5 Little Monkeys
I adore 5 Little Monkeys!
I think the song is fun and has terrific opportunities for phonemic awareness, the book is predictable, it is easy to remember and kids LOVE it!
When we are learning about Five Little Monkeys, the sing-song nature of it leads to rhyming, counting, and tons of phonological awareness.
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!
One of our favorite 5 Little Monkeys games is to change the lyrics to rhyme. For example, "5 little bears jumping on the chairs..." or "4 little frogs jumping on the logs..."
Another activity is to make a flip book story about the monkeys. Some examples are: What do the monkeys do after bed time? What if mom called the mall instead? What if they bumped their toe?
I love to make puppets to help bring stories to life. I have the kids make puppets all the time, and I also have many puppets that I've made, purchased or found over the years. I think that a puppet center is one of the greatest resources you can have in an elementary classroom.
There is just something irresistible about a Little Monkey... it's fun, young, silly, makes you laugh and learn! Come on, I know you love it!
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