Lesson Plan on I’ve Loved You Since Forever (Reggio USA)

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Title: Exploring Love and Relationships through “I’ve Loved You Since Forever”

Grade Level: Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten
Subject: Language Arts / Social and Emotional Development
Duration: 1 week (5 days)

Objective:
– Students will develop an understanding of love and relationships by exploring the central themes in the children’s book, “I’ve Loved You Since Forever.”
– Students will engage in various activities to enhance their language skills, creativity, and social-emotional development.
– Students will make connections between the book and their own lives, fostering a sense of belonging and empathy.

Curriculum Links:
– USA Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF):
– Social and Emotional Development: Relationships with Adults and Peers
– Language and Literacy: Listening and Understanding
– Creative Arts: Visual Arts and Music
– Common Core State Standards (CCSS):
– CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.PK.2: With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
– CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.PK.3: With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

Theorist Link:
– Reggio Emilia Approach: This lesson plan incorporates the Reggio Emilia approach by encouraging children to explore their own ideas, make connections, and express themselves through various creative activities.

Materials:
– “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” by Hoda Kotb
– Chart paper and markers
– Art supplies (crayons, markers, colored pencils, paints, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Glue sticks
– Scissors
– Music player and speakers

Procedure:

Day 1: Introduction to the Book and Central Themes
1. Begin by gathering students in a circle and introducing the book, “I’ve Loved You Since Forever.” Show them the cover and ask if anyone has heard of the book before.
2. Read the book aloud, pausing to discuss the illustrations and ask questions about the story.
3. After reading, facilitate a class discussion about the central themes of the book, such as love, family, and relationships. Write down their ideas on chart paper.

Day 2: Retelling and Sequencing
1. Review the book briefly, focusing on the characters, settings, and major events.
2. Provide each student with a set of picture cards representing key events from the story. Ask them to work individually or in pairs to sequence the events in the correct order.
3. Allow students to share their sequences with the class, encouraging them to explain their choices.

Day 3: Artistic Expression
1. Discuss with students how the book made them feel and why. Encourage them to share their thoughts and emotions.
2. Provide art supplies and construction paper. Ask students to create their own illustrations inspired by the book, depicting a scene or character that resonated with them.
3. After completing their artwork, invite students to share their creations with the class, explaining their choices and feelings.

Day 4: Music and Movement
1. Play soft, calming music in the background and ask students to close their eyes and listen carefully.
2. After the music ends, facilitate a discussion about how the music made them feel and what images or memories it evoked.
3. Encourage students to express their feelings through movement, either individually or in pairs. Provide a safe space for them to explore different movements and dance styles.

Day 5: Reflection and Connection
1. Gather students in a circle and ask them to reflect on the book and the activities they have done throughout the week.
2. Discuss how the themes of love and relationships relate to their own lives, families, and friends.
3. Encourage students to share their reflections and connections with the class, fostering a sense of belonging and empathy.

Assessment:
– Observe students’ participation and engagement during discussions and activities.
– Assess students’ ability to sequence events from the story accurately.
– Evaluate students’ artwork and their ability to express their thoughts and emotions through visual representation.
– Monitor students’ reflections and connections during the final discussion.

Extension Activities:
– Invite parents or family members to share their own stories of love and relationships during a special storytelling session.
– Create a class book inspired by “I’ve Loved You Since Forever,” where each student contributes a page with their own illustration and a sentence about love.
– Collaborate with the music teacher to create a song or chant based on the themes of the book, incorporating students’ ideas and lyrics.

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

Country

USA

Framework

ELOF (USA)

Theorist

Reggio Emilia

Subject

Books

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