Classroom Resources

Let’s Go to the Zoo!

This resource is based on a classroom big book. In this online version, students make a virtual visit to the zoo, using Japanese as they go around the zoo and talk to/about the animals.

Level: Primary, Junior_Secondary

Moving the mouse over the pictures in the book will reveal which parts of the page are active. You can change parts of the picture by clicking on them, or clicking and dragging objects within the picture.

Topics and vocabulary

Suggested Procedure

Title page

To introduce the book, point to the title and read in out.
Ask students what they think ”どうぶつえんにいこう” means.
Then introduce the work ”どうぶつ” while pointing to the picture of
the animals and help them guess the meaning of ”どうぶつえん”.

Page 1

Introducing the characters
1. Ask students to give the main character a Japanese name, either boy's or girl's. Teacher may give a list of the Japanese names such as below to the students to choose "the name of the day".

2. Indicate the picture of mother and ask ”だれ?”. The word ”おかあさん” could be introduced here.

Clothes and colours

Introduce the colours. Clothes and hats change colour when you click.

Teacher(showing overalls) ”なにいろ?” What colour is this?
Teacher”あか!” Red!


  1. Draw students' attention to the speech bubbles. Explain that there are special expressions that are said when leaving the house and seeing off someone who is leaving the house.
  2. Practice ”いってきます” and ”いってらっしゃい”, pointing at the speech bubbles.
  3. Students can take turns to role-play the situation in front of the class.

Page 2

Introducing the names of animals

1.Open the doors to introduce the animals.

Teacher(knocking on the doors)”とん、とん、とん。こんにちは。” Knock knock. Hello!
Teacher(Opening the door and pointing at the name on the door)”ぞう!” Elephant!”ぞうさん、こんにちは。”

2. memory games using phrases like ”~さん、どこ?”

Students(pointing at one of the doors)
TeacherLet's check if ぞうさん is really here... ”とん、とん、とん。ぞうさん、こんにちは。”

Page 3

Telling the age of animals

  1. Place the attachment of ”おたんじょうびおめでとう” in the middle of the page for reading out.
  2. Place cakes indicating age to ask students how old the animals are.

Page 4

Pre-task: Food

Show students the food and say each word. You could explain about おにぎり (rice ball) being a popular picnic food.

Describing likes and dislikes

  1. Introduce likes and dislikes by asking students, ”りんご、すき?” while showing the apples. Ask the same question for each food item and encourage students to talk about their favourite food.
  2. Place an appropriate picture of food on the animals by dragging and tell students what the animals like.


  1. Explain that there is a special expression that is said before having a meal which means " I gratefully receive this meal". Practise ”いただきます”, pointing at the speech bubble.
  2. Explain that there is another expression that is said AFTER having a meal, ”ごちそうさま”, "Thank you for the meal". Place the speech bubble for ”ごちそうさま” over ”いただきます”, and practise the phrase pointing at the speech bubble.

Page 5

Identifying Australian native animals

The purpose of this section is to reinforce the students' knowledge about Australian native animals. You can start by placing all the animals on the map by dragging.

Page 6

Saying Goodbye

  1. Point to the speech bubbles and read them out.
  2. Then students can play the role of the animals in the picture to practice saying goodbye.

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