Language & Literacy
Songs, Poems, &
Five Little Monkeys
Swinging in a Tree
Five Little Monkeys Swinging
in a Tree
Teasing Mr. Alligator,
"You can't catch me!" "You can't catch me!"
Along comes Mr. Alligator
quiet as can be.... SNAP (Clap hand together like an alligator mouth
Four little monkeys swinging
in a tree... (Keep repeating until no little monkeys are swinging in a
(We swing our hands upside
down to look like the monkeys swinging, and when the alligator is coming
we put on hand over the other and wiggle them back and forth like an
alligator swimming toward something. When the monkeys tease we wiggle our
fingers by out heads and shake out fingers for can't catch me. At the end
we say "Missed me missed me now you have to kiss me! - Like the Dr.
Jean version of this
song! DR. JEAN AND FRIENDS CD)
Use a book with the song to help reinforce reading. Make your own or
check out this great one in Dr. Jean's series!
As we go walking through the Zoo
This is what we'll see,
Elephants and hippos,
And monkeys in a tree.
Tigers roaring loudly,
Giraffes who stand so high,
Dolphins swimming freely,
And parrots in the sky.
So let's all go walking,
Having fun the whole day through,
As we go on our field trip,
To the friendly city zoo.
the poem Zoo Fun. Tell the kids to imagine you are going on a field
trip to the zoo as you read the poem and have the kids act out the animals
being talked about.
Orange and black,
Great big cat.
Four big paws.
Long sharp claws.
Through the jungle running,
Do you see her coming?
What a sight!
Will she bite?
I'm a Little Monkey
I'm a little monkey, watch me play,
Munching on banana's everyday.
I have monkey friends who play with me,
See us climb right up the tree.
Carla Cotter Skjong
Introduce the new theme: Ask the kids if they can guess what animal
you are thinking of and give them hints, like :has stripes, four legs,
black and white... a zebra! Ask the kids if they have ever been to
a Zoo and what animals did they see? What were their favorites?
: Ask each child which animal they LOVE the most? Why? Make a
graph or chart of everyone's favorite animal.
Discuss what Zoo's are for, so people can see wild animals, and learn more
about them, talk about conservation, and how we try to preserve animals
in the wild. Ask the children why they think the animals are in cages
or protected areas? Talk about the difference between "wild" animals
and domestic animals, use cats for an example, cats we keep as pets and
the cats in the wild.
a chart and have children help identify animals that are
"wild" and animals that are "tame" list them on the
Math & Number Concepts
folded into a ten page book with the pages numbered across the top 1 to
10 with one number on each page, animal stickers.
each child a book and have then place the correct number of animal stickers
on each page.
animal shaped painting sponges, different colors of tempera paint, colored
the kids paint a zoo scene on the construction paper using the sponges.
plate, Popsicle stick, variety of construction paper, yarns, colors, etc.
the kids create an animal mask using the materials provided, offer suggestions
like make a lion using strips of brown paper for the mane, etc. Help them
cut out eye holes, glue the Popsicle strip to the bottom to hold the mask
in front of their face.
Let the kids sculpt their favorite animal, let dry and paint.
Torn Paper Pictures
paper, glue, crayons.
the children how to create an animal from tearing construction paper, such
as a lion or tiger: Fold a piece of paper in half and tear a half circle
from the center of the non folded side so when open it looks like legs
and the animal can stand, then tear a circle for the head and add details
like a mane or stripes with more paper or crayons... don't forget the tail!
Music & Movement
Blocks & Building
Puzzles, Games &
Sort, Sort animal pictures by color, number of legs, horns or no horns,
or how ever, what other ways can the kids think of to sort them?
picture of different Animals on each child's back, then have them take
turns asking the group yes and no questions about their animal to try to
guess what it is.
Match Up, either use the real game or make your own, cut animal pictures
in half and have the kids match the fronts to the backs.
Teddy Grahams. Count the
Animals in cages- Give each child
a bunch or pretzels, PNB, gumdrops, or frosting to build animal cages,
then give them animal crackers to put in the cage. Works well if
each child has their own paper plate and can use the PNB or frosting to
stand their animals in.
sugar cookies, make them up and let the kids decorate!