Zigzag Zebra

Zigzag Zebra
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • zebra
  • zoo
  • zigzag


  • Large zebra graphic
  • Small zebra graphics
  • Strips of black paper
  • Z Zebra Zoo sign
  • Book: Zed the Zebra by An Vrombaut (Hodder and Stoughton, Ltd., 2008) (optional)

The children will pretend to see zebras at the zoo and then practice saying the /z/ sound in words that start with the letter Z such as zip, zebra, and zoo.

Literacy Activities
Zigzag zebra

  • Read Zed the Zebra by An Vrombaut and have the children listen for words in the story that start with the /z/ sound (optional).
  • Write the word zebra on the whiteboard and explain that zebra starts with the letter Z, which makes the /z/ sound.
  • Point out that the letter Z looks like a zigzag.
  • Show the children the large zebra graphic and explain that the zebra needs zigzag stripes.
  • Help the children tape or glue strips of black paper on the zebra in the shape of the letter Z to make zigzag stripes.
  • Read the words on the Z Zebra Zoo sign to the children.
  • Have the children circle the letter Z in each word on the sign and ask them to say the /z/ sound each time they circle a letter.

More Practice
Write the target letter

  • Explain to the children that the big zebra would like to have more friends with him the zoo.
  • Give each child a small zebra picture.
  • Help the children write the letter Z on the zebras to make zigzag stripes.
  • Allow the children to place the smaller zebras with the large zebra in the pretend zoo.
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SEEL At Home


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


  • Zebra graphic
  • Z Zebra Zoo sign

Activity: Zigzag Zebra

  • Show your child the zebra graphic and have him or her circle the letter Z in the word zebra.
  • Emphasize that the letter Z makes the /z/ sound.
  • Help your child write the letter Z on the zebra graphic to make zigzag stripes.
  • Have your child circle the letter Z in the Z Zebra Zoo sign and ask him or her to say the /z/ sound each time he or she circles a letter.
  • Let your child place his or her zebra by the zoo sign.
  • Pretend to watch the zebra at the zoo with your child.
  • Repeat the activity as desired.


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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.