Monday, July 9, 2012

Read with Me! Book 18 - Good Night, Gorilla

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

When I told my daughter what book we were reading tonight she was very excited! We have read this story many times in the past. Usually it ends up being a story we read every night for a week or two then we take a break! So we'll see if we end up reading it again tomorrow!

Tonight we talked about the function of items. At the very beginning of the story the gorilla "borrows" the zookeepers keys. I asked what she thought he would do with them. When she had difficulty predicting, we went with the function of keys. I asked "what do you do with keys?" Although each page has only a few words (if any words at all) the pictures have so much to say. Each page has familiar objects that you can point to and ask "what do you do with..."

There are many other language skills that can be worked on while reading this story. Here are a few:

Animal Noises - since this story takes place in a zoo (mostly), there are quite a few animals and most animals make a noise. Yes, even the giraffe makes a noise! We learned recently on a trip to Disney's Animal Kingdom that giraffes make a bleating noise like a sheep. Pretty cool, huh?! And an armadillo makes a grunting noise (based on internet research). Have fun making the animals's noises.

Would You Rather? - I know that this is a popular game, but I've never played it officially. But we made up a version of it tonight. Would you rather use a flashlight or walk by the light of the moon? Would you rather leave the lion in his cage or let him come into your house? Would you rather sleep in a cage or in a bed? Would you rather have a gorilla or an elephant in your bed? My daughter picked the elephant... one of her favorite stuffed animals is Baby Elephant :)

I hope that you enjoy this story as much as we do!

If you want a few more activities that go along with Good Night, Gorilla check out my pinterest page!

If you'd like to own this book, here is a link to it on Amazon or you can check it out at your library!

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