Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Storytime About the Zoo

Excellent craft idea, based on the book My Heart Is Like A Zoo, and shared on the Awesome Storytime Blog

Toddler Read-Alouds
1, 2, At the Zoo by Sue DiCicco
Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Hug by Jez Alborough
Hush, Little Ones by John Butler
Little Elephant by Tana Hoban
Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett
Peek-A-Zoo by Marie Torres Cimarusti
Tuck Me In!  by Dean Hacohen ~ putting zoo animals to bed
Two At the Zoo by Danna Smith
Watch Us Play by Miela Ford
Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?  by Karen Beaumont
Whose Nose and Toes?  by John Butler
Zookeeper Sue by Chris Demarest
Zoo-Looking by Mem Fox

Preschool Read-Alouds
Animal Colors and More by Katie Viggers (2017)
Escape of Marvin the Ape by Caralyn Buehner
Going to the Zoo by Tom Paxton
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
I Spy With My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs - CROWD PLEASER 
Melissa's Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets by Charlotte Voake (2015)
My Heart Is Like A Zoo by Michael Hall - also works as a storytime craft
Painting Gorilla by Michael Rex
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?  by Bill Martin
Stop Snoring, Bernard!  by Zachariah Ohora
The View At the Zoo by Kathleen Long Bostrom
We're Going On a Lion Hunt by Margery Cuyler
What's New At the Zoo?  by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Wheels On the Bus by Jeanne Willis ~ they are going to the Zoo

School Age Read-Alouds
Dumb Bunnies Go to the Zoo by Sue Denim
Gladys Goes Out to Lunch by Derek Anderson
If Anything Ever Goes Wrong At the Zoo by Mary Jean Hendrick
Never Ever Shout In A Zoo by Karma Wilson
Smile If You're Human by Neal Layton
Wild About Us!  by Karen Beaumont (2015)

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Flannels, Songs and Story Extensions

Books That Can Be Retold With Flannels/Puppets
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein
Sam Who Never Forgets by Eve Rice

Chants/Songs That Can Be Shared With Flannels/Puppets
Old McDonald Had A Zoo
Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?

Song to Share
"Going to the Zoo" ~ Raffi's Singable Songs for the Very Young)
H-I-P-P-O (There was a creature at the zoo, and Hippo was his name-o)

Animals at the Zoo
(Tune: Wheels on the Bus)
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar roar… all day long
The snakes at the zoo go hiss, hiss, hiss… all day long
The monkeys at the zoo go ooh, ooh, ohh… all day long

Elephant
An elephant goes like this and that,
He's terribly big,
And he's terribly fat,
And he has no toes,
But goodness gracious, what a nose!

If I Were
(Tune " The Mulberry Bush")
Oh, if I were a tiny snake,
A tiny snake, a tiny snake.
Oh, if I were a tiny snake,
I'd slither around the zoo.

Oh, if I were an elephant,
an elephant, an elephant.
Oh, if I were an elephant,
I'd march around the zoo.

Oh, if I were a kangaroo,
A kangaroo, a kangaroo.
Oh, if I were a kangaroo,
I'd hop around the zoo.

Swing, Swing
(Have the children stand in a circle, hold hands, and swing their arms)
Little monkeys swinging in the tree,
All hold hands and swing with me.
Swing up high and swing down low,
Swing in the tree, now don't let go!
Swing, swing, like I do.
Swing like monkeys in the zoo.

Take Me Out to the Zoo
(Tune: "Take Me Out to the Ballgame")
Take me out for some good fun,
Take me out to the zoo.
Let me visit the tall giraffe,
I want to hear the hyenas laugh.
Now I love to visit the zoo,
I could stay there all day,
And watch birds, seals, rhinos, and hippos
As they play.

We Are Going to the Zoo
(Tune: "London Bridge")
We are going to zoo,
To the zoo, to the zoo.
We are going to the zoo,
Won't you join us too?

We'll see lions, tigers too,
Tigers too, tigers too.
We'll see lions, tigers too,
All at the zoo.

We will find some chimpanzees,
Chimpanzees, chimpanzees.
we will find some chimpanzees,
Swinging from the trees.

We will look for kangaroos,
Kangaroos, kangaroos.
We will look for kangaroos,
Hopping at the zoo.

What Would You Do If You Lived at the Zoo?  
(extend with puppets)
Would you prowl with the lion?
Would you growl with the bear?
Would you prance with the pony?
Would you hop with the hare?
Would you swing with the monkey?
Would you sing with the bird?
Would you romp with the tiger?
Would you chomp with the ape?
Would you stomp with the elephant?
Would you hiss with the snake?

The Zoo
(Tune: "Skip to My Lou")
Come along children, we're going to the zoo,
Come along children, we're going to the zoo,
Come along children, we're going to the zoo,
Going to the zoo today.

I see a monkey sitting in a tree,
I see a monkey sitting in a tree,
I see a monkey sitting in a tree
I see a monkey and it sees me.

I see an elephant, big and gray,
I see an elephant, big and gray,
I see an elephant, big and gray.
Big gray elephant is eating hay.

I see a lion in a cage,
I see a lion in a cage,
I see a lion in a cage.
I see a lion that roars with rage.
I see a camel with a great big hump,
I see a camel with a great big hump,
I see a camel with a great big hump.
When he walks he goes "bump, bump."

I see a zebra, black and white,
I see a zebra, black and white,
I see a zebra, black and white.
Seeing the zebra is a sight.

I see a giraffe, big and tall,
I see a giraffe, big and tall,
I see a giraffe, big and tall.
He's not hard to see at all.

We saw the animals living in the zoo,
We saw the animals living in the zoo,
We saw the animals living in the zoo.
Living in the zoo today.

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