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Three Little Animals

Sing and act out "Five Little Monkeys" using stuffed animals. Focus on the numbers getting smaller each time a toy "falls off" the bed.

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Extending this activity

  • -Read “Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree” by Eileen Christelow. Ask the child to predict what will happen to the monkeys before reading the story.

    -After reading the story a few times, write down the subtraction sentences. Ask the child if he or she notices anything that is the same from your song and the story (such as starting with five, subtracting one, ending with zero, etc).

Adjust for an older child

Instead of only using three animals, use five animals. After singing and acting out the song, sing it a second time and write down the subtraction sentences to represent the actions (For example, after the first animal “falls off” the bed, write: 5-1=4. Continue with the song, pausing after each animal “falls off” to record the subtraction sentence).

Adjust for a younger child

If it is difficult to hold the attention of a younger child during the song, allow him or her to jump along with the animals.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Number and Operations

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