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

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Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Where’s Spot? (Reggio Japan), Reggio philosophy

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

Grade Level: Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku
Subject: Language Arts
Duration: 2-3 lessons (approximately 45 minutes each)

Curriculum Standards (Japan MEXT):
1. Communication: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing
2. Understanding and Appreciating Texts
3. Expressing Thoughts and Feelings
4. Developing Imagination and Creativity

Theorist: Reggio Emilia Approach – Loris Malaguzzi

Lesson Objectives:
1. Students will develop listening and speaking skills by engaging in discussions about the central themes in the book “Where’s Spot?”
2. Students will enhance their comprehension skills by identifying and discussing key elements of the story.
3. Students will express their thoughts and feelings through creative activities inspired by the book.
4. Students will develop imagination and creativity by creating their own version of “Where’s Spot?” using different materials.

Materials:
1. “Where’s Spot?” by Eric Hill (English version)
2. Picture cards representing different animals (dog, cat, snake, lion, etc.)
3. Large chart paper and markers
4. Art supplies (crayons, colored pencils, markers, construction paper, glue, scissors, etc.)
5. Various materials for creating a tactile version of “Where’s Spot?” (felt, fabric, buttons, etc.)

Procedure:

Lesson 1: Introduction to “Where’s Spot?” (45 minutes)

1. Begin the lesson by introducing the book “Where’s Spot?” Explain that it is a popular children’s book that tells the story of a puppy named Spot who goes missing.
2. Show the cover of the book and ask students to predict what the story might be about. Encourage them to share their ideas.
3. Read the book aloud, pausing at key moments to engage students in discussions. Ask questions such as:
– Where do you think Spot might be hiding?
– How do you think Spot’s mother feels when she can’t find him?
– Have you ever been lost or separated from your family? How did it feel?
4. After reading, create a large chart paper with two columns: “What We Liked” and “What We Wondered.” Ask students to share their favorite parts of the story and any questions they have.
5. Discuss the central themes of the book, such as family, love, and adventure. Relate these themes to the students’ own lives and experiences.

Lesson 2: Exploring Characters and Settings (45 minutes)

1. Review the story of “Where’s Spot?” by briefly summarizing the key events and characters.
2. Introduce picture cards representing different animals. Show each card and ask students to identify the animal and make the corresponding sound.
3. Divide the class into small groups and provide each group with a set of animal picture cards.
4. In their groups, students will create their own version of “Where’s Spot?” by replacing Spot with a different animal. Encourage them to discuss and decide on a new animal and its characteristics.
5. Each group will take turns presenting their version of the story, using the animal picture cards to illustrate their ideas. Encourage creativity and imagination.

Lesson 3: Creative Expression and Art (45 minutes)

1. Begin by revisiting the central themes of “Where’s Spot?” and discussing how the story made the students feel.
2. Provide art supplies and materials for students to create their own illustrations or collages inspired by the book. Encourage them to depict their favorite scenes or create new scenes.
3. After completing their artwork, ask students to share their creations with the class. Encourage them to explain their choices and the emotions they wanted to convey.
4. As a culminating activity, guide students in creating a tactile version of “Where’s Spot?” using various materials such as felt, fabric, buttons, etc. This will allow them to engage their senses and explore different textures.
5. Display the tactile version of “Where’s Spot?” in the classroom for students to interact with and enjoy.

Assessment:
1. Informal assessment can be conducted throughout the lessons by observing students’ participation in discussions, their ability to identify key elements of the story, and their creativity in creating their own versions of “Where’s Spot?”
2. Students’ artwork and tactile versions of “Where’s Spot?” can be assessed based on their ability to express their thoughts and feelings, as well as their creativity and attention to detail.

Extension Activities:
1. Encourage students to write or dictate their own short stories inspired by “Where’s Spot?” and create their own books.
2. Invite parents or other classes to a “Where’s Spot?” exhibition, where students can showcase their artwork and tactile versions of the story.
3. Explore other books in the “Spot” series by Eric Hill and compare them to “Where’s Spot?” Discuss similarities and differences in themes, characters, and settings.

Note: Adapt the lesson plan as needed to align with the specific requirements and time constraints of your school and classroom

Country

Japan

Framework

MEXT (Japan)

Theorist

Reggio Emilia

Subject

Books

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