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

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Title: Exploring Space with Maria Montessori

Grade Level: Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten
Subject: Science and Language Arts
Book: “There’s No Place Like Space” by Tish Rabe

Curriculum Standards:
This lesson plan aligns with the USA Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) for Preschoolers, specifically in the domains of Science and Language and Literacy.

Theorist: Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori believed in hands-on, experiential learning that allows children to explore and discover at their own pace. This lesson plan incorporates Montessori principles by providing a prepared environment, encouraging independent exploration, and fostering a love for learning.

Lesson Objectives:
1. Students will be able to identify and name the planets in our solar system.
2. Students will understand the concept of gravity and its effect on objects.
3. Students will develop language and literacy skills through vocabulary building and storytelling.
4. Students will engage in hands-on activities to reinforce learning and promote fine motor skills.

Materials:
– “There’s No Place Like Space” by Tish Rabe
– Pictures or models of the planets
– A globe or a map of the solar system
– Art supplies (colored pencils, markers, crayons, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue
– Playdough or modeling clay
– Gravity experiment materials (e.g., a ball, a feather, a book)

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes):
a. Begin by gathering students in a circle and introduce the book “There’s No Place Like Space.”
b. Show the cover of the book and ask students if they know what it is about.
c. Explain that the book will take them on a journey through our solar system and teach them about the planets.
d. Introduce the concept of a theorist named Maria Montessori, who believed in hands-on learning and exploration.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
a. Read aloud the book “There’s No Place Like Space,” pausing after each planet to discuss its characteristics.
b. Use pictures or models of the planets to enhance understanding and engage students.
c. Encourage students to ask questions and share their thoughts about each planet.

3. Planet Exploration (20 minutes):
a. Set up a designated area with a globe or a map of the solar system, along with pictures or models of the planets.
b. Allow students to explore the area independently or in small groups.
c. Encourage students to touch and feel the different textures of the planets, and ask them to name each planet as they explore.
d. Provide guidance and support as needed, answering questions and facilitating discussions.

4. Art Activity: Planet Collage (15 minutes):
a. Distribute construction paper, art supplies, and pictures of the planets.
b. Instruct students to choose a planet and draw or color it on their construction paper.
c. Encourage students to cut out the planet picture and glue it onto their artwork.
d. Assist students in labeling their planets with their names or the planet’s name.

5. Gravity Experiment (15 minutes):
a. Gather students in a circle and introduce the concept of gravity.
b. Explain that gravity is what keeps us on the ground and affects how objects fall.
c. Conduct a simple gravity experiment by dropping a ball, a feather, and a book simultaneously.
d. Discuss the results with the students, emphasizing the role of gravity in pulling objects towards the Earth.

6. Storytelling and Reflection (10 minutes):
a. Gather students in a circle and ask them to share their favorite part of the book or activity.
b. Encourage students to use their newly acquired vocabulary to describe their experiences.
c. Facilitate a group storytelling activity where each student contributes a sentence or two about their imaginary journey through space.

Assessment:
– Observe students’ participation and engagement during the planet exploration activity.
– Assess students’ ability to identify and name the planets during the independent exploration.
– Evaluate students’ artwork and labeling skills during the planet collage activity.
– Assess students’ understanding of gravity through their participation and responses during the gravity experiment.
– Monitor students’ language and literacy development during the storytelling and reflection activity.

Extension Activities:
1. Create a solar system mobile using different-sized balls or foam balls to represent the planets.
2. Conduct a shadow experiment to explore how the position of the sun affects the length and direction of shadows.
3. Read other books about space and planets, such as “The Darkest Dark” by Chris Hadfield or “There’s a Noisy Astronaut” by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet.

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

Country

USA

Framework

ELOF (USA)

Theorist

Maria Montessori

Subject

Books

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