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

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Alphabet > Letter GG is for Gorilla

Animals
>
Mammals >
Endangered Animals > Rainforest | Jungle > Gorilla

Books >
* Good Night Gorilla
* Watch me Grow:  Apes

Read online free Ages 4-7
at wegivebooks.org
Help fight illiteracy!


Crafts > Three Gorilla crafts 

Geography > Continents > Africa

Colors | Numbers | Shapes skills addressed during craft assembly

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

Online story time > The Yellow Gorilla and Baby Gorilla Goes Shopping
Age group:  Older toddlers to early elementary 

Young children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of an ape.  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 gorilla theme is appropriate for many themes listed in the themes column. 

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

Activity 1:  Science & Social Studies > Geography: Learning about Apes and the Gorilla > Endangered Animals

Many apes 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 children's picture books below to prepare and expand on the objectives:

Where to start?
Ask children what they know about apes, or if they have seen pictures or read stories that have an ape 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 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 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.
*
The gorilla is a very large ape that lives in African forests.  Gorillas are the largest of the primates.  Male gorillas living in zoos can weigh as much as six hundred pounds.  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.

External educational resources for additional information, fun facts, and wonderful images of apes:

* National Geographic Kids Creature Feature > Mountain Gorilla and other apes
Ape facts, video, map, and audio for the  mountain gorilla, chimpanzee, and orangutan.  Printable fact sheets in the material column.  These three apes are endangered.

Activity 2: Alphabet Activities Letter G (hard G sound)  G is for Gorilla

Activity 3:  Books & Literature >
 
1.  Visit the Goodnight Gorilla book activities and craft

2.  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 4: Gorilla crafts

1.
Printable Ape (Gorilla) Craft Ages 3+ (external link - print black & white template, color in black and gray tones for a Gorilla)
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:  
1. 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 is part of the The Yellow Gorilla story time activity below

3. Gorilla paper craft sculpture (external link) gorilla images, information and complex paper craft for adults and older children, great project for learning and educational display.

Activity 5:  Apes Coloring Pages for Puppets and Display
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.  
Gorilla coloring pages: #1,
#2
Other apes coloring pages: chimpanzee, orangutan  

Activity 6The Yellow Gorilla Online story and Baby Gorilla goes Shopping at Storyplace.org.



Letter G Gorilla printable activities
hard G sound

Coloring pages
Make puppets
#1 | #2

Apes coloring pages

External Links
Crafts:
Three crafts in the lesson plan

Mountain Gorilla Facts Card
at National Geographic Kids

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

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