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My Little Monkey Is...

Your students will go bananas for this activity that has them read a fun story about monkeys and create their own whimsical monkeys while learning about size sequencing and colour words.
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  • Students will learn about size sequencing and colour words.
(15 minutes)
  • Show your students the cover of Five Little Monkeys.
  • Preview the story by discussing the cover, asking students what they think the story is about.
  • Read the story to the children.
  • Ask the children whether their predictions about the story were correct.
(10 minutes)
  • Draw the students' attention to the monkeys on the cover of the book.
  • Ask students to name some of the shapes on the monkeys' faces.
  • Point out the oval around the monkeys' mouths to students. Ask students whether the shape is a different colour from the rest of the face.
  • Ask students how many different colors they will need to make their own monkey faces. Answer: Two, one for the main part of the face and one for the oval around the mouth.
(5 minutes)
  • Show students the two jar lids or circles.
  • Demonstrate how the small circle fits on top of the large circle, similar to the monkeys' faces.
  • Allow students to try fitting the small circle on the large circle for additional practise.
(40 minutes)
  • Give each student one large and one small coffee filter.
  • Spread pieces of newspaper on the tables.
  • Tell students to colour the two coffee filters different colors with markers.
  • Once children have colored the filters, ask them to bring their filters to the sink.
  • Place the gloves on your hands and hold the filter while each student sprays it with the spray bottle 3-4 times.
  • Squeeze the coffee filter into a ball so the colors bleed together.
  • Lay the coffee filters on a piece of newspaper to dry and wait 10 minutes.
  • Take the coffee filters to a drying rack. After another 10-15 minutes, the coffee filters should be dry.
  • Give each student a piece of white paper and ask them to glue the large circle on the paper first, then put the smaller circle on top of that.
  • Allow students to choose two 4" construction paper circles and have students glue those on the paper as ears.
  • Ask students to choose two 2" construction paper circles that are a different colour from the 4" ones.
  • Tell students to glue the small construction paper circles into the 4" ones.
  • Have students use markers to draw eyes, a nose, and a mouth onto the monkey's face.

Enrichment:Above grade level students could describe the colors of the ears and eyes.

Support: Show students a sample of another student or teacher created monkey. Allow students to practise placing the small jar lid into the larger lid if they are struggling with size sequencing.

(5 minutes)
  • Evaluate whether students are able to size sequence the circles.
  • Take note of any student who struggles with size sequencing for additional help.
  • Ask students to describe the colors of the monkeys' faces and evaluate whether they are able to correctly identify the colors.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to volunteer to describe their monkey faces during circle time. Hold up the creation of the student who is speaking. This is wonderful practise for oral speaking in front of a group.

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