Lesson Plan on The Giving Tree (Steiner United Kingdom)

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Title: Exploring the Central Themes of “The Giving Tree” – A Rudolf Steiner Inspired Lesson Plan for Preschool/Nursery School/EYFS Students in the UK

– To introduce and explore the central themes of selflessness, gratitude, and the importance of nature through the children’s book “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.
– To foster children’s emotional development, empathy, and understanding of the interconnectedness between humans and nature.
– To align the lesson plan with the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and incorporate Rudolf Steiner’s principles of holistic education.

Curriculum Links:
– Personal, Social, and Emotional Development: Self-awareness, empathy, and understanding of others.
– Communication and Language: Listening, speaking, and understanding.
– Physical Development: Fine motor skills through craft activities.
– Literacy: Listening to and engaging with stories, understanding story structure.
– Understanding the World: Appreciation of nature and the environment.

– “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein
– Large chart paper or whiteboard
– Markers
– Craft materials (colored paper, glue, scissors, etc.)
– Natural materials (leaves, twigs, stones, etc.)
– Optional: Audio recording of the book


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Gather the children in a circle and introduce the book “The Giving Tree.”
– Discuss the importance of sharing, kindness, and gratitude.
– Explain that the story teaches us about the relationship between humans and nature.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read aloud “The Giving Tree” or play an audio recording.
– Pause at key moments to engage the children in discussion:
– What did the tree give to the boy? How did the boy feel?
– How did the tree feel when the boy took its branches, trunk, and finally, its stump?
– Why do you think the tree kept giving even when it had nothing left?

3. Charting the Central Themes (10 minutes):
– Create a large chart paper or whiteboard with three columns: Selflessness, Gratitude, and Nature.
– Ask the children to share examples from the story that represent each theme.
– Write down their responses in the respective columns.

4. Nature Walk and Collecting (15 minutes):
– Take the children on a nature walk in the school garden or nearby green space.
– Encourage them to collect natural materials such as leaves, twigs, and stones.
– Discuss the importance of appreciating and caring for nature.

5. Craft Activity (20 minutes):
– Provide each child with colored paper, glue, scissors, and the collected natural materials.
– Instruct them to create a collage or artwork that represents one of the central themes from the book.
– Encourage creativity and self-expression.

6. Reflection and Sharing (10 minutes):
– Gather the children back in a circle and ask them to share their artwork.
– Discuss how their artwork represents the central themes of selflessness, gratitude, or nature.
– Emphasize the importance of giving, being grateful, and taking care of nature.

7. Conclusion (5 minutes):
– Recap the central themes discussed throughout the lesson.
– Encourage the children to practice selflessness, gratitude, and appreciation for nature in their daily lives.
– Mention that Rudolf Steiner believed in the interconnectedness of humans and nature.

– Observe children’s participation and engagement during discussions and activities.
– Assess their ability to identify and discuss the central themes of “The Giving Tree.”
– Evaluate their creativity and understanding through the craft activity.
– Note any instances of empathy, selflessness, or gratitude displayed during the lesson.

Extension Activities:
– Encourage children to bring in their favorite books that promote similar themes.
– Plant seeds or saplings in the school garden and discuss the importance of nurturing and caring for living things.
– Create a class gratitude jar, where children can write or draw things they are grateful for and share them during circle time.

Note: Rudolf Steiner’s principles of holistic education can be incorporated throughout the lesson by fostering a connection between the children, the story, and nature. This can be achieved through open-ended discussions, hands-on activities, and encouraging children to explore their creativity and emotions


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