Zip and Zoom

Objective

Associate the letter Z with the /z/ sound as in zoom, zoo, and zip.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • zoo
  • zip
  • zoom
  • zebra

Materials:

  • Bumblebee graphics
  • Paper or craft sticks 
  • Zoo animal graphics
  • Writing practice page
  • Zip and Zoom target text

Overview
The children will zip and zoom like bumblebees as they practice saying the /z/ sound in words such as zoo, zip, and zoom.

Literacy Activities
Zoe zips through the zoo

  • Assemble bumblebee headbands by attaching the bee graphic to strips of paper, or make puppets by attaching the graphics to craft sticks.
  • Place zoo animal graphics around the room.
  • Give each child a headband or puppet and tell them that Zoe the bumblebee will take them to visit some animals at the zoo.
  • Read the Zip and Zoom target text.
  • As you read, allow the children to act out the story using the headbands or puppets and the zoo animal graphics.
    • Have the children zoom or zigzag past each animal as it is mentioned in the text.
    • Encourage the children to make the /z/ sound along with you as they act out the text. 

Writing practice page

  • Write the word zip and point out that the letter Z makes the /z/ sound.
  • Have the children circle the letter Z throughout the Zip and Zoom target text.
  • Read the text again and have the children trace the letter Z in the air each time they hear the /z/ sound.
  • Tell the children that one of the zoo animals also starts with the /z/ sound.
    • Have them guess which animal begins with the /z/ sound, supporting as needed.
    • Emphasize that zebra starts with the letter /z/. 

More Practice
Identify the target letter

  • Make a list of words that start with the letter z (e.g., zip, zoom, zigzag, zing, zebra, Zoe).
  • Have the children circle the letter Z in each word and have them say the /z/ sound each time they circle a letter.

Write the target letter

  • Help the children write the letter Z on a writing practice page.
  • Allow the children to draw something that starts with the /z/ sound in the space below the letters (e.g., zigzag, zebra, zipper).

SEEL Target Texts

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Zip and Zoom

Zoe the bumblebee zips through the zoo.
Zoe zips here and zooms there.
“ZZZZZZZZZZZZ!” zips Zoe.
Zoe zips past the penguins.
Zoe zooms past the monkeys.
“ZZZZZZZZZZZZ!” zips Zoe.
Zoe zigzags past the elephants.
Zoe zings past the zebras.
“ZZZZZZZZZZZZ!” zips Zoe.
Zoe loves to zip and zoom through the zoo!

Printouts

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Objective 
Associate the letter Z with the /z/ sound as in zoom, zip, and zebra.

Materials

  • Zip and Zoom target text
  • Zoo animal graphics
  • Bumblebee graphic

Activity: Zoe zips through the Zoo

  • Place the zoo animal graphics around the room.
  • Give your child the bee graphic and tell him or her that Zoe the bumblebee will be making a visit to some animals at the zoo.
  • Read the Zip and Zoom target text. 
  • As you read, allow your child to act out the story using the bee graphic and the zoo animal graphics.
    • Have the children zoom or zigzag past each animal as it is mentioned in the text.
    • Encourage the children to make the /z/ sound along with you as they act out the text. 
  • Read the text again and have your child write the letter Z in the air each time he or she hears the /z/ sound.
  • Tell your child that one of the zoo animals also starts with the /z/ sound. 
    • Have them guess which animal begins with the /z/ sound (support as needed).
    • Emphasize that zebra starts with the letter Z.
  • Repeat the activity as desired.

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Standards

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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.

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