Lesson Plan on How to Catch a Unicorn (Reggio USA)

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Title: Exploring Central Themes in “How to Catch a Unicorn” – A Reggio Emilia Inspired Lesson Plan for Preschool/Pre-Primary/Nursery/Pre-Kindergarten Students in the USA

– To introduce and explore the central themes of the children’s book “How to Catch a Unicorn” through a Reggio Emilia-inspired approach.
– To promote children’s creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
– To enhance language development, social-emotional skills, and fine motor skills.

Curriculum Links:
This lesson plan aligns with the USA Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) in the following domains:
1. Approaches to Learning
2. Social and Emotional Development
3. Language and Communication
4. Cognitive Development and General Knowledge
5. Physical Well-being and Motor Development

Theorist: Reggio Emilia
The Reggio Emilia approach emphasizes the importance of child-led, project-based learning, where children are active participants in their own learning. It encourages exploration, creativity, and collaboration, fostering a sense of community and respect for each child’s unique abilities and interests.

– “How to Catch a Unicorn” by Adam Wallace (or a similar book)
– Art supplies (paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Glue sticks
– Scissors
– Craft materials (glitter, sequins, feathers, etc.)
– Dramatic play props (unicorn headbands, capes, etc.)
– Large chart paper
– Sticky notes
– Music player and unicorn-themed songs
– Optional: Unicorn-themed snacks (fruit skewers, yogurt parfaits, etc.)


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Gather the students in a circle and introduce the book “How to Catch a Unicorn.”
– Show them the cover and ask if anyone has heard of unicorns before.
– Discuss what they already know or think about unicorns.
– Explain that today, they will explore the book’s central themes through various activities.

2. Read Aloud and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read the book aloud, pausing occasionally to ask questions and engage the students in conversation.
– Encourage them to predict what might happen next or share their thoughts and feelings about the story.
– Discuss the central themes, such as imagination, problem-solving, and perseverance.

3. Art Exploration (20 minutes):
– Set up an art station with various materials.
– Invite the students to create their own unicorn-themed artwork, inspired by the book.
– Encourage them to use their imagination and experiment with different colors and textures.
– Provide support and guidance as needed, but allow them to express their creativity freely.

4. Collaborative Project (20 minutes):
– Introduce a collaborative project inspired by the book, such as creating a large unicorn mural or a classroom unicorn garden.
– Divide the students into small groups and assign different tasks, such as drawing, cutting, or decorating.
– Encourage them to work together, share ideas, and problem-solve as a team.
– Display the finished project in the classroom to celebrate their collaboration.

5. Dramatic Play (15 minutes):
– Set up a dramatic play area with unicorn-themed props and costumes.
– Invite the students to dress up as unicorns and engage in imaginative play.
– Encourage them to create their own unicorn stories or act out scenes from the book.
– Observe and participate in their play, asking open-ended questions to stimulate their thinking and language skills.

6. Reflection and Documentation (10 minutes):
– Gather the students back in a circle and reflect on their experiences.
– Use large chart paper and sticky notes to document their thoughts, ideas, and observations.
– Ask questions such as, “What did you enjoy most about today’s activities?” or “What did you learn about unicorns?”
– Encourage them to share their artwork and explain their creative choices.

7. Closure (5 minutes):
– Play unicorn-themed music and invite the students to dance or move around the room.
– Thank them for their participation and enthusiasm.
– Provide a brief summary of the day’s activities and remind them of the central themes explored.
– Optional: Offer unicorn-themed snacks as a special treat.

– Invite parents or caregivers to a “Unicorn Celebration” where students can showcase their artwork and share their learning experiences.
– Create a class book inspired by the students’ unicorn stories or drawings.
– Explore other books with similar themes, such as “Uni the Unicorn” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal or “The Last Unicorn” by Peter S. Beagle.

– Observe and document students’ engagement, creativity, and problem-solving skills during the activities.
– Review their artwork and listen to their explanations to assess their understanding of the central themes.
– Use anecdotal notes and photographs to track their progress and development over time.

Note: Adapt the duration of each activity based on the age and attention span of the students






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