KINDNESS “Emi and Ella the Elephant” PK Lesson Plan Note to the Teacher Use Beyond the Book as a flexible lesson guide with a variety of options from which to choose based on your young students’ interests and ability levels. All activities are aligned with Early Childhood standard, as well as Kindergarten and 1st grade Common Core State Standards, to ensure quality, relevance, and appropriateness for use in a variety of classroom environments. Best practice pages for instructional vocabulary activities and read-a-loud strategies www.cloud9world.com/resources Beyond the Book…a supplemental guide for teachers, counselors, and parents. •
Beyond the Book…provides ideas for educators to incorporate character education into daily physical development. Activities include those providing students practice with areas of health and wellness, self-help skills, gross motor development, and fine motor development.
Physical Development Beyond the Book…provides ideas for educators to incorporate character education into practice and experience with different approaches to learning. Activities include those providing students with experience in developing eagerness and curiosity to learn, development of persistence, participation in creativity and planning and reflection through learning from their experiences.
Approaches to Learning Beyond the Book…provides ideas for educators to incorporate character education into daily social-emotional development experiences. Activities include those providing students practice with areas of self-regulation, relationships, social problem-solving.
Social-Emotional Development Beyond the Book…provides ideas for educators to incorporate a character education into a daily range of language, communication, and emergent literacy experiences. Activities include those providing students practice with listening and understanding, speaking, vocabulary, sentences and sentence structure, conversation, emergent reading skills, and emergent writing skills.
Language, Communication, and Emergent Literacy Beyond the Book…provides ideas for educators to incorporate a character education into a daily range of cognitive development and general knowledge areas. Activities include those providing students practice with mathematical thinking, scientific inquiry, social studies, and creative expression through the arts.
Cognitive Development and General Knowledge Areas Beyond the Book…provides teachers and counselors with learning activities and discussion prompts for students to share with their parents at home to reinforce character traits, promote positive family interactions, and to provide ways to keep parents connected to the classroom.
Home Connection Activity
Before Reading the Story:
Basic Story Vocabulary
kindness, elephant, huge, trunk, tusks, forest, stomp, polite, mean, turtle **Choose an Instructional Vocabulary Activity from www.cloud9world.com/resources. Use vocabulary frequently throughout the month in a variety of ways. Use pictures with words as much as possible.
Discuss: How are elephants similar to and different than other animals?
(Social Studies) On a globe, show the children where they live and where the country South Africa is.
Have the children “stomp” like an elephant around the room.
(Communications) Have the children orally describe the elephant by including his attributes (large size, 4 legs, trunk, tusks, tail, and large floppy ears) While Reading the Story: **Read the story to the students several times during the month. Allow students to “help” you read the story by looking at the pictures to guide them.
Discuss: Look at the picture on page 15. How are Natalie and Emi showing kindness to the turtle?
Discuss: Did Emi’s sister treat her with kindness at the beginning of the story? What did Natalie do that was not kind?
Discuss: You show kindness when you treat others the way you would like to be treated. How would you like others to act toward you?
After Reading the Story:
Practice writing capital and lower case “Ee”.
Create a forest in the sandbox or on the carpet with plastic trees, an elephant, and small people. Have the children re/tell the story of “Kindness” or create their own story.
How did Natalie treat Emi at the end of the story “Kindness”? What did Natalie do that showed kindness?
Discuss with the children how they can show kindness in class or at home (share toys and supplies, play with others, say “please” or “thank you” when someone is kind to you).
(LA) Have the children dictate a sentence about the elephant picture they drew.
(LA) Review the letter and sound of Ee. What characters in the story start with the letter Ee?
The intent of this story is to show children the following truths: Showing kindness is a step beyond being nice; it touches the heart. Kind people find the best in everyone. Showing kindness to others makes us happy.
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