zooming zebras

Zooming Zebras

Zooming Zebras
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • zebra
  • zoom
  • zip
  • zig
  • zag


  • Zebra picture cards
  • Word cards
  • Zooming Zebras target text

The children will pretend to be zooming zebras and practice saying the /z/ sound in words such as zig, zoom, and zebra

Literacy Activities
Zip and zoom like zebras 

  • Give each child a zebra picture card.
  • Read the word cards with the children and help them choose actions for each card (e.g., zoom = the children move their zebra picture quickly through the air). 
  • Let the children choose a word card and help them read the word on the card.
  • Instruct the children to circle the letter z on each word card and have them produce the /z/ sound each time they circle a letter.  
  • Have the children act out their words and say the /z/ sound as they do the action. 
  • Read the Zooming Zebras target text to the children and have them perform their actions as they hear each z verb.

More Practice
Identify and write the target letter 

  • Read the Zooming Zebras target text with the children. 
  • Have the children find and circle the letter Z throughout the text. 
  • Help the children write the letter Z on a piece of paper. 
  • Read the text again slowly and have the children hold up their letter Z each time they hear the /z/ sound. 

Identify the target sound in words 

  • Make a list of words beginning with the letter Z (e.g., zip, zap, zoo, zig, zag). 
  • Help the children identify the beginning and ending sounds of each word on the list by tapping their head for the beginning sound and toes for the ending sound.  
    • For example: zip = /z/ (tap head) + /ip/ (tap toes). 
  • Point out that all the words have the /z/ sound at the beginning and start with the letter Z
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SEEL Target Texts

Zooming Zebras

We are zebras. We like to zoom.
We are zebras. We like to zig.
We are zebras. We like to zag.
We are zebras. We like to zip.
Zooming zebras zig, zag, zip!
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SEEL At Home



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


  • Zebra picture cards 
  • Word cards 

Activity: Zebras Zoom

  • Read the word cards with your child, emphasizing the /z/ sound at the beginning of each word. 
  • Help your child choose actions to represent the word on each card (e.g., zoom = move the zebra picture quickly through the air). 
  • Place the word cards face down and take turns choosing one. 
  • Have your child read the word card and do the actions together using the zebra picture cards (support as needed). 
  • Have your child write the letter Z on a piece of paper, then have him or her use the Z paper to act out the actions on the word cards. 
  • 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.