Lesson Plan on How to Catch a Unicorn (Montessori Australia)

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Kinder / Preschool / ELC Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on How to Catch a Unicorn (Montessori Australia), Montessori philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in “How to Catch a Unicorn” – A Montessori-inspired Lesson Plan for Kinder/Preschool/ELC Students in Australia

Curriculum Link:
This lesson plan aligns with the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), specifically focusing on the following outcomes:
– Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity.
– Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
– Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners.

Theorist Link:
This lesson plan incorporates the principles and practices of Maria Montessori, emphasizing hands-on, child-centered learning experiences that promote independence, exploration, and self-discovery.

Objective:
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
1. Identify and discuss the central themes in the book “How to Catch a Unicorn.”
2. Engage in creative and imaginative play related to the book’s themes.
3. Develop fine motor skills through art and craft activities.
4. Collaborate and communicate effectively with peers during group discussions and activities.

Materials:
– “How to Catch a Unicorn” by Adam Wallace (or a similar book with central themes)
– Art supplies (e.g., paper, markers, crayons, glue, glitter)
– Craft materials (e.g., colored paper, scissors, cotton balls, pipe cleaners)
– Dramatic play props (e.g., unicorn headbands, pretend play food)
– Large chart paper and markers
– Storytelling props (e.g., puppets, felt board)

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes):
a. Gather students in a circle and introduce the book “How to Catch a Unicorn.”
b. Show the book cover and ask students to make predictions about the story.
c. Discuss the importance of imagination and creativity in storytelling.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
a. Read aloud “How to Catch a Unicorn,” pausing at key moments to engage students in discussions about the central themes.
b. Use storytelling props or felt board to enhance the storytelling experience.
c. Encourage students to share their thoughts, feelings, and connections to the story.

3. Art and Craft Activity (20 minutes):
a. Provide art supplies and invite students to create their own unicorn-themed artwork.
b. Encourage students to use their imagination and creativity while drawing, coloring, and decorating their artwork.
c. Assist students in cutting out unicorn shapes from colored paper and decorating them with craft materials.
d. Display the finished artwork around the classroom to celebrate students’ creativity.

4. Dramatic Play (15 minutes):
a. Set up a dramatic play area with unicorn headbands and pretend play food.
b. Encourage students to engage in imaginative play, taking on roles related to the book’s themes.
c. Observe and facilitate play, encouraging students to communicate and collaborate with their peers.

5. Group Reflection (10 minutes):
a. Gather students in a circle and provide each student with a small piece of chart paper and a marker.
b. Ask students to draw or write about their favorite part of the book or their artwork.
c. Invite students to share their reflections with the group, fostering active listening and respectful communication.

6. Conclusion (5 minutes):
a. Recap the central themes discussed throughout the lesson.
b. Encourage students to continue exploring their imagination and creativity in their everyday lives.
c. Thank students for their active participation and engagement.

Assessment:
– Informal assessment can be conducted throughout the lesson by observing students’ active participation, engagement, and ability to communicate their thoughts and ideas.
– Students’ artwork and reflections can be collected and used as evidence of their understanding of the central themes in “How to Catch a Unicorn.”

Extension Activities:
1. Encourage students to create their own unicorn-themed stories or poems, using their imagination and creativity.
2. Set up a unicorn-themed sensory play area, providing materials like colored rice, glitter, and unicorn figurines for students to explore.
3. Invite a local artist or storyteller to visit the classroom and share their experiences related to creativity and imagination.

Note: This lesson plan can be adapted and modified based on the specific needs and interests of the students in your Kinder/Preschool/ELC setting

Country

Australia

Framework

EYLF (Australia)

Theorist

Maria Montessori

Subject

Books

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