Lesson Plan on Grumpy Monkey (Steiner Canada)

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Kindergarten / Preschool / SK / Pre-Elementary / ECEC Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Grumpy Monkey (Steiner Canada), Steiner philosophy

Title: Exploring Emotions with Grumpy Monkey
Grade Level: Kindergarten / Preschool / SK / Pre-Elementary / ECEC
Subject: Language Arts / Social Emotional Learning
Duration: 3-4 lessons (30-45 minutes each)

Curriculum Links:
– Language Arts: Reading and understanding a variety of texts, including picture books.
– Social Emotional Learning: Recognizing and managing emotions, developing empathy, and building positive relationships.

Theorist Link:
Rudolf Steiner emphasized the importance of holistic education, nurturing the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of children. This lesson plan incorporates Steiner’s principles by engaging students in a multi-sensory approach to explore emotions through storytelling, creative activities, and group discussions.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Emotions
Objective: Students will identify and understand different emotions.

1. Begin by asking students to share times when they felt happy, sad, angry, or excited. Write their responses on the board.
2. Introduce the book “Grumpy Monkey” by Suzanne Lang, explaining that it explores different emotions.
3. Read the book aloud, pausing to discuss the emotions experienced by the main character.
4. After reading, ask students to share their thoughts and feelings about the story. Encourage them to relate the emotions in the book to their own experiences.
5. Display emotion cards (happy, sad, angry, excited) and ask students to match each card with a facial expression.
6. Engage in a group discussion about the importance of recognizing and understanding emotions.

Curriculum Link: Language Arts – Reading and understanding a variety of texts.

Lesson 2: Exploring Emotions through Art
Objective: Students will express emotions through art and develop fine motor skills.

1. Review the emotions discussed in the previous lesson.
2. Provide each student with a blank sheet of paper and art supplies (crayons, markers, colored pencils).
3. Instruct students to choose an emotion and draw a picture that represents that emotion.
4. Encourage students to use colors, lines, and shapes to express their chosen emotion.
5. After completing their artwork, ask students to share their drawings with the class, explaining the emotions they portrayed.
6. Display the artwork around the classroom as a visual representation of emotions.

Curriculum Link: Language Arts – Expressing ideas and feelings through visual arts.

Lesson 3: Building Empathy and Understanding
Objective: Students will develop empathy and understanding towards others’ emotions.

1. Begin by revisiting the book “Grumpy Monkey” and discussing the emotions experienced by the main character.
2. Divide the class into small groups and assign each group an emotion from the book (e.g., grumpy, sad, excited).
3. In their groups, students will brainstorm and discuss situations that might cause someone to feel the assigned emotion.
4. Each group will create a short skit or role-play to demonstrate the assigned emotion and its causes.
5. Allow time for each group to perform their skit in front of the class.
6. After each performance, engage in a class discussion about the emotions portrayed and how they can be understood and supported.

Curriculum Link: Social Emotional Learning – Recognizing and managing emotions, developing empathy, and building positive relationships.

Lesson 4: Reflecting on Emotions
Objective: Students will reflect on their own emotions and develop strategies for managing them.

1. Begin by revisiting the emotions discussed throughout the previous lessons.
2. Provide each student with a journal or reflection sheet.
3. Instruct students to write or draw about a time when they experienced a strong emotion and how they managed it.
4. Encourage students to reflect on the strategies they used and how they felt afterward.
5. Allow students to share their reflections with a partner or in small groups.
6. Conclude the lesson by discussing the importance of recognizing and managing emotions in a healthy way.

Curriculum Link: Language Arts – Reflecting on personal experiences and expressing thoughts and feelings.

Assessment:
– Observe students’ participation and engagement during discussions and activities.
– Review students’ artwork and reflections to assess their understanding of emotions.
– Provide feedback and support as needed.

Extension Activities:
– Invite students to create their own storybooks exploring different emotions.
– Organize a classroom library with a variety of books that address emotions.
– Collaborate with the music teacher to create songs or chants about emotions.

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

Country

Canada

Framework

Complete Canadian Curriculum (Canada)

Theorist

Rudolf Steiner

Subject

Books

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