Lesson Plan on The Bad Seed (Reggio Canada)

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Title: Exploring Central Themes in “The Bad Seed” – A Reggio Emilia Inspired Lesson Plan for Kindergarten/Preschool Students in Canada

Grade Level: Kindergarten/Preschool/SK/Pre-Elementary/ECEC
Subject: Language Arts
Duration: 3-4 sessions (approximately 45 minutes each)

Curriculum Connections:
– English Language Arts: Reading Comprehension, Oral Communication, Writing
– Visual Arts: Exploring and Creating Artworks
– Social Studies: Understanding Self and Others

Theorist: Reggio Emilia Approach

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the central themes of the book “The Bad Seed” and relate them to personal experiences.
2. Develop reading comprehension skills by engaging in discussions and activities related to the story.
3. Enhance oral communication skills by expressing thoughts and feelings about the book.
4. Foster creativity and self-expression through art activities inspired by the story.
5. Develop empathy and understanding towards others by reflecting on the character’s transformation.

– “The Bad Seed” by Jory John and Pete Oswald
– Chart paper and markers
– Drawing paper
– Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
– Art supplies (e.g., glue, scissors, craft materials)
– Story-related props (optional)


Session 1: Introduction and Story Reading
1. Begin by introducing the book “The Bad Seed” to the students, highlighting the author and illustrator.
2. Engage students in a brief discussion about seeds and their growth, linking it to the concept of change and transformation.
3. Read the book aloud, pausing at appropriate moments to allow students to make predictions and share their thoughts.
4. After reading, facilitate a class discussion to explore the central themes of the story, such as change, self-reflection, and empathy.
5. Record students’ ideas on chart paper, creating a mind map or concept web.

Session 2: Exploring Feelings and Self-Reflection
1. Review the central themes discussed in the previous session.
2. Engage students in a group activity where they share personal experiences related to the themes in the book.
3. Provide each student with a drawing paper and ask them to draw a self-portrait, focusing on their facial expressions and emotions.
4. Encourage students to share their drawings with the class, explaining the emotions they portrayed.
5. Display the self-portraits in the classroom, creating a visual representation of the diverse emotions experienced by the students.

Session 3: Artistic Expression and Empathy
1. Begin by revisiting the central themes and discussing the character’s transformation in “The Bad Seed.”
2. Introduce an art activity where students create their own seed character, representing a positive change or transformation.
3. Provide art supplies and encourage students to use their imagination to design and decorate their seed character.
4. After completing their artwork, ask students to share their creations with the class, explaining the positive change their seed character represents.
5. Facilitate a class discussion on empathy, encouraging students to reflect on how they can support and understand others who may be going through a transformation.

Session 4 (Optional): Extension Activities
1. If time permits, engage students in extension activities such as writing a short story or poem inspired by “The Bad Seed.”
2. Encourage students to create a puppet show or role-play based on the book, allowing them to explore the themes through dramatic play.
3. Display students’ written work or perform the puppet show for other classes or parents, promoting further engagement and appreciation for the story.

– Observe students’ active participation and engagement during discussions and activities.
– Assess students’ ability to express their thoughts and emotions through drawings and oral communication.
– Review students’ written work or performances during extension activities for understanding of the central themes and creativity.

Note: This lesson plan can be adapted and modified based on the specific needs and interests of the students, as well as the available resources and time constraints




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