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Endangered Animals | Rainforest & Jungle

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Alphabet > Letter MM is for Monkey

Animals
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Mammals >
Endangered Animals > Rainforest | Jungle > Monkeys

Crafts >  DLTK's Printable Monkey Crafts

Colors | Numbers | Shapes skills addressed during craft assembly

Holidays & Events >
*Jan. or Feb. > Chinese New Year
*June > Zoo and Aquarium Month
*Dec. 27th > Visit the Zoo Day

Online story time > Animals > Monkey theme
Age group:  Older toddlers to early elementary 

Young children will have fun learning about monkeys.  Other printable support materials and links to related activities are provided. Let's get started.

Activity 1: Animals > Mammals > Rainforest > Endangered > Monkeys

Science and social studies objectives:
* Understand that people need to respect animal and plant life, natural resources and habitats.
* Identify ways people help protect these living things so that they are not endangered or become extinct.
* Define and understand the terms:
 - extinct:  to die out, there aren't any left alive
 - endangered species:  when an animal or plant species is in danger of becoming extinct.
* Identifying an endangered animal: monkey  
* Identifying at least one endangered animal in your geographical area, country or region.  Learn a few basic facts about this animal.

Review the activities and online resources suggested  below to prepare and expand on the objectives.

Where to start?
Ask children what they know about monkeys, or if they have seen pictures or read stories that have a monkey character, for example "Curious George."  Ask children if they have heard about endangered animals or extinct animals, and what these terms mean to them.  Keep notes of their responses.

Basic facts about monkeys:
A monkey is a small mammal that is one of the primates.  Monkeys have very flexible hands and feet.  Some kinds of monkeys have tails which they use to hang from trees.  Different kinds of monkeys live in Central and South America, Africa, and Asia.  The monkey is one of the twelve animals featured in the Chinese zodiac, therefore, appropriate to present for a Chinese New Year theme.

We need to take care of monkeys, because many species are endangered (review and define) and could become extinct (review and define).  View these two monkeys that are endangered:  Geoffroy's Spider Monkey (Central America), Mantled Howler Monkey (Mexico to South America), 

People around the world are dedicated to protecting endangered animals and their unique habitats.

Activity > Online Jigsaw Puzzle > Monkey
Skills:  Problem solving, bilingual English and Spanish
Here is an online puzzle the children will enjoy with a fun monkey image.  The default puzzle is 6 pieces.  Click on the change cut button to change shape and number of pieces.

Activity 2: Alphabet Letter M Monkey lesson plan printable activities
Present letter M is for Monkey with fun printable activities.

Activity 3: Online Story and activity with Champ the Monkey

Online story > Bananas for Lunch
Skills > Number order 1-10
This cute story of a monkey eating ten bananas.  The story helps children learn and count numbers one to ten. 

Online activity > Count the Bananas
Skills > Numbers > Counting and number recognition 1 to 4
Take the children to count the Bananas with Champ the Monkey.  Allow the children to roll the mouse over the answers to hear the number.  Children may need some help with the activity depending on their age.  Make sure to count together.

Related activity: Nutrition > Bananas

Activity #4: DLTK's Printable Monkey Crafts 
All you need is a printer, paper or lightweight construction paper (trim to fit printer), glue stick, scissors and something to color with.

Before
craft assembly conduct some  learning activities for the craft activity:
1. Math > Shapes | Colors: Identify colors and shapes.  Count and number the craft templates.

2. Skills developed during craft assembly: Scissor cutting and coloring (precursors to handwriting),  problem solving, and fine motor skills.

1.  Monkey paper craft craft holding a banana
2.  Monkey face paper craft (can be mounted on a CD
3. Paper plate monkey face craft (same as above but using a paper plate)
4. Monkey craft (uses a toilet paper tube)
5. Children's:
Curious George Book Break activities & crafts

Activity 5:  Monkey Coloring Pages for Puppets and Display
These coloring pages can be printed on sturdy card stock paper to make hand puppets.

Color, cut out and attach a craft stick to the back.  Use the coloring pages for educational display during discussion about monkeys.

Other materials:
Atlas, map or world globe to identify geographical location of monkeys

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