Learning About Rules and Behavior with ‘No, David!’

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Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten Lesson Plan – Learning No, David! Book, Maria Montessori philosophy

Title: “Learning About Rules and Behavior with ‘No, David!'”

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

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

Educational Approach: Montessori Method

Learning Outcomes (Based on ELOF):

  1. Social and Emotional Development: Develop understanding of rules and their importance, express and manage feelings in a constructive manner.
  2. Language and Literacy: Enhance comprehension and vocabulary, engage in conversations about the story.
  3. Cognition: Understand cause and effect, recognize consequences of actions.
  4. Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development: Enhance fine motor skills through art activity.

Resources Needed:

  • The book “No, David!” by David Shannon
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Craft materials for creating a “class rules” collage (magazines, scissors, glue, etc.)

Lesson Plan:

1. Introduction and Story Reading (30 minutes):

Introduce the book “No, David!” and read it aloud. Make sure to discuss the pictures and how David’s actions affect others around him.

2. Story Discussion (20 minutes):

Engage the children in a discussion about David’s actions in the story. Ask open-ended questions like “Why do you think David’s mom said ‘No, David!’?” and “How do you think David felt?”

3. “Class Rules” Activity (40 minutes):

Explain that just like in David’s house, there are rules in the classroom. Collaborate with the children to develop a list of “class rules”. Write the rules on a chart paper and place it in a visible area in the classroom.

4. Collage Making Activity (40 minutes):

Provide the children with craft materials. Ask them to create a collage showing people following the class rules. This reinforces the rules and enhances their fine motor skills.

5. Story Retelling and Reflection (30 minutes):

Encourage the children to retell the story in their own words. Discuss why rules are important and how they felt about David’s actions.

6. Conclusion (20 minutes):

Reiterate the importance of following rules and behaving well. Reflect on their collages and discuss what they learned from the story.


Evaluate the children’s comprehension of the story, their participation in discussions and activities, and their understanding of rules and consequences.

Alignment with Montessori Method:

This lesson plan promotes self-directed activity, hands-on learning, and collaborative play. It aligns with the Montessori principle of teaching social responsibility and respect for others. The story and activities encourage children to understand the importance of rules and consequences, fostering their social and emotional development.

Link to ELOF:

This lesson addresses several domains of the ELOF, including social and emotional development, language and literacy, cognition, and perceptual, motor and physical development. It aims to provide a well-rounded learning experience that fosters both social understanding and intellectual growth.






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