Topic Mini-Research & Literature Activities
  Exploring Zoo Animals

This Topic Mini-Research & Literature Web Page was
 developed for Mrs. Browning's Kindergarten Class at Lanier Elementary School.
Designed By Ashley Schade, a Valdosta State University Preservice Teacher

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Cheetah
What is the world's fastest land mammal?

You can learn the answer to this question at the
Smithsonian National Zoological Park website.
This site allows you to solve picture jigsaw puzzles, look at pictures of different animals, and learn stories about animal names.

A lion sitting down
How long does a lion usually live?

Learn the answer to this question and other wild animal facts at Kids Go Wild.

Tiger
Where do tigers live?

You can find out where lots of animals live by visiting the KBEARS website.

Zebra
What are two things that dolphins most often search for to eat?

Learn all about where animals live, what they eat, and what they hunt by reading about them at the Zoobooks website. You can also pet some of these animals in the Zoobooks Virtual Zoo!



  Exploring Zoo Animals Real-World Activity
Attention Students!

A new animal is coming to your zoo! You have learned about many different animals that can be found at a zoo from the fun and interesting websites above. You have learned about where different animals live, and the different things animals eat to survive. Today, you are going to pretend to be a zoo keeper! Doesn't that sound exciting? You are going to pretend that you have your very own zoo where you take care of different animals. You have just received an announcement that a new animal is coming to your zoo! You get to choose what animal is coming. It can be a real animal, or it can be a make-believe animal that you create yourself. As the zoo keeper, it is your job to decide where this new animal is going to live and what it is going to eat. You can get some help and ideas by visiting the Smithsonian National Zoological Park website and the KBEARS website.


Steps for Exploring Zoo Animals Real-World Activity

1.)  Explore and learn about different zoo animals at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park website with the
      help of your teacher. Pay attention to what the different animals eat and where they live in the zoo.
2.)  Now explore some of the animals you just learned about at the KBEARS website with the help of your         
      teacher.
3.)  Pretend that you are a zoo keeper, and choose an animal that you would like to come to your zoo. The animal
      can be real, or it can be a make-believe animal that you create yourself.
4.)  After you have chosen an animal, think of where you will have the animal live at your zoo.
5).  Imagine the different things your animal will eat to survive.
6.)  As you are sitting at the table with your teacher, you will be given a piece of paper.
7).  Write your first and last name on your paper.
8.)  Draw a picture of your animal, where it lives, and what it eats to survive.
9.)  After you are through drawing, color your picture.
10.) Write one or two sentences about your animal with the help of your teacher.
11.) Share your picture and sentences with the class.






Exploring Zoo Animals Literature Activity

"A Trip to the Zoo"
Written by: Karen Wallace
"A Trip to the Zoo"

Exploring Zoo Animals Literature Activity
 Using Critical Thinking Questions

1.)  If you could be any animal discussed in the book, which animal would it be and why?

2.) If you were going to a zoo and could only visit one animal, which animal would it be and why?




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