| Activities 1 > Science
& Social Studies > Learning about Apes > Endangered Animals
1. 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:
- Identifying at least one endangered animal in your geographical
area, country or region. Learn a few facts about this animal.
- Ask the children
if they have ever seen a real ape and discuss
- What do they know about
- Do they have a favorite story or book / TV
a gorilla character.
2. Discuss some simple facts about
apes and the gorilla:.
- 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 live in the forests in Africa and Asia (two continents) >
show in a globe or map.
- The gorilla is a very large ape that lives in African forests.
Gorillas are the largest of the primates. All
gorillas living in the wild are endangered and in danger of
- 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.
- Resource > National Geographic Kids Creature Feature > Mountain Gorilla
and other apes: mountain
and orangutan. These three apes
Activity 2: Alphabet > Letter G is for Gorilla (hard sound) printable activities
Activity 3: Books & Literature >
Visit the Goodnight
Gorilla book activities and craft
Activity 4: Gorilla crafts >
Ape (Gorilla) Craft Ages
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:
Gorilla Stick Puppet > this craft is an activity with The Yellow Gorilla
story time activity below
- Math | Colors: Identify colors, number and count the craft templates.
- Skills developed during craft assembly: Scissor cutting and
coloring (precursors to handwriting), following instructions, problem solving, fine motor
Activity 5: Apes Coloring Pages for Puppets and Display
Links in the materials column. These coloring pages can be printed on sturdy card stock paper to make
puppets. View real images of the apes in the links provided below. Color,
cut out and attach a craft stick to the back.
Use the coloring pages for educational display during discussion about
apes in the materials column..
Activity 6: Online story time > The
Yellow Gorilla online story and Baby
Gorilla goes Shopping activity at storyplace.org (Adobe Flash Player required)
Atlas, map or world globe to identify geographical location of apes