 of my favorites. All of them are kid-friendly, many have live animal cams, videos, and games. All of them contain a plethora of pictures and information suitable for animal reports.
This is an alphabetical list of 90 of my all-time favorite zoo books. The hightlighted ones are my super-duper zoo-per faves.
This packet includes: a class book where your current students write a page of advice for your next year's class; a mouse "craftivity" where students jot one piece of advice underneath their mouse's head (it flips up); plus a bookmark from you and one for your students to make for an in-coming kiddo.
There are several options for this end of the year writing prompt "craftivity." Students can simply color the cow, cut it out and glue it to the top of their writing prompt, or you can run off the cow parts on construction paper. Students trim, glue their cow together, add some pizzazz with crayons and then glue it to the top of their writing prompt.
"Hip Hippo Ray! I'm on my way" is a sweet end of the year activity. Choose whatever pages you want and have the students complete the writing prompts and then glue their booklet to the hippo. There's also a pattern for "Hip Hippo Ray! It's graduation day" appropriate for a preschool or kindergarten graduation. Glue on a photo for that finishing touch.
Review 2D shapes, 3D shapes, and pattern block shapes with this fun "craftivity" perfect for spring.
Review shapes on Earth Day with this sweet owl. Packet includes the patterns to make the owl poster and a writing prompt to glue to the back, plus color or black and white Give a hoot owl bookmarks.
Common Core State Standards: K.G.1, K.G.2, K.MD.3, 1.MD.4, 1.G.1
Make these adorable silly shaped chicks and practice shapes, shape words, attributes etc. These make nice Daily 5 Word Work activities too.
After reading Dr. Seuss's If I Ran The Circus, have students transition to either of these interesting writing prompts. One is a class book. Choose which writing prompt you want your students to do. They complete their page and illustrate it. Collect and collate the pages. Read your class book aloud by having each student share the page that they wrote.