Lesson Plan on Bob Books (Montessori Japan)

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Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Bob Books (Montessori Japan), Montessori philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in Bob Books – A Montessori-inspired Lesson Plan for Kindergarten Students in Japan

Grade Level: Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku
Subject: Language Arts
Duration: 3-4 lessons (approximately 45 minutes each)

Curriculum Standards (Japan MEXT):
1. Develop basic reading skills, including phonics and sight word recognition.
2. Understand and interpret simple texts.
3. Develop vocabulary and comprehension skills.
4. Demonstrate creativity and imagination through storytelling and writing.

Theorist: Maria Montessori
– Montessori believed in hands-on, experiential learning, where children actively engage with materials and explore concepts at their own pace.
– She emphasized the importance of creating a prepared environment that fosters independence, self-discipline, and a love for learning.

Lesson Objectives:
1. To introduce and explore the central themes in the Bob Books series.
2. To develop phonics skills through word recognition and decoding.
3. To enhance vocabulary and comprehension skills.
4. To encourage creativity and imagination through storytelling and writing.

1. Bob Books series (appropriate level for Kindergarten students)
2. Flashcards with sight words from the Bob Books series
3. Whiteboard or chart paper
4. Markers
5. Storytelling props (optional)
6. Writing materials (pencils, crayons, paper)

Lesson Plan:

Lesson 1: Introduction to Bob Books and Sight Words
1. Begin by introducing the Bob Books series to the students, explaining that these books will help them become better readers.
2. Show the students the cover of a Bob Book and ask them to make predictions about the story based on the picture.
3. Read the book aloud to the students, emphasizing the sight words and encouraging them to follow along.
4. After reading, discuss the story and ask comprehension questions to ensure understanding.
5. Introduce a few sight words from the book using flashcards, and practice reading and recognizing them as a class.
6. Assign a sight word scavenger hunt activity, where students find and write down sight words they see around the classroom or school.

Lesson 2: Phonics and Word Recognition
1. Review the sight words from the previous lesson using flashcards.
2. Introduce a new Bob Book to the students, focusing on a specific phonics sound or word family.
3. Read the book aloud, emphasizing the target sound or word family.
4. Engage students in a hands-on activity where they create word family cards using letter tiles or cut-outs.
5. Allow students to practice building words from the target sound or word family using the cards.
6. Encourage students to read the new words they have created and write them down in their notebooks.

Lesson 3: Vocabulary and Comprehension
1. Review the sight words and phonics sounds from the previous lessons.
2. Introduce a new Bob Book to the students, focusing on a different central theme.
3. Read the book aloud, pausing at key moments to discuss vocabulary and comprehension questions.
4. Engage students in a group activity where they create a story map or storyboard based on the book.
5. Provide students with storytelling props (if available) to act out the story or create their own endings.
6. Encourage students to write or draw their own version of the story, using the new vocabulary words they have learned.

Lesson 4: Culminating Activity – Book Review and Reflection
1. Review the sight words, phonics sounds, and central themes from the previous lessons.
2. Allow students to choose their favorite Bob Book from the series.
3. Provide time for students to read their chosen book independently or with a partner.
4. Ask students to write or draw a book review, sharing their thoughts and feelings about the story.
5. Conduct a class discussion where students can share their book reviews and reflect on what they have learned.
6. Display the book reviews in the classroom or create a class bookshelf to celebrate the students’ achievements.

– Informal assessment can be conducted throughout the lessons by observing students’ participation, engagement, and understanding.
– Assess students’ ability to recognize sight words through the scavenger hunt activity.
– Evaluate students’ phonics skills by observing their word building and reading during the hands-on activities.
– Assess students’ comprehension and vocabulary development through discussions, story maps, and their own written or drawn versions of the story.

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




MEXT (Japan)


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