Kindergarten (ages 3 – 5)
Children (ages 8-10)
Children (ages 6-7)
This zoo haiku book, Come to the Zoo, is especially well suited for pre-school and kindergarteners (age 3 to 5). Even toddlers age 2 and under have responded well to it. They appear to like the large, vibrant pictures and the rhythmic language of haiku verses. These age groups are learning to recognize various zoo animals and are eager to learn more. Many have already had a zoo experience or they have seen nature programs on television.
Some 8- to 10-year-olds, especially those in grade five, will be able to write their own animal haiku. The Japanese haiku form is a popular subject with 10-year-olds studying poetry. This book can also be used as a springboard for gaining more in-depth information about each creature. Parents can assist children in finding information in other books or using Internet searches. The classroom teacher may want to invite an expert on care for animals, such as a veterinarian or a zookeeper, to speak to students.
Come to the Zoo can also be appealing to children in first through fifth grades. Approaches to teaching with the book are obviously different when used with older children. For grades 1 – 2, the teacher can use group discussion, writing a simple haiku together, and having the children draw and tell about a favorite animal.
Teachers and parents may download, free of charge, lesson plans for any of these age groups. The suggested learning activities were written by exemplary elementary school teacher Sharon Noteboom. She enthusiastically devised lesson plans, based on Come to the Zoo, for three target age groups. Sharon Noteboom had a long and successful teaching career with the San Francisco School District.