Lesson Plan on Are You My Mother? (Steiner USA)

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Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Are You My Mother? (Steiner USA), Steiner philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in “Are You My Mother?” – A Rudolf Steiner Inspired Lesson Plan for Preschool/Pre-Primary/Nursery/Pre-Kindergarten Students in the USA

Objective:
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
1. Identify and discuss the central themes in the children’s book “Are You My Mother?”
2. Develop language and communication skills through storytelling and group discussions.
3. Enhance fine motor skills through a related art activity.
4. Apply critical thinking skills by comparing and contrasting characters and events in the story.

Curriculum Links:
This lesson plan aligns with the USA Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) in the following domains:
1. Language and Literacy Development: Listening and understanding, speaking and communicating.
2. Cognitive Development: Creative arts expression, logical thinking, and problem-solving.
3. Physical Development and Health: Fine motor skills development.

Theorist Link:
This lesson plan incorporates elements of Rudolf Steiner’s educational philosophy, emphasizing the importance of imaginative play, storytelling, and artistic expression to foster holistic development in young children.

Materials:
– “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman
– Large chart paper or whiteboard
– Markers
– Art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, or watercolors)
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue sticks

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes):
a. Begin by gathering students in a circle and introducing the book “Are You My Mother?” Explain that you will be reading the story together and exploring its central themes.
b. Show the book cover and ask students to make predictions about the story based on the illustrations.
c. Introduce the concept of a central theme and explain that it is the main idea or message that the author wants to convey.

2. Storytelling and Discussion (15 minutes):
a. Read aloud “Are You My Mother?” to the students, using expressive voices and gestures to engage their attention.
b. Pause at key moments in the story to ask questions and encourage discussion. For example:
– “How do you think the baby bird feels when he can’t find his mother?”
– “What would you do if you were the baby bird?”
– “Why do you think the baby bird asks different animals if they are his mother?”
c. Write down students’ responses on the chart paper or whiteboard to refer back to later.

3. Art Activity: Creating a Collage (20 minutes):
a. Explain that the students will create a collage representing their favorite part of the story or a character from the book.
b. Provide each student with construction paper, art supplies, scissors, and glue sticks.
c. Encourage students to use their imagination and creativity to bring their chosen scene or character to life.
d. Assist students as needed, ensuring they have the opportunity to practice their fine motor skills while cutting and gluing.

4. Group Discussion and Reflection (10 minutes):
a. Gather students back in a circle and invite them to share their collages with the class.
b. Encourage each student to explain their artwork, including why they chose that particular scene or character.
c. Facilitate a group discussion by asking questions such as:
– “What did you enjoy most about creating your collage?”
– “How did your artwork represent a theme or character from the story?”
– “Did anyone’s artwork look similar? How did you interpret the story differently?”

5. Conclusion and Extension Activities (5 minutes):
a. Summarize the central themes discussed during the lesson, such as the importance of family, love, and finding one’s place in the world.
b. Recommend that students share the book with their families at home and discuss their favorite parts or themes.
c. Provide a list of related books for further exploration of similar themes, such as “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch or “The Runaway Bunny” by Margaret Wise Brown.

Assessment:
– Informal assessment can be conducted throughout the lesson by observing students’ engagement, participation in discussions, and their ability to express their thoughts and ideas during the art activity.
– Students’ collages can also be used as a form of assessment, allowing teachers to evaluate their understanding of the central themes and their ability to represent them visually.

Note: This lesson plan is designed for a single session. However, it can be extended over multiple sessions by incorporating additional activities, such as dramatic play, puppet shows, or writing and illustrating their own stories inspired by “Are You My Mother?”

Country

USA

Framework

ELOF (USA)

Theorist

Rudolf Steiner

Subject

Books

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