Lesson Plan on Love You Forever (Reggio Japan)

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Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Love You Forever (Reggio Japan), Reggio philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in “Love You Forever” – A Reggio Emilia Inspired Lesson Plan for Kindergarten Students in Japan

Grade Level: Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku
Subject: Language Arts / Literature
Duration: 3-4 sessions (approximately 45 minutes each)

Curriculum Standards (Japan MEXT):
1. Reading: Understand and respond to simple texts.
2. Speaking and Listening: Communicate effectively in various situations.
3. Social and Emotional Development: Develop empathy and understanding towards others.

Theorist: Reggio Emilia Approach – Loris Malaguzzi

Objectives:
1. Students will develop an understanding of the central themes in the book “Love You Forever.”
2. Students will engage in critical thinking and discussion to express their thoughts and emotions.
3. Students will enhance their language skills through vocabulary development and storytelling.
4. Students will develop empathy and understanding towards others.

Materials:
1. “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch (English and Japanese versions)
2. Chart paper and markers
3. Art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, markers, etc.)
4. Large paper or cardboard
5. Photographs of family members (optional)

Procedure:

Session 1: Introduction and Storytelling
1. Begin the lesson by introducing the book “Love You Forever” and its author, Robert Munsch.
2. Engage students in a brief discussion about their favorite books and stories.
3. Read aloud “Love You Forever” in both English and Japanese versions, encouraging students to follow along.
4. After reading, facilitate a class discussion using open-ended questions:
– What did you notice about the story?
– How did the characters feel at different points in the story?
– What do you think the central themes of the story are?
– How did the story make you feel?

Session 2: Exploring Themes and Artistic Expression
1. Review the central themes identified in the previous session (e.g., love, family, growth, aging).
2. Divide the class into small groups and provide each group with a large paper or cardboard.
3. Instruct students to create a visual representation of one of the central themes using art supplies.
4. Encourage students to discuss their ideas within their groups and collaborate on their artwork.
5. Once completed, have each group present their artwork to the class, explaining their chosen theme and artistic choices.

Session 3: Writing and Reflection
1. Begin by revisiting the central themes and artwork from the previous session.
2. Provide each student with a piece of chart paper and markers.
3. Instruct students to write or draw about a personal experience related to one of the central themes.
4. Encourage students to share their reflections with a partner or in small groups.
5. As a whole class, invite a few students to share their reflections and discuss their experiences.
6. Conclude the lesson by revisiting the book and summarizing the central themes once again.

Extension Activities:
1. Family Tree Collage: Ask students to bring in photographs of their family members and create a collage representing their family tree.
2. Dramatic Play: Set up a dramatic play area where students can act out scenes from the book or create their own stories related to the central themes.
3. Writing Letters: Encourage students to write letters to their loved ones, expressing their feelings and appreciation.

Assessment:
1. Observe students’ active participation and engagement during discussions and activities.
2. Assess students’ ability to identify and explain the central themes in “Love You Forever.”
3. Review students’ artwork and written reflections for creativity, understanding, and expression of personal experiences.

Note: This lesson plan is designed to be flexible and can be adapted to suit the needs and interests of the students

Country

Japan

Framework

MEXT (Japan)

Theorist

Reggio Emilia

Subject

Books

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