Lesson Plan on Grumpy Monkey (Reggio Canada)

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Title: Exploring Emotions with Grumpy Monkey – A Reggio Emilia Inspired Lesson Plan for Kindergarten/Preschool Students

Grade Level: Kindergarten/Preschool/SK/Pre-Elementary/ECEC
Subject: Language Arts
Duration: 3-4 sessions (approximately 30-45 minutes each)

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

Theorist: Reggio Emilia

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand and identify different emotions portrayed in the book Grumpy Monkey.
2. Develop empathy and respect for others’ emotions.
3. Express personal emotions through various art forms.
4. Enhance language skills through discussions and creative writing.
5. Foster a positive classroom environment that values emotional well-being.

1. Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang
2. Chart paper and markers
3. Art supplies (crayons, markers, colored pencils, paints, etc.)
4. Drawing paper
5. Storytelling props (puppets, felt characters, etc.)
6. Emotion cards (happy, sad, angry, surprised, etc.)
7. Emotion word cards (written or printed)


Session 1: Introduction to Emotions
1. Begin by introducing the book Grumpy Monkey and its author, Suzanne Lang.
2. Engage students in a discussion about emotions. Display emotion cards and ask students to identify and describe each emotion.
3. Read Grumpy Monkey aloud, pausing at appropriate moments to discuss the emotions experienced by the main character.
4. After reading, facilitate a class discussion about the central themes and emotions portrayed in the book. Use chart paper to record students’ ideas and thoughts.

Session 2: Exploring Emotions through Art
1. Review the emotions discussed in the previous session using the emotion cards.
2. Provide each student with drawing paper and art supplies.
3. Instruct students to choose an emotion from the emotion cards and create a drawing that represents that emotion.
4. Encourage students to use colors, lines, and shapes to express their chosen emotion.
5. After completing their artwork, invite students to share their drawings with the class, explaining the emotion they chose and why.

Session 3: Expressing Emotions through Writing
1. Review the emotions discussed in the previous sessions using the emotion cards and word cards.
2. Engage students in a brainstorming session about different situations that may evoke specific emotions.
3. Provide each student with writing materials and ask them to choose an emotion and write a short story or poem about a character experiencing that emotion.
4. Encourage students to use descriptive language and sensory details to convey the emotions effectively.
5. Allow students to share their written pieces with the class, fostering a supportive and respectful environment for sharing emotions.

Session 4: Extending Learning and Reflection
1. Review the central themes and emotions explored throughout the lesson.
2. Engage students in a reflective discussion about their own emotions and how they can support each other in expressing and managing emotions.
3. Encourage students to create a class book or display showcasing their artwork and written pieces.
4. Conclude the lesson by revisiting the Reggio Emilia approach and discussing how it promotes emotional well-being and creativity.

1. Observe students’ active participation and engagement during discussions, art activities, and writing tasks.
2. Assess students’ ability to identify and describe different emotions through their artwork and written pieces.
3. Evaluate students’ understanding of the central themes in Grumpy Monkey through their contributions to class discussions and reflections.

Extension Activities:
1. Invite students to create their own Grumpy Monkey-inspired puppet show, using felt characters and props.
2. Organize a “Feelings Fair” where students can share their artwork and written pieces with parents and other classes.
3. Collaborate with the music teacher to create a song or chant about emotions, incorporating the emotions explored in the lesson.

Note: This lesson plan is designed to be flexible and can be adapted to suit the needs and interests of individual students and the classroom community




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