Lesson Plan on The Giving Tree (Steiner Philippines)

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Kindergarten / Preschool / Vorschule / Pre-Elementary Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on The Giving Tree (Steiner Philippines), Steiner philosophy

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

Grade Level: Kindergarten/Preschool/Vorschule/Pre-Elementary
Subject: Language Arts
Duration: 3-4 sessions (approximately 30-40 minutes each)

Curriculum Links:
– Philippines KCF (Kindergarten Curriculum Framework)
– Language Arts: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing
– Social and Emotional Development
– Environmental Awareness and Care

Theorist Link:
Rudolf Steiner’s educational philosophy emphasizes holistic development, creativity, and a connection to nature. This lesson plan incorporates Steiner’s principles by engaging students in imaginative play, storytelling, and hands-on activities that foster social-emotional growth and environmental awareness.

Lesson Objectives:
1. Understand the central themes of “The Giving Tree” through active listening and discussion.
2. Develop empathy and emotional intelligence by reflecting on the characters’ feelings and actions.
3. Enhance language skills through vocabulary expansion, storytelling, and creative writing.
4. Foster a sense of environmental responsibility by exploring the importance of trees and nature.

– “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein (or a simplified version suitable for young learners)
– Chart paper and markers
– Art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, or markers)
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue
– Nature-themed props (e.g., leaves, twigs, small rocks)


Session 1: Introduction and Storytelling
1. Begin by introducing the book “The Giving Tree” and its author, Shel Silverstein. Discuss the importance of trees and nature in our lives.
2. Read aloud the story, pausing at appropriate moments to engage students in discussions about the characters’ feelings and actions.
3. After reading, facilitate a group discussion using open-ended questions:
– What did you notice about the tree and the boy’s relationship?
– How did the tree feel when the boy took its apples/branches?
– How did the boy feel when he grew older?
– What do you think the tree symbolizes in the story?

Session 2: Exploring Empathy and Emotional Intelligence
1. Review the central themes of the story and the characters’ emotions.
2. Divide the class into small groups and assign each group a character from the story (e.g., the tree, the boy).
3. In their groups, encourage students to discuss and share their thoughts on their assigned character’s feelings and actions.
4. Provide each group with chart paper and markers. Ask them to create a visual representation of their character’s emotions throughout the story.
5. Allow time for each group to present their charts and explain their interpretations.

Session 3: Language Development and Creative Writing
1. Begin by reviewing the story and its central themes.
2. Introduce new vocabulary words related to the story (e.g., selflessness, gratitude, generosity). Discuss their meanings and provide examples.
3. Engage students in a creative writing activity:
– Ask students to imagine themselves as the tree in the story and write a letter to the boy, expressing their feelings and thoughts.
– Encourage students to use the new vocabulary words and incorporate their understanding of empathy and emotional intelligence.
4. Provide art supplies and construction paper for students to decorate their letters creatively.
5. Allow time for students to share their letters with the class, fostering a supportive and respectful environment.

Session 4: Environmental Awareness and Care
1. Recap the story and its themes, emphasizing the importance of trees and nature.
2. Take the students outdoors, if possible, to a nearby tree or garden area.
3. Engage students in a nature walk, encouraging them to observe and appreciate the trees and other elements of nature.
4. Provide each student with a small piece of construction paper and art supplies.
5. Instruct students to create a leaf rubbing by placing the construction paper over a leaf and gently rubbing a crayon or colored pencil over it.
6. Discuss the significance of trees in providing oxygen, shade, and habitats for animals.
7. Encourage students to share their leaf rubbings and discuss ways they can care for trees and the environment.

– Observe students’ active participation during discussions and group activities.
– Evaluate students’ understanding of the central themes through their visual representations and creative writing.
– Assess students’ ability to use new vocabulary words in their letters and discussions.
– Monitor students’ engagement and contributions during the nature walk and leaf rubbing activity.

Extension Activities:
1. Invite parents or guardians to share their favorite childhood stories and discuss the values they learned from them.
2. Organize a tree planting activity in collaboration with local environmental organizations.
3. Encourage students to create their own stories or drawings inspired by the themes of “The Giving Tree” and display them in the classroom or school library.

Note: Adapt the lesson plan as needed to suit the specific needs and abilities of your students




KCF (Philippines)


Rudolf Steiner



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