Lesson Plan on There’s No Place Like Space (Montessori Australia)

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Kinder / Preschool / ELC Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on There’s No Place Like Space (Montessori Australia), Montessori philosophy

Title: Exploring Space: A Montessori-inspired Lesson Plan for Kinder/Preschool/ELC Students in Australia

Curriculum Link: This lesson plan aligns with the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and specifically focuses on the following outcomes:

1. Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
2. Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners.

Theorist Link: This lesson plan incorporates elements of Maria Montessori’s educational philosophy, emphasizing hands-on learning, independence, and self-directed exploration.

Objective:
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
1. Identify and describe the central themes in the children’s book “There’s No Place Like Space.”
2. Demonstrate an understanding of basic space concepts, such as planets, stars, and the solar system.
3. Engage in independent and collaborative activities that promote curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking.

Materials:
1. “There’s No Place Like Space” by Tish Rabe
2. Montessori-inspired space-themed materials (e.g., planet models, star charts, astronaut costumes, space puzzles)
3. Art supplies (e.g., crayons, markers, colored pencils, construction paper)
4. Montessori-inspired work trays and mats
5. Space-themed sensory bin (optional)
6. Montessori-inspired space-themed books (optional)

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes):
a. Gather students in a circle and introduce the book “There’s No Place Like Space.”
b. Discuss the cover and ask students to predict what the book might be about.
c. Explain that today, they will be exploring space and learning about the central themes in the book.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
a. Read aloud “There’s No Place Like Space,” pausing to engage students in discussions about the illustrations, characters, and space concepts.
b. Use open-ended questions to encourage critical thinking and active participation.
c. Relate the story to real-life experiences and ask students to share their thoughts and ideas.

3. Montessori-inspired Activities (45 minutes):
a. Independent Exploration:
– Set up Montessori-inspired work trays and mats with space-themed materials.
– Provide students with opportunities to explore and manipulate planet models, star charts, and space puzzles.
– Encourage students to observe, touch, and ask questions about the materials.
b. Collaborative Art:
– Provide art supplies and invite students to create their own space-themed artwork.
– Encourage creativity and self-expression while discussing the colors, shapes, and patterns they choose.
c. Sensory Exploration (optional):
– Set up a space-themed sensory bin with materials such as moon sand, star-shaped objects, and astronaut figurines.
– Allow students to explore the sensory bin, describing the textures, shapes, and sensations they experience.
d. Montessori-inspired Books (optional):
– Set up a cozy reading corner with Montessori-inspired space-themed books.
– Encourage students to browse and read independently or in small groups.

4. Reflection and Conclusion (10 minutes):
a. Gather students back in a circle and ask them to share their favorite part of the lesson.
b. Discuss the central themes they learned from the book and the activities.
c. Encourage students to reflect on what they enjoyed and what they learned about space.
d. Conclude the lesson by emphasizing the importance of curiosity, exploration, and learning about the world around them.

Assessment:
1. Informal assessment can be conducted throughout the lesson by observing students’ engagement, participation, and understanding of space concepts.
2. Document students’ artwork, written reflections, and verbal responses to assess their comprehension and creativity.
3. Use anecdotal notes to record individual observations and identify areas for further support or extension.

Extension Activities:
1. Invite a guest speaker, such as an astronomer or science educator, to share more about space exploration and answer students’ questions.
2. Create a space-themed dramatic play area where students can dress up as astronauts, explore a pretend rocket ship, and engage in imaginative play.
3. Plan a field trip to a local planetarium or science center to provide a hands-on experience and reinforce the concepts learned in the lesson.

Note: Adapt the lesson plan as needed to suit the specific needs and interests of the students in your Kinder/Preschool/ELC setting

Country

Australia

Framework

EYLF (Australia)

Theorist

Maria Montessori

Subject

Books

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