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

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Preschool / Nursery School / EYFS Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on There’s No Place Like Space (Reggio United Kingdom), Reggio philosophy

Title: Exploring Space: A Reggio Emilia-inspired Lesson Plan for Preschool/Nursery School/EYFS Students

– To introduce children to the central themes of the children’s book “There’s No Place Like Space” while incorporating the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach.
– To promote curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking skills through hands-on activities and exploration.
– To develop language and communication skills, fine motor skills, and social-emotional development.

Curriculum Links:
– UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
– Communication and Language Development
– Physical Development
– Personal, Social, and Emotional Development
– Understanding the World

Theorist: Reggio Emilia
– The Reggio Emilia approach emphasizes child-led learning, hands-on experiences, and the importance of the environment in promoting children’s learning and development.
– The approach encourages children to explore, question, and investigate their interests, fostering a sense of wonder and curiosity.

– “There’s No Place Like Space” by Tish Rabe
– Art supplies (colored pencils, markers, crayons, paper, glue, scissors)
– Space-themed toys and props (e.g., astronaut figures, rockets, planets)
– Sensory materials (e.g., moon sand, glitter, star-shaped confetti)
– Space-themed puzzles and games
– Space-related videos or songs (optional)

Lesson Plan:

1. Introduction (10 minutes)
– Gather the children in a circle and introduce the book “There’s No Place Like Space.”
– Show the cover and ask the children what they think the book might be about.
– Explain that today, they will be exploring space just like the characters in the book.

2. Book Reading and Discussion (15 minutes)
– Read aloud the book “There’s No Place Like Space,” engaging the children by using different voices and asking questions throughout the story.
– Pause at key points to encourage discussion and allow children to share their thoughts and observations.
– Discuss the central themes of the book, such as the solar system, planets, and astronauts.

3. Art Exploration (20 minutes)
– Set up an art station with various materials and invite the children to create their own space-themed artwork.
– Encourage them to draw or paint their favorite planet, astronaut, or space scene from the book.
– Provide space-themed stencils or templates for those who may need additional support.

4. Sensory Play (15 minutes)
– Set up a sensory table with moon sand, glitter, star-shaped confetti, and small space-themed toys.
– Encourage the children to explore the materials, create their own space landscapes, and engage in imaginative play.
– Facilitate conversations about textures, colors, and the concept of outer space.

5. Fine Motor Skills Activity (15 minutes)
– Provide space-themed puzzles or games that require fine motor skills, such as connecting puzzle pieces or threading beads onto a string.
– Support the children as they work on the activities, encouraging problem-solving and perseverance.

6. Reflection and Extension (10 minutes)
– Gather the children back in a circle and ask them to share their artwork or describe their favorite part of the lesson.
– Discuss what they have learned about space and encourage them to ask questions or share any new ideas.
– Offer extension activities, such as creating a space-themed display or continuing to explore space-related books and resources.

– Observe and document children’s engagement, participation, and interactions during the lesson.
– Assess their understanding of space-related concepts through discussions, artwork, and play.
– Use anecdotal notes, photographs, or work samples to record children’s progress and identify areas for further support or extension.

Note: Adapt the lesson plan as needed to meet the specific needs and interests of the children in your preschool/nursery school/EYFS setting


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