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Chimpanzee Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities and Crafts
Endangered Animals | Rainforest & Jungle

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Alphabet
> Letter C >  Consonant digraph Ch > Chimpanzee

Animals
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Mammals >
Endangered Animals > Rainforest | Jungle > Apes > Chimpanzee

Books > Online Story time > Animals >
Watch me Grow:  Apes

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Crafts > Chimpanzee

Geography > Continents > Africa

Colors | Numbers skills addressed during craft assembly

Holidays & Events >
*June > Zoo and Aquarium Month
*Dec. 27th > Visit the Zoo Day


Age group:  Older toddlers to early elementary 

Young children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of a chimpanzee.  During the assembly process many skills and educational themes can be addressed.  Other printable support materials and links to related activities are provided. Let's get started.

The chimpanzee theme is appropriate for many themes listed in the themes column.  

Before or after completing the craft conduct your choice of suggested activities:

Activity:  Science & Social Studies > Geography: Learning about Apes and the Chimpanzee > Endangered Animals

Many apes and the chimpanzee are endangered.

Science and Social Studies objectives:
* Understand that people need to respect animal and plant life, natural resources and their 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:  apes > the chimpanzee, gorilla and orangutan.
* Identifying at least one endangered animal in your geographical area: country or region.  Learn a few basic facts about this animal.

Review the external resources and suggested online resources below to prepare and expand on the objectives:

Where to start?
Ask children what they know about chimpanzees, or if they have seen pictures or read stories that have a chimpanzee character.  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 apes and the chimpanzee:
* An ape is a mammal in the group of primates, which includes chimpanzees, gibbons, gorillas, and orangutans.
* Apes do not have tails.
* They have very flexible hands and feet
* Apes range in size from three to six feet and can weigh up to 450 pounds!
* Apes live in the forests in Africa and Asia (two continents) > show in a globe or map.
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The chimpanzee is an ape that lives in African rain forests.  They are related to, but smaller than gorillas.  Chimpanzees are very intelligent and sometimes use tools to get food.  Chimpanzees living in the wild are endangered.
* We need to take care of apes, because many are critically endangered (review and define) and could become extinct (review and define).  People around the world are dedicated to protecting apes and their habitats and unique forests.

* Apes online facts, video, audio for the  chimpanzee, mountain gorilla and orangutan at National Geographic's Creature Feature.  These three apes are endangered.

Activity:  B Watch me Grow:  Apes
Read this book online FREE at wegivebooks.org, and you will put books in the hands of children who don't have them. 

Description:  We start life as baby apes, but how do we turn into the gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, and gibbons that live in the jungle? Turn the pages and watch us grow! 

Activity:  Consonant Digraph Ch Chimpanzee Printable Activities

Activity:  Online Jigsaw Puzzle - Chimpanzee [bilingual]
Objective: 
Problem solving skills

Have fun with an online puzzle of a chimpanzee that can be adapted from 6 pieces to 247.  The whole family can have a try.  Click on the Change Cut button to adjust number and shape of pieces.


Activity: 
Chimpanzee tube craft (external link)
All you need is a printer, paper or construction paper, glue stick, scissors and something to color with.

Before
craft assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested for the craft which may include:  
1. Math | Colors: Identifying colors, number and count the craft templates.

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

Chimpanzee paper craft sculpture (scroll down - external link) complex paper craft for adults and older children, great project for learning and display.

Activity:  Apes Coloring Pages for Puppets and Display
These coloring pages can be printed on sturdy card stock paper to make hand puppets.
View realistic coloring images of the apes in the links provided below.  Color, cut out and attach a craft stick to the back.



Consonant Digraph Ch Chimpanzee printable activities



Online jigsaw puzzle

Chimpanzee coloring pages
1 * 2
Apes coloring pages

External link
DLTK's Ape Craft
dltk-teach.com
Chimpanzee tube craft
Other materials:
Atlas, map or world globe to identify geographical location of apes

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