Lesson Plan on The Bad Seed (Montessori Australia)

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Kinder / Preschool / ELC Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on The Bad Seed (Montessori Australia), Montessori philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in “The Bad Seed” – A Montessori-inspired Kinder/Preschool/ELC Lesson Plan

Grade Level: Kinder/Preschool/ELC (3-5 years old)
Subject: English Language Arts
Duration: 1 week (5 days)

Curriculum Links:
– Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
– Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators
– Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
– Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

Theorist: Maria Montessori

Lesson Objectives:
1. To introduce children to the central themes of the book “The Bad Seed.”
2. To develop children’s understanding of emotions and empathy.
3. To enhance children’s communication skills through discussions and creative activities.
4. To foster a sense of identity and self-awareness in children.
5. To encourage children to make connections between the story and their own lives.

– “The Bad Seed” by Jory John and Pete Oswald
– Large chart paper and markers
– Art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, markers, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Glue sticks
– Scissors
– Storytelling props (puppets, felt characters, etc.)
– Emotion cards (happy, sad, angry, surprised, etc.)
– Picture cards depicting various situations (sharing, helping, etc.)

Day 1: Introduction to “The Bad Seed”
1. Begin by introducing the book “The Bad Seed” to the children, highlighting the author and illustrator.
2. Read the book aloud, using expressive voices and gestures to engage the children.
3. Facilitate a group discussion about the story, focusing on the central themes of change, empathy, and self-identity.
4. Display a large chart paper and ask children to share their thoughts and feelings about the story. Write down their responses.

Day 2: Exploring Emotions
1. Review the emotions discussed in the previous session.
2. Introduce emotion cards and explain their purpose.
3. Show each emotion card to the children and ask them to identify and discuss situations that might evoke those emotions.
4. Engage children in role-playing activities where they act out different emotions.
5. Encourage children to express their own emotions and discuss how they can respond to different feelings.

Day 3: Creating Character Puppets
1. Provide children with art supplies and construction paper.
2. Ask children to choose a character from “The Bad Seed” and draw it on the construction paper.
3. Assist children in cutting out their characters and attaching them to popsicle sticks to create puppets.
4. Encourage children to use their puppets to retell parts of the story or create their own stories related to the central themes.

Day 4: Making Connections
1. Display picture cards depicting various situations (sharing, helping, etc.).
2. Engage children in a discussion about how the characters in “The Bad Seed” could have responded differently in those situations.
3. Encourage children to make connections between the story and their own lives, discussing times when they have experienced similar situations.
4. Facilitate a group brainstorming session on positive ways to respond to challenging situations.

Day 5: Reflection and Extension Activities
1. Review the central themes of “The Bad Seed” and the children’s responses from the chart paper.
2. Provide children with art supplies and ask them to create a collage or drawing that represents their understanding of the story’s themes.
3. Encourage children to share their artwork and explain their choices to the class.
4. Conclude the lesson by revisiting the objectives and discussing how the children have achieved them.

– Observe children’s participation and engagement during discussions and activities.
– Assess children’s ability to identify and express emotions through their responses and role-playing.
– Evaluate children’s understanding of the central themes by reviewing their artwork and reflections.
– Provide feedback and encouragement to each child individually.

Extension Activities:
1. Invite children to write or dictate their own short stories with a focus on empathy and positive change.
2. Create a class book inspired by “The Bad Seed,” where each child contributes a page illustrating a positive behavior or action.
3. Organize a puppet show or storytelling session where children can use their puppets to retell the story or share their own stories.
4. Encourage children to explore other books by Jory John and Pete Oswald, comparing and contrasting the themes and characters.

Note: This lesson plan is designed to be flexible and adaptable to the needs and interests of the children. It is important to consider the individual abilities and developmental stages of the students when implementing the activities




EYLF (Australia)


Maria Montessori



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