Lesson Plan on Grumpy Monkey (Reggio USA)

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Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Grumpy Monkey (Reggio USA), Reggio philosophy

Title: Exploring Emotions with Grumpy Monkey

Grade Level: Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten
Subject: Language Arts
Duration: 1 week (5 days)

– Students will develop an understanding of emotions and how they can be expressed.
– Students will engage in critical thinking and problem-solving activities related to the central themes of the book.
– Students will enhance their language skills through discussions, storytelling, and creative expression.

Curriculum Standards:
– USA Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF):
– Social and Emotional Development: Self-Regulation
– Language and Literacy: Listening and Understanding
– Cognitive Development: Reasoning and Problem Solving
– Physical Development: Fine Motor Skills

Theorist: Reggio Emilia
– The Reggio Emilia approach emphasizes child-led learning, hands-on experiences, and the importance of the environment in promoting creativity and exploration.

– Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang
– Chart paper and markers
– Art supplies (crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Puppets or stuffed animals representing different emotions
– Storytelling props (e.g., felt board, puppets, flannel pieces)
– Emotion flashcards or pictures
– Playdough or modeling clay
– Music and movement props (scarves, rhythm instruments)

Day 1: Introduction to Emotions
Objective: Students will identify and express different emotions.

1. Begin by reading Grumpy Monkey aloud to the class, discussing the emotions experienced by the main character.
2. Engage students in a group discussion about emotions, asking questions such as:
– How do you feel when you are happy/sad/angry?
– What makes you feel that way?
– How do you express your emotions?
3. Create an emotions chart together, labeling and illustrating different emotions discussed during the conversation.
4. Provide students with art supplies to draw or color their own facial expressions representing different emotions.

Day 2: Exploring Emotions through Storytelling
Objective: Students will engage in storytelling activities to explore different emotions.

1. Review the emotions chart from the previous day.
2. Use storytelling props (felt board, puppets, flannel pieces) to retell the story of Grumpy Monkey, encouraging students to identify and discuss the emotions experienced by the characters.
3. Divide students into small groups and provide each group with puppets or stuffed animals representing different emotions.
4. In their groups, students will create and act out short skits or puppet shows that depict different emotions.
5. Encourage students to use their bodies, facial expressions, and voices to express the emotions of their characters.

Day 3: Emotion Flashcards and Matching Game
Objective: Students will practice identifying and matching emotions through a game.

1. Introduce a set of emotion flashcards or pictures to the class.
2. Discuss each emotion, asking students to share personal experiences or situations that might elicit that emotion.
3. Play a matching game where students match the flashcards/pictures to corresponding facial expressions on a chart or board.
4. Provide opportunities for students to take turns leading the game, encouraging them to describe the emotions and explain their choices.

Day 4: Expressing Emotions through Art
Objective: Students will express their emotions through art and creative expression.

1. Begin by reviewing the emotions chart and discussing different ways emotions can be expressed.
2. Provide students with art supplies and construction paper.
3. Encourage students to create artwork that represents different emotions, using colors, shapes, and lines to convey their feelings.
4. Display the artwork around the classroom, allowing students to share and discuss their creations with their peers.

Day 5: Emotion Playdough Exploration
Objective: Students will explore emotions through sensory play with playdough.

1. Set up different stations with playdough and emotion flashcards or pictures.
2. Encourage students to create playdough sculptures that represent different emotions.
3. Provide additional props such as googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and buttons for students to use in their creations.
4. Engage students in a group discussion, asking them to describe their sculptures and explain the emotions they represent.
5. Conclude the lesson with a music and movement activity, using scarves or rhythm instruments to express different emotions through dance and movement.

– Observe students’ participation and engagement during discussions, activities, and group work.
– Assess students’ ability to identify and express different emotions through their artwork, storytelling, and playdough creations.
– Use anecdotal notes to document students’ understanding and progress throughout the lesson.

Extension Activities:
– Invite students to create their own Grumpy Monkey-inspired stories, focusing on different emotions and how they can be managed.
– Collaborate with the music teacher to create a song or chant about emotions, incorporating movement and gestures.
– Encourage students to bring in their favorite books that explore emotions, and have a class book-sharing session.

Note: Adapt the lesson plan as needed to meet the specific needs and abilities of your students






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