It's a zoo! The kids picked out a pic, glued it down, and used dif. mediums to create the cage. (black popsicle sticks, black masking tape, yarn, chenille stick). We even matched locks to go with Good Night Gorilla story.
"Goodnight, Gorilla!" We got six cardboard boxes and cut the fronts to make an opening. We cut colored strips of paper and laminated them to make the cage 'bars' for the front and sides. In each box we placed a different animal from the story. We also painted padlocks and keys to coordinate with the cages. After reading the story the students were able to dress up as the zookeeper and his wife, using hats and props and retell/act out the story by visiting each cage…
Put zoo animals in the cage. This idea is from lightning bug literacy. The blog also has its for different letters/sounds and printables. This idea actually went with a zoo theme and 'Good night gorilla' book.
***** Playdough zoo- yes! -This was a hit during our zoo week and inspired sorting of animal types, matching colors, etc. The kids got creative finding other items to use with our play dough, like wooden blocks, clean stamps, etc.