For our section on mythology, I created a lesson plan for a Kindergarten class. I actually did most of this with my prek-class They really enjoyed it! So here it goes….
Myths Lesson Plan
Common Core Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.R1K1-With prompting and support ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy. SLK.3 Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.
Students will be able to describe the meaning of the word constellation. Students will be able to name 3 constellations of the constellations that we have learned.
Teacher will ask prodding questions to start lesson. Have you ever looked out at night at the stars? Have you ever wondered about the stars? Why do you think we have stars?
- Read the book- Zoo in the Sky by Jacqueline Mitton
- Talk about the word constellations-what does it mean? Have children repeat the word and talk about what it means.
- Discuss the constellations in the book and talk about the myths surrounding the constellations
Questions to ask children
- What were some of the animal constellations you saw in the book?
- What was your favorite constellation?
- Why was it your favorite?
- Why do you think they made up stories about the stars in the sky?
- Do you think these stories are true?
After talking about the story, the children will participate in an activity. The teacher will say the name of the constellation and type of animal and the children will act in the way that animal acts. For example Leo the lion-the children will growl. Teacher will have two different activities that the children can choose from to make their own constellation. These activities will be in small groups.
- Mini-Marshmallows-Using mini marshmallows and toothpicks, the children will make their own constellation.
- Paper constellation-Using black construction paper, white colored pencils and star stickers the children will draw their own constellation onto black paper. After they make the constellation, they will add stars to their picture.
Return to Circle-large group activity
- The children will show the constellation they made, what they named it and the story behind their constellation.
- We will review the story, the term constellation and the different constellations we learned about.
- Teacher will ask children what was the big word we learned about today? What is a constellation?
- Name 2 constellations we learned about today.