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Gorilla Theme Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
Endangered Animals | Rainforest & Jungle

Activities Materials
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: the gorilla.
  • 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 comments.
  • What do they know about gorillas.
  • 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 extinction.
  • 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 gorilla, chimpanzee, and orangutan. These three apes are endangered.

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 >

  1. Printable Ape (Gorilla) Craft Ages 3+
    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:
    • 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 skills.

  2. Reversible Gorilla Stick Puppet > this craft is an activity with The Yellow Gorilla story time activity below

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..

Online story time > The Yellow GorillaActivity 6: Online story time > The Yellow Gorilla online story and Baby Gorilla goes Shopping activity at (Adobe Flash Player required)

letter g gorilla printable activities

letter g gorilla printable activities
Letter G Gorilla printable activities
hard G sound

gorilla coloring pages
Gorilla coloring pages
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Coloring page for a puppet

All apes coloring pages

External links to crafts:
Three crafts in the activities section

Other materials:
Atlas, map or world globe to identify geographical location of apes