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

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Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on There’s No Place Like Space (Reggio Japan), Reggio philosophy

Title: Exploring Space: A Reggio Emilia-inspired Lesson Plan for Kindergarten Students in Japan

Grade Level: Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku
Subject: Integrated Studies (Language Arts, Science, and Art)
Duration: 5 sessions (45 minutes each)

Curriculum Standards:
This lesson plan aligns with the Japan MEXT curriculum standards for Kindergarten, specifically in the areas of Language Arts, Science, and Art. The objectives include developing language skills, fostering scientific curiosity, and promoting creativity and self-expression.

Theorist: Reggio Emilia
The Reggio Emilia approach emphasizes child-led learning, hands-on experiences, and the integration of various subjects. This lesson plan incorporates these principles by encouraging children to explore the central themes of the book “There’s No Place Like Space” through language, science experiments, and artistic expression.

Lesson Objectives:
1. To develop language skills by engaging in discussions and storytelling related to space.
2. To foster scientific curiosity by conducting simple experiments related to space concepts.
3. To promote creativity and self-expression through art activities inspired by space.

Materials:
– “There’s No Place Like Space” by Tish Rabe
– Chart paper and markers
– Pictures or models of the solar system
– Flashcards with space-related vocabulary
– Art supplies (colored pencils, markers, crayons, construction paper, glue, scissors)
– Science experiment materials (water, food coloring, oil, Alka-Seltzer tablets, balloons, etc.)

Session 1: Introduction to Space (Language Arts)
1. Begin by reading “There’s No Place Like Space” aloud to the students, using expressive voices and gestures.
2. Engage the students in a discussion about the book, asking questions such as:
– What did you learn about space from the book?
– What are some things you would like to know more about?
3. Create a chart together, listing the students’ questions and interests about space.
4. Introduce space-related vocabulary using flashcards, and encourage students to use the words in sentences.

Session 2: Exploring the Solar System (Science)
1. Show pictures or models of the solar system, and discuss the different planets and their characteristics.
2. Conduct a simple experiment: “Planet in a Bottle”
– Fill a clear bottle with water and add a few drops of food coloring.
– Add a layer of oil on top of the water.
– Drop an Alka-Seltzer tablet into the bottle and observe the reaction.
– Explain that the oil represents the atmosphere, and the tablet creates gas bubbles like volcanic activity on some planets.
3. Encourage students to make observations and ask questions during the experiment.

Session 3: Artistic Exploration of Space (Art)
1. Provide various art supplies and invite students to create their own space-themed artwork.
2. Encourage them to use their imagination and creativity to depict planets, rockets, astronauts, or any other space-related elements.
3. Display the artwork in the classroom, creating a space-themed gallery.

Session 4: Storytelling and Dramatic Play (Language Arts)
1. Divide the students into small groups and assign each group a space-related topic from their questions and interests chart.
2. Provide props and costumes related to each topic (e.g., astronaut helmets, rocket ship cutouts).
3. Encourage the groups to create their own stories or skits based on their assigned topics.
4. Allow time for each group to perform their stories or skits for the class.

Session 5: Culminating Activity (Integrated)
1. Review the concepts learned throughout the lesson plan, including space vocabulary, the solar system, and artistic expressions.
2. Engage the students in a group discussion, reflecting on their favorite parts of the lesson and what they have learned.
3. Encourage students to share their artwork and stories with their peers, fostering a sense of community and appreciation for each other’s work.
4. Conclude the lesson by reading another space-themed book or watching a short educational video about space.

Assessment:
– Observe students’ active participation and engagement during discussions, experiments, and art activities.
– Assess students’ understanding of space-related vocabulary through their use in sentences.
– Evaluate students’ artwork based on creativity, effort, and ability to represent space-related elements.
– Assess students’ storytelling and dramatic play skills based on their ability to create coherent stories or skits related to space.

Extension Activities:
1. Invite a guest speaker, such as an astronomer or science educator, to talk to the students about space.
2. Organize a field trip to a planetarium or science museum to further explore space concepts.
3. Encourage students to create a class book about space, where each student contributes a page with their own space-related artwork and a short description.

Note: This lesson plan can be adapted and modified to suit the specific needs and interests of the students, as well as the available resources and time constraints

Country

Japan

Framework

MEXT (Japan)

Theorist

Reggio Emilia

Subject

Books

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