Activites with Lion Paw and Oliver



Can a Monkey and a dog be friends?

The book “Lion Paw and Oliver, An Unlikely Friendship” is not needed for this lesson, but is recommended.

Objective: To practice categorizing words into their parts of speech. To help children learn parts of speech.


  • A printed copy of the vocabulary list below (See procedures below)
  • A copy of the headings pages Noun, Adjective, Verb (See procedures below)
  • Glue Sticks
  • Envelopes/baggies/small containers for the words for each group of children



  1. Choose whether you will be grouping your children, pairing your children or having them do the activity individually. This will depend on their level of knowledge about Nouns, Adjectives and Verbs.
  2. Print list of words seen below and make copies enough for each group, pair or individuals in your classroom. This will be dependent on how you decide to group your class.
  3. Print Pages with Headings NOUN, VERB, ADJECTIVE. If you feel it will be helpful for the children based on their level of knowledge you can add descriptions/examples for each heading. ie….NOUN (Person, Place, Thing) Example: Frog
  4. Cut the words out and place them in an envelope. Variation: If you would like the children to help you can have them cut them out. You will need enough sets for each pair or group of children
  5. Place the words in baggies or envelopes or small containers if you have them.

Activity Procedures

  1. Ask the class what they know about verbs, nouns and adjectives. Have them give examples of each and write them on the board under thier headings
  2. Hand out words and heading sheets. If this is the first time doing this activity you may want to practice with a couple of the words that are in the list
  3. Let children know they can not look at the items you are giving them until you have said they can.
  4. Explain to them they will be competing to see which group can group the words right first
  5. Explain that they will be grouping the words according to whether they are verbs, nouns or adjectives as you have done on the board
  6. Once they feel they have gotten them all in the right groups they must have you look at them to confirm
  7. If they have it right they can then glue them onto the papers
  8. First group/pair/individual to get it done right gets a prize of some sort


  • Do it together as  class if they are just learning the parts of speech. You can use the board to do this. If you want them to be more active in it you can give each person in the class a word and they can place it under the right heading. If they need help they can ask their classmates for help
  • Give each child a word. Provide an area for the nouns to go, the verbs to go and adjectives to go.
  • Use different vocabulary lists from other books you are reading in class or from your working vocabulary lists
  • Have children make their own vocabulary jungle from their favorite book

Vocabulary List






























The book “Lion Paw and Oliver, An Unlikely Friendship” is not needed for this lesson, but is recommended. You can use any book that depicts a friendship between two characters who are not alike.

Can a Monkey and a dog be friends?

Can a Monkey and a dog be friends?








Objective:  To bring awareness to children that friendship can be found in all sorts of shapes and sizes even if someone is not like you they will share some similarities, likes and dislikes with you.


  • A piece of paper for each child
  • A pencil for each child
  • A picture of the two characters together



  1. Print copies of the picture of the two characters to give to each child or make an overhead or place one larger picture at the front of the classroom
  2. Post the picture in front of the classroom, on an overhead or computer or if you can give each child a copy of the picture. The cover picture can be downloaded from Amazon or from
  3. Come up with your own list of differences and similarities of the characters you choose.
  4. Read Lion Paw and Oliver, An Unlikely Friendship or another book you find appropriate for this lesson plan

Activity Procedures

  1. Start a discussion with children about their friends. Ask them to think about what is different and what is similar about their friends from themselves.
  2. Let three to four children respond to the question out loud. Once you feel the children understand what you want them to do…
  3. Have them write headings similarities and differences at the top of their page
  4. Let them quietly write down two differences and two similarities between their friends and themselves. Walk around the classroom and make sure each child has the right idea.
  5. Then hand out or put up the picture of the characters up for the children to see
  6. Ask the children to come with as many similarities and differences that they can between the characters.
  7. When they are finished have them share theirs with the class and write them down on the board


  1. Make it a contest, the class against the teacher. See if they as a whole class can come up with more than you did as a whole group. Brainstorm together and write them on the board
  2. Group the children or pair the children and make it a contest
  3. Similarities and differences of their favorite animals or pets with the characters

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