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.
- 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.
- 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?