The book we are sharing this half term is "Dear Zoo" by Rod Campbell.
Here it is read by Mr Tumble, Justin Fletcher-
Ideas for home learning-Dear Zoo
- Read/listen to the story. You can find it here…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqGYWRHOV6E
- Re-tell the story
- Talk about the different animals and why they would not make good pets eg why couldn’t you keep an elephant in your house? Or could you?!
- Think about different words for the animals eg
-elephant: big, large, huge, gigantic
-giraffe: tall, high, big, long
-lion: fierce, cross, angry
-camel: grumpy, bad tempered, moody
-snake: scary, frightening, creepy
-monkey: naughty, mischievous, rude
-frog: jumpy, bouncy
-puppy: perfect, just right
- Make animal masks out of paper plates, paper or card
- Make enclosures for animals out of cardboard boxes, straws, sticks, twigs, and any construction sets you have at home (these could be any animals-they don’t need to be the ones in the book)
- Make play dough animals-here is a really easy play dough recipe-https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/playdough-recipe
- Pretend to be the different animals. Move like an elephant, stretch like a giraffe, jump like a monkey
- Try some animal yoga! Look at the video below...
- Write a letter to the zoo, asking for a pet (let your child write the letter in their own way-any form of making marks is great! Then let them tell you what it says and write the words next to it. This values their writing!)
- Write labels for the animal enclosures
- draw the zoo
- make a map of the zoo
- Get any toy animals you have together and count them
- Sort them into groups eg big/small, fluffy/smooth, 2 legs/4 legs
(see also “numbers all around” for other counting and number activities at home)
Understanding the World
- Look on the internet and find out about the animals in the book. Where do they come from? What are their babies called? What do they like to eat?