Lesson Plan on Are You My Mother? (Reggio New Zealand)

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Kindergarten / ECE Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Are You My Mother? (Reggio New Zealand), Reggio philosophy

Title: Exploring Relationships and Identity through “Are You My Mother?” – A Reggio Emilia Inspired Lesson Plan for Kindergarten/ECE Students in New Zealand

Curriculum Link:
This lesson plan is designed to align with the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whฤriki. Specifically, it addresses the following strands and goals:
1. Well-being: Goal 1 – Children experience an environment where their health is promoted.
2. Belonging: Goal 2 – Children and their families experience an environment where they feel comfortable and confident.
3. Contribution: Goal 3 – Children experience an environment where they contribute to and benefit from the learning community.
4. Communication: Goal 4 – Children experience an environment where they develop non-verbal and verbal communication skills.

Theorist Link:
This lesson plan incorporates the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach, which emphasizes child-led, project-based learning. The Reggio Emilia approach values the child’s innate curiosity and encourages exploration, collaboration, and creativity.

Lesson Objectives:
1. To develop an understanding of the central themes in the book “Are You My Mother?” such as relationships, identity, and belonging.
2. To foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills through open-ended discussions and activities.
3. To encourage creativity and self-expression through art and storytelling.
4. To promote social-emotional development by exploring emotions and empathy.
5. To enhance communication skills through verbal and non-verbal interactions.

1. “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman
2. Art supplies (paper, crayons, markers, glue, scissors)
3. Puppets or stuffed animals representing different animals from the book
4. Chart paper and markers
5. Picture cards depicting various emotions
6. Large paper or whiteboard for collaborative drawing

Lesson Plan:

Introduction (10 minutes):
1. Gather the students in a circle and introduce the book “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman.
2. Engage the students by asking if they have ever felt lost or unsure, just like the baby bird in the story.
3. Explain that today, they will explore the themes of relationships, identity, and belonging through various activities inspired by the book.

Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
1. Read aloud “Are You My Mother?” to the students, using expressive voices and gestures to engage their attention.
2. Pause at key moments in the story to ask open-ended questions, such as:
– How do you think the baby bird feels when he can’t find his mother?
– How would you feel if you were lost and couldn’t find your family?
– Why do you think the baby bird asks different animals if they are his mother?
3. Encourage students to share their thoughts and feelings, fostering a sense of belonging and empathy.

Art Activity: Creating Animal Puppets (20 minutes):
1. Provide art supplies and invite students to create their own animal puppets or stuffed animals based on the characters in the book.
2. Encourage creativity and imagination, allowing students to choose any animal they like.
3. After completing their puppets, ask students to share their creations and briefly explain why they chose that particular animal.

Collaborative Drawing (15 minutes):
1. Display a large paper or whiteboard and invite students to collaborate on a drawing inspired by the book.
2. Encourage them to add different elements from the story, such as the baby bird, animals, and the mother bird.
3. Facilitate discussions about the importance of working together and valuing each other’s ideas.

Emotional Exploration (15 minutes):
1. Show picture cards depicting various emotions (happy, sad, angry, surprised, etc.).
2. Ask students to identify and discuss the emotions experienced by the baby bird throughout the story.
3. Encourage students to share personal experiences related to these emotions, fostering emotional literacy and empathy.

Conclusion (10 minutes):
1. Gather the students back in a circle and reflect on the central themes explored in the book.
2. Ask students to share one thing they learned or enjoyed during the lesson.
3. Reinforce the importance of relationships, identity, and belonging in their own lives and in the wider community.

Assessment in this lesson plan can be conducted through observation, anecdotal notes, and student participation. Look for evidence of engagement, creativity, critical thinking, and communication skills during discussions, art activities, and collaborative tasks.

Extension Activities:
1. Encourage students to create their own stories about finding their mothers or families, using their animal puppets as characters.
2. Set up a dramatic play area where students can reenact scenes from the book using the puppets and props.
3. Invite families to share their own stories of belonging and identity during a special storytelling event.

Note: Adaptations and modifications can be made to this lesson plan to suit the specific needs and abilities of the students in your classroom


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