By Phyllis Howard and Mariann Cigrand
First, read aloud Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. Then invite children to write and illustrate their own page for an adorable literature-based collaborative book.
In this story, a child writes to the zoo requesting a pet. Ask children to clarify why certain animals would not make good pets. For example, would it be difficult to keep a giraffe for a pet? Why? Encourage children to draw appropriate inferences, such as “A giraffe would be too tall to fit in my house.”
Writing & Art
Review the zoo animals that were mentioned in the story. Add other animals that children know live in a zoo.Write the following prompts on the board:
“A ______________ would make a good pet because ___________.”
“A ______________ would not make a good pet because ____________.”
Students can choose which prompt they would like to use and then draw an illustration to support their writing.