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Five Little Monkeys Units Coming Soon! Help Wanted! Win the units



  Kids love these poems and I'm so excited about these units!  
They will be finished by the end of next week and I'd love your help.
What skills are you working on and what would you like to see included?
Leave me a comment below and I will choose two winners for each unit when they are finished!
Also,  if you have a Dollar Tree near you then you might want to stop in and grab these.
It's a dusting brush and cutting boards.  
Ideas coming soon...

Hint:  Do you see a crocodile in the pic above? ;)



82 comments:

  1. So intrigued with your brush and board! Even with your hint my summer brain is stumped! We work alot on letter sound review at the beginning-
    especially vowels!

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  2. We are working on counting by fives and tens. I would love to win this! Lorajwebster@gmail.com

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  3. We do a lot with rules, routines, and being a good friend. Might be neat to incorporate those somehow into a Five Little Monkeys story!!

    recipeforteaching

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  4. Letter sounds for the beginning of the year.:)
    smontano9@cox.net

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  5. Decomposing numbers comes to mind with the 5 little monkeys. That green brush is going to make an awesome crocodile puppet I hope! Hmmmm the cutting boards are they going to be made into some type of five frame paddle for acting out the story....with a taped off frame and velcro dots laid out in the squares....then brown pom poms to be attached and unattached as monkeys. Can't wait to see what you come up with, but that is what I see within those items.

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    1. YOU are pretty smart, sister! :)

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    2. Thanks :) We haven't started back to school yet so my brain is still in relax-ish mode and able to think creatively....give me another 2 weeks and it will be back to the frenzied and harried mode as I usher in my new K4 class and the fun begins.

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  6. Because it is the beginning of the year we will be working on lots of letter recognition, letter sounds, and letter formation! I love your units and would love to win this!

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  7. I love this! I just bought your 3 little pigs! I am working on sequencing, numbers 1-5, characters, setting, and letter recognition.

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  8. My students love this book! Definitely letter recognition activities!
    kcahcrim@comcast.net

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  9. We just completed our first week of school! :) We are working on beginning sounds, rhyming words,fine motor skills, answering questions and explaining their answers, same and different, counting, rules ............. just to name a few! LOL I would love to win this unit, it looks like it FUN and engaging!

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  10. So cute! Everyone else has covered my ELA stuff, but if you are including math it would be amazing to have some counting practice (esp. number writing to 20!) and a graphing activity (with an option for tallies for those of us who teach first grade). Love the cover!

    First Grade Pizzazz

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  11. We too just finished our first week of school. We have been working on our rules and procedures. My little Kindercubs have been working hard all week. They are absolutely in love with the 5 little monkeys. We sing and dance to the poem using the Just Dance videos on Youtube daily. :) We would love to win this unit!

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  12. Subtraction...always need fun ways to explore this concept!

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  13. Can't wait to see this! We are about to dive into short vowels. Allison311@bellsouth.net

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  14. We are working on letter recognition, including the letters in our name, and rhyming.

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  15. Can't wait to see this! I love your units!!! We are working on matching beginning sounds, rhyming words, numbers 1-10, patterns, and sorting.
    Julie
    DDgirl4ever@yahoo.com

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  16. We are working on letter ID, beginning sounds, and rhyming words.
    Eckertmindy@gmail.com

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  17. Names and letter recognition and sounds. Can't wait to see what you create!

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  18. Looking forward to seeing what your plan is! We will be working on rhyming words, numbers 1 -10 and sorting. dhintz3@wolfnet.net

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  19. How cute!! We just started school this week and are working on rules, cooperation, and classroom procedures. Then we will be working on letters in our names, counting 1-10, rhymes, and abc's. You are so creative!

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  20. Along with rules and procedures we begin the year with a color unit. We also work on writing our first and last names. By the third week we are working on rhyming, blending, and sight words. In math we are working on counting and writing numbers 1 - 10.
    I'm looking forward to seeing the finished project~

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  21. We are working on ordering numbers and counting by 5s and 10s. Rachel.e.jones1@gmail.com

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  22. We are working on letter names, letter sounds and letter formation. Also learning to count and write numbers 1-10. Thank you! Love your products! sab99@sbcglobal.net

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  23. We do monkey things the first two days of school, I'm excited to see how this turns out. We start next week. The first days will be working on getting to know each other, names, routines routines routines, counting to 5.

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  24. We are working on number bonds to 5!

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  25. How exciting...new units from Deanna!!! We start in two days, so we'll be working on numeral/letter recognition, names, procedures, colors, the basics. Can't wait to get my hands on this unit!!

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  26. We are all about rules, procedures and routines these first few weeks. I have 4 new kiddos in my self contained sped class. Working through assessments to determine where I need small groups versus whold group. They do LOVE this poem. We also use the just dance monkeys video. They beg for it.

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  27. How fun! Number bonds and using ten frames for math. Cvc and segmenting words would be wonderful! I can`t wait to see your newest creations and what is going on with your cutting boards and mitt!
    Holly Bella
    Bearcon1000@msn.com

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  28. These look absolutely ADORABLE!!! Can't wait to see what you come up with (always look forward to your ideas:-) It's the beginning of the school year, so maybe working with numbers 0-5 to gain recognition and fluency of these numbers, or alphabet letters/sounds? Although I teach K, beginning of 1st could benefit from beginning of year review. Looking forward to this:-)

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  29. I appreciate all the thoughts on letter id, number sense etc., but it would be great to incorporate some of those skills that are assumed to be in place. As an SLP, I see MANY kiddos that don't fully understand basic concepts (above/over, on top of, etc.), time concepts (before, after, during) and the such. Would be neat to see some of that incorporated into the unit to support what your special educators might be doing as well!

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  30. I've been in school 2 weeks now and WHEW! I am ready for a little rest. However, my kinders are precious and a joy! I just incorporated a lot of your name unit in my math and reading centers, and they loved it!
    Can't wait to see this unit! I would lo love to see an extension activity like counting on from 5 to get to 10. Also, some of students are ready to count by 5s so a counting by 5's activity might work as well. And that would work for 1st grade as well. I'm going to Dollar Tree today so I can be ready for your little project. Thanks for the teaser!! Have a great weekend!

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  31. I would like to teach rhyming words and counting backwards to my nephews. I think they will have lots of fun learning your units. Good luck and looking forward to these units.Thank you very much! :)

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  32. Letter/sound recognition, Number Sense, Decomposing Numbers, and Rhyming.
    (My name has changed to Melinda Turner)

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  33. Just finished week 1 of first grade (including recess in temps in high 90s and heat index around 105)! Our focus was on routines and procedures with lots of "think aloud" modeling of back to school books. David and Pete the Cat were BIG hits. We also talked a lot about being peacemakers vs peace breakers and bucket fillers vs bucket dippers , building our classroom community.
    Our classroom motto is " wild about reading and wild about learning". Critters are being included in our activities everywhere you look. So these units would fit in GREAT!
    We are using the beanie baby reading strategy ideas from First Grade Critter Cafe too
    Next we will start letter sound review teaching Phonics Dance (Dowd) and building stamina for daily 5. Math numbers 1-20 are on the agenda as well as foundational writing skills such as sentence mechanics and spacing. We will be doing a theme centering around " names" with anchor texts including Chrysanthemum and Porcupine named Fluffy
    All of this while continuing to build a classroom community. I'm tired just reading about it- now to get it all written down in lesson plans! The monkey units would be a great addition, thanks for your great ideas
    Pat Carver

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  34. We have been in school for a week already! But...(isn't there always a BUT...) I am being moved from First Grade to Kindergarten next week!! I'm hoping (praying at this point!) that you are going to use the cutting boards as five frames and compose and decompose five (oh yeah....kindergarten...first week...maybe just count to five)! And maybe the alligator can come along and SNAP some of the monkeys!
    Anyway...thanks for the great site... I'll need lots of your great ideas in the next few weeks!

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  35. Love this - integration of math, perfect for kinders!!!! I'll be going to the dollar store TODAY!

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  36. Love your units-and these songs! I use both for oral language, then we move to print with them later in the year. They also sneak in during composing and decomposing, storytelling

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  37. I love your story props! My TKs are working on identifying shapes and sorting.

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  38. What a cute packet! My first grade readers that need a little extra support are working on high frequency words, letter sounds (especially vowels), and one-to-one correspondence when reading-- let's throw comprehension in there too!
    -Christa
    Learnin' Books

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  39. I love them already! We start Monday! We work on letters sounds, names, rules, being a good friend! Exciting!

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  40. I just thought of something... do I need 5 cutting boards or one for each student?? (18).
    Thanks!

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  41. Week 1 is under my belt! We are working with getting acquainted with the change from pre-k to k. Skill wise we are working on rhyme, letter/sound recognition and launching our Reader & Writer's Workshops. It was a very good week!

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  42. I am CrAzY about monkeys and would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win one of your units!!

    janice@sumner.cc

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  43. Not back for another week-well with kids. Time to get the room ready for kidlets next week. ;) I think that having 5 paddle monkeys and an alligator puppet would be great fun for retell.

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  44. These look sooo cute. Working on letter recognition and sounds. Decomposing number up to 5. Counting to 20

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  45. Your monkeys look adorable. We start school right after Labor Day and I usually start with a lot of name activities. My kids love all the "5 Little ..." rhymes and songs, so I know they would love any new activities that play off of the Five Little Monkeys. They would fit perfect with my theme of Wild About Learning. I want to use monkeys on my behavior clip chart, and we work on letter and letter sounds, numbers and counting up to 20 and rhyming at the start of the year. I can't wait to see your new units!!!

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  46. I love it. I recently purchased your name unit and my students have loved it. I am currently working on letter recognition and counting to 10.

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  47. We have seven days in now and are ready to buckle down and hit it hard! We've been reviewing high-frequency words, letter sounds, and basic math skills. I teach first grade and know my students would love these activities as I read Eileen Christelow's books each year and they love them. Thanks for the offer and all your awesome work. Your units are amazing.

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  48. I just finished my second full week! I am loving my class!!! We have been working on letter recognition, recognizing numbers to 5, and writing our names.

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  49. I would love for them to meet a teacher and count/say the alphabet. vhair61215@gmail.com

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  50. We are working on number recognition so number cards would be great and name recognition so it would be fun to have the option to insert a kiddo's name instead of he/she fell off and....Thanks!!

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  51. At this time of year we are working on letter and number recognition as well as classroom routines and rules. Can't wait to see what you do with the white boards; I'm intrigued. Thank you for the chance to win a unit; your creations are always amazing.

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  52. We are working on decomposing numbers and letter sounds. I'm intrigued about the cutting boards. I'm thinking that the green duster could be part of the alligator!? Love your products! Thanks!!

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  53. SO cute!! I saw that clip art come out and I just knew you would do something adorable with it!! :) We're working on letters/sounds (m, s, r, t, p, c, a) and numbers 0-10.

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  54. This is so cute! And yes I see the Alligator! Love him. We are working on everything above! Sounds like a lot if you are not a Kindergarten teacher. We have to incorporate Writing with whatever we are doing. This is kind of hard when they are still learning to write. Is there some way you could add in some writing/drawing that would help my students know that writing is the same as what they are thinking when they hear the story? We are also working on Academic Vocabulary and maybe something that would be a comparison (maybe between realism and fantasy.) I know most are thinking Math but it would be great to have both. Thanks! Pam

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  55. These are so adorable and what kid doesn't love monkeys?

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  56. Love these ideas and it would go great with our "wild about kindergarten" theme! I have a very active bunch so being able to act it out and use manipulatives for math and numbers 1-10 would be great. I'm going to head to dollar tree in hopes that I win and if I don't, I'll just have to get them! Love your ideas!

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  57. I would love to use these in my first grade class as well! Maybe something with digraphs, th, sh, ch, and wh, would be great for first and kindergarten!

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  58. I would be super excited to win these units! Your plans are such a blessing to me!! We haven't started school yet but will start with letter recognition through Recipe for Reading and begin with numbers 1-5 in math! I see the alligator snapping those monkeys right outta that tree!!!

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  59. We are working on letter recognition and counting with one to one correspondence.
    Thanks for the chance! Can't wait to see the finished units!
    -Andrea
    alwayskindergarten@gmail.com

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  60. This will be an amazing unit with number recognition and decomposing numbers. I would love to win this unit. Love the clip art too!

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  61. These are some of my favorites!! We start out with rhyming, upper and lower case letters, letter sounds, counting, composing and decomposing numbers to five. These units would be perfect! aetuckner@gmail.com

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  62. We are working on letter recognition, rhyming, syllables, beginning sounds and numbers to 10. Excited about your new unit!!

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  63. Rhyming,numbers 0-10,letter recognition and sound recognition, 2d shapes,listening,following directions,role of author/illustrator,parts of book

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  64. We start school this week! I use these books with number sense, numbers 0-5, rhyming, character, setting, and retelling.

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  65. Dr. Jean's "Monkeys and Alligator" is the first movement song I teach. The kiddos love it. We always act it out and and talk about 1 more and 1 less. Decomposing to 5 would be great too.

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  66. We will be focusing on our number sense using these songs! My K kids are lower than usual this year. :(

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  67. Cause and effect is always a good lesson with little monkeys.
    Phone number practice or practice with 911 would be good with monkeys on the bed.
    I'm excited for your unit!

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  68. For 20-25 kindergarten students, how many dusting brushes and cutting boards would you suggest for each unit? I plan on going by Dollar Tree this week. Thanks.

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  69. Love these stories!! We are working on letter and number recognition, counting, and shapes. You create wonderful materials and I am looking forward to seeing and using these two units! Thanks!!

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  70. I've always loved these stories!

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  71. We work on rules, routines, letter recognition, rhyming and sorting/classifying. I can't wait to see what you make!

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  72. Hi there! We have not gone back to school yet here in Michigan but when we do we start with numeracy skills using five and ten frames. We adopted New York Engage last year and this will be our 2nd year using the program. I am excited to see how much smoother things will go this year!

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  73. Just working on routine, number and letter recognition! This is my second year in Kindergarten and I forgot what they beginning of the year was like!!

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  74. Working on routine, letter recognition and sounds and starting the Math units!

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  75. Oh I can't wait to see what cute activity you come up with! My darlings are learning rules and routines as well as an intro to initial letter sounds and numbers to 10. I would love to see a pocket chart poetry lesson and or a math game!

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  76. My kids need to work on rhyming words, blending sounds, and number words!

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  77. We are working on rhyming words, letter/sounds and numbers to 5. Can't wait to see your activity.

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  78. Still working on getting kiddos to memorize/recognize personal contact information, sight words, colors, and numbers, and rhyming.

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