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Lesson Plan

Wednesday August 30 at 9am

Day: M T W T F Date: Wed/Thurs Time: 20 minutes Year: Kindergarten

Learning Area: Literature Topic: Retell a story

Curriculum content description: (from The Schools Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) - Kindergarten
Curriculum Guidelines draw on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)). Outcome 5 Children are effective
communicators. Children engage with a range of text and gain meaning from these texts. (EYLF P41)

Students prior knowledge and experience:

(Student Outline what the students already know about this topic)
The children have prior experience in listening to stories.

Learning purpose:
In this lesson plan students will listen to the text Montys Magnificient Mane and predict what will happen.

Learning objectives: Evaluation:

On completion of this lesson, students will be able to: (Explain how you will know that lesson objective have
(What will students know and be able to do at the been achieved / monitor student learning)
completion of the lesson specific, concise and Children will be able to orally retell the story and orally
attainable objectives) sequence the events of the story.
To enable learners to listen to and respond orally to the Be able to answer the questions.
To enable learners to retell the story.
To enable learners to have enjoyment from listening to
a story.

Preparation and Resources:

(Detail what resources will be used and what other preparation of the learning environment will be required)
Select Book from the school library, Montys Magnificient Mane by Gemma ONeill.
Read through the story at home and prepare age appropriate questions.
Find other pictures / books showing lions magnificient manes.
Find other pictures showing meerkats .
Catering for diversity (detail any adjustments considerations for educational/resource adjustments)
There are a couple of children within the class where English is not their first language.
I will need to point to pictures in the book to help these children.

Timing: Learning Experiences:

5 minutes 1. Introduction: (How will I engage the learners?)

Settle the children on the floor.
Focus question Who can tell me what a lion looks like?
Let children give descriptions.
Explain to the children that the mother lion is called a lioness and she does not have a big
mane around her head. But the father lion does have a lot of fur around his head and it is
called a mane. Hold up the pictures and show the children.
I also have a picture of a meerkat.
If a meerkat was next to a lion which animal do you think would be bigger?
Show the picture of the smaller meerkat.
I would like to read you a story about a lion and a group of meerkats.

Read the first two pages pointing out the meerkats and ask the children why is Monty the
2 mins lion very proud of his mane?

2 mins Read the next few pages and ask the children to predict how Monty will get his mane
2 mins
Read the next few pages and ask the students who do you think is in the waterhole?

2 mins Read the next page. What do you think will happen to Monty?

2 mins Read on in the story. What do you think will happen to the meerkats?

5 mins Read on to the end of story. How did Monty the lion feel about his mane at the end of the

2. Sequence of learning experiences: (What will you do to help the students achieve the
learning objectives? What tasks and activities will the students be involved in to help
achieve the learning objectives?)
Identify and understand the story sequence.

The children will retell the story in their own words.

The teacher turns to the front page and asks what is happening here?
Going through the book and asking the students at different pages what is happening?
3. Lesson conclusion: (How will you summarise the learning and relate it to the lesson

To enable learners to listen to and respond orally to the text.

To enable learners to retell the story.
To enable learners to have enjoyment from listening to a story.
Ask the children who enjoyed that story?
Next time you are at the zoo you should see if they have any meerkats or lions?
Especially see if you can see the lioness without the mane and the lion with the mane.

Lesson Evaluation:
(Reflect on the lesson. What worked? What did not work? What would you change? Why?)
This was my first lesson and first experience with a group of children where I was the teacher. I thought that it was
fun and I really enjoyed it. The young children are full of wonder and enjoyed looking at the colourful pictures.
The book I chose was called Montys Magnificent Mane and it was very suited to this age group. This has been an
enjoyable learning experience but I need to be able to keep an eye on those students whose attention span is
limited. Kindergarten children have a very short attention span and this is something I need to remember for the
A couple of the questions I had written up in the plan did not get covered.
Montys Magnificent Mane

Some more questions to cover

What happens to Montys mane?

What do the meerkats try to do for Monty?

Does Monty listen to the meerkats?

What was the meerkat trying to warn Monty about?

Who was hiding in the waterhole?

What was the crocodile going to do?

Why are the meerkats frightened?

What does Monty do to save the meerkats?

What did Monty think about his mane at the end of the story?

Were the meerkats good friends to Monty? Why?

How can we be good friends to each other too? By helping others and sharing.