Lesson Plan on Grumpy Monkey (Montessori USA)

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Title: Exploring Emotions with Grumpy Monkey – A Montessori-inspired Lesson Plan for Preschoolers

Grade Level: Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten
Subject: Social-Emotional Development
Book: Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang

– Students will identify and understand different emotions portrayed in the book Grumpy Monkey.
– Students will learn to express and manage their own emotions in a healthy and constructive manner.
– Students will develop empathy and understanding towards others’ emotions.
– Students will engage in hands-on activities to reinforce the central themes of the book.

Curriculum Links:
This lesson plan aligns with the USA Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) under the Social-Emotional Development domain. Specifically, it addresses the following sub-domains:
– Self-Awareness: Recognizing and identifying one’s own emotions.
– Self-Management: Expressing and managing emotions in a healthy way.
– Social Awareness: Understanding and empathizing with others’ emotions.

Theorist: Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori believed in providing children with hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. This lesson plan incorporates Montessori principles by including engaging activities that allow children to explore emotions through sensory experiences, practical life skills, and collaborative play.

– Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang
– Emotion cards (happy, sad, angry, surprised, scared, etc.)
– Art supplies (crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Glue sticks
– Scissors
– Playdough or modeling clay
– Emotion masks (optional)
– Emotion chart (optional)


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Begin by gathering the students in a circle and introduce the book Grumpy Monkey.
– Show the book cover and ask students to predict what the story might be about based on the title and the monkey’s expression.
– Discuss the importance of emotions and how they can affect our daily lives.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read aloud Grumpy Monkey, pausing at appropriate moments to discuss the emotions portrayed by the characters.
– Use emotion cards to help students identify and label the emotions experienced by the monkey and other characters.
– Encourage students to share personal experiences related to the emotions depicted in the story.

3. Art Activity: Emotion Collage (20 minutes):
– Provide each student with a sheet of construction paper and art supplies.
– Instruct students to draw or cut out pictures from magazines that represent different emotions.
– Assist students in gluing their chosen images onto the construction paper to create an emotion collage.
– Encourage students to discuss their collages, explaining why they chose specific images for each emotion.

4. Sensory Play: Emotion Playdough (20 minutes):
– Set up playdough or modeling clay stations with different colors.
– Assign each color to represent a specific emotion (e.g., red for anger, blue for sadness, etc.).
– Encourage students to mold the playdough into shapes that express different emotions.
– Facilitate a discussion about the emotions represented by each color and the shapes created.

5. Extension Activity: Emotion Masks (optional) (15 minutes):
– Provide students with blank masks or templates.
– Instruct students to decorate the masks to represent different emotions using art supplies.
– Encourage students to wear their masks and role-play different emotions, expressing them through facial expressions and body language.

6. Conclusion and Reflection (10 minutes):
– Gather the students back in a circle and review the emotions discussed throughout the lesson.
– Ask students to share one thing they learned about emotions and how they can be expressed and managed.
– Optional: Create an emotion chart together as a class, displaying different emotions and strategies for managing them.

– Observe students’ participation and engagement during discussions and activities.
– Assess students’ ability to identify and label emotions through their artwork and playdough creations.
– Evaluate students’ understanding of emotions through their reflections and contributions during the conclusion.

Note: This lesson plan can be adapted and modified based on the specific needs and abilities of the students






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