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I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not G

I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed

Author/Illustrator:  Lauren Child

Unit Study Prepared by Ami Brainerd and Celia Hartmann


Human Relationships-- Patience
Charlie is a super patient older brother.  Discuss patience (
putting up with pains or problems calmly or without complaint) with your student and pick out examples from the story that demonstrate Charlie's patience with Lola.   Discuss ways that your student can demonstrate patience with his own siblings or friends.


Beds and Sleeping Customs in Various Cultures
This book is all about getting little Lola to bed.  In one illustration Lola is pictured in a nest.  Ask your student, "do you sleep in a nest?"  Where do you sleep?  What about the animals in the book...where do they sleep?  What about other animals?
Tigers and Lions might sleep in trees.  Whales sleep in the ocean.   Hippos sleep in rivers.  Horses sleep standing up. 

Do children in other countries sleep in the same kind of bed as your student?  You may want to explore how children around the world sleep (what they sleep on as well as different customs they have for where they sleep).  

Note: These are not necessarily the dominant modern day customs

In Brazil
A Child may sleep in a rope hammock which hangs up inside the house. If it gets colder, a sheet may be used for a cover.

In China
Traditionally, people in China don't use a mattress like ours on their beds. Instead, there is a board covered with a thin padding topped with one colorful sheet.  All of the top bedding if folded up during the day with the pillow placed on top.  During the summer when it's hot, a straw or bamboo mat is placed on the floor (because the coolest air is at floor level). 

In India
A Child may sleep in a room with her entire family while families of relatives (aunt, uncle, cousins) sleep in another room of their shared house

In Japan
The preferred sleeping style is on a traditional futon, a mattress which rests directly on the floor.

In Korea
Children's  mattresses may be stored in parents' room or a closet during the daytime.

In the Philippines
In a village on a smaller island, in a bamboo house, one bedroom sleeps the parents and another is for all of the children to share.


In Mexico
Even if the family lives in a one room home, they set aside separate areas of the room for sleeping.

In Russia
Some will remove bed sheets from the bed daily and remake their beds before going to sleep each night.

In Thailand
A Thai farmer's son sleeps on a mat with a pillow and blanket. He keeps a net around his bed so that he can open the door to allow cool air in; the open door also lets mosquitoes in, but the net keeps them off of the child. 

In Vietnam
A Vietnamese mother and daughter share a bed and the father shares a bed or room with their sons.

In various areas of the world in the winter, Nomads (Bedouins) have separate stone houses for women and men.  In the summer they sleep in goat-hair mattresses in their open-sided tents. 

*information taken from ThinkQuest Library (however, this information is no longer available)



Pages 2-3 of the story include lots of –ing words.  You can use the words for a spelling list, you can have your student write the words into a list, or your student can brainstorm with you to make a super long list of –ing words.
Here are the words included on pages 2-3








Creative Writing
Look at the name brands on the Toothpaste (Smiley Face Tooth Brushing Paste) and the Bubble Bath (Bubble Cat Bubble Bath).  What are the name brands on these products at your house? (Crest, Mr. Bubble, etc.).  Look for different name brands at your house and create your own product names!  Have fun with this.  You may even get really ambitious and make your own labels to place over the brand name labels.  Won't dad be surprised when he pulls out a box of Super Circle Cereal instead of his favorite Honey Nut Cheerios

To kick this lesson up a notch for your older student, you may want to --
Compare the names of the same items (toothpastes-- Aim, Crest, Aqua Fresh, Colgate, etc.  specific cereals-  Frosted Mini Wheats vs. Frosted Mini-Spooners)
Discuss the basics of marketing.  Marketing is the process of planning, pricing, promoting, and distributing goods in order to satisfy customers.
Look for trends in product names
    Assonance (same vowel sound) and Rhyme such as Fruit Loops and Apple Jacks
    Alliteration (same initial consonant sound)  Malt-o-MealFrosted Flakes
    Repetition (word or phrase repeated) Co-Co Puffs,

    Simple words are used (often times just one word or syllable) Kix, Total, Life, Trix

Discuss why the above elements are techniques of marketing (they make the product name easier to would be very hard to remember a cereal named Super Lovely Crunching and Popped Sugar Coated Oatmeal Triangles for Milk).  

    shoo- to scare, drive, or send away

    grubby- dirty

    cross- having a bad temper, being angry

    borrow- to take or receive something with the promise or intention of returning it

Prepared Vocabulary Cards


Listmaking (yes, another one!)
This one is just for fun.   List all the different types of beds you and your student can think of.  This could get a bit wacky, so be prepared for some silly fun!  (cradle, crib, hammock, nest, trundle, bunk, queen, king, etc., etc.)



Telling Time

Lola is not sleepy at any time of night—even 13 o’clock! 13:00?  What did Lola really mean?  (1 o’clock).  If your student hasn’t learned how to tell time, now is the perfect opportunity to begin!  You can use this clock worksheet.

Rabbit Trail: Your older student may enjoy learning about military time where 1300, 1400, etc. really does mean something!

Applied Math:  Minute
”[Mom’s] coming to check in one minute”
With your younger student, you may want to explain that one minute is 60 seconds.  Set a timer for one minute and count to 60 together.  When the timer beeps, reinforce that the 60 seconds equals one minute.

Applied Math:  Story Problems
Solve the following story problems with your student. 
1. Charlie made milk for Lola and three tigers.  How many glasses of milk did he make total?
2.  Lola and one tiger are brushing their teeth.  How many toothbrushes are being used?
3.  There are two whales in the tub.  Charlie shoos one down the drain then Lola hops in.  How many are taking a bath?
4. Charlie says, “I have given three tigers their strawberry milk and watched a Lion use my toothbrush and shooed one whale down the drain and telephoned two dancing dogs.”  How many animals has Charlie dealt with altogether?

5.  Lola says she is not slightly sleepy at 6 or 7 or 8 or 9 and not tired at all at 10, 11, 12, or 13.  How many hours is this total?



Health:  Bedtime Routine
A bedtime routine will help you fall asleep easier each night because your body knows what to expect. Charlie and Lola's bedtime routine consists of the following.
    1. Snack

    2. Brush Teeth
    3. Take a Bath
    4. Put on Pajamas
Do you have a bedtime routine?  What is it?  Is there anything you would like to add to your routine?  What time is your bedtime?


Health: Dental Hygiene
As part of Lola's bedtime routine she brushes her teeth.  Take this opportunity to learn more about your pearly whites!
The main function of teeth is to chew food.  Ask your student to show you her teeth.  Does she know where her gums are?  Show her and tell her that the gums are covering the roots of her teeth.   Humans develop two sets of teeth in their lifetimes; the first set which will consist of 20 teeth usually begins to appear at 6 months of age; the second set which will consist of 32 teeth usually begins to appear at 6 years of age. 


The second set of teeth may last your student all of her life if taken care of properly.  How does one take care of her teeth?
1.  Brushing (at least twice a day and always before bed)
2.  Flossing (followed by a rinse of water)
3.  Going to the dentist for professional cleanings twice each year

Discuss tooth decay.  Make a list of foods that are not good for your teeth (pop, fruit juice, candy, cake, cookies, honey, jelly, cough drops, popsicles, etc.)  Tooth decay is caused when food gets trapped on the tooth surface (or between teeth).  The sugars from the foods are converted into acids that eat away at our tooth enamel.  It is best to eat foods high in starch and sugar at meal time (not for snacks) when there is more salvia (spit) in the mouth.

Some facts about foods and your teeth
1.  Eating apples, carrots, and celery DO help remove plaque from your teeth
2.  Brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth immediately after you eat sweets will help prevent cavities from forming
3.  Sweets are less harmful to your teeth if you eat them with a main meal rather than between meals

Tooth Anatomy Page (Enchanted Learning) *great information!
Primary and Permanent Teeth (Enchanted Learning Members Only)
My Brushing and Flossing Journal
Teeth at Work - learn the different names of kinds of teeth and color the diagram
Oral Care Basics - great information for your older student
Cleaning Between Teeth - great information for your older student about flossing
Dental Coloring Pages


Teeth Chant (from A to Z school)
For youngers-
My front teeth are for biting.
My bottom teeth are for munching.
My pointed teeth are for tearing.
My back teeth are for crunching!

For olders
My incisors are for biting.
My bottom teeth are for munching.
My canines are for tearing.
My molars are for crunching!

Go-along books
How Many Teeth (A Let's Read and Find Out Science book)
My Wobbly Tooth Must Not Ever Never Fall Out (another Lola adventure!) by Lauren Child
Open Wide! by Tom Barber

Rabbit Trail: History of the Toothbrush



This story mentions many different animals.  Spend some time learning about an animal that your student hasn’t learned about yet.

Tiger Information at Enchanted Learning
Bengal tiger Print-out
Siberian (Amur tiger) Print-out

Whale Information at Enchanted Learning
Whale Print-outs

Whales vs. Fish
Whale Connect the Dots Book
Origami Whale
Make a Whale Mobile

Lion Print-out (coloring and information)
Lion Mask


Dog Coloring Book (includes tons of printouts of different dogs with information!)
How Many Dogs? Printable Activity Book

Hippo Print-out



Encourage your student to draw a picture of one room of your house (if your student wants to draw something else, don’t insist on a room scene).  After he draws the picture, get out some old wall paper pieces and add some texture!  Use printed wallpaper to cut out curtains, tablecloths, carpet, etc. in the same style as Lauren Child.

You may also want to look at the art lessons for I Will Never NOT EVER Eat a Tomato for more ideas



Make some strawberry milk!
For a simple version-- buy some strawberry syrup and simply stir it in

For a healthier version-

Make a mobile to put above your bed (like Lola's) -- see Whale Mobile in Science section

PE:  Hoola Hoop and Bouncy Ball


Buy a new pair of pajamas

Field Trip:  Dentist

If you enjoyed this book, you may also want to spend a week with HSS's  unit on --I Will Never NOT EVER Eat a Tomato (another great book by Lauren Child).

Possible go alongs:

           Sleep on It! by Kevin Kelly
           Bedtime! Gwenyth Swain.
           Bedtime! by Ruth Freeman Swain
           Water Beds : Sleeping in the Ocean by Gail Langer Karwoski
           The Magic Bed by John Burningham
           Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton (for the younger set)
Sleep is For Everyone (A Let's Read and Find Out Science book)