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

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

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

Curriculum Link: This lesson plan aligns with the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators, as it focuses on developing children’s language and literacy skills through the exploration of a children’s book.

Theorist Link: This lesson plan is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, which emphasizes child-led, experiential learning and encourages children to explore their interests and engage in meaningful experiences.

Objective:
– To introduce children to the central themes of the children’s book “There’s No Place Like Space”
– To develop children’s language and literacy skills through storytelling, discussions, and creative activities
– To encourage children’s curiosity and exploration of space-related concepts

Materials:
– “There’s No Place Like Space” by Tish Rabe
– Art supplies (paper, crayons, markers, glue, scissors)
– Space-themed props (toy rockets, planets, stars)
– Chart paper and markers
– Space-related visuals (posters, pictures, or videos)

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Gather children in a circle and introduce the book “There’s No Place Like Space.”
– Show the book cover and ask children to make predictions about what the book might be about.
– Explain that the book will take them on an exciting journey through space.

2. Storytelling and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read aloud the book “There’s No Place Like Space,” engaging children in the story by using expressive voices and encouraging them to participate.
– Pause at key points to ask open-ended questions, such as:
– “What do you think will happen next?”
– “What would you do if you were an astronaut?”
– “What is your favorite planet and why?”
– Encourage children to share their thoughts and ideas, fostering a sense of curiosity and exploration.

3. Group Discussion and Reflection (10 minutes):
– Lead a group discussion about the central themes and concepts explored in the book.
– Use chart paper to record children’s ideas and observations.
– Encourage children to share their favorite parts of the story and what they learned about space.

4. Art and Craft Activity (20 minutes):
– Provide art supplies and invite children to create their own space-themed artwork.
– Encourage them to draw or collage their favorite planet, rocket, or astronaut.
– Support children in labeling their artwork with the names of the elements they include.

5. Dramatic Play (15 minutes):
– Set up a space-themed dramatic play area with props such as toy rockets, planets, and astronaut costumes.
– Encourage children to engage in imaginative play, taking on roles as astronauts, aliens, or mission control operators.
– Facilitate discussions and encourage children to use space-related vocabulary during their play.

6. Reflection and Documentation (10 minutes):
– Gather children back in a circle and ask them to share their artwork and experiences from the lesson.
– Document their reflections through photographs, videos, or written notes.
– Display the documentation in the classroom, creating a visual representation of the children’s learning journey.

Extension Activities:
– Create a space-themed sensory bin with materials like moon sand, star-shaped pasta, and small toy astronauts.
– Invite a guest speaker, such as an astronomer or science educator, to share their knowledge about space with the children.
– Plan a field trip to a local planetarium or observatory to further explore space-related concepts.

Assessment:
– Observe children’s engagement and participation during the storytelling, discussions, and activities.
– Assess children’s understanding of space-related concepts through their artwork, discussions, and reflections.
– Use anecdotal notes and documentation to track individual progress and identify areas for further support or extension.

Conclusion:
This comprehensive Reggio Emilia-inspired lesson plan provides an engaging and child-centered approach to teaching children about the central themes in the book “There’s No Place Like Space.” By incorporating storytelling, discussions, art, and dramatic play, children have the opportunity to explore their interests, develop language and literacy skills, and foster a sense of curiosity and wonder about space

Country

Australia

Framework

EYLF (Australia)

Theorist

Reggio Emilia

Subject

Books

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