Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Night Monkey Day Monkey

Night Monkey Day Monkey

by Mark Warner
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Night Monkey and Day Monkey don’t think they have much in common. But when they each spend time in the other’s opposite worlds, they learn a lot. And they also learn to be the best of friends.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Find the different words used to describe how the monkeys move (e.g. clambered, leapt). Can you think of any more?
  • Can you make up a new story about a ‘Night’ animal and a ‘Day’ animal?
  • Look at the rhyming words in the story.
  • Retell the story in the form of a playscript, using the speech marks to help you.
  • Try some role play activities. Pretend to be Night Monkey and interview her about her experience in the day time (and vice versa).


  • Count the different types of animals mentioned in the story. How many of each species are there?


  • Make a list of the animals mentioned in the story. Could you write a report about one of them?
    Day Monkey doesn’t know what the moon is. Write a description of it to teach him.
  • Night Monkey doesn’t know what shadows are. How would you teach her about them?
  • Find out why we have night and day.


  • Take some photos of different places when they are light and dark. Make a photo collage to compare them.

Design Technology

  • Make a model of a rainforest scene in the day / night time.


  • Draw pictures to show what a rainforest looks like in the night time and the day time.


  • Describe what the rainforest might sound like at night time. Could you try to make some of these sounds and record them?
  • Sing along with the songs on the CD version of the book.
  • Compose a tune to accompany the rhyming story.


  • Make a list of the similarities / differences between the rainforest in the day and night time.
  • Look on a map and try to find a forest where Night Monkey and Day Monkey might live.

Physical education

  • Think about how the different animals in the story move. Could you try to copy some of their movements?


  • How would you feel standing in a rainforest in the day / night time?
  • Night Monkey and Day Monkey are very different. Why is it good to learn about each other’s differences? Why are people sometimes afraid of things that are different?

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