This is the lesson plan for Lesson 2 of the storybook “My Cat likes to hide in boxes”
WARM UP – THE FLAG GAME
I gave children their flags and started playing at the flag game the played in Lesson 1, just to warm up a little ans starting remembering all the colors and names of the countries. One of the mums told me that her girl, last time, after our class, had her little 3 y/o sister to color and create her own flags to be able to play this game at home together. This is just amazing. This is exactly what I mean when I say that students should learn how to learn.
BRAINSTORMING ABOUT COUNTRIES: THE PICTURE MAP
If children are older you can start asking them:”Have you ever been in this country? What to think about it? Which landmarks and cities and food are related?” My kids are 6y/o, and even though they went to Greece on holiday, wouldn’t have been able to do this activity. I decided therefore to print out pictures of the most common symbols. Below the instruction for this activity:
-7 (or 8 if you include the children mother country) A3 papersheets.
-1 felt tip
-pictures of the most common symbol that you can download here below for free:
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Print them directly, they are the perfect size already.
–Choose one country to start from and present all the pictures saying the name aloud and have the children repeat. Then ask them: “Which country is this? Norway, Spain, Germany?” Have them try a couple of guesses and if they don’t get it, just say it and ask one of them to write the name of the country in the middle of the papersheet.
-Ask 2 children to glue the pictures while you start presenting another country to the others and assign it to another 2. Don’t worry if the ones that are gluing are not partecipating. They will have the chance later to see all the maps.
It’s an activity that takes time and of the children are not patient it gets tough to handle. Try to do it as smoothly as you can.
-Hang the maps on the wall.
READING OF THE STORY
Now that children know the names of the countries and have hopefully caught some landmarks and symbols related to each country, they are ready to listen to the story.
The book is one of those which, folding the page, you have the text facing you and the kids will see just the pictures, and that’s so great. Read “The cat from…. ” and pause. Ask children:”Where is this cat from?” – Listen to their answers and finally say: “France!” and then read again all the lines: “The cat from France liked to sing and dance!”For the line: “But MY cat likes to hide in boxes” try to emphasize MY.
I personally add a gesture for MY (pointing a thumb to yourself), CAT (mime the whiskers), LIKES (with your index rub you cheek a little) to HIDE (hide your eyes with your hand) in BOXES ( mime the sizes of a box). In this way I’m sure that each child get the meaning of everything and they also repeat the gestures while I read. They are engaged in the meanwhile and don’t get bored.
DRAW YOU FAVOURITE CAT
Give children a white papersheet and ask them which one is their favourite cat. Then tell them to draw it and add 2 or 3 symbols/objects related to the country where that cat is from. If you have time enough, ask them: “Which cat is this?” and elicit “The cat from.. France/Spain/Berlin/ etc.”
This lesson was not one of the easiest ones, it requires a lot of attention and concentration to the children but they liked it very much, they learned something about the countries and enjoyed the story a lot!
Bye bye bye butterflies, I’ll see you in lesson 3!