Lesson Plan on The Giving Tree (Reggio India)

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

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

Curriculum Link: This lesson plan aligns with the India National Curriculum Framework (NCF) for Pre-Primary / LKG / UKG / KG students, specifically focusing on the development of language and literacy skills, social-emotional development, and creative expression.

Theorist Link: This lesson plan incorporates the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach, which emphasizes child-led learning, hands-on experiences, and the integration of arts and creativity into the curriculum.

1. To introduce students to the central themes of “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.
2. To develop language and literacy skills through storytelling, discussions, and creative activities.
3. To foster social-emotional development by exploring the concepts of empathy, gratitude, and kindness.
4. To encourage creative expression through art and craft activities inspired by the book.

1. “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein
2. Chart paper and markers
3. Art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, markers, glue, scissors, construction paper, etc.)
4. Natural materials (leaves, twigs, pebbles, etc.)
5. Large piece of paper or cardboard
6. Audiovisual equipment (optional)


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
a. Begin by gathering students in a circle and introducing the book “The Giving Tree.”
b. Show the cover of the book and ask students to make predictions about the story based on the illustrations.
c. Explain that the book explores themes of friendship, kindness, and giving, and that they will be exploring these themes through various activities.

2. Storytelling and Discussion (15 minutes):
a. Read aloud “The Giving Tree” to the students, using expressive voice and gestures.
b. Pause at key moments 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 about the story, promoting active participation and critical thinking.

3. Reflective Art (20 minutes):
a. Provide each student with a piece of paper and art supplies.
b. Ask them to draw or paint a picture of a tree and write or dictate a few sentences about how they would like to give or help others, inspired by the story.
c. Encourage creativity and individual expression, while providing support as needed.

4. Nature Walk and Collage (20 minutes):
a. Take the students on a short nature walk around the school or nearby area.
b. Encourage them to collect natural materials such as leaves, twigs, and pebbles.
c. Return to the classroom and provide each student with a large piece of paper or cardboard.
d. Instruct them to create a collage using the collected materials, representing the giving tree and its various stages.

5. Group Discussion and Reflection (10 minutes):
a. Display the collages around the classroom and invite students to observe and discuss each other’s work.
b. Facilitate a group discussion by asking questions like:
– What do you notice about the different collages?
– How did you feel while creating your collage?
– What did you learn about giving and kindness from “The Giving Tree”?
c. Encourage students to reflect on their own experiences and connect them to the themes of the book.

6. Conclusion and Extension Activities (5 minutes):
a. Summarize the key themes discussed during the lesson.
b. Encourage students to share their collages and stories with their families at home.
c. Suggest additional activities, such as writing thank-you notes to someone who has helped them or planting a tree in the school garden, to reinforce the concepts of giving and kindness.

– Informal assessment can be conducted throughout the lesson by observing students’ active participation, engagement, and understanding during discussions and activities.
– The reflective art and collages can be used as artifacts to assess students’ creativity, understanding of the central themes, and ability to express themselves visually.

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




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