Lesson Plan on Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (Montessori Australia)

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Kinder / Preschool / ELC Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (Montessori Australia), Montessori philosophy

Title: Exploring the Central Themes of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” – A Montessori-inspired Lesson Plan for Kinder/Preschool/ELC Students in Australia

Curriculum Link:
This lesson plan is designed to align with the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Specifically, it addresses the following outcomes:
– Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity.
– Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
– Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
– Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners.
– Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators.

Theorist Link:
This lesson plan incorporates the principles of Maria Montessori, an influential theorist in early childhood education. Montessori believed in providing children with a prepared environment that fosters independence, self-directed learning, and hands-on experiences. This lesson plan aims to create an environment that encourages exploration, discovery, and active engagement.

Duration: 1-2 weeks (depending on the pace of the class)

Learning Objectives:
1. To develop children’s understanding of the central themes in the book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
2. To encourage children’s creativity, imagination, and self-expression.
3. To promote social and emotional development through group activities and discussions.
4. To enhance children’s language and literacy skills through storytelling and vocabulary building.
5. To foster children’s critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

– “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss
– Art supplies (colored pencils, markers, crayons, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue sticks
– Chart paper
– Storytelling props (puppets, felt board, etc.)
– Various props related to different places (e.g., miniature landmarks, travel brochures, globes, etc.)
– Musical instruments (optional)


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Gather the children in a circle and introduce the book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss.
– Discuss the cover and ask children to predict what the book might be about.
– Explain that the book explores different places and the adventures one can have in life.

2. Storytelling and Discussion (20 minutes):
– Read aloud the book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” with enthusiasm, using storytelling props if available.
– Pause at key moments to engage children in discussions about the central themes, such as:
– The excitement of exploring new places.
– The challenges and obstacles one might face.
– The importance of perseverance and resilience.
– The joy of achieving personal goals.
– Encourage children to share their thoughts, feelings, and personal experiences related to the themes.

3. Artistic Expression (30 minutes):
– Provide each child with art supplies, construction paper, and encourage them to create their own illustrations inspired by the book.
– Encourage children to express their interpretation of the central themes through their artwork.
– Assist children in cutting out their illustrations and gluing them onto a large class mural or individual posters.

4. Dramatic Play (20 minutes):
– Set up a dramatic play area with various props related to different places (e.g., a doctor’s office, a space station, a beach, etc.).
– Allow children to choose a place and engage in imaginative play, taking on different roles and scenarios.
– Observe and facilitate discussions about the places they are exploring, encouraging language development and social interactions.

5. Mapping Our Journey (20 minutes):
– Introduce the concept of maps and their purpose.
– Provide children with a large world map or a map of Australia.
– Discuss the places mentioned in the book and locate them on the map.
– Encourage children to add their own imaginary places or places they would like to visit.
– Use this opportunity to introduce basic geography concepts, such as continents, oceans, and landmarks.

6. Reflection and Sharing (15 minutes):
– Gather the children in a circle and reflect on their experiences throughout the lesson.
– Ask open-ended questions to encourage critical thinking and self-expression, such as:
– “What was your favorite part of the book?”
– “What challenges have you faced in your life?”
– “What are some places you dream of visiting?”
– Provide each child with an opportunity to share their thoughts, feelings, or artwork with the class.

7. Extension Activities (optional):
– Invite a guest speaker (e.g., a pilot, a doctor, a firefighter) to share their experiences of exploring different places and overcoming challenges.
– Organize a class field trip to a local landmark or a place of interest, allowing children to experience the joy of exploration firsthand.
– Create a class travel journal where children can document their imaginary or real adventures, using drawings, photos, or written descriptions.

– Informal assessment can be conducted throughout the lesson by observing children’s active participation, engagement, and understanding of the central themes.
– Document children’s artwork, reflections, and discussions to assess their creativity, language development, and critical thinking skills.
– Provide feedback and encouragement to each child individually, focusing on their strengths and areas for growth.

Note: This lesson plan can be adapted and modified based on the specific needs and interests of the children in your class




EYLF (Australia)


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