Monkey Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is a monkey? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to students about this amazing animal before giving them a chance to create their own monkey puppets with a hands-on activity.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'primate'
  • list key facts about monkeys
  • identify the habitats of monkeys


1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.


Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.


Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.


Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.


Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.

Key Vocabulary

  • Primate
  • Troop
  • Omnivore


  • Paper copies of the text lesson Monkey Facts: Lesson for Kids
  • Assorted images of different types of monkeys
  • A large world map or globe
  • An audio clip of monkey sounds
  • A worksheet created using the quiz associated with the text lesson
  • Brown paper lunch sacks
  • Dark brown construction paper cut into one-inch circles (four per student) and five-inch circles (one per student)
  • Light brown construction paper cut into three-inch hearts (one per student)
  • Googly eyes (two per student)
  • Long tail shapes cut from dark brown construction paper
  • Glue
  • Markers

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