Friday, May 11, 2012

Zoo Observations Book FREEBIE!

We had our annual trip to the zoo on Thursday, May 10th.  We had a beautiful day, there was just the right amount of people at the zoo that we didn't feel like we were losing our groups of 8 in the crowd, and the kids had a BLAST!  It's a great culmination to our Animals and Habitats unit and Animal Report Presentations we did last week...and its a very long but fun day! 

My Zoo Book:
The next school day after going to the zoo we did a cute "My Zoo Book" where the kids had to draw a picture of each animal and label it, mark off what they saw in the "habitat" at the zoo and write what they saw the animal doing. Christine found this at  We loved this idea because it kept the kids engaged and thinking about the field trip we went on the day before.  Kind of their own little memory book of their zoo trip with their own illustrations!

Our Version--My Zoo Observations:
We decided to revamp it a little bit because it was a little small for our first graders with fine motor issues.   We put a picture box at the top where they are to draw the animal as they saw it at the zoo and label what they saw in the zoo "habitat".  There is a place for them to write about what they saw the animal doing.  And then a place for them to circle items that they saw in the zoo habitat such as water, food, shelter, plants, and toys.  Here is the book that we put together for next year using clip art from Clip Art by Carrie and the border from Graphics From the Pond:

You can find this FREEBIE at our TPT store HERE.


  1. This is so awesome! We're going to the zoo soon so this is perfect timing for me. Thank you so much!
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  2. I love the way you changed up your book to meet the needs of your firsties. I wish we took our first graders to the zoo... I would definitely use your book! We took them to an aquarium & my mind is spinning on how I could make one to work for it. Hope that's okay. Have a great weekend girls.

    First Grade Delight


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