Z is for Zoo
As the children entered I had them play with all of the animals (toys, puppets, whatever) that I had previously laid out. After a short play we did an animal sort with them, classifying which animals were zoo animals and which were not.
Reading Time (Z is for zzzzzzz and zoo)
(after I taught them that in books we often use “zzzzz” to demonstrat that someone is sleeping, I read to them some of the bedtime-y books we had. None of which actually contain “zzzzz” in the text.)
“Little Quack’s Bedtime” by Lauren Thompson, ill. by Derek Anderson
“Good-night, Owl!” by Pat Hutchins
“Just Go to Bed” by Mercer Mayer
“Northern Lullaby” by Nancy White Carlstrom, ill. by Leo and Diane Dillon
“Dr. Seuss’ ABC” by Dr. Seuss
“Curious George visits the Zoo” written by someone at the Houghton Mifflin Company in the style of Margret & H.A. Rey
Z Eats E
Z is for Zebra
The children practiced their “z”s on a zebra colouring sheet while I prepared the snack: zebra sandwitches. You can do this however your creativity strikes, but I slathered nutella between two crackers. The kids (and I) gobbled them right up!
Z is for Zinnia
We made crepe-paper flowers and talked about the only flower (that I know of) that begins with a z: Zinnia. Ours were puffier than zinnias in the end, but hopefully I’ve added another word to their vocabulary.
Z is for Zoom