Here is a 53-page packet of activities to accompany the book “Good-night Gorilla” by Peggy Rathmann. The activities are intended for preschool and kindergarten aged students. Some of the activities are directly related to the book and some could be used with any zoo animal theme.
Pages 3-5: Open ended comprehension questions about the book. 18 cards
Pages 6-8: Yes/no comprehension questions about the book. 18 cards
Pages 9-10: Vocabulary cards featuring animals and objects from the book. 12 cards
Pages 11- 17: Zoo animal lotto cards that include 16 different zoo animals. There are calling cards that give 3 clues about the target animal so that your students can practice making inferences. There are key tokens on page 16 that you can use to cover the animals during a lotto game. You should print 1 page of keys for each student. 4 Lotto cards, 16 calling cards, and 1 page of key tokens.
Pages 18-22: Basic concept cards that target the concepts “top. middle, bottom, first, last” using pictures of zoo animals. 30 cards
Pages 23-28: Possessive –s Practice Cards. There are cards that contain sentences such as “This is the lion’s _________” or “This is the gorilla’s __________.” Students choose a picture of an object to fill in the blank and produce the sentence using possessive –s correctly. 8 possessive sentence cards and 24 object cards
Pages 29-31: Open ended reinforcement game. Print one copy of the bed picture on page 28 and 1 copy of the animal cards on page 29 for each student. Also, print one copy of the foil cards on page 30. Cut apart the animal cards and foil cards. Then turn the cards upside down and mix them up. After a student performs a target task, he/she chooses a card. If the student doesn’t already have that animal, he/she can put the card on the matching animal picture on his/her bed mat. If the student already has the animal, then he/she puts the card back. If the student draws a foil card, then he/she follows the direction on the card. The goal is to be the first person to collect all 7 animals. This game is easy to adapt to any articulation or language skill.
Pages 32-36: Zoo animal attribute cards. Each card contains a question such as “Which animals have spots” and then pictures of 6 different zoo animals. Your students should choose the animals that fit each attribute. 10 cards
Pages 37-38: Similarities and Differences cards. Students are asked to describe the similarities and differences between 2 zoo animals. 12 cards.
Pages 39-40: /k/ and /g/ articulation practice. Students make sentences that contain /k/ or /g/ sounds using the carrier phrases “The gorilla got the__________” or “The zookeeper hid his key in the ___________.”
Pages 41-45: Zoo animal following directions game. Cut out the animal cards on page 41 and use them with the bed worksheet on page 42. You cause use the suggested prompts on pages 43-45 to tell students which bed each animal should go on. The directions contain position concept words like “top, middle, bottom, first, last.”
Pages 46-47: Time sorting mat. Have students sort activities into categories for things that happen during the day, things that happen at night, or things that could happen both during the day and at night. 16 activity cards and 1 sorting mat.
Pages 48-50: Animal sequencing activity. Cut out the animals and put them in the order that they were let out of their cages during the story. Then, put the animals in order from shortest to tallest. You can cut out the zookeeper and have students retell the story.
Pages 51-53: Which one doesn’t belong? Have students choose the animal on each card that doesn’t belong with the others. There are 3 animals that are traditionally zoo animals and 1 animal that is traditionally a farm animal on each card. 12 cards.
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Activity created by Lauren Laur
***The actual book is not included with this download