Lesson Plan on The Giving Tree (Reggio Australia)

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Kinder / Preschool / ELC Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on The Giving Tree (Reggio Australia), Reggio philosophy

Title: Exploring the Central Themes of “The Giving Tree” – A Reggio Emilia Inspired Lesson Plan for Kinder/Preschool/ELC Students in Australia

Curriculum Link:
This lesson plan is designed to align with the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The specific outcomes addressed in this lesson plan are:
– Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
– Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
– Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
– Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
– Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

Theorist Link:
This lesson plan is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, which emphasizes child-led, project-based learning, and the importance of the environment as the third teacher. The Reggio Emilia approach values the child’s creativity, curiosity, and ability to construct knowledge through hands-on experiences.

Duration: 1-2 weeks (depending on the pace and depth of exploration)

– “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein
– Art supplies (paper, crayons, markers, paint, glue, etc.)
– Natural materials (leaves, branches, rocks, etc.)
– Dramatic play props (costumes, puppets, etc.)
– Construction materials (blocks, Legos, etc.)
– Digital devices (optional, for documentation purposes)

Learning Objectives:
1. To develop an understanding of the central themes in “The Giving Tree.”
2. To foster empathy, gratitude, and appreciation for nature and the environment.
3. To encourage creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
4. To promote collaboration, communication, and social skills.
5. To document and reflect on the learning process.

Lesson Plan:

Introduction (1 session):
1. Begin by reading “The Giving Tree” aloud to the students, using expressive voices and gestures to engage their attention.
2. Facilitate a group discussion about the story, encouraging students to share their thoughts, feelings, and observations.
3. Introduce the concept of empathy and discuss how the tree and the boy demonstrate empathy towards each other.
4. Display the book in a prominent area of the classroom, creating a book corner dedicated to “The Giving Tree.”

Exploration and Documentation (3-4 sessions):
1. Set up various interest areas in the classroom, inspired by the different elements in the story (e.g., a nature table, a construction area, an art studio, a dramatic play corner).
2. Encourage students to explore these areas freely, providing open-ended materials and resources.
3. Observe and document the children’s interactions, conversations, and creations using photographs, videos, and written notes.
4. Engage in regular group discussions to reflect on the children’s experiences and interpretations of the story.
5. Encourage children to document their own learning through drawings, paintings, or dictations.

Project-Based Activities (4-5 sessions):
1. Invite students to create their own “Giving Tree” using art supplies and natural materials. Encourage them to think about what they can give to others.
2. Facilitate a collaborative project where students work together to create a large-scale mural or installation inspired by the story.
3. Provide opportunities for dramatic play, where students can act out different scenes from the book or create their own stories of giving and sharing.
4. Engage students in a nature walk or outdoor exploration, encouraging them to observe and appreciate the natural environment around them.
5. Foster discussions about the importance of taking care of trees and the environment, and brainstorm ways in which students can contribute to environmental sustainability.

Closure and Reflection (1 session):
1. Gather the students for a final group discussion, reflecting on their experiences and learning throughout the lesson.
2. Encourage students to share their thoughts on the central themes of the story and how it relates to their own lives.
3. Display the children’s artwork, documentation, and creations in a class exhibition, inviting families and other students to appreciate their work.

Assessment in this lesson plan will be ongoing and based on observations, documentation, and reflections. It will focus on the students’ engagement, creativity, problem-solving skills, collaboration, and communication. The documentation collected throughout the lesson can be used to create individual portfolios or class displays, showcasing the children’s learning journey.

Note: This lesson plan can be adapted and modified based on the specific needs and interests of the students, as well as the available resources and time constraints




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