Zoo Animal Themed Literacy Activities

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K - 1st, Homeschool
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Here is a collection of literacy activities with a zoo animal theme that your students are sure to enjoy.

Here's what's included in this set.

* 2 hands-on word puzzles for cvc pattern words and early sight words

* 5 illustrated story cards for your students to read independently

* "At the Zoo!", a board game for you to program according to your needs

* A class graph to complete together, with a follow-up interviewing and writing activity

* The Mixed-Up Zoo, sentences divided by subject/predicate for students to reassemble, with a self-check card and a student response sheet

* 24 colorful animal picture cards with 6 suggestions for using them with your class

* 6 graphic organizers: 2 each of brace maps, tree charts, and double bubbles

* A beginning sound picture sort

* A syllable picture sort

* 16 word cards for sentence building, with differentiated follow-up activities at 2 levels

Using these activities will help your students master the science concepts and vocabulary that you're teaching while also strengthening their control of essential early literacy skills.

How can I use this set?

* Fill your literacy centers with these activities while you're studying animals in science, to reinforce vocabulary and concepts while also practicing early literacy skills

* Have a center day in science! It's easy to prepare these centers for an afternoon of animal learning that also integrates with your ELA curriculum.

* Are you planning a field trip to the zoo? Use these activities before you go to build background or after your trip to consolidate knowledge.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding.
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.


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