Lesson Plan on Where’s Spot? (Reggio Canada)

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Title: Exploring Central Themes in “Where’s Spot?” – A Reggio Emilia Inspired Lesson Plan for Kindergarten/Preschool Students in Canada

Grade Level: Kindergarten/Preschool/SK/Pre-Elementary/ECEC
Subject: Language Arts
Duration: 2-3 lessons (approximately 45 minutes each)

Curriculum Connections:
– English Language Arts: Reading Comprehension, Oral Communication, Writing
– Visual Arts: Exploring Colors, Shapes, and Textures
– Social Studies: Understanding Family and Community

Theorist: Reggio Emilia Approach

Learning Objectives:
1. Students will develop reading comprehension skills by engaging with the book “Where’s Spot?” and identifying the central themes.
2. Students will enhance their oral communication skills by participating in group discussions and sharing their thoughts and ideas about the story.
3. Students will explore visual arts by creating their own Spot-inspired artwork using various materials.
4. Students will develop an understanding of family and community by discussing the importance of family and the different places Spot could be hiding.

Materials:
– “Where’s Spot?” by Eric Hill
– Chart paper and markers
– Art supplies (e.g., construction paper, crayons, markers, glue, scissors)
– Pictures of different places (e.g., park, school, home, grocery store)
– Spot cut-outs or stickers (optional)

Procedure:

Lesson 1: Introduction to “Where’s Spot?” and Identifying Central Themes

1. Begin by introducing the book “Where’s Spot?” to the students. Show them the cover and ask if anyone has read it before. Discuss the author and illustrator, Eric Hill, and his style of writing and illustrating.
2. Read the book aloud to the students, pausing at appropriate moments to engage them in discussions about the story and the characters.
3. After reading, ask the students to share their thoughts and feelings about the story. Write their responses on chart paper.
4. Introduce the concept of central themes by explaining that these are the main ideas or messages that the author wants to convey through the story.
5. Engage the students in a group discussion to identify the central themes in “Where’s Spot?” Write their responses on the chart paper.
6. Connect the identified themes to the curriculum, emphasizing the importance of family and community in the students’ lives.

Lesson 2: Exploring Visual Arts and Creating Spot-Inspired Artwork

1. Begin by reviewing the central themes identified in the previous lesson. Discuss the importance of family and community in the students’ lives.
2. Show the students pictures of different places (e.g., park, school, home, grocery store) and ask them to identify where Spot could be hiding in each location. Encourage creative thinking and imagination.
3. Provide art supplies and ask the students to create their own Spot-inspired artwork. They can draw, color, cut, and glue to represent Spot in different places.
4. Encourage the students to use various materials and textures to enhance their artwork, reflecting the Reggio Emilia approach’s emphasis on sensory experiences.
5. Display the students’ artwork in the classroom or a designated area to celebrate their creativity and promote further discussions about the central themes.

Lesson 3: Writing and Reflection

1. Begin by reviewing the central themes and the students’ artwork from the previous lesson.
2. Ask the students to reflect on their artwork and share why they chose specific places for Spot to hide. Encourage them to use descriptive language and express their thoughts orally.
3. Provide writing materials and ask the students to write a short paragraph or sentence about their artwork, explaining their choices and the central themes they represented.
4. Offer support and guidance as needed, ensuring that each student has an opportunity to complete their writing.
5. Allow students to share their written reflections with the class, fostering a sense of community and encouraging active listening skills.

Assessment:
– Observe students’ active participation during discussions and group activities.
– Assess students’ understanding of the central themes through their written reflections and oral explanations.
– Evaluate students’ artwork based on their creativity, use of materials, and representation of central themes.

Extension Activities:
1. Invite parents or family members to visit the classroom and share their own family stories, emphasizing the importance of family and community.
2. Create a class book inspired by “Where’s Spot?” where each student contributes a page illustrating Spot in a different location.
3. Organize a “Spot Hunt” in the school or community, where students search for hidden Spot cut-outs or stickers, reinforcing the central themes and promoting teamwork.

Note: This lesson plan is designed to be flexible and can be adapted to suit the specific needs and interests of the students

Country

Canada

Framework

Complete Canadian Curriculum (Canada)

Theorist

Reggio Emilia

Subject

Books

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