The Good Night Gorilla literacy lesson plan resources are based on a balanced literacy approach, which has proven to be a very successful model in teaching language arts. This unit is part of a complete literacy program that meets the majority of the curriculum outcomes in language arts.
Follow-up Emergent Readers
Shared Reading Follow-Up
The companion emergent reader “Zoo Escape” would be used a follow-up to reading the literature selection. The color version of the reader would be projected for all the students to view. The teacher would model the reading process teaching early reading skills, the focus alphabet letters and sight words.
Alphabet Letters: Gg for “gorilla” and Zz for “zebra”
Sight Words: here, run, away, not
Follow-up Literacy Centers
The literacy games and activities displayed above are geared towards addressing the core curriculum outcomes. The focus in these games are on alphabet letter recognition and their connection with identifying their associated sounds.
Phonemic Awareness, Phonological Awareness and Rhyming Activities
Rhyming, phonemic and phonological awareness activities are always addressed within the units. These lesson plans include suggestions and activities in relation to developing these skills.
Sight Word Activities
The sight word games displayed on the left would be played. They include:
-spin, print and say sight words
-roll, move and say sight words
-draw the word and say
Writing and Craft Activities
All lesson plan themes include a follow-up writing and craft activity. The students would complete the craft/writing activity displayed. The templates to complete this activity is found within the unit. The students would colour and cut out the zoo quilt of the featured zoo animals and write information about them.