Lesson Plan on Room on the Broom (Montessori India)

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Pre-Primary / LKG / UKG / KG Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Room on the Broom (Montessori India), Montessori philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in “Room on the Broom” – A Montessori-inspired Lesson Plan for Pre-Primary / LKG / UKG / KG Students in India

Objective:
– To introduce and engage students in the central themes of the children’s book “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson.
– To develop language and literacy skills through storytelling, vocabulary building, and creative activities.
– To foster social-emotional development by encouraging collaboration, empathy, and respect for others.
– To align the lesson plan with the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) of India.
– To incorporate Montessori principles of hands-on learning, independence, and self-discovery.

Curriculum Links:
– Language Development: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing
– Social and Emotional Development
– Creative Expression
– Environmental Studies

Theorist: Maria Montessori

Materials:
– “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson (book)
– Pictures or props related to the story (witch, cat, dog, bird, frog, broom, etc.)
– Chart paper and markers
– Art supplies (crayons, colored pencils, markers, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Glue sticks
– Scissors
– Story sequencing cards (optional)
– Montessori-inspired practical life materials (e.g., pouring water, spooning, etc.)

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Gather students in a circle and introduce the book “Room on the Broom.”
– Show the book cover and ask students to predict what the story might be about.
– Explain that the story is about a witch and her animal friends.
– Relate the story to the NCF’s focus on language development, social-emotional skills, and creative expression.

2. Storytelling and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read aloud “Room on the Broom” with expressive voice and gestures.
– Pause at key moments to engage students in discussions about the story.
– Encourage students to share their thoughts, feelings, and predictions.
– Relate the story to their own experiences and the importance of friendship and teamwork.

3. Vocabulary Building (10 minutes):
– Introduce new vocabulary words from the story (e.g., witch, broom, cauldron, wand, etc.).
– Write the words on chart paper and discuss their meanings.
– Engage students in activities like word association, matching pictures to words, or acting out the words.

4. Art and Craft Activity (20 minutes):
– Provide each student with construction paper, art supplies, and pictures/props related to the story.
– Instruct students to create their own illustrations of a scene from the book or their favorite character.
– Encourage creativity and independent expression.
– Assist students as needed and display their artwork in the classroom.

5. Sequencing and Retelling (15 minutes):
– Use story sequencing cards (optional) or draw simple pictures representing key events from the story.
– Mix up the cards/pictures and ask students to work together to put them in the correct order.
– Once the sequence is correct, guide students in retelling the story using the pictures as prompts.
– Encourage students to use their own words and engage in turn-taking during the retelling.

6. Practical Life Activity (10 minutes):
– Introduce a practical life activity related to the story, such as pouring water or spooning objects.
– Explain the purpose of the activity and demonstrate the steps.
– Allow students to practice the activity independently or in small groups.
– Emphasize the importance of concentration, coordination, and careful movements.

7. Conclusion and Reflection (10 minutes):
– Gather students back in a circle and review the central themes of the story.
– Ask students to share their favorite parts of the lesson and what they learned.
– Encourage students to express gratitude for their friends and the opportunity to learn together.
– Relate the reflection to the NCF’s focus on social-emotional development and respect for others.

Extensions:
– Encourage students to create their own short stories or poems inspired by “Room on the Broom.”
– Organize a dramatic play activity where students can act out the story using props and costumes.
– Explore the concept of habitats and animals’ needs by discussing the different animals in the story.
– Integrate math skills by counting the animals or broomsticks in the story and engaging in simple addition/subtraction activities.

Assessment:
– Observe students’ active participation, engagement, and understanding during discussions and activities.
– Review students’ artwork, storytelling, and practical life activities for creativity, effort, and attention to detail.
– Provide verbal feedback and encouragement to students throughout the lesson.
– Document students’ progress and reflections in individual portfolios or anecdotal records.

Note: Adapt the lesson plan duration and activities based on the age, abilities, and attention span of the students

Country

India

Framework

NCF (India)

Theorist

Maria Montessori

Subject

Books

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