Title: Zoo Doings

Reference: Prelutsky, J., & Zelinsky, P. O. (1983). Zoo doings: Animal poems. New York: Greenwillow Books.

Brief Annotation: This is a small poem book about animals for elementary age students. Each poem is about an animal, and has a cute little black and white illustration to accompany it. The pairing of the poems being about animals, and the illustrations, makes this book great for children. There are over 40 rhyming poems in this book, all about animals, and all appropriate for young children. This is a great book for children!

Genre: Fiction (Poetry)

Grade Level: 1-2

Readers who might be interested: Children who are learning about more complex rhyming, or poetry would be interested in this book. Children who like animals, or poetry would be interested in this book. Parents and teachers trying to teach about rhyming or poetry would find this book useful.

Rating/Response: I give this book a rating of a 4.  I found the poems to be easy to understand, entertaining, and good for young children. The illustrations, although they are not the main focus of the book, are adorable.  The rhyming in the poems makes it more interesting for younger aged children, who may have a difficult time understanding more complex poetry.

Text Dependent Question: What does the black bear do in the winter?

Strategies: 

Gallery Walk; Page 40

Tompkins, G. E. (2013). 50 literacy strategies: step by step. Boston: Pearson.

The students could write their own poem and illustrate them using the style of the book. They could then post their pictures and poems around the room, and using comment sheets could give (kind) feedback about their classmates’ work. They will then gather back together and the students will discuss. They will gather their own projects and read their responses.

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