Lesson Plan on Room on the Broom (Reggio USA)

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Title: Exploring Central Themes in “Room on the Broom” – A Reggio Emilia Inspired Lesson Plan for Preschool/Pre-Primary/Nursery/Pre-Kindergarten Students in the USA

Objective:
– To introduce and explore the central themes of friendship, cooperation, and problem-solving through the children’s book “Room on the Broom.”
– To encourage creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration among students.
– To align with the USA Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) and incorporate the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach.

Curriculum Links:
– USA Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF):
– Social and Emotional Development
– Language and Literacy Development
– Creative Arts Expression
– Approaches to Learning

Theorist: Reggio Emilia Approach
– The Reggio Emilia approach emphasizes child-led learning, collaboration, and the use of expressive materials to foster creativity and critical thinking.

Materials:
– “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
– Chart paper and markers
– Art supplies (e.g., colored pencils, crayons, markers, glue, scissors)
– Dramatic play props (e.g., broom, witch hat, cauldron)
– Construction paper
– Popsicle sticks
– Various craft materials (e.g., feathers, googly eyes, pipe cleaners)

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Gather students in a circle and introduce the book “Room on the Broom.”
– Discuss the importance of friendship, cooperation, and problem-solving.
– Explain that they will be exploring these themes through various activities inspired by the book.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read “Room on the Broom” aloud, using expressive voices and encouraging student participation.
– Pause at key moments to ask open-ended questions, such as:
– “Why do you think the animals wanted to help the witch?”
– “How did the witch solve the problem of not having enough room on her broom?”
– Encourage students to share their thoughts and ideas, fostering critical thinking and language development.

3. Collaborative Art Project (20 minutes):
– Divide students into small groups and provide each group with a large sheet of construction paper.
– Instruct students to work together to create a collaborative artwork depicting a scene from the book.
– Encourage them to use various art materials and techniques to express their creativity.
– Facilitate discussions within each group, promoting collaboration and problem-solving.

4. Dramatic Play (15 minutes):
– Set up a dramatic play area with props related to the book (e.g., broom, witch hat, cauldron).
– Allow students to engage in imaginative play, taking on different roles from the story.
– Observe and facilitate discussions, encouraging students to act out problem-solving scenarios and practice cooperation.

5. Story Retelling and Popsicle Stick Puppets (20 minutes):
– Provide each student with a popsicle stick and art supplies.
– Instruct students to create their own puppets representing the characters from the book.
– Encourage them to retell the story using their puppets, focusing on the themes of friendship and cooperation.
– Facilitate a group discussion, allowing students to share their retellings and thoughts on the central themes.

6. Reflection and Documentation (10 minutes):
– Gather students back in a circle and reflect on the activities.
– Ask open-ended questions, such as:
– “What did you learn about friendship and cooperation from the book and our activities?”
– “How did you solve problems during the collaborative art project and dramatic play?”
– Document students’ responses on chart paper, creating a visual representation of their learning.

Extensions:
– Encourage students to create their own stories or poems about friendship and cooperation.
– Invite families to a “Room on the Broom” themed event, where students can showcase their artwork and retellings.
– Explore other books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, discussing common themes and comparing characters.

Assessment:
– Observe students’ engagement, collaboration, and problem-solving skills during the activities.
– Assess students’ understanding of the central themes through their participation in discussions and their artwork/retellings.
– Document students’ responses during the reflection phase to assess their comprehension and ability to connect the themes to their own experiences.

Note: Adapt the lesson plan as needed to suit the specific age group and abilities of the students

Country

USA

Framework

ELOF (USA)

Theorist

Reggio Emilia

Subject

Books

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