In this book, it talks about monkeys jumping on a bed, one falls off each time and bumps their head. In my classroom I would want to read this book to my students and incorporate a math lesson with it. Each time a monkey fell off the bed we would stop and count the Monkeys. As a class we would also talk about subtraction and how the monkeys are being subtracted each time someone falls off. The students could then go back to their seats and I would have simple practice subtraction problems for them to do. I would not use numbers, but monkeys to help relate the text to better understand subtraction.
Intended Audience/Grade Level: Kindergarten-First Grade.
Naughty Little Monkeys is a great way to incorporate behavior and the ABCs in one lesson for your lower grade levels. This is definitely a book I would use in kindergarten and 1st grade. I would read it to them during the first day of school and have them point out what is wrong with the behavior from the monkeys. I would then pass out a work sheet and ask them to underline the beginning letter (ABCs) of each wrong behavior. That way I could assess each student and see what letters, if any, that they know. This would be a good transition book to teach the classroom/school rules.
This book is very old and one that I remember being read since I was very little. The reason I gave it so few stars is because I think it is a classic and definitely should be read, I do not know how well it would be for a whole group lesson. The only possibility is that you could read it before a math lesson for Kindergartners while they learn counting. The older the students get, I do not think they would be very interested in this book.
by Heather Tekavec
illustrated by David Huyck
age range: up to 6 years old
"When the old zookeeper moved the monkeys to a cage beside the picnic area, she didn't know the trouble it would cause." She certainly didn't have even a tiny idea... The monkeys started observing the kids, and learning their manners. Mother Monkey can't believe her eyes. Why are the monkeys chewing with their mouth closed, taking turns and tidying the cage? "Manners are not for monkeys! Try to behave like monkeys!" she yelled.
One day it happened that a group of not very well behaved children visited the zoo, and they noticed right away the monkeys weren't behaving like they were supposed to. They started to show the monkeys how to swing, and screech, and scatter garbage all around... like monkeys. That's when the old zookeeper realized her terrible mistake. The children should be in the cage, and the monkeys outside!
The story is hilarious, and the illustrations totally added to the experience. Great option for a laugh-out-loud moment!
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.