Lesson Plan on The Giving Tree (Montessori Philippines)

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Title: Exploring the Central Themes of “The Giving Tree” – A Montessori-inspired Lesson Plan for Kindergarten/Preschool/Vorschule/Pre-Elementary Students in the Philippines

Curriculum Link: This lesson plan aligns with the Philippines KCF (Kinder Curriculum Framework) by focusing on the development of language and literacy skills, social-emotional development, and values education.

Theorist Link: This lesson plan incorporates the principles of Maria Montessori’s educational philosophy, emphasizing hands-on learning, independence, and the holistic development of the child.

– To introduce and explore the central themes of selflessness, gratitude, and the importance of nature in the children’s book “The Giving Tree.”
– To develop language and literacy skills through reading, discussion, and creative activities.
– To foster social-emotional development by encouraging empathy, gratitude, and respect for nature.

– “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein
– Chart paper and markers
– Art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, markers, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue
– Nature-related props (leaves, twigs, etc.)


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
a. Begin by gathering the students in a circle and introduce the book “The Giving Tree.”
b. Show the cover of the book and ask the students to make predictions about the story based on the title and the illustration.
c. Explain that the book teaches important lessons about selflessness, gratitude, and the value of nature.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
a. Read aloud “The Giving Tree” to the students, using expressive voice and gestures to engage their attention.
b. Pause at key moments in the story to ask open-ended questions, such as:
– How do you think the tree feels when the boy takes its apples/branches?
– Why do you think the tree keeps giving to the boy?
– How would you feel if you were the tree?
c. Encourage students to share their thoughts and feelings, promoting active participation and empathy.

3. Reflection and Values Education (10 minutes):
a. Display chart paper and ask the students to brainstorm words or phrases that describe the tree’s actions and feelings.
b. Write down their responses, emphasizing words like “selfless,” “generous,” and “caring.”
c. Facilitate a discussion about the importance of gratitude and how we can show appreciation for the things and people who give to us.
d. Relate the story to their own lives by asking them to share examples of times when they have felt grateful or shown gratitude.

4. Artistic Expression (20 minutes):
a. Distribute art supplies and construction paper to each student.
b. Instruct them to create a visual representation of the tree from the story, using their imagination and creativity.
c. Encourage them to include elements that symbolize the tree’s selflessness and the importance of nature.
d. Assist students as needed, promoting independence and self-expression.

5. Nature Exploration (15 minutes):
a. Take the students outside to a nearby natural area, such as a garden or playground.
b. Provide each student with a small bag or container to collect natural objects like leaves, twigs, or flowers.
c. Encourage them to observe and appreciate the beauty of nature, fostering a connection to the themes in the book.
d. Facilitate a brief discussion about the importance of taking care of nature and the environment.

6. Conclusion (5 minutes):
a. Gather the students back in the classroom and ask them to share their artwork and natural objects.
b. Recap the central themes of “The Giving Tree” and the importance of selflessness, gratitude, and nature.
c. Encourage students to apply these values in their daily lives and interactions with others.

– Informally assess students’ participation and engagement during the reading and discussion.
– Evaluate students’ artwork based on their creativity, representation of the tree’s selflessness, and use of colors.
– Observe students’ behavior during the nature exploration activity, noting their level of curiosity, respect, and appreciation for nature.

Extension Activities:
– Encourage students to write or draw about a time when they have shown selflessness or gratitude.
– Create a class “Giving Tree” bulletin board, where students can write or draw acts of kindness they have witnessed or performed.
– Explore other books by Shel Silverstein or other authors that promote values such as empathy, kindness, and environmental stewardship.

Note: Adapt the duration of each activity based on the attention span and needs of the students




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