I loved the adorable sock monkey's that I have seen so many art teachers do with their students and I wanted to try something similar with a writing piece and story. I found the book Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett that is a great for younger students with its repeated patterning and predictions of what animals will they meet next. It also has adorable illustrations.
So I read the book along with my kindergarten - 2nd graders and then we created our monkeys. The next piece was the writing piece. We talked about what if we took our monkey's on a trip with us around the USA. We looked at a map of the states and they gave a million different stories about places they had traveled. Then they created a "postcard" to attach with their artwork from a state they had previously visited. They turned out really colorful and we have had many compliments!
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