Lesson Plan on Room on the Broom (Steiner Japan)

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Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Room on the Broom (Steiner Japan), Steiner philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in “Room on the Broom” – A Kindergarten Lesson Plan

Grade Level: Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku (5-6 years old)
Subject: Language Arts
Duration: 3-4 lessons (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. Literature: Appreciate and enjoy a variety of literary works.

Theorist: Rudolf Steiner – Founder of Waldorf Education

Objectives:
1. Students will develop listening and speaking skills through active participation in discussions and group activities.
2. Students will explore the central themes of the book “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson.
3. Students will enhance their creativity and imagination through art and drama activities.
4. Students will develop an appreciation for literature and storytelling.

Materials:
1. “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson (English version)
2. Picture cards or illustrations related to the story
3. Art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, markers, etc.)
4. Dramatic play props (broom, witch hat, animal masks, etc.)
5. Chart paper and markers
6. Story sequencing cards (optional)

Procedure:

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Book and Characters
1. Begin by introducing the book “Room on the Broom” to the students. Show them the cover and ask if anyone has heard or read the story before.
2. Read the story aloud, using expressive voice and gestures to engage the students.
3. After reading, facilitate a class discussion about the story. Ask questions such as:
– What happened in the story?
– Who are the main characters?
– What do you think the story is about?
4. Display picture cards or illustrations related to the story on the board. Discuss each character and their role in the story.
5. Introduce the concept of teamwork and friendship, linking it to the story’s central themes.

Lesson 2: Exploring Story Elements
1. Review the story briefly, focusing on the main events and characters.
2. Divide the class into small groups and provide each group with a set of story sequencing cards (optional). Instruct them to work together to arrange the cards in the correct order.
3. Once the groups have completed the sequencing activity, gather them together and discuss their findings. Encourage them to explain their reasoning and discuss any differences in their sequencing.
4. Introduce the concept of problem-solving and discuss how the characters in the story worked together to overcome challenges.
5. Engage the students in a group art activity. Provide art supplies and ask them to draw their favorite scene from the story. Encourage creativity and imagination.

Lesson 3: Dramatic Play and Character Exploration
1. Begin by reviewing the story and its central themes.
2. Divide the class into small groups and assign each group a character from the story (witch, cat, dog, bird, frog, dragon).
3. Provide the groups with props related to their assigned characters (broom, witch hat, animal masks, etc.).
4. Instruct the groups to create a short skit or role-play based on their assigned character. Encourage them to incorporate teamwork and problem-solving into their performances.
5. Allow each group to present their skit to the class. After each performance, facilitate a discussion about the character’s role in the story and how they contributed to the overall theme of friendship and cooperation.

Lesson 4: Reflection and Extension Activities
1. Begin by revisiting the story and its central themes.
2. Engage the students in a reflective discussion about what they have learned from the book and the activities.
3. Provide each student with a piece of chart paper and ask them to draw or write about a time when they worked together with others to solve a problem.
4. Display the students’ work around the classroom, creating a collaborative display of their reflections.
5. As an extension activity, encourage students to explore other books by Julia Donaldson or engage in related art and craft activities inspired by the story.

Assessment:
1. Observe students’ active participation and engagement during discussions and activities.
2. Assess students’ ability to sequence the story events correctly (if using sequencing cards).
3. Evaluate students’ creativity and imagination through their artwork and dramatic play performances.
4. Review students’ reflections and assess their understanding of the central themes and their ability to connect them to real-life experiences.

Note: Adapt the lesson plan as per the specific needs and abilities of your students

Country

Japan

Framework

MEXT (Japan)

Theorist

Rudolf Steiner

Subject

Books

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