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

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Title: Exploring the Central Themes of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” – A Montessori-inspired EYFS Lesson Plan

Age Group: Preschool / Nursery School (3-5 years old)
Curriculum: UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Theorist: Maria Montessori

– To introduce children to the central themes of the book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss.
– To develop children’s understanding of self-confidence, resilience, and the importance of trying new things.
– To enhance children’s language and communication skills through storytelling and creative activities.
– To promote independent learning and exploration in a Montessori-inspired environment.

Key Vocabulary:
– Places, journey, adventure, confidence, resilience, challenges, success, failure, determination, dreams, goals.

– “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss
– Large world map
– Pictures of different places and landmarks
– Art supplies (colored pencils, markers, crayons, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue
– Montessori-inspired materials (e.g., sandpaper letters, number rods, etc.)

Introduction (10 minutes):
1. Gather the children in a circle and introduce the book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss.
2. Show them the cover and ask if anyone has heard of or read this book before.
3. Explain that the book is about going on a journey, trying new things, and discovering the world.
4. Introduce the key vocabulary words and briefly discuss their meanings.
5. Link the lesson to the EYFS curriculum by explaining that today, they will be exploring the central themes of the book through various activities.

Main Activities:

1. Storytelling and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read aloud “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” to the children, using expressive voices and gestures.
– Pause at key moments to ask open-ended questions, such as:
– “How do you think the character feels when they face a challenge?”
– “What do you think the character learns from their experiences?”
– “Can you relate to any of the situations in the book?”
– Encourage children to share their thoughts and feelings about the story.

2. Mapping Our Dreams (20 minutes):
– Display a large world map and explain that it represents all the places they can go and explore.
– Show pictures of different places and landmarks, discussing their names and unique features.
– Provide each child with a piece of construction paper and art supplies.
– Ask them to draw or create collages of their dream destinations or places they would like to visit.
– Encourage children to share their creations and explain why they chose those places.

3. Building Resilience (20 minutes):
– Introduce the concept of resilience and explain that it means not giving up when things get difficult.
– Set up Montessori-inspired activities that promote resilience, such as:
– Sandpaper letters: Children trace the letters with their fingers, saying the corresponding sounds.
– Number rods: Children arrange the rods in order, counting aloud as they go.
– Encourage children to persevere and celebrate their efforts and progress.

4. Creating a Class Book (15 minutes):
– Provide each child with a blank page and ask them to draw or write about a challenge they have faced.
– Assist children in writing or dictating their experiences, focusing on their feelings and how they overcame the challenge.
– Collect the pages and bind them together to create a class book titled “Our Journey of Challenges and Success.”
– Read the book aloud to the class, highlighting the importance of trying new things and learning from failures.

Conclusion (5 minutes):
1. Recap the central themes of the book and the activities they have participated in.
2. Ask children to share one thing they have learned or enjoyed during the lesson.
3. Emphasize the importance of self-confidence, resilience, and exploring new opportunities.
4. Encourage children to continue their own journeys of discovery and growth.

– Observe children’s active participation and engagement during the activities.
– Assess their understanding of the central themes through their responses during discussions and storytelling.
– Evaluate their creativity and communication skills through their drawings, collages, and written contributions to the class book.

Extension Activities:
– Invite parents to share their own travel experiences or cultural traditions with the class.
– Organize a “dress-up day” where children can come dressed as someone from a different country or culture.
– Plan a field trip to a local landmark or museum to further explore the concept of “places to go.”

Note: This lesson plan is designed to be flexible and can be adapted to suit the specific needs and interests of the children in your class


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