Old Favorites: Reread charts/poems from previous stories.
Prior Knowledge: (Before beginning this week's focus story, send home a note to families requesting that they let their child bring/wear their favorite cap to school on this day.) Let each child use a complete sentence to state why that particular hat is their favorite. Have students sort the type of caps that they wore to school today (by color, by sports teams, by logos/emblems, etc.) Discuss different reasons for why we wear caps.
New Story: Introduce title, author and illustrator; Show the cover and discuss what a 'peddler' is and what the peddler might be selling. Take a picture walk being sure to discuss what is happening in each of the pictures. Below are some sample questions to get you started..
Make sure to stop the picture walk right after monkeys shake their fingers back at the peddler. Ask students to predict what they think will happen next; Read aloud for enjoyment and to see how the peddler eventually regains all of his caps.
Companion Rhyme: Introduce the companion poem 'Monkeys, Monkeys' (See below); Read together and and let students manipulate the caps and color words.
Story: Reread Caps for Sale, encouraging students to join in on the repetitive parts. (They also greatly enjoy being the monkeys and copying the actions of the peddler!); Show students the 'sound monkeys' hanging from the trees (below). Ask students to name the pictures. You may wish to either have students sort the pictures by how many sounds they hear in each word or choose two pictures to focus on and ask students which one has the most sounds.
Companion Rhyme: Reread 'Monkeys, Monkeys', letting students manipulate the caps and color words similar to yesterday.
Companion Story: Introduce the companion story Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree. (Who do you see? Who are the monkeys teasing this time? Do you think that is wise to do?); Read the story aloud for enjoyment.
Story: Reread Caps for Sale, encouraging students to join in on the repetitive parts. Show students pictures from the story. Review the story, having students work together to sequence pictures from the story to show what happened first, second, third, next, etc. (I found sequence pictures in an old Frank Schaffer book. I do not have the title or publication date. However, here is the information that I do have...Frank Schaffer Publications FS-1006 Literature Library, Vol.6, K-1.); Continue work with the 'sound monkeys' from yesterday.
Companion Story: Reread the story Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree, encouraging students to read with you.; Introduce the Five Little Monkey retelling chart 'Little Monkeys' (See below.). Let students manipulate the monkeys and number words.
Story: Let students act out Caps for Sale! You will need one peddler and a lot of monkeys!; Have students work together to match up monkeys and their corresponding rhyming bananas. (See below.)
Companion Story: Reread the Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree retelling chart 'Little Monkeys.'
Story: Let students act out Caps for Sale! You will need one peddler and a lot of monkeys! (similar to yesterday)
Companion Story: Reread the Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree retelling chart 'Little Monkeys.', Have students mask letters such as u, q, c, t, m and small words such as 'up', 'in', 'as', 'can', 'be'.
Focus Story: Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Five Little Monkeys Wash the Car by Eileen Christelow
1) Create a scene from a favorite 'monkey' story (write and illustrate)
1) Learn the name and value of different coins (up to 50 cents) - How many pennies (nickels, dimes, quarters) would it take to make 50 cents?
1) Word Family Focus 'ap'
1) Discuss the peddler's job and other types of jobs
1) Learn about real monkeys!
1) Play a 'Monkey See, Monkey Do' game. Place all student names in a cap. Pull out one name card and let the student stand in front of the class and perform an action. Then let all other students chant, "Peddler, peddler, who do you see?" The 'peddler' or student in front chants back, "I see monkeys ______ing just like me!" Then all students (monkeys) begin copying the peddler's actions a set number of times!
1) Make and eat banana treats (see Mrs. Williamsons's Monkey Unit below for recipes)