One Monkey Too Many, by Jackie French Koller

            What happens when the monkeys do not listen?  Watch the crazy adventures of these as they forget to follow the rules.

Materials

  • Barrel of Monkeys (I have found this game in the Dollar Store)
  • Pictures of safe/unsafe play

Vocabulary

Before reading the Story

            Ask the children why they think that we have rules at school and at home?  What do they think would happen if everybody ignored the rules and did what they wanted?  Tell the children that the story today is about some monkeys who did not listen to the rules.  Ask the children if they can guess what is going to happen in the story to the monkeys? Introduce the book.

Literacy/Book Knowledge & Appreciation; demonstrates progress in abilities to retell and dictate stories from books and experiencecs; to act out stories in dramatic play; to predict what will happen next in a story.

Reading the Story

            Stop on every page that talks about one monkey too many and let the children make comments if they choose.

Language Development/Speaking & Communicating; develops increasing abilities to understand and use language to communicate information, experiences, ideas, feelings, opinions, needs, questions; and for other varied purposes.

After reading the Story

            Were the monkeys being safe in this story?  In the story it looks funny but what can really happen if we are not safe?  What can you do if someone asks you to do something that you do not think is safe?  Teach the children that they can say “No, no I won’t go!”  Have them practice this several times and then ask them some questions and have them repeat, “No, no I won’t go!”  What if your friend said let’s play in my Mom’s car (no-no I won’t go!).  What if you wanted to cross the street and the light was red.  What if a stranger said to come here because they had some candy they wanted to give you.  What if someone you know says look I’ve got matches we can play with.

Physical Health & Development/Health Status & Practices; builds awareness and ability to follow basic health and safety rules such as fire safety, traffic and pedestrian safety, and responding appropriately to potentially harmful objects, substances, and activities.

Discovery

Put out all the pictures of safe/insafe play. Have the children sort them and then talk about why a picture is unsafe.

Physical Health & Development/Health Status & Practices; builds awareness and ability to follow basic health and safety rules such as fire safety, traffic and pedestrian safety, and responding appropriately to potentially harmful objects, substances, and activities. AND Language Development/Speaking & Communicating; develops increasing abilities to understand and use language to communicate information, experiences, ideas, feelings, opinions, needs, questions; and for other varied purposes.

Music and Movement

            Play Monkey See, Monkey Do.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdCLvwK8I6c Have everyone stand in a circle.  The teacher is the first leader and the children are the monkeys.  As you chant or sing the verse, everyone follows the leader.  At the end of the verse the leader points to another who then becomes the new leader.

When you clap, clap, clap your hands

The monkeys clap, clap, clap their hands.

Monkeys see and Monkeys do,

Monkeys do the same as you!

(Jump up and down, twirl, hop on one foot, hoot out loud, make a silly face)

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; shows progress in understanding and following simple and multiple-step directions.

            Sing There Were 5 in the Bed   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1_dxT7efcs. Hold up the appropriate number of fingers for each verse and make a fist rolling your knuckles on the floor when you sing roll over, roll over.

There were 5 in the bed and the little one said,

Roll over, roll over.

So they all rolled over and one fell out

There were 4 in the bed and the little one said,

Roll over, roll over….

There were 2 in the bed and the little one said,

Roll over, roll over

So they all rolled over and one fell out,

There was one in the bed and the little said Goodnight!

Mathematics/Number & Operations; demonstrates increasing interest and awareness of numbers and counting as a means for solving problems and determining quantity.

Tell the children that they are going to pretend to be driving cars. Remind them to fasten their seatbelts. Turn on music and the children can move around pretending to drive. tell them that when the music stops that they must quickly freeze so that they will not have an accident. Put on the music again and drive, then freeze, etc..

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; shows progress in understanding and following simple and multiple-step directions. AND Physical Health & Development/Gross Motor Skills; shows increasing levels of proficiency, control, and balance walking, climbing, running, jumping, hopping, skipping, marching, and galloping.

Blocks

            Put out any transportation vehicles you might have.  As the children build, encourage them to count how many.  Can they add one more? (I see that you have 5 cars in the garage, is there room for one more? Now how many)? For older children you can ask, “If you have 5 cars and 2 more drove into the garage, now how many are in the garage?

Mathematics/Numbers & Operations; develops increased abilities to combine, separate and name “how many” concrete objects.

Art

            Encourage the children to just collage using a variety of materials. 

Creative Arts/Art; develops growing abilities to plan, work independently, and demonstrate care and persistence in a variety of art projects.

Sand and Water

Put sand and pouring toys in the table today. When it is clean-up or if too much sand gets on the floor, remind the children to sweep it up because sand can be slippery. Safety first.

Physical Health & Development/Health Status & Practices; builds awareness and ability to follow basic health and safety rules such as fire safety, traffic and pedestrian safety, and responding appropriately to potentially harmful objects, substances, and activities.

Library and Writing

Make a graph of letters in your name.  Write each child’s name on an index card.  Ask them first if they can name the letters and then ask them to count how many letters are in their name.  Write their name above the correct number of letters.  As you share this with the children you can say.  Kerry has 5 letters and Tammie has one more.  How many letters does Tammie have in it?  Help the children to count.

Mathematics/Number & Operations; begins to make use of one-to-one correspondence in counting objects and matching groups of objects.

Math and Manipulatives

            Ask each child to show you two counters (these can be anything you have lots of; links, cubes, bear counters).  Ask them to take one more and now tell you how many they have.  Ask them to take one more, now how many?  Continue to 10 then ask them to take away one.  Now how many?  Ask them to takeaway one more, now how many?  Go all the way down to zero.

Mathematics/Numbers & Operations; develops increased abilities to combine, separate and name “how many” concrete objects.

          Put out the game Barrel of Monkeys and encourage the children to make long monkey chains. How many monkeys are on your chain?

Mathematics/Number & Operations; develops increasing ability to count to ten and beyond. AND Physical Health & Development/Fine Motor Skills;grows in hand-eye coordination in building with blocks, putting together puzzles, string beads, and using scissors.

Outdoor Play

            Practice different kinds of rolling.  Can you make you body long and roll? Can you curl like a ball and roll, can you roll without using your arms, can you roll very fast?

Physical Health & Development/Health Status & Practices; progresses in physical growth, strength, stamina, and flexibility.

On the way to the playground, stop and pretend that you are crossing a street. Have the children look left, any cars? Now look right, any cars? Check left one more time and then cross the pretend street.

Physical Health & Development/Health Status & Practices; builds awareness and ability to follow basic health and safety rules such as fire safety, traffic and pedestrian safety, and responding appropriately to potentially harmful objects, substances, and activities.

Transitions

Give each child a picture of safe/not safe cards. Ask them to tell you if it is safe or not safe. Ask them to tell you why.

Physical Health & Development/Health Status & Practices; builds awareness and ability to follow basic health and safety rules such as fire safety, traffic and pedestrian safety, and responding appropriately to potentially harmful objects, substances, and activities.

Resources

About Kerry CI am an Early Childhood Educator who has seen daily the value of shared book readings with my preschoolers. I use the book theme in my centers and can daily touch upon a variety of Early Childhood Domains which makes assessing the children easy and individualized.