Expressing Emotions with ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’

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Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten Lesson Plan – Learning The Day the Crayons Quit Book, Maria Montessori philosophy

 

Title:ย “Expressing Emotions with ‘The Day the Crayons Quit'”

Age Group:ย Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten (3-5 years old)

Learning Framework:ย Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) – USA

Educational Approach:ย Montessori Method

Learning Outcomes (Based on ELOF):

  1. Language and Literacy Development:ย Children will enhance listening comprehension and vocabulary by discussing the story and expressing their thoughts.
  2. Social and Emotional Development:ย Children will explore various emotions and learn to express feelings respectfully and constructively.
  3. Cognitive Development:ย Children will engage in problem-solving activities related to the story’s events.

Resources Needed:

  • “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt
  • Variety of crayons
  • Art paper
  • Role-play props (crayon costumes, etc.)

Lesson Plan:

1. Story Reading (20 minutes):

Start the lesson by reading “The Day the Crayons Quit”. Use expressive language and voices to illustrate the emotions of the different crayons.

2. Story Discussion (15 minutes):

Engage children in a discussion about the story. Ask them about the feelings of the crayons and why they quit. This encourages children to understand and articulate different emotions.

3. Art Activity – Drawing with Emotions (30 minutes):

Provide each child with a selection of crayons and paper. Ask them to draw a picture using a crayon that they feel represents an emotion. For instance, they may choose a blue crayon if they are feeling calm, or a red crayon if they are feeling excited.

4. Role Play Activity – A Day as a Crayon (20 minutes):

In this activity, children will role-play as their chosen crayon. They can share why they’re feeling that way, what they like/dislike about being used in drawings, and how they could be used differently. This activity encourages empathetic thinking and imaginative play.

5. Reflective Discussion (15 minutes):

End the lesson with a discussion about the importance of expressing emotions and considering the feelings of others. Ask children how they might better express their emotions and respect the feelings of their friends.

Assessment:

Assess children’s comprehension of the story and their ability to express and discuss emotions through their participation in discussions, art creation, and role-play activities.

Alignment with Montessori Method:

The lesson aligns with the Montessori approach as it respects individual emotions, promotes expressive arts, encourages cooperative play, and develops problem-solving skills.

Link to ELOF:

This lesson aligns with ELOF domains of Language and Literacy Development (story discussion, role play), Social and Emotional Development (exploration and discussion of emotions), and Cognitive Development (problem-solving in role-play activity).

 

Country

USA

Framework

ELOF (USA)

Theorist

Maria Montessori

Subject

Books

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