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

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Title: Exploring Space with Maria Montessori

Grade Level: Kindergarten / Preschool / Vorschule / Pre-Elementary
Subject: Science and Language Arts
Duration: 5 days (1 hour per day)

Curriculum Standards:
This lesson plan aligns with the Philippines KCF (Kinder Curriculum Framework) for Kindergarten, specifically in the areas of Science and Language Arts. The objectives are to develop children’s understanding of space, introduce basic scientific concepts, and enhance language skills through reading and discussion.

Theorist: Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori believed in hands-on, experiential learning, where children actively engage with their environment. This lesson plan incorporates Montessori principles by providing opportunities for exploration, independent work, and collaborative learning.

Day 1: Introduction to Space
Objective: Introduce the concept of space and engage children in a discussion about what they already know.

1. Warm-up Activity (10 minutes):
– Gather children in a circle and show them a picture of the Earth from space.
– Ask questions to stimulate their prior knowledge, such as:
– What do you see in this picture?
– Have you ever seen the moon or stars at night?
– What do you think is out there in space?

2. Read Aloud (15 minutes):
– Read the children’s book “There’s No Place Like Space” by Tish Rabe.
– Encourage children to actively participate by asking questions and making connections to the pictures and text.

3. Discussion (10 minutes):
– Lead a group discussion about the book, focusing on the central themes and key concepts.
– Use open-ended questions to promote critical thinking, such as:
– What did you learn about space from the book?
– How do you think astronauts feel in space?
– Why is it important to explore space?

Day 2: Exploring the Solar System
Objective: Introduce the solar system and its components.

1. Montessori Activity: Solar System Puzzle (20 minutes):
– Provide each child with a solar system puzzle.
– Guide them to assemble the puzzle, discussing the names and characteristics of each planet as they work.

2. Hands-on Activity: Planet Exploration (15 minutes):
– Set up stations with pictures and information about each planet.
– Divide children into small groups and rotate them through the stations, allowing them to explore and learn about each planet.

3. Group Discussion (10 minutes):
– Gather children together and facilitate a discussion about what they discovered during the activity.
– Encourage them to share interesting facts and ask questions about the planets.

Day 3: Moon and Stars
Objective: Explore the moon and stars, and understand their relationship to Earth.

1. Montessori Activity: Moon Phases (20 minutes):
– Provide each child with a moon phases puzzle or model.
– Guide them to arrange the phases in the correct order, discussing the changes in the moon’s appearance.

2. Hands-on Activity: Starry Night Art (15 minutes):
– Provide black construction paper, white chalk, and star stickers.
– Instruct children to create their own “starry night” by sticking stars on the paper and using chalk to draw the moon and additional details.

3. Group Discussion (10 minutes):
– Gather children together and discuss their artwork.
– Ask questions to deepen their understanding, such as:
– Why does the moon change shape?
– What do you think stars are made of?

Day 4: Astronauts and Space Exploration
Objective: Learn about astronauts and their role in space exploration.

1. Montessori Activity: Astronaut Dress-up (20 minutes):
– Set up a pretend play area with astronaut costumes, helmets, and props.
– Allow children to dress up as astronauts and engage in imaginative play.

2. Hands-on Activity: Space Mission (15 minutes):
– Provide each child with a paper rocket template.
– Instruct them to decorate and assemble their rockets.
– Create a “launch pad” using chairs or a designated area, and let children take turns “launching” their rockets.

3. Group Discussion (10 minutes):
– Gather children together and facilitate a discussion about astronauts and space exploration.
– Ask questions to encourage reflection, such as:
– What do you think it would be like to be an astronaut?
– Why is it important to explore space?

Day 5: Culminating Activity – Space Journal
Objective: Encourage children to reflect on their learning and create a space-themed journal.

1. Independent Work: Space Journal (30 minutes):
– Provide each child with a blank journal or notebook.
– Instruct them to draw and write about their favorite space-related activities from the past week.
– Encourage creativity and personal expression.

2. Sharing and Reflection (15 minutes):
– Allow children to share their space journals with the class.
– Facilitate a group discussion about their favorite activities and what they learned throughout the week.

3. Closing Activity (5 minutes):
– Sing a space-themed song or perform a short movement activity to conclude the lesson.

Assessment:
Assessment in this lesson plan is primarily formative and ongoing, based on observations, participation, and group discussions. The teacher can assess children’s understanding through their engagement in activities, responses during discussions, and the completion of their space journals.

Note: Adaptations and modifications can be made to accommodate the specific needs and resources available in the Philippines educational context

Country

Philippines

Framework

KCF (Philippines)

Theorist

Maria Montessori

Subject

Books

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