Lesson Plan on The Giving Tree (Steiner India)

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

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

– To introduce young learners to the central themes of selflessness, gratitude, and environmental conservation through the children’s book “The Giving Tree.”
– To foster empathy, emotional intelligence, and an understanding of the interconnectedness between humans and nature.
– To align the lesson plan with the Indian National Curriculum Framework (NCF) and incorporate elements of Rudolf Steiner’s educational philosophy.

Curriculum Links:
– English Language: Reading, Listening, and Speaking Skills
– Environmental Studies: Understanding the importance of nature and conservation
– Social and Emotional Learning: Developing empathy and gratitude

Theorist Link:
Rudolf Steiner’s educational philosophy emphasizes holistic development, nurturing the child’s mind, body, and spirit. This lesson plan incorporates Steiner’s principles by integrating storytelling, artistic activities, and nature exploration to engage the child’s imagination, creativity, and emotional intelligence.

– “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein
– Chart paper and markers
– Art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, or watercolors)
– Natural materials (leaves, twigs, flowers, etc.)
– Audiovisual equipment (optional)


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Begin by gathering the students in a circle and create a calm and welcoming environment.
– Introduce the book “The Giving Tree” and its author, Shel Silverstein.
– Ask the students if they have heard the story before or if they know anything about trees and their importance.
– Explain that the story teaches us important lessons about kindness, gratitude, and the significance of nature.

2. Storytelling and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read aloud “The Giving Tree” to the students, using expressive voices and gestures to engage their attention.
– Pause at key moments to ask questions and encourage discussion:
– What did the tree give to the boy throughout his life?
– How did the boy’s feelings towards the tree change over time?
– How did the tree feel about giving so much?
– What can we learn from the tree’s selflessness?
– Encourage students to share their thoughts and feelings about the story, promoting active listening and empathy.

3. Artistic Expression (20 minutes):
– Distribute art supplies and ask the students to draw or paint their favorite scene from the story.
– Encourage creativity and imagination, allowing them to express their emotions through colors and shapes.
– While they work, play soft instrumental music to create a peaceful atmosphere.

4. Nature Exploration (15 minutes):
– Take the students outside to a nearby garden or green area.
– Encourage them to observe the trees, plants, and flowers around them.
– Ask questions to stimulate their curiosity:
– How do the trees help us?
– What do trees need to grow?
– How can we take care of trees and nature?
– Allow the students to collect fallen leaves, twigs, or flowers to use in the next activity.

5. Collaborative Artwork (20 minutes):
– Return to the classroom and provide each student with a large piece of chart paper.
– Instruct them to create a collaborative artwork using the natural materials they collected.
– Encourage them to work together, sharing ideas and helping each other.
– Discuss the importance of collaboration and how it relates to the story’s themes.

6. Reflection and Conclusion (10 minutes):
– Gather the students in a circle again and ask them to share their collaborative artwork.
– Discuss the importance of gratitude, selflessness, and taking care of nature.
– Ask each student to share one thing they are grateful for and one way they can take care of nature.
– Conclude the lesson by summarizing the key themes and reminding students to practice kindness and gratitude in their daily lives.

– Informal assessment can be conducted throughout the lesson by observing students’ engagement, participation, and understanding during discussions and activities.
– Students’ artwork and their ability to express their thoughts and emotions through colors and shapes can also be assessed.
– A follow-up activity, such as a short written or verbal reflection, can be assigned to assess students’ understanding of the central themes.

Extension Activities:
– Encourage students to bring in more books about nature and kindness to share with the class.
– Plant a tree or create a small garden in the school premises, involving students in the process of nurturing and caring for it.
– Organize a nature walk or field trip to a local park or botanical garden to further explore the wonders of nature.

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




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