A Zany Zoo Visit

by Kathleen Corrigan


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The final book in the series provides a chance for your students to consolidate their growing phonemic awareness and ability to isolate initial consonants and short vowel sounds. The busy class is back for a year-end trip to the zoo. They are challenged to find things at the zoo that start with the sounds of each letter of the alphabet. Join them in this assignment and find one animal or object for each letter and a few extra as well!

The Search for Sounds series is designed to help students develop phonemic awareness within the context of story and picture. Students are presented with wordless books and have fun finding items in the pictures that highlight target sounds. Each sound’s related letter is also on the page in a clear lowercase font. Cumulative read-aloud texts linked to the pictures are read by the teacher and present social studies and science concepts of interest to young children. Some of the books include recurring characters exploring the topics while others are more typical nonfiction. Interest will be generated as your students work to isolate, identify, and link the sounds to words. The books include lists of suggested words/sounds to search for as well as a note to the caregiver.


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    The Decodables, The Decodables: Search For Sounds
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