Monday, April 9, 2012

A Field Trip to the Zoo

Our first grade classes are going on a field trip to the zoo. We will be spending the day at the zoo and taking a bus tour of much of the zoo while we're there. I've been gathering books to read and have available for the class. I just can't wait to read this book to the kids:

It's a wonderful book about zoo animals and friendship. Amos McGee visits the zoo daily to spend time with the animals and keeps the animals company. He doesn't show up one day, because he's sick. So the animals pile into a bus (looks like a zoo tour bus) and visit Amos at his home, so they can spend time with him. It's the 2011 Caldecott Medal winner. The illustrations are delightful. I especially love the picture of the animals traveling on the bus. It will be a perfect introduction to our zoo animal study.

I created some writing activities to go along with our study. The children complete the worksheets after reading non-fiction books about zoo animals. Students write three facts about a zoo animal, illustrate their writing, and read what they learned to two friends. It's a great way to integrate reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Click on the picture to find out more.  

If you're looking for math center activities for April, you can check this out by clicking on the picture.

The packet includes practice with addition and subtraction facts, adding 3 one-digit numbers, place value, telling time to the hour and half hour, and counting money. The activities have an April Showers theme. They're great for reinforcement and review.

No April showers today. It's a beautiful sunny day. I love these days . . . blue skies and warm weather.

I hope you enjoy your day,


  1. Hi Mona. We're headed to the zoo for our field trip later this year also. :-)

    By the way, TAG! You're it! Come visit to see how to play!


  2. I just bought "A Sick Day for Amos McGee"! Fell in love with the story and sweet illustrations!


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