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Hello all,

“Letter Z is for Zoo Week” was Zany, Zesty, Zippy, Zestful, and certainly Zoological!  Read on below to learn about the fun that was had and leaning that took place.

After studying the alphabet for nearly nine months, it finally was Letter Z Week!  The students arrived at school on Monday morning extremely excited to learn all about the last letter of the alphabet!  With a share box full of alphabet books, zucchini, zeroes, and more, the Letter Z shares sure were plentiful!  Of particular abundance were the various zoo animal shares including tigers, lions, monkeys, rhinos, and of course, zebras!

The letter Z fun continued throughout Monday and Tuesday morning as the students completed their morning work and worked in their morning stations.  From trains carrying zoo animals at the train station to zoo animal habitats constructed in the block area, it was clear that the students were excited about the Zoo-rific theme of the week!



During the afternoon on both Monday and Tuesday, the students brainstormed a list of letter Z words.  Fortunately, the letter Z is a very popular letter at Park Prep Academy and one entire column in the list was filled with students’ names!  The other columns in the list were comprised of some real Z words and some super silly Z words (or Z sounds rather – like Zap and Zoom!)  Here is the list from Tuesday!



On Wednesday, the students created the first Zoo-themed craft of the week – a wiggly armed (and legged) monkey!  First, they colored in the monkey’s body!



Next, some pipe cleaners were glued on and bent to create the following bendable craft!



During the afternoon on Wednesday (and Thursday) the students participated in Spanish class where they continued to explore La Familia (family) vocabulary in the most interesting of ways!  The students took turns dressing up in the dress-up area then giving clues as to who they might be.  For instance, the following student gave these clues…

1.  I make breakfast for my kids in the morning. 

2.  I hold a purse on my arm.

3.  I carry a baby with me sometimes. 

Which family member is she? 

Answer:  Madre/Mama

On Thursday morning, the students created their artistic interpretation of another animal found at the zoo.  This one is commonly referred to as the “King of the Jungle”.  Do you know which animal that is?  If you said, “Lion” then you are correct!  Take a peek below to see how these friendly lion faces were created!



Just like in the zoo, these lions were found “hanging out” together in the PPA classroom!  They are quite adorable!

On Friday, the students created the final letter craft of the school year – one of the larger and coldest Zoo-residents of all – a Polar Bear!  Using cotton balls to replicate the white fur, the students created the following project!




On Friday afternoon, the students participated in a technology presentation all about the different types of jobs people can have at the Zoo!  The students were amazed to learn that it takes so many people to make a zoo run!  Some of these jobs include zookeepers, animal feeders, animal trainers, animal doctors, and tour guides, just to name a few!  The students enjoyed learning about all of these different jobs but it was clear which clip was the favorite – Zoo Babies!



Seeing that the letter Z is the last letter in the alphabet – what better clip than the following to recap the entire Zoo-rific alphabet!  Enjoy!



Well, that is all for “Letter Z is for Zoo Week”.  As always, thank you for reading.  Have a fun and safe weekend!




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Sunday, May 28th

Observation of Memorial Day

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PPA Father’s Day Celebration

Friday, June 15th

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