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Jessica Coleman



For the book
Good Night, Animals

Submitted to
Prof. Diane Larose and
Prof. Melissa Collins
For the course
Teaching at the Primary Division Part 1 (Mathematics, Arts)

University of Ottawa
September 21, 2015

Childrens Book Review Written Report

Book Title: Good Night, Animals
Book Author: Lena Arro
Book Illustrator: Catarina Kruusval
The two main characters of this story, Bubble and Pearl, are very excited to sleep outside
in a tent. They have their sleeping bags and pillows ready. They think the tent is very fun just
like being inside a big green cave. As they are falling asleep, they start to hear some awful noises
outside the tent, and so Bubble takes out his flashlight to investigate. It turns out, it is only the
wind howling in the trees, and so they go back to sleep. As the book continues, Bubble and Pearl
are repeatedly woken by the sounds of rustling, scratching, tiptoeing, nibbling, whining,
trampling, pecking and stomping from outside their tent. It turns out that a variety of animals,
everything from mice to a horse, also want to join Bubble and Pearl in their tent where it is nice
and cozy and warm. The story ends with the sounds of all the animals snoring and dreaming
happily, but when Pearl says, Good night, to Bubble, he hears nothing, as he himself has
already fallen asleep.
Links with Mathematics and Arts Curriculum
According to the Ontario Curriculum for Mathematics, one of the overall expectations in
the Data Management and Probability strand is for students to learn about ways to gather,
organize and display data. Specifically, by the end of Grade 2, students will be able to gather data
to answer a question with a simple survey and a limited number of responses. They will also be
able to collect and organize primary data (data collected by the class) that is categorical or can be
counted. They should also be able to display that data using a variety of graphic organizers.
Students will then be able to read the collected data and describe their findings in mathematical
language (The Ontario Ministry of Education [2005]).
Furthermore, the Ontario Curriculum for The Arts states that, students will be able to link
the study of the arts to a variety of other subjects. Visual Arts, which is one of the four main
strands of the arts, is intended to help students develop their creativity, as well as their ability to

communicate their understanding of the world around them. Specifically, by the end of Grade 2,
students should be able to apply the creative process to produce a variety of two- and threedimensional works of art, using multiple mediums (The Ontario Ministry of Education [2009]).
I have formulated a variety of teaching and lesson ideas which can be used to connect
Good Night, Animals to these specific curriculum expectations. Firstly, this story can be used to
create a survey, leading to multiple ways of displaying the data collected. I would start by doing
an example survey with the class as a whole, asking them individually which animal they liked
the best, and using that information to make a tally chart. We could discuss trends in the
information using mathematical language. I would then provide a sheet with all the students
names on it down one column, and all the possible animal choices at the top, each in their own
columns (see Appendix I). I would have the students ask each other around the classroom,
Which animal did you like the best?, and then record their findings with check marks on their
papers. After the students had gathered all their data, they could then make a bar graph to
demonstrate their findings.
To further build on this lesson using The Arts curriculum, I would have the students
create their own two-dimensional tents out of construction paper, leaving a flap of paper open so
the tent has an opening. We would then use popsicle sticks as the base, and create our own
animal puppets to go into the tent (see Appendix II). Through this activity the specific
expectation of creating two-and three-dimensional works using a variety of mediums would be
met. This activity can be taken even further into the Drama strand of the arts, as the students
could also use their own tents for a variety of dramatic play activities.

Appendix I - Example chart for class survey activity

Which animal do you like the best?






Student A
Student B
Student C
Student D
Student E
Student F
Appendix II Example of art project of tent and popsicle stick puppet animals

(Formaro, 2013)




Formaro, Amanda (2013, February 15). Crafts by Amanda, Craft Stick Crafts: Barnyard Farm
Animals. from http://craftsbyamanda.com/craft-stick-crafts-farm-animals/
Ontario Ministry of Education (2005), The Ontario Curriculum Grades 1-8 Mathematics.
Retrieved from http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/math.html.
Ontario Ministry of Education (2009), The Ontario Curriculum Grades 1-8 The Arts.
Retrieved from http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/arts.html.