Sequence and Consequence: Exploring If You Give a Moose a Muffin

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Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten Lesson Plan – Learning If You Give a Moose a Muffin Book, Maria Montessori philosophy

Title:ย “Sequence and Consequence: Exploring If You Give a Moose a Muffin”

Age Group:ย Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten (3-5 years old)

Learning Framework:ย Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) – USA

Educational Approach:ย Montessori Method

Learning Outcomes (Based on ELOF):

  1. Language and Literacy:ย Children will expand their vocabulary and comprehension skills as they participate in reading and discussing the story. They will also develop their writing and storytelling abilities during activities.
  2. Cognitive Development:ย Children will understand cause and effect relationships and sequence of events through the story and related activities.
  3. Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development:ย Children will enhance their fine motor skills during the art and muffin-making activities.

Resources Needed:

  • The book “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” by Laura Numeroff
  • Art supplies: Paper, crayons, scissors, glue, etc.
  • Ingredients and utensils for a simple, child-friendly muffin recipe

Lesson Plan:

1. Introduction and Story Reading (20 minutes):

Start by introducing the book “If You Give a Moose a Muffin”. Ask the children what they think might happen if they gave a moose a muffin. Read the story aloud, stopping occasionally to discuss what’s happening and why.

2. Story Discussion (15 minutes):

After reading, facilitate a discussion about the sequence of events and cause and effect relationships in the story. Ask questions such as, “What did the moose want after he had a muffin?” “What happened after they started making puppets?”

3. Sequencing Activity (20 minutes):

Have the children sequence the events of the story using drawings, story cards, or verbally recounting the events. This encourages cognitive development, understanding of the storyline, and recall.

4. Art Activity (30 minutes):

Children can create their own moose puppet or draw a picture of what they think might happen if the story continued.

5. Baking Activity (45 minutes):

Guide the children in making a simple muffin recipe. This encourages them to follow step-by-step instructions and understand sequence in a practical way.

6. Conclusion (10 minutes):

End by discussing the fun and sometimes unexpected sequences of events that can occur from a simple action, like giving a moose a muffin.

Assessment:

Evaluate children’s understanding through their participation in discussions, their sequencing skills in the sequencing activity, and their ability to follow instructions during the baking activity.

Alignment with Montessori Method:

This lesson aligns with the Montessori method by promoting independent thinking, hands-on learning, and self-discovery. The baking activity is particularly Montessori-aligned as it is a practical life activity that involves a real-world task.

Link to ELOF:

This lesson promotes language and literacy development through story reading and discussion. It fosters cognitive development by understanding cause and effect relationships and sequencing. The art and baking activities also develop fine motor skills, part of perceptual, motor, and physical development.

Country

USA

Framework

ELOF (USA)

Theorist

Maria Montessori

Subject

Books

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