Lesson Plan on How to Catch a Unicorn (Reggio New Zealand)

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Kindergarten / ECE Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on How to Catch a Unicorn (Reggio New Zealand), Reggio philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in “How to Catch a Unicorn” – A Reggio Emilia Inspired Lesson Plan for Kindergarten/ECE Students in New Zealand

Curriculum Link:
This lesson plan aligns with the New Zealand Te Whฤriki curriculum, specifically focusing on the following strands:
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 with the routines, customs, and regular events.
3. Contribution – Goal 3: Children experience an environment where they learn to care for the environment.

Theorist Link:
This lesson plan is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, which emphasizes child-led learning, collaboration, and the use of the environment as the third teacher. The Reggio Emilia approach aligns with the Te Whฤriki curriculum’s focus on holistic development, relationships, and the importance of the environment.

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 to explore the concept of catching a unicorn.
3. Collaborate with peers to create a group artwork inspired by the book.
4. Reflect on their learning and share their thoughts and feelings about the book and the activities.

1. “How to Catch a Unicorn” by Adam Wallace (or a similar book)
2. Art supplies (paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils, etc.)
3. Dramatic play materials (costumes, props, etc.)
4. Chart paper and markers
5. Digital camera or tablet (optional)


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
a. Begin by gathering the students in a circle and introduce the book “How to Catch a Unicorn.”
b. Show the cover of the book and ask the 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 the book aloud, pausing at appropriate moments to engage the students in discussion.
b. Encourage the students to share their thoughts, feelings, and connections to the story.
c. Use open-ended questions to promote critical thinking and deeper understanding of the central themes.

3. Imaginative Play (20 minutes):
a. Set up a dramatic play area with costumes, props, and a designated “unicorn-catching” zone.
b. Allow the students to engage in imaginative play, taking on different roles and scenarios related to catching a unicorn.
c. Observe and facilitate their play, encouraging collaboration, problem-solving, and creativity.

4. Group Artwork (20 minutes):
a. Gather the students back in a circle and discuss the illustrations in the book.
b. Explain that they will be creating a group artwork inspired by the book.
c. Provide art supplies and encourage the students to collaborate and express their ideas through drawing or painting.
d. Display the artwork in the classroom or a common area to celebrate their creativity and collaboration.

5. Reflection and Sharing (10 minutes):
a. Use chart paper to create a reflection board titled “Our Unicorn Adventure.”
b. Ask the students to share their thoughts and feelings about the book, the imaginative play, and the group artwork.
c. Document their responses on the reflection board, using words, drawings, or photographs.
d. Encourage the students to revisit the reflection board throughout the year to reinforce their learning and connections.

Assessment in this lesson will be ongoing and informal, focusing on the students’ engagement, participation, and ability to express their thoughts and ideas. Observations, discussions, and the group artwork will provide valuable insights into their understanding of the central themes in the book and their ability to collaborate and reflect.

Extension Activities:
1. Writing: Encourage students to write their own stories about catching a unicorn, using their imagination and creativity.
2. Science: Explore the concept of mythical creatures and engage in discussions about real and imaginary animals.
3. Music and Movement: Create a unicorn-themed dance or song, incorporating movements and sounds related to catching a unicorn.

Note: The duration of each activity can be adjusted based on the needs and attention span of the students


New Zealand


Te Whฤriki (New Zealand)


Reggio Emilia



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