Lesson Plan on The Bad Seed (Reggio United Kingdom)

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Preschool / Nursery School / EYFS Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on The Bad Seed (Reggio United Kingdom), Reggio philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in “The Bad Seed” – A Reggio Emilia Inspired Lesson Plan for Preschool/Nursery School/EYFS Students in the UK

– To introduce children to the central themes of empathy, self-reflection, and personal growth through the children’s book “The Bad Seed” by Jory John.
– To encourage children’s creativity, critical thinking, and communication skills through various Reggio Emilia-inspired activities.
– To align the lesson plan with the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.

Curriculum Links:
– Personal, Social, and Emotional Development: Self-confidence and self-awareness, managing feelings and behavior, making relationships.
– Communication and Language: Listening and attention, understanding, speaking.
– Literacy: Reading, writing.

Theorist: Reggio Emilia
– The Reggio Emilia approach emphasizes child-led learning, creativity, and collaboration.
– It encourages children to explore their interests, express themselves through various mediums, and develop critical thinking skills.

– “The Bad Seed” by Jory John
– Large chart paper or whiteboard
– Markers
– Art supplies (e.g., colored pencils, crayons, paints)
– Construction paper
– Glue sticks
– Scissors
– Puppet-making materials (optional)
– Dramatic play props (optional)

Lesson Plan:

1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Gather the children in a circle and introduce the book “The Bad Seed.”
– Show them the cover and ask if anyone has heard of it or knows what it might be about.
– Explain that the book explores important themes such as empathy, self-reflection, and personal growth.
– Share the objective of the lesson and how it connects to their own lives.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read “The Bad Seed” aloud, pausing occasionally to ask open-ended questions and encourage children’s participation.
– Discuss the main character’s behavior, feelings, and experiences.
– Ask children how they think the seed might feel at different points in the story.
– Encourage children to share their own experiences of feeling “bad” or making mistakes.

3. Reflection and Self-Portraits (20 minutes):
– Provide each child with a mirror and ask them to look at themselves.
– Discuss the importance of self-reflection and understanding one’s emotions.
– Ask children to draw self-portraits on construction paper, focusing on their facial expressions and emotions.
– Encourage them to share their self-portraits with the group, explaining how they feel and why.

4. Empathy Collage (20 minutes):
– Create a large chart paper or whiteboard titled “Empathy Collage.”
– Discuss the concept of empathy and how it relates to understanding and caring for others.
– Provide art supplies and ask children to draw or write about things that make them feel happy, sad, or loved.
– Encourage them to cut out their drawings/writings and glue them onto the empathy collage.
– Discuss the different emotions represented and how they can support each other.

5. Puppet Show (optional) (15 minutes):
– Divide the children into small groups and provide puppet-making materials.
– Ask each group to create puppets representing different emotions from the book.
– Encourage them to create a short puppet show, reenacting scenes from “The Bad Seed” or creating their own stories.
– Allow time for each group to perform their puppet shows and discuss the emotions portrayed.

6. Extension Activity: Dramatic Play (optional) (15 minutes):
– Set up a dramatic play area with props related to the book (e.g., gardening tools, seeds, a small garden).
– Encourage children to engage in imaginative play, taking on the roles of different characters from the story.
– Observe and facilitate their play, encouraging them to express their emotions and problem-solve together.

7. Conclusion (5 minutes):
– Gather the children back in a circle and recap the main themes discussed throughout the lesson.
– Ask children to share one thing they learned or enjoyed about the lesson.
– Emphasize the importance of empathy, self-reflection, and personal growth in their daily lives.
– Provide a brief overview of the next lesson or activity related to the EYFS curriculum.

– Observe children’s active participation, engagement, and understanding during discussions and activities.
– Assess their ability to express emotions through self-portraits and contributions to the empathy collage.
– Monitor their collaboration and communication skills during the puppet show or dramatic play.
– Document children’s work, including their self-portraits, empathy collage, and puppet show performances, for individual portfolios.

Note: This lesson plan can be adapted and modified based on the specific needs and interests of the children in your preschool/nursery school/EYFS setting


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