Lesson 4 Rhythm – Five Little Monkeys

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Lesson 4 - Rhythm – Five Little Monkeys

Lesson Objectives

Content/ Activities


Theme: Rhymes/

Sub Theme:

Can Do: To work on rhythm of spoken English and practice recognition of isolated words embedded in a text.

Total physical response and group co-ordination.

Warm Up: Start with a game that the students already know.

New Game: Rain Game: This is a great game to begin with, to bring your students together and get them to focus. Have your students sit together in a circle. The teacher begins to rub the palms of his hands together, making a swishing sound. The students should join in. Once all the students are mimicking this action, the teacher then begins snapping his fingers, in the rhythm of rain falling, with the students joining in. Next, the teacher begins slapping his hands on his lap, imitating the sound of louder rain. The "rainstorm" reaches its peak as the teacher then begins stomping his feet, while the students follow. Next, the teacher winds the storm down again, with the students following his actions: clapping, snapping, palms rubbing, until the storm is over and everything is quiet.

Song: (Can sing this song anytime during the lesson)

Teaching Mr. Crocodile - Attachment 1


  1. Theme Introduction: Put a picture of a monkey (Attachment 2) on the board. Ask students if they know what it is, what it eats etc. Put 4 more monkeys on the board with the bed. (Attachment 2) Ask students if they ever jumped on the bed at home. What might happen? Has anyone ever fallen off? Show them the picture of a mummy monkey. - Attachment 3 Does mummy say that it’s ok to jump on the bed or does she get angry? If you fall off and hurt yourself, who should you call? Show picture of a doctor. – Attachment 4

  2. Action: Let children show you how they

  • Jump on the bed

  • Mimic mummy calling the doctor

  • Mimic the doctor telling the monkeys “no more jumping on the bed”

  1. Rhyme: 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed – Attachment 5

  • Teach the students the first 2 lines, miming as you do so. Encourage the students to join in the actions, and the words too if they want to.

  • Ask the students how mummy feels and what they think she will do next. What will the doctor do and say? Ask them to act out their suggestions.

  • Teach the students the last 2 lines, mime a worried mummy and a doctor shaking his finder at the monkey who has fallen off.

  • Repeat the rhyme with 4 monkeys and so on.

Main Activity: Divide the students into 2 groups of seven (five monkeys, one mummy and one doctor). If your class doesn’t divide into groups of seven, you can add other characters – Daddy, nurse, a sister/brother. Substitute these characters for mummy in some verses of the rhyme. One group stays with the teacher, the others move to another open space with the EA. Draw a rectangle on the floor or tape a rectangle shape on the floor to represent the bed. Tell the students that they are going to act out the rhyme. 5 Monkeys stand in the rectangle, one mummy and one doctor (and other characters if group is more than 7). Practice the rhyme with the students.

Reflection: Let the groups act out the rhyme to the other group or let students act out the rhyme together with the monkeys together, mums and doctors together.
Closing: Read any monkey story book to the students available at your site.
Extension: Let students act out how they think other animals would jump on the bed. For instance: a Big elephant, a lion, a frog, a rabbit, a snake, a butterfly etc. (have some fun with them with silly jumps)
Craft for variation: Cut and colour a monkey or crocodile mask that students can wear whilst acting out the other song. – Attachment 6
Extension Activities for 2-hour Drama Class:
1. Action (Monkey Charades): Explain to the students that they will play a game called Monkey Charades. In this game, they need to pretend to be monkeys and act out something that a monkey is doing. They may not talk or make noises when acting. One child will do the acting and the other children will guess. I’ve included a list of simple actions below; if your class is a little older and/or more capable, you can ask them to do more challenging charades (e.g., monkey riding a bus, monkey flying a kite, monkey watching a movie).
Note: As most students in this class are unable to read, you may have to whisper the actions below to the children so they know what action to act out.
- monkey climbing up a tree

- monkey eating a banana

- monkey swinging from branch to branch

- monkey hanging from a tree

- monkey sleeping

- monkey clapping

- monkeys driving a car

- monkey jumping

- monkey kicking a ball

2. Rhythm

A. Clapping in 2/4 Time: To prepare to do the swinging activity below, it would be helpful for the students to do this activity first. The students will practice clapping in 2/4 time.

The key used for clapping to this rhythmic movement:
ta = a short clap

tum = an accented clap

Practice clapping out this rhythm with the students:
ta tum,ta tum,/ta tum,ta tum,/ta tum,ta tum,/ta tum,ta tum,/and so on.

(Note: In the clapping example above, there is no pause for the slash mark.)

B. Action (Swinging): Ask students how monkeys travel from place to place by using their arms? They swing! Explain that they will now act like monkeys and swing. Swinging Technique*: Arms begin down at sides and swing together to one side then swing together down in front, knees relax and bend, and then both arms swing up to the other side, knees straightening. Then arms swing low in front and up in front. The galloping rhythm with accent is on the upswing of the arms as in down-UP, down-UP, down-UP, etc. (i.e., 2/4 time: ta tum,ta tum,ta tum,ta tum,ta tum,etc.)
*Note: For younger children, you may just want to do the arms and ignore the knees.
Extension (Swinging in Pairs): Do the same activity but put students into groups of 2 and have the partners stand separately facing each other at least 3 feet apart. They should spread their legs apart far enough to maintain balance.
3. Interview Skills (Describing Pictures): Show the students the picture (Attachment 7) and ask them to tell you about the picture. (See notes below on the benefits of open-ended questions.) If you have a large class, it may be beneficial to split the class into two smaller groups.

Notes: In helping students to prepare for interviews, open-ended questions are great tools that promote students’ creative thought and problem-solving skills. Unlike closed-ended questions, open-ended questions require an answer that is more than 1-2 words. If you do use a closed-ended question, follow it up with other questions such as “Why?” or “How?”

Extension: Ask students if they’ve ever seen monkeys and encourage them to tell the class about their experience (e.g., where they saw monkey, when, what the monkeys were doing, etc.)
4. Interview Skills (Logic and Reasoning): Show the students the picture again (Attachment 7) and ask them why they think the children are standing and sitting away from the monkeys. Can they be in the cage/enclosure with the monkeys? Why not? What can people do to be safe when they are visiting animals at a zoo? (e.g., follow rules, do not feed animals, do not try to scare the animals, do not go into the cages/enclosures)
5. Rhythm (Review of Loud and Soft): Ask the students if they remember learning about ‘loud and soft’ from the previous lesson (i.e., Lesson Plan 3 - Opposites). Let the students know that they are going to sing the song ‘Teasing Mr. Crocodile’ (Attachment 1) using soft voices for the whole song except when the crocodile goes ‘SNAP’; that’s when they have to use a really loud voice.

Teacher Resources:

Attachment 1: Teasing Mr. Crocodile song

Attachment 2: Monkeys & Bed
Attachment 3: Mummy
Attachment 4: Doctor
Attachment 5: 5 Little Monkeys Rhyme
Attachment 6: Monkey Mask
Attachment 7: Picture of Children at the Zoo

Resources Needed:

Crayons or Colouring pencils, string


Attachment 1

Teasing Mr. Crocodile

Five little monkeys 

(5 fingers held over other arm (4 for next verse, etc))
Sitting in a tree

Teasing Mr. Crocodile

(teasing faces, hands up to face like moose antlers or one hand in front of nose)
"You can't catch me."

Along came Mr. Crocodile,

(finger up to mouth like SHHHH)
Quiet as can be
(Both hands clap together like a crocodile's mouth)

Four little monkeys
Sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Crocodile,
"You can't catch me."
Along came Mr. Crocodile,
Quiet as can be

Three little monkeys

Sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Crocodile,
"You can't catch me."
Along came Mr. Crocodile,
Quiet as can be
Two little monkeys
Sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Crocodile,
"You can't catch me."
Along came Mr. Crocodile,
Quiet as can be

One little monkey

Sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Crocodile,
"You can't catch me."
Along came Mr. Crocodile,
Quiet as can be

No more little monkeys

Sitting in a tree

Attachment 2

Attachment 3


Attachment 4


Attachment 5

Attachment 6

autoshape 2

Attachment 7

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