Lesson Plan on The Beginner’s Bible (Reggio Japan)

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Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on The Beginner’s Bible (Reggio Japan), Reggio philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in The Beginner’s Bible – A Reggio Emilia Inspired Lesson Plan for Kindergarten Students in Japan

Grade Level: Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku
Subject: Language Arts / Religious Studies
Duration: 3-4 lessons (45 minutes each)

Curriculum Standards:
This lesson plan aligns with the Japan MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology) curriculum standards for Kindergarten, specifically focusing on the following areas:
1. Language Arts: Reading and understanding simple texts, developing vocabulary, and expressing ideas.
2. Religious Studies: Introducing children to basic religious concepts and stories.

Theorist: The lesson plan is designed in the style of Reggio Emilia, an educational approach that emphasizes child-led learning, collaboration, and the integration of arts and creativity into the curriculum.

Lesson Objectives:
1. Students will be able to identify and discuss the central themes in The Beginner’s Bible.
2. Students will develop vocabulary related to the book and its themes.
3. Students will engage in creative activities to deepen their understanding of the book’s content.
4. Students will practice expressing their thoughts and ideas through discussions and artistic expression.

1. The Beginner’s Bible by Zondervan Publishing
2. Large chart paper and markers
3. Art supplies (crayons, colored pencils, markers, construction paper, glue, etc.)
4. Storytelling props (puppets, felt board, etc.)
5. Printed pictures or illustrations related to the book’s themes
6. Audiovisual equipment (optional) for multimedia presentations


Lesson 1: Introduction to The Beginner’s Bible (45 minutes)
1. Begin by introducing the book, The Beginner’s Bible, to the students. Show them the cover and ask if anyone has heard of it before.
2. Read aloud a selected story from the book, focusing on one central theme (e.g., Creation, Noah’s Ark, or David and Goliath).
3. Engage the students in a discussion about the story, encouraging them to share their thoughts, feelings, and any connections they may have.
4. Create a mind map on chart paper, noting down the central theme and related ideas discussed by the students.
5. Display the mind map in the classroom for future reference.

Lesson 2: Vocabulary Development and Artistic Expression (45 minutes)
1. Review the central theme and related ideas from the previous lesson.
2. Introduce new vocabulary words related to the theme, using visuals and gestures to aid understanding.
3. Engage students in a vocabulary-building activity, such as a word matching game or a picture-word association exercise.
4. Provide art supplies and encourage students to create artwork inspired by the central theme. They can draw, paint, or collage using the materials provided.
5. Allow students to share their artwork with the class, explaining their creative choices and how it relates to the theme.

Lesson 3: Storytelling and Dramatic Play (45 minutes)
1. Review the central theme and related vocabulary from the previous lessons.
2. Divide the class into small groups and assign each group a different story from The Beginner’s Bible that relates to the central theme.
3. Provide storytelling props and encourage students to retell the story using their assigned props.
4. Allow time for each group to present their storytelling to the class, promoting active listening and engagement.
5. Engage students in a dramatic play activity related to the central theme, such as role-playing characters or reenacting scenes from the book.

Lesson 4: Culminating Activity and Reflection (45 minutes)
1. Review the central theme and related vocabulary from the previous lessons.
2. Engage students in a culminating activity, such as creating a class mural or a mini-exhibition showcasing their artwork and storytelling props.
3. Encourage students to reflect on their learning experiences throughout the unit. Provide prompts such as, “What did you enjoy most about The Beginner’s Bible?” or “What did you learn from the stories?”
4. Facilitate a class discussion, allowing students to share their reflections and listen to their peers’ perspectives.
5. Conclude the lesson by revisiting the mind map created in Lesson 1, highlighting the students’ new understandings and connections.

Assessment in this lesson plan can be conducted through ongoing observations, class discussions, and student reflections. Additionally, the artwork, storytelling, and dramatic play activities can serve as tangible evidence of student learning and understanding.

Note: It is important to adapt and modify this lesson plan to meet the specific needs and cultural context of the students in Japan




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