Unit 3: Zoo Visit


  • This lesson teaches English learners how to describe animals by what they look like and what they eat.
  • The lesson teaches ESL/EFL students zoo animal vocabulary and adjectives.
  • They will also learn to use ‘like’ to compare things by how they look.
  • This lesson focuses on asking and responding to questions about descriptions of things. Therefore, it either reinforces or teaches new adjectives to describe
  • Students will also learn to ask for descriptions of nouns using 'like.'
  • The lesson also covers verbs in the simple present tense with a particular focus on the third-person singular.

Main Lesson Materials & Study Steps

zoo video lesson

1st –This cartoon animated video features a short dialogue, followed by vocabulary and sentence breakdown. It is essential for introducing the words, phrases, grammar, spelling and sentences of the lesson in context. Watch repeatedly to master the content. The video plays on any device.

zoo game

2nd – Then the student plays this fun game after watching the video, to practice the contents of the lesson. The game reviews key vocabulary, grammar and sentences from the lessons. This game can be played on any device.

zoo test

3rd – Finally the learner takes this test of the unit. The score of this test is captured in the LMS and gives educators an idea of how well their learner is doing. The test opens on any device – mobile & PC.

Worksheets for the Unit

The worksheets below are useful for offline and classroom activities. These printable exercises directly correlate with the above lesson 'Zoo Visit'. Every worksheet comes with an answer sheet on the second page for educators.

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Lesson Story:

Dad is taking Lisa and Freddie on a trip to the zoo. A zookeeper guides them through the zoo in a trolley. Freddie and Lisa have a lot of questions about the animals, which Dad and the zookeeper take turns answering. Lisa is so excited that she jumps out of the trolley to interact with the monkeys. She soon learns that monkeys can be great at mischief. Before she knows it, her hat is gone!


panda, bamboo, giraffe, ostrich, zebra, lion, tiger, meat, fruit, leaves, zookeeper, heavy, large, long, trunk, zoo, trolley, monkey, camel, elephant, rhino, hippo

Key Sentences/Grammar

  • A panda is black and white.
  • Pandas eat bamboo leaves.
  • A giraffe is tall.
  • An elephant's nose is called a trunk.
  • Elephants eat fruit and leaves.
  • Lions and tigers eat meat.
  • Zebras look like black and white horses.
  • Zebras have beautiful stripes.
  • An ostrich can't fly.

 LIKE - for questions about descriptions:

  • What does a panda look like?
  • It's black and white.
  • What does a giraffe look like?
  • It's tall.
  • What's the weather like?
  • It's hot and sunny.
  • What's your mother like?
  • My mother is kind.
  • What does a zebra look like?
  • It looks like a black and white horse.

We can also describe things by the actions they perform

  • What does a panda eat?
  • A panda eats bamboo.

Action verbs and the 3rd person singular

  • A lion eats meat.
  • Lions and tigers eat meat.
  • They eat meat.

This lesson is part of the Level 3 English course.

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Are you ready for a wild adventure at the zoo? In this ESL kids lesson, you'll get to learn all about the different animals you might encounter. Not only will you learn the vocabulary to describe them, but you'll also learn how to compare them by what they look like and what they eat.

With the help of fun activities and games, you'll become an expert in zoo animal vocabulary and adjectives. You'll even learn how to use 'like' to compare things based on their appearance.

But that's not all - you'll also learn how to ask and respond to questions about descriptions of things, so you can impress your friends and family with your descriptive skills. And don't worry about getting your verbs mixed up - we'll make sure you master the simple present tense with a special focus on the third-person singular.

So get ready to roar like a lion, swing like a monkey, and slither like a snake as you explore the zoo and learn English at the same time!