Lesson Plan on Room on the Broom (Steiner New Zealand)

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Kindergarten / ECE Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Room on the Broom (Steiner New Zealand), Steiner philosophy

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

Grade Level: Kindergarten / Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Curriculum: New Zealand Te Whฤriki
Theorist: Rudolf Steiner

Objective:
– To introduce and explore the central themes of the children’s book “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson, in alignment with the New Zealand Te Whฤriki curriculum.
– To foster children’s imagination, creativity, and social skills through storytelling, role-playing, and hands-on activities.
– To encourage children’s understanding of diversity, cooperation, and problem-solving.

Materials:
– “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson
– Props and costumes related to the characters in the book (e.g., broom, witch hat, cat ears, dog ears, bird wings, frog mask)
– Art supplies (paper, crayons, markers, glue, scissors)
– Natural materials (sticks, leaves, stones)
– Music player and appropriate background music
– Chart paper and markers
– Storytelling area with cushions or mats

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes)
– Gather the children in a circle and introduce the book “Room on the Broom.”
– Discuss the author and illustrator, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
– Explain that the book tells a story about a witch and her animal friends.
– Connect the story to the New Zealand Te Whฤriki curriculum, emphasizing the importance of imagination, creativity, and social skills.

2. Storytelling and Discussion (15 minutes)
– Read aloud “Room on the Broom” to the children, using expressive voices and gestures.
– Pause at key moments to engage the children in discussions about the characters, their actions, and the central themes of the story.
– Encourage children to share their thoughts, predictions, and feelings about the story.

3. Role-Playing and Character Exploration (20 minutes)
– Divide the children into small groups and assign each group a character from the book (witch, cat, dog, bird, frog).
– Provide props and costumes related to each character.
– Allow the children to dress up and act out scenes from the story, using their imagination and creativity.
– Encourage children to take turns playing different roles and problem-solve together.

4. Art and Craft Activity (20 minutes)
– Provide art supplies and invite children to create their own illustrations of a scene from the book.
– Encourage them to use their imagination and creativity to depict the characters and their surroundings.
– Assist children in cutting out and gluing their illustrations onto a large piece of chart paper.
– Display the collaborative artwork in the classroom as a visual representation of their learning.

5. Nature Walk and Sensory Exploration (15 minutes)
– Take the children on a nature walk outside the classroom.
– Encourage them to collect natural materials such as sticks, leaves, and stones.
– Return to the classroom and invite children to explore the textures, shapes, and colors of the collected materials.
– Discuss how these natural materials could be used to create a new broom for the witch or a home for the animals.

6. Conclusion and Reflection (10 minutes)
– Gather the children back in a circle and reflect on the central themes of the story.
– Discuss the importance of diversity, cooperation, and problem-solving, as demonstrated by the characters in “Room on the Broom.”
– Encourage children to share their favorite parts of the lesson and what they have learned.
– Conclude the lesson by singing a song related to the story or playing appropriate background music.

Assessment:
– Observe children’s participation and engagement during the storytelling, role-playing, and art activities.
– Assess children’s ability to express their thoughts, feelings, and ideas related to the central themes of the story.
– Evaluate children’s collaboration and problem-solving skills during the role-playing and nature exploration activities.
– Review children’s artwork and reflections to assess their understanding of the story’s central themes.

Note: This lesson plan incorporates elements of Rudolf Steiner’s educational philosophy by emphasizing imagination, creativity, and hands-on activities. It also aligns with the New Zealand Te Whฤriki curriculum by promoting social skills, diversity, and problem-solving

Country

New Zealand

Framework

Te Whฤriki (New Zealand)

Theorist

Rudolf Steiner

Subject

Books

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