Lesson Plan on The Bad Seed (Reggio Japan)

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Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on The Bad Seed (Reggio Japan), Reggio philosophy

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

Curriculum Link: This lesson plan aligns with the Japan MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology) curriculum for Kindergarten, specifically focusing on the development of language and literacy skills, social-emotional development, and fostering creativity and critical thinking.

Theorist Link: This lesson plan incorporates the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach, which emphasizes child-led learning, collaboration, and the use of expressive arts to enhance children’s understanding and engagement with the central themes of the book.

– To introduce and explore the central themes of “The Bad Seed” through various activities, fostering language and literacy skills, social-emotional development, and critical thinking.
– To encourage creativity and self-expression through art and dramatic play.
– To promote collaboration and communication among students.

– The book “The Bad Seed” by Jory John
– Chart paper and markers
– Art supplies (crayons, colored pencils, markers, paints, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Puppets or stuffed animals
– Dramatic play props (e.g., costumes, hats, masks)


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Begin by gathering students in a circle and introduce the book “The Bad Seed.”
– Show the cover and ask students to make predictions about the story based on the title and the illustration.
– Discuss the importance of seeds and how they grow into plants, relating it to the growth and development of characters in the story.
– Explain that the book explores themes of change, empathy, and self-reflection.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read aloud “The Bad Seed” to the students, using expressive voice and gestures to engage their attention.
– Pause at key moments to ask open-ended questions, encouraging students to share their thoughts and feelings about the story.
– Discuss the central themes of the book, such as change, empathy, and self-reflection, using the following guiding questions:
– How did the seed change throughout the story?
– How did the seed feel at different points in the story?
– How did the seed’s behavior affect others?
– How did the seed change its behavior and attitude?
– How did the seed’s change impact others?

3. Artistic Expression (20 minutes):
– Provide art supplies and construction paper to each student.
– Ask students to create their own illustrations or visual representations of the seed at different points in the story, focusing on the changes in its behavior and attitude.
– Encourage students to use colors, shapes, and lines to express emotions and thoughts related to the story.
– Display the artwork on a classroom bulletin board, allowing students to share and discuss their creations.

4. Dramatic Play (15 minutes):
– Set up a dramatic play area with puppets or stuffed animals representing characters from the book.
– Divide students into small groups and assign each group a character to role-play.
– Encourage students to act out different scenes from the story, focusing on the changes in the seed’s behavior and attitude.
– Provide prompts and open-ended questions to guide their discussions and reflections on the characters’ feelings and actions.

5. Reflection and Closure (10 minutes):
– Gather students back in a circle and ask them to reflect on their learning experience.
– Use chart paper to create a mind map, noting down the central themes discussed during the lesson.
– Ask students to share their thoughts on how they can apply the lessons from “The Bad Seed” in their own lives, promoting empathy and positive behavior.
– Conclude the lesson by reading a short poem or story that reinforces the importance of kindness and self-reflection.

Extension Activities:
– Encourage students to write their own stories or poems inspired by the central themes of “The Bad Seed.”
– Invite parents or caregivers to a storytelling session, where students can share their artwork and retell the story using their illustrations.
– Collaborate with the school’s music teacher to create a song or chant related to the themes of the book, incorporating movement and rhythm.

– Observe students’ active participation and engagement during discussions, art activities, and dramatic play.
– Assess students’ ability to express their thoughts and emotions related to the central themes of the book through their artwork and role-play.
– Review students’ reflections during the closure activity to gauge their understanding of empathy, self-reflection, and positive behavior.

Note: Adapt the lesson plan as needed to suit the specific needs and abilities of the students in your class




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