Lesson Plan on Grumpy Monkey (Montessori Canada)

Use the lesson plan below for inspiration in your Kindergarten / Preschool / SK / Pre-Elementary / ECEC learning program. Want all your lesson plans in one place? Get our lesson plan ideas book (Canada).

Kindergarten / Preschool / SK / Pre-Elementary / ECEC Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Grumpy Monkey (Montessori Canada), Montessori philosophy

Title: Exploring Emotions with Grumpy Monkey – A Montessori-inspired Lesson Plan for Kindergarten/Preschool Students in Canada

Grade Level: Kindergarten/Preschool/SK/Pre-Elementary/ECEC
Subject: Language Arts
Duration: 1 week (5 days)

Curriculum Connections:
– English Language Arts: Reading Comprehension, Oral Communication, Writing
– Social Studies: Personal and Social Identity
– Health and Physical Education: Emotional Well-being

Theorist: Maria Montessori

Objectives:
1. Students will develop an understanding of different emotions and how they can be expressed.
2. Students will engage in critical thinking and discussion about the central themes in the book Grumpy Monkey.
3. Students will enhance their language skills through reading, writing, and oral communication activities.
4. Students will practice empathy and learn strategies to manage their own emotions.

Materials:
– Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang
– Chart paper and markers
– Emotion cards (happy, sad, angry, surprised, scared, etc.)
– Drawing materials (crayons, markers, colored pencils)
– Writing paper and pencils
– Puppet or stuffed animal monkey
– Emotion faces cut-outs (optional)

Day 1: Introduction to Emotions
Objective: Students will develop an understanding of different emotions and how they can be expressed.

1. Begin by introducing the concept of emotions. Show emotion cards and ask students to identify and describe each emotion.
2. Read Grumpy Monkey aloud, pausing to discuss the emotions experienced by the main character.
3. Create a chart with two columns: “How Grumpy Monkey Feels” and “How We Feel.” Ask students to share their own emotions and add them to the chart.
4. Engage in a class discussion about how emotions can be expressed and how they affect our behavior.

Day 2: Exploring the Central Themes
Objective: Students will engage in critical thinking and discussion about the central themes in the book Grumpy Monkey.

1. Review the story of Grumpy Monkey briefly.
2. Divide the class into small groups and provide each group with a set of emotion faces cut-outs.
3. Ask each group to sort the emotion faces into two categories: “How Grumpy Monkey Felt” and “How Grumpy Monkey Wanted to Feel.”
4. Have each group present their findings and discuss the central themes of the book, such as accepting and expressing emotions, self-acceptance, and empathy.

Day 3: Writing Activity – My Emotions
Objective: Students will enhance their language skills through writing and self-expression.

1. Begin by discussing the importance of recognizing and expressing emotions.
2. Provide each student with writing paper and pencils.
3. Ask students to write and illustrate a short story or journal entry about a time when they felt grumpy or another strong emotion.
4. Encourage students to reflect on how they managed or resolved their emotions.
5. Allow students to share their stories with the class, fostering a supportive and empathetic environment.

Day 4: Puppet Show – Expressing Emotions
Objective: Students will practice empathy and learn strategies to manage their own emotions.

1. Introduce a puppet or stuffed animal monkey as “Grumpy Monkey’s friend.”
2. Model a puppet show where the puppet expresses different emotions, and the students help the puppet find positive ways to manage those emotions.
3. Divide the class into small groups and provide each group with the puppet or stuffed animal.
4. In their groups, students take turns role-playing different emotions and finding strategies to manage them.
5. Encourage students to use language from the book, such as “It’s okay to feel grumpy, but it’s important to take deep breaths and calm down.”

Day 5: Reflection and Extension Activities
Objective: Students will reflect on their learning and engage in extension activities related to the book.

1. Engage in a class discussion about what students have learned about emotions and how they can be expressed.
2. Provide drawing materials and ask students to create a new book cover for Grumpy Monkey, reflecting the central themes of the story.
3. Optional: Invite students to share their book covers with the class and explain their design choices.
4. Conclude the lesson by revisiting the central themes and discussing how students can apply what they have learned in their daily lives.

Assessment:
– Observe students’ participation and engagement during discussions and activities.
– Review students’ written work for understanding of emotions and the central themes of the book.
– Assess students’ ability to express and manage their own emotions during the puppet show activity.

Note: This lesson plan is designed in the style of Maria Montessori, emphasizing hands-on activities, student-centered learning, and the development of social-emotional skills

Country

Canada

Framework

Complete Canadian Curriculum (Canada)

Theorist

Maria Montessori

Subject

Books

Category: Tag: