Grade 1 My Body Lesson Plan: Life Skills

Lesson Plan Title:
Grade 1 Life Skills Lesson Plan: My Body

Materials Needed:
– Chart paper and markers
– Coloured pencils/crayons
– Large body outline on paper or poster board
– Sticky notes
– Worksheets with body parts (to colour and label)
– Class set of scissors and glue sticks

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
1. Identify and name different parts of the body.
2. Understand the primary functions of each body part.
3. Develop fine motor skills through cutting and pasting activities.

Vocabulary:
1. Head – The upper part of the body containing the brain, eyes, ears, nose, and mouth.
2. Arm – The part of the body extending from the shoulder to the hand.
3. Leg – The part of the body used for walking and standing, extending from the hip to the foot.
4. Hand – The end part of the arm used for grabbing and touching.
5. Foot – The lower extremity of the leg used for standing and walking.

Previous Learning:
Students have previously learned about basic hygiene and how to keep their bodies clean. They have also discussed the importance of washing hands, brushing teeth, and bathing regularly.

Anticipated Challenges and Solutions:
Challenge: Difficulty in remembering and labelling all body parts.
Solution: Use songs and repetitive chants that include body parts (e.g., “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”).

  • Challenge: Fine motor skills might be underdeveloped for cutting and pasting tasks.
  • Solution: Provide additional support and allow students more time to complete tasks. Pair students to help each other.

Beginning Activities (4 minutes):
– Welcome students and briefly discuss the importance of knowing different body parts.
– Show a picture of a body and ask students to point to their body parts as you name them (head, arm, leg, hand, foot).
– Introduce the learning objectives for the lesson.

Middle Activities (32 minutes):
1. Direct Instruction (10 minutes):
– Show a large body outline on chart paper. Point to each part as you name it and ask students to repeat after you. Briefly explain the function of each part (e.g., “We use our legs for walking and running”).

  1. Guided Practice (12 minutes):
  2. Hand out pre-prepared worksheets with a simple body outline and body parts to colour and label.
  3. Allow students to work in pairs, colouring and cutting out the body parts. Help them label each part with the correct name.

  4. Independent Practice (10 minutes):

  5. Provide each student with a new, blank body outline.
  6. Ask them to glue the cut-out body parts in the correct places on the blank outline.
  7. Circulate the room to offer support and ensure that students are correctly identifying and placing the parts.

End Activities (4 minutes):
– Review the body parts by having students share their completed outlines with the class.
– Use sticky notes to create a quick “Body Parts Bingo” game. Call out different body parts, and students place a sticky note on the corresponding part on their completed outlines.

Assessment and Checks for Understanding:
– Observe student participation during the direct instruction and guided practice.
– Review students’ completed worksheets and body outlines to check for understanding and correct labelling.
– Use the “Body Parts Bingo” game as an informal assessment to ensure students can identify and place body parts correctly.

Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Learners:
For students needing extra support: Provide body part flashcards with pictures and names for easy reference. Pair them with more proficient students for peer assistance.
For advanced students: Provide additional information about other body parts (e.g., elbow, knee) and their functions. Ask them to present this new information to the class.

Teaching Notes:
– Ensure that each activity is paced to maintain student engagement.
– To make the lesson more interactive, play a song related to body parts (e.g., “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”) and encourage students to sing along and touch each body part as it is mentioned.
– Consider accessibility by providing materials in larger print or tactile format for visually impaired students. Ensure that all activities are inclusive and accommodating to various learning abilities.

This lesson on “My Body” helps Grade 1 students learn about their bodies in a fun and interactive way, reinforcing vocabulary and understanding through hands-on activities.

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