Lesson Plan on Are You My Mother? (Montessori Japan)

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Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Are You My Mother? (Montessori Japan), Montessori philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in “Are You My Mother?” – A Montessori-inspired Lesson Plan for Kindergarten Students in Japan

Grade Level: Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku
Subject: Language Arts
Duration: 2-3 lessons (approximately 45 minutes each)

Curriculum Standards (Japan MEXT):
1. Reading: Understand and respond to simple texts, including picture books.
2. Speaking and Listening: Engage in conversations and express ideas clearly.
3. Critical Thinking: Analyze and interpret stories, identifying central themes and messages.

Theorist: Maria Montessori
– Incorporate Montessori principles of hands-on learning, self-directed exploration, and respect for the child’s individual pace and interests.
– Encourage active participation, independence, and the development of language skills through meaningful experiences.

Lesson Objectives:
1. Students will identify and discuss the central themes in the book “Are You My Mother?”.
2. Students will develop critical thinking skills by analyzing and interpreting the story.
3. Students will enhance their language skills through vocabulary expansion, speaking, and listening activities.
4. Students will engage in hands-on activities to reinforce comprehension and creativity.

– “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman (English and/or Japanese version)
– Large chart paper or whiteboard
– Markers
– Picture cards representing characters and objects from the book
– Art supplies (crayons, colored pencils, scissors, glue, construction paper)
– Optional: Audio recording of the story in Japanese


Lesson 1: Introduction and Story Exploration

1. Begin by introducing the book “Are You My Mother?” and its author, P.D. Eastman. Discuss the importance of books and reading.
2. Show the cover of the book and ask students to predict what the story might be about. Encourage them to share their ideas.
3. Read the story aloud, pausing occasionally to ask questions and engage students in discussions about the characters, setting, and events.
4. After reading, facilitate a class discussion to identify the central themes in the story. Write these themes on the chart paper or whiteboard.
5. Introduce Maria Montessori as a theorist who believed in hands-on learning. Explain that students will now engage in activities related to the story.

Lesson 2: Vocabulary Expansion and Speaking Activities

1. Review the central themes identified in the previous lesson.
2. Introduce new vocabulary words from the story, such as “mother,” “baby bird,” “nest,” “dog,” etc. Use picture cards to aid understanding.
3. Engage students in a vocabulary game, where they match the picture cards with the corresponding words. Encourage them to use the words in sentences.
4. Divide students into pairs or small groups. Provide each group with a set of picture cards and ask them to create a short dialogue using the vocabulary words.
5. Allow students to present their dialogues to the class, promoting active listening and speaking skills.

Lesson 3: Hands-on Activities and Art Expression

1. Review the central themes and vocabulary words from the previous lessons.
2. Provide students with art supplies and ask them to create their own illustrations or collages inspired by the story. Encourage creativity and self-expression.
3. After completing their artwork, ask students to share their creations with the class, explaining the connections to the story.
4. Optional: Play an audio recording of the story in Japanese, allowing students to listen and follow along with the text.
5. Conclude the lesson by revisiting the central themes and discussing how the story relates to their own lives and experiences.

– Observe students’ active participation and engagement during discussions and activities.
– Assess students’ ability to identify and discuss the central themes in the story.
– Evaluate students’ vocabulary expansion through their use of new words in sentences and dialogues.
– Assess students’ creativity and ability to express themselves through their artwork.

Extension Activities:
1. Encourage students to create their own mini-books or stories, incorporating the central themes explored in “Are You My Mother?”.
2. Invite students to perform a short skit or puppet show based on the story, showcasing their understanding of the central themes.
3. Explore other books by P.D. Eastman or other authors that share similar themes of family, love, and identity.

Note: Adapt the lesson plan as needed to suit the specific needs and abilities of your students




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