There's a Zoo in Room 22 Lesson Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
About this book
Subject Area: Science and Language Arts
Room 22 has an animal for every letter of the alphabet and a fun rhyme to describe each member of this delightful classroom zoo.
This fun rhyming book reinforces children's knowledge of alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness, and scientific concepts.
Ask the class to imagine what it would be like if they turned their classroom into a zoo. What types of animals would they want to have? What would their classroom look like? Would this be a good idea?
Show the children the book There's a Zoo in Room 22. Relate to the class that the story is about a teacher who allowed her classroom to choose a pet for every letter of the alphabet. Ask them to figure out how many pets that would be.
Remembering the Zoo From Room 22
- Chart paper
In advance: Read the story several times prior to engaging the class in this activity so they have had time to become familiar with the rhymes about each animal.
- Tell the children that they will play a memory game to see how many of the different pets in Room 22 they can remember. Then reread the story.
- Write the letters of the alphabet along the left-hand side of a sheet of chart paper. Ask the class to recall the different animals that match each letter of the alphabet. Write the name of the animal beside each letter. They can refer to the book if needed.
Extension Activity: There's a Zoo in Our Room, Too!
- Continue with the same pet list from the previous activity.
- Drawing materials
- Ask them to pretend that they are going to have an alphabet zoo in their classroom. Invite the children to create another alphabetized list of pets. This time they can use their own imagination and match up the alphabet with a new list of pets. Record their responses.
- Provide the children with drawing materials to illustrate the new pets listed. Encourage them to think of a silly name for their pet using the first letter sound of the name of the animal. Offer assistance if needed. Display their work beside their pet chart.
Quiz: Room 22 Science Zoo
- Chart paper and markers
- Write the following questions on a sheet of chart paper. (The list of questions is a bit lengthy, so prepare everything before class. Write each question in the same color marker. Skip a line between each question to leave enough space for part 2 of this activity.) Encourage children to work independently and use the book or the alphabet list they made (from the previous activity) in order to find the answers to the animal-related questions. Give them enough time to discover the answers on their own.
- How many reptiles were in Room 22?
- Can you name the different types of birds in Room 22?
- Which pets lived in water?
- What was the largest pet?
- What was the smallest pet?
- Which pets are usually found in a classroom?
- What is a zorilla?
- How many pets were mammals?
- Can you name several four-legged pets?
- Which pet did you find most interesting? Why?
- As a class, have students share their responses. Choose one color marker for the questions and another color marker for their answers. Record their responses on the chart paper.
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Teaching plan written by Risa Young