Lesson Plan

A holistic learning experience- Jack and the Beanstalk

Literacy, Community, and Love
Leah s.
Early childhood provider
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3
My Subjects English Language Arts, English Language Learning, World Languages, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness

Students will be able to...

Develop Literacy- story-telling through books, audio, and speaking

Promotes Community- encourages teamwork and parent/community involvement

Creativity- fosters imagination, cultivates resourcefulness, and exposure to art

English Language Arts
English Language Learning
Health & Wellness
Grades Pre-K – 1
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1 Beginning Hook...

Activity: Reading

Read the story Jack and the Beanstalk to the children. Make sure the book you have chosen has excellent illustrations! Next explain to the children that Jack and the Beanstalk is a type of story called a fairy tale. Have on-hand several different Jack and the Beanstalk books. Tell the kids that each book a Jack and the Beanstalk story, but the authors and illustrators had imagined the story differently. This is why each book looks different.

2 Hook...

Have available in your classroom audio books for the kids. Find different versions of jack and the Beanstalk. You could even have a few stories in different languages! Later, when they are familiar with the story, make books with them. Have the kids draw the pictures and dictate to you what is happening on each page. Write down exactly what they say directly into their book. I have included some basic audiobook apps...

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/story-home-childrens-audio/id391730802?mt=8 http://www.appszoom.com/android_applications/music_and_audio/kids-audio-...

And give the kids the option to use the story-making app as well...

3 Observations...

Activity: Assessing

If you find the kids are enjoying the story and you notice the children acting out characters and scenes in their play, plan a special movie day. Play for the kids this video....


After the children have seen the video, ask them if they know what a play is. Some of the older kids will be familiar with plays and will help lead the discussion. Ask them if they would want to put on a play of Jack and the Beanstalk for their families...If they agree, talk about the process... Remember that this is long-term lesson plan. I would recommend a month at the most to finish the lesson. For small children, it is imperative you keep the instructions engaging so they don't lose interest.

4 Instruction...

Help the kids come up with a simple (very simple) script, set and costumes. Have the kids decide who will play what character. If a child does not want to participate, they can always help with making the scenery, props, or costumes. This app may help guide the kids through the process. You could incorporate music as well. Work on the play a little each day. Do not overwhelm the kids with too many tasks. Go at their pace...

5 Independent Practice...

Activity: Presenting

When you feel they are ready, have the kids rehearse. Help the older kids guide the younger kids. Record their rehearsals so they can see themselves performing. If you are trusting, you may even want to let a couple of kids hold the video camera...Or perhaps it is within your school's budget to purchase a couple of these heavy-duty kid's cameras...


6 It's Show Time!

Activity: Presenting

Pick a date and invite as many family members/community members as you can. Perform the play. Be ready to jump in and guide the kids if they get stuck or things start to unravel. The key is to be as calm, patient, and responsive as you can be. The play will not be perfect, but remember this lesson is about the process, not the final product. Record the kids one final time. Congratulate them and tell them how proud you are.

After the play, mingle and talk to the parents. Ask if they would be interested in attending more classroom functions and have some volunteer options for them if they ever wanted to help put. Have dvds or digital videos of the play to give to parents later in the week.

7 Wrap it up...

Activity: Broadcasting

Lead a discussion the next day about how the kids thought the play went. Ask the kids what part of the play process did they enjoy the most? What part did they find difficult and why? Would they do anything differently next time? Ask about how it felt to work together on such a big project. Next ask the kids about your own contributions. Let them speak freely if they have something critical to say about you. Make sure you record this discussion as well. Give the recordings to your administration. Perhaps, they may want to use it as a marketing tool on their blog or website. Also, don't forget a copy of the recordings for yourself to keep in your professional portfolio. That's it!