Zoo Animals Activity Pack - Complements 'Dear Zoo' and 'It's Mine!' by Rod Campbell so that kids can learn language through stories and craft.

Find storytelling videos, related songs, digital games and more on our It’s Mine! and Dear Zoo resource pages.

Dynamic and engaging crafts, worksheets, games and flashcards to complement any zoo or jungle animal theme. It is the perfect complement to the ‘Dear Zoo’ and ‘It’s Mine!’ stories by Rod Campbell.

What is included?

This 130 page Activity Pack contains 13 different resources. There are 3 game card sets and  10 craft/worksheet resources. Each resource contains several different variations and can be completed in different stages. Every resource helps you include plenty of speaking and listening opportunities for a memorable and fun learning experience.

All worksheets and crafts are available in B&W and colour.

Each resource is included as a separate file to allow for easy access and printing. You also receive a single file containing all the resources so you can browse easily for what you want.

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What will my students learn?

This pack allows you to be flexible according to your context and the age and level of your students. You can use the activities to help your students learn vocabulary for zoo animals (‘dog’ is also in there for the ‘Dear Zoo’ story), but you can also use them to practise animal body parts and/or descriptive adjectives . You might also exploit useful phrases and structures from the ‘It’s Mine!’ or ‘Dear Zoo’ stories, for example, ‘It was too (big)’; ‘I can see..’; ‘I wonder…’; ‘It’s mine!’; ‘So they sent me a…’. There are also several opportunities for classroom language and language which goes beyond the individual vocabulary items.

Take a look at the preview, for a better idea of possible target language points.

Apart from learning language, they’ll develop their fine motor skills, literacy skills, social skills, gain confidence, and develop their understanding of the world.

Comprehensive Activity Suggestions provide lots of ideas for activities to do before and after, and also give you ideas for interactive ways to conduct the activities for effective language practice.

What are the resources?

  • Colouring sheets – These sheets focus on either the animals that appear in ‘Dear Zoo’ or ‘It’s Mine!’ You can choose the option to read and colour or the other version to give the children free choice.
  • Jigsaws – 6 different options! There are Numbers Jigsaws where the pieces are cut in strips. You can use one of these to include a focus on numeracy and literacy. The landscape jigsaws are cut into pieces. Vary the level of difficulty by choosing between 15, 9 or 5 piece options. Follow the activity suggestions to combine the game with a colouring or craft activity.
  • Graphing dice and sheets – Choose from three types of dice to create and use in games or get your students to make their own. Use with the graphing sheets for a great way to get kids using the language in groups in a collaborative way.
  • Fortune Tellers – Another great way to review zoo animal language. Choose one of the templates and see the ideas for different games to play.
  • Wheel crafts Help your students with sequencing, retelling the story/stories and/or learning the script for a simple drama performance. The templates allow you to be flexible and focus on different language skills depending on your context and your students.
  • Lift the flap books – Choose one of the templates to create fun booklets where the children lift the flaps to reveal the animals. Follow the Activity Suggestions for activities to do during and after.
  • Splat mats – What’s missing? – Three different splat mats and accompanying cutouts to hide and reveal images. These are fun alternatives to teaching and reviewing the language. Perfect for pair and group work too.
  • Dominoes – Choose from several different templates to target the skills you want your group to develop. You’ll find picture to picture, text to picture, match to text and match to picture templates. See the suggestions for different stages to include.
  • Bingo games and craft – Either print and play or have the children make their own versions first. There are 8 small boards and 8 large boards, plus blank boards to use with the cut and paste pictures.
  • Playing cards craft – The children create their own playing cards to use in a series of mini-card games. Choose from complete text, trace text, gapfills or read and match cards. Perfect for taking home and sharing their learning with their families.
  • Matching cards –  Use in simple jigsaw activities, memory games and matching tasks. Great for opening routines too.
  • Mini-cards – Excellent for a range of games and matching tasks. Print multiple sets for pair and small group work.
  • Flash Cards – Use in a variety of ways to introduce and practice new language, develop literacy skills or as visual prompts for language games and story re-telling activities.  

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