This is a guest blog post series authored by Paula Dugger, M. Ed. Paula is an educational consultant who has previously served as a Reading Recovery Teacher/Teacher Leader, first grade teacher, Title I and high school reading teacher, and a Reading Coordinator.
Hameray’s Zoozoo Animal World series has been a favorite series of books not only for me, but also for my Reading Recovery students and other beginning readers I have worked with over the years. These informational texts not only help children learn to read, but they help them read to learn about a wide variety of animals. Vocabulary is enhanced and comprehension is built along with the discussion that takes place with the talking points at the end of each book.Zoozoo Animal World contains 8 habitats with 5 animals in each. Forty nonfiction books leveled from C-F contain beautiful photographs that support meaning and repetitive sentence structure for beginning readers. My students enjoy having such a large selection of different animals to read about at their reading level.
I have created a fun activity, a scavengers hunt of sorts, to help my students analyze and compare/contrast the different animals within the Farm and Forest habitat. Students enjoy rereading the books and searching to confirm their answers while building comprehension skills.
Paula Dugger has a B.S, M.Ed., and Reading Specialist Certification from The University of Texas at Austin and Reading Recovery training through Texas Woman’s University. A former first grade teacher, reading coordinator and Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, Paula has served as an adjunct professor at Texas Woman’s University and Dallas Baptist University teaching reading classes for current and future teachers. She also does educational consulting and training through Dugger Educational Consulting, LLC, in addition to writing blogs and early literacy books for Hameray. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula and her husband Neil have two married daughters and are grandparents to Carter, Blake, and Faye. She raises registered Texas Longhorns on the weekends. Her longhorn cattle are featured in her first book published by Hameray Publishing group, Longhorns. She has authored six additional titles in the Kaleidoscope Collection—Ben & Ruby, Buttons, Cowboy, Dinner, Going Up and Down, and Round, Not Round.
To download Paula's free activity sheet, click the left image below. For more information about Zoozoo Animal World, click the right image below.