Lesson Plan on Grumpy Monkey (Steiner USA)

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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 learn how to express and manage them appropriately.
– Students will enhance their language skills through listening, speaking, and storytelling activities.
– Students will engage in creative and imaginative play to deepen their understanding of the central themes in the book, Grumpy Monkey.

Curriculum Links:
– USA Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF):
– Social and Emotional Development: Self-Regulation
– Language and Communication: Listening and Understanding, Speaking and Communicating
– Creative Arts: Drama and Theatre

Theorist Link:
– Rudolf Steiner: Incorporating imaginative play and storytelling activities to foster holistic development and engage children’s imagination.

– Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang
– Chart paper and markers
– Puppets or stuffed animals representing different emotions
– Art supplies (crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc.)
– Dramatic play props (costumes, hats, masks, etc.)

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

1. Begin by reading Grumpy Monkey aloud to the class, emphasizing the different emotions experienced by the main character.
2. Engage students in a discussion about emotions, asking questions such as:
– How do you think the monkey feels at the beginning of the story? Why?
– How do you think the monkey feels at the end of the story? Why?
– Have you ever felt grumpy like the monkey? What other emotions have you experienced?
3. Create an emotions chart on chart paper, labeling different emotions (happy, sad, angry, surprised, etc.) and asking students to provide examples of situations that might make them feel each emotion.
4. Introduce puppets or stuffed animals representing different emotions and encourage students to identify and discuss the emotions they represent.

Day 2: Expressing Emotions
Objective: Students will learn how to express their emotions appropriately.

1. Review the emotions chart from the previous day.
2. Engage students in a discussion about appropriate ways to express different emotions, such as talking about their feelings, using words instead of physical actions, and seeking support from trusted adults.
3. Provide scenarios or role-play situations where students can practice expressing different emotions appropriately.
4. Encourage students to share personal experiences when they felt a particular emotion and how they expressed it.

Day 3: Storytelling and Retelling
Objective: Students will enhance their language skills through storytelling and retelling activities.

1. Review the story of Grumpy Monkey with the class.
2. Divide students into small groups and provide each group with a set of picture cards representing key events from the story.
3. In their groups, students take turns retelling the story using the picture cards as prompts.
4. Encourage students to use expressive language and gestures to convey the emotions of the characters.

Day 4: Creative Arts – Emotion Drawings
Objective: Students will express their understanding of emotions through art.

1. Display a variety of emotion-themed artworks or photographs.
2. Discuss the different emotions depicted in the artworks and ask students to identify and describe them.
3. Provide art supplies and ask students to create their own drawings representing different emotions.
4. Encourage students to use colors, lines, and shapes to convey the intensity and mood of each emotion.

Day 5: Dramatic Play – Emotion Theater
Objective: Students will engage in imaginative play to deepen their understanding of emotions.

1. Set up a dramatic play area with props related to different emotions (e.g., happy, sad, angry, surprised).
2. Divide students into small groups and assign each group an emotion to act out.
3. Encourage students to use facial expressions, body language, and dialogue to convey their assigned emotion.
4. Allow time for each group to perform their emotion scenes for the rest of the class.

– Observe students’ participation and engagement during discussions, role-plays, and dramatic play activities.
– Assess students’ ability to identify and express different emotions appropriately through their artwork and storytelling.
– Provide feedback and reinforcement to individual students as needed.

Extension Activities:
– Encourage students to create their own Grumpy Monkey-inspired stories, focusing on different emotions and how the characters manage them.
– Invite parents or caregivers to share their own experiences with emotions and strategies for managing them during a classroom visit or virtual session.

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






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