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

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

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

Curriculum Link: This lesson plan aligns with the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and specifically focuses on the following outcomes:
– Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
– Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners.
– Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators.

Theorist Link: This lesson plan incorporates elements of Rudolf Steiner’s educational philosophy, emphasizing a holistic approach to learning, imaginative play, and the integration of arts and nature.

Objective:
– To introduce children to the central themes of the children’s book “There’s No Place Like Space.”
– To foster children’s curiosity and understanding of space, planets, and the solar system.
– To encourage children’s creativity, imagination, and critical thinking skills through hands-on activities and play.

Materials:
– “There’s No Place Like Space” by Tish Rabe
– Art supplies (colored pencils, markers, crayons, paints)
– Construction paper
– Glue sticks
– Scissors
– Playdough
– Small toy planets or pictures of planets
– Space-themed props (e.g., astronaut helmet, telescope, rocket ship)

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Gather the children in a circle and introduce the book “There’s No Place Like Space.”
– Discuss the cover and ask children what they think the book might be about.
– Explain that the book will take them on an exciting journey through space, exploring planets, stars, and the solar system.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read the book aloud, pausing occasionally to ask questions and engage children in conversation.
– Encourage children to share their thoughts, observations, and questions about space.
– Relate the content of the book to their prior knowledge and experiences.

3. Artistic Expression (20 minutes):
– Provide art supplies and construction paper to each child.
– Ask children to choose a planet from the book that they find interesting.
– Instruct them to draw or paint their chosen planet, using their imagination to add details.
– Encourage children to share their artwork with the group, explaining why they chose that particular planet.

4. Sensory Play (15 minutes):
– Set up a playdough station with small toy planets or pictures of planets.
– Invite children to create their own planets using playdough.
– Encourage them to experiment with different shapes, sizes, and textures.
– Facilitate discussions about the unique features of each planet and how they might differ from Earth.

5. Dramatic Play (20 minutes):
– Set up a space-themed dramatic play area with props such as an astronaut helmet, telescope, and rocket ship.
– Encourage children to engage in imaginative play, taking on roles as astronauts, scientists, or aliens.
– Provide open-ended prompts to stimulate their creativity, such as “What would you do if you landed on a new planet?”

6. Reflection and Closure (10 minutes):
– Gather the children back in a circle and ask them to share their favorite part of the lesson.
– Discuss what they have learned about space, planets, and the solar system.
– Conclude the lesson by emphasizing the importance of curiosity, imagination, and exploration.

Extension Activities:
– Create a class mural of the solar system, using the children’s artwork from the art activity.
– Conduct a science experiment to demonstrate the concept of gravity or the phases of the moon.
– Read other space-themed books and compare the information and illustrations with “There’s No Place Like Space.”

Assessment:
– Observe children’s engagement, participation, and understanding throughout the lesson.
– Document children’s artwork, playdough creations, and dramatic play interactions.
– Take anecdotal notes on children’s verbal contributions, questions, and reflections during discussions.

Note: This lesson plan can be adapted and modified to suit the specific needs and interests of the children in your Kinder/Preschool/ELC setting

Country

Australia

Framework

EYLF (Australia)

Theorist

Rudolf Steiner

Subject

Books

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