Lesson Plan on The Giving Tree (Montessori India)

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Pre-Primary / LKG / UKG / KG Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on The Giving Tree (Montessori India), Montessori philosophy

Title: Exploring the Central Themes of “The Giving Tree” – A Montessori-inspired Lesson Plan for Pre-Primary / LKG / UKG / KG Students in India

– To introduce students to the central themes of selflessness, gratitude, and environmental conservation through the children’s book “The Giving Tree.”
– To develop students’ language, cognitive, and social-emotional skills.
– To align the lesson plan with the Indian National Curriculum Framework (NCF) and incorporate Montessori principles.

Curriculum Links:
– English Language: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing skills.
– Environmental Studies: Understanding the importance of nature and conservation.
– Social and Emotional Development: Fostering empathy, gratitude, and selflessness.

Theorist: Maria Montessori
– Incorporate Montessori principles such as hands-on learning, individualized instruction, and mixed-age group activities.
– Encourage students’ independence, self-discovery, and respect for the environment.

– “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein
– Chart paper and markers
– Art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, etc.)
– Nature-themed props (leaves, branches, etc.)
– Audiovisual aids (optional)


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Gather students in a circle and introduce the book “The Giving Tree.”
– Discuss the importance of trees and nature in our lives.
– Relate the discussion to the Indian NCF’s emphasis on environmental studies.

2. Pre-Reading Activity (15 minutes):
– Show students pictures of trees and ask them to describe what they see.
– Encourage students to share their personal experiences with trees.
– Discuss the benefits of trees, such as providing shade, oxygen, and fruits.

3. Reading and Comprehension (20 minutes):
– Read aloud “The Giving Tree” while displaying the illustrations.
– Pause at key moments to ask questions and encourage students to predict what might happen next.
– After reading, engage students in a discussion about the story’s central themes, such as giving, gratitude, and the consequences of our actions.

4. Art and Language Development (20 minutes):
– Provide each student with a leaf-shaped cutout and art supplies.
– Ask students to draw or write about something they are grateful for on their leaf.
– Encourage students to share their creations and explain their choices.

5. Group Activity: The Giving Tree (15 minutes):
– Divide students into small groups and provide each group with a large sheet of chart paper and markers.
– Instruct each group to create a tree on the chart paper, using the nature-themed props.
– Encourage students to discuss and decide how their tree can give back to the environment or community.
– Each group presents their tree and explains their ideas.

6. Reflection and Conclusion (10 minutes):
– Gather students back in a circle and reflect on the lesson.
– Ask students to share what they learned about giving, gratitude, and the importance of nature.
– Discuss how they can apply these lessons in their daily lives.
– Conclude the lesson by emphasizing the Indian NCF’s focus on environmental conservation and the importance of being responsible citizens.

Extension Activities (optional):
– Plant a tree in the school garden and involve students in its care.
– Encourage students to bring in books or toys they no longer need and organize a donation drive.
– Explore other books by Shel Silverstein or other authors that promote empathy and kindness.

– Observe students’ participation and engagement during discussions and activities.
– Assess students’ comprehension through their responses during the reading and comprehension activity.
– Evaluate students’ creativity and language development through their leaf-shaped creations and group activity presentations.

Note: The duration of each activity can be adjusted based on the students’ attention span and the availability of time




NCF (India)


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