Grade R Me Lesson Plan: Life Skills

Lesson Plan Title:

Grade R Life Skills Lesson Plan: Me

Materials Needed:

  • Mirror (one for each child, if possible)
  • Drawing paper
  • Crayons or markers
  • A3 paper or chalkboard
  • Flashcards with emotions (happy, sad, angry, scared)

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
1. Identify and describe themselves with basic physical characteristics.
2. Recognise and express different emotions.
3. Express personal preferences and likes.

Vocabulary:

  1. Me – Myself, the person talking.
  2. Feelings – Emotions like happy, sad, angry, and scared.
  3. Eyes – The organs we use to see.
  4. Hair – The strands that grow on our heads.
  5. Smile – An expression showing happiness.

Previous Learning:

Students have been developing self-awareness and social skills through group activities and individual play. They have been introduced to the concept of family and friends.

Anticipated Challenges and Solutions:

  1. Challenge: Some children may feel shy or reluctant to talk about themselves.
  2. Solution: Use encouraging language and praise, and allow children to observe peers first.
  3. Challenge: Difficulty in identifying or expressing emotions.
  4. Solution: Use visual aids like flashcards with facial expressions to help children understand and communicate their feelings.

Beginning Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Welcome and Introduction (2 minutes):
  2. Greet the class warmly.
  3. Explain that today’s lesson is all about themselves, using phrases like “Today, we will talk about YOU!”

  4. Icebreaker (2 minutes):

  5. Sing a simple welcome song that includes each child’s name to make them feel special and ready to share.

Middle Activities (32 minutes):

  1. Mirror Exploration (10 minutes):
  2. Hand out mirrors to the students.
  3. Ask them to look in the mirror and describe what they see. Prompt with questions like “What colour are your eyes?” and “What does your hair look like?”

  4. Drawing Activity (12 minutes):

  5. Give each child drawing paper and crayons.
  6. Ask them to draw a picture of themselves. Guide them to include physical features like eyes, nose, mouth, and hair.
  7. Encourage them to add something they like, like a favourite toy or pet.

  8. Feelings and Emotions Discussion (10 minutes):

  9. Show students the flashcards with different emotions.
  10. Discuss each emotion shown on the cards and ask students to mimic the faces.
  11. Talk about when they might feel each emotion and share examples (e.g., “I feel happy when I play with my friends”).

End Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Show and Tell (2 minutes):
  2. Allow a few children to share their self-portraits and explain what they drew.

  3. Recap and Closing (2 minutes):

  4. Review what was learned – focusing on physical characteristics and feelings.
  5. End with a positive note and a song that reinforces the lesson (e.g., “If You’re Happy and You Know It”).

Assessment and Checks for Understanding:

  • Observation: During mirror exploration, observe if students can correctly identify basic features.
  • Drawings: Review the self-portraits to see if students can draw and describe themselves.
  • Feelings Activity: Check if students can recognise and mimic different emotions.

Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Learners:

  • For advanced learners: Ask them to write or dictate one sentence about what they like about themselves.
  • For learners needing more support: Pair them with a buddy or provide additional visual aids.

Teaching Notes:

  • Keep a warm and positive tone throughout to make students feel comfortable.
  • Make sure all materials are accessible, offering hand-over-hand support for drawing if needed.
  • Emphasise the importance of self-love and acceptance.

This lesson aims to build self-awareness and social-emotional skills critical in early childhood development.

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