ECE 315 Week 4 Assignment Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Subject: Language & Literacy

Dramatic Play & Creative Movement

Grade: Preschool(Ages 3 – 5)

Developmental Language & Literacy Milestones

3 year-olds: Sing simple repetitive songs

4 year-olds: Remember and recite rhymes and simple songs

5 year-olds: Repeat more complicated songs and rhymes

(Piper, 2012)

Topic: Acting Silly and Rhyming

Duration: approximately 2 hours

Goals/Objectives: Children will understand that being silly is ok and what times it is ok to be silly. They will engage in language play including rhyming and sound patterns to demonstrate an understanding of spoken words, syllables and sounds.
Standards Covered: Phonological Awareness 2. Demonstrate an emerging understanding of spoken words, syllablesand sounds (phonemes). a. Engage in language play (e.g. alliterative language, rhyming, sound patterns). b. Recognize and match words that rhyme. c. Demonstrate awareness of relationship between sounds and letters. d. With support and prompting, isolate and pronounce the initial sounds in words.(NYSED, n.d.)
Materials: Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae.Shake My Sillies Out: Raffi Songs to Sing by RaffiWe Sing Silly Songs by Pamela Conn BeallBeanbagPre-made Cone Shaped HatsPre-printed stickers that have the rhyming words from the story Giraffes Can’t Dance and other simple rhyming words.Paint, cotton balls, crepe-paper streamers, animal stickers, etc. to decorate hats
Introduction: During circle time, following regular morning activities talk about why it is so fun to be silly. Ask the children questions like: (Allow the children to direct types of questions based on their answers and interests)What does it mean to be silly?Are you ever told you are being silly? Why?What do you like to do to be silly?Why is it so fun to be silly?Is it ok to be silly all the time?Is there a place and time for being silly?Follow discussion with a group activity/game called Monkey-See, Monkey-Do. For the class activity you will need a beanbag or small soft ball will work as well. Monkey See, Monkey Do Activity Players pass a beanbag while chanting:Monkey, monkey, 1, 2, 3Make a silly face like me.The player holding the beanbag at the end of the chant makes a silly face. The other players must try to make the same face. (PBS, n.d.)
Lesson Development: Children come back together to read the story Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae. Before reading the story ask the kids if they can pick out the words that rhyme or sound the same. Read the story slowly and emphasize the rhyming words. Allow the children to “interrupt” the story if they hear rhyming words.Make sure that children who are ELL and special needs sit closer to the front so that it is easier to check for attention, listening, and understanding.
Practice/ Checking for Understanding: Prepare cone-shaped clown hats (this should be done prior to lesson) for children to decorate independently with paint, cotton balls, crepe-paper streamers, animal stickers, and word stickers etc.Explain to class the goal is to put only words that rhyme on their hats. Give examples to the class of words that rhyme. Like: hat-sat, dad-sad, bell-sell and rhymes from the story as well. While class is working on their hats walk around the class and assist the children. Make sure to pay close attention to ELL and special needs children and assist them where necessary.After children are finished with their clown hats come together as a group and invite kids to wear their clown hats as they participate in acts of silliness and singing their favorite rhymes. (PBS, n.d.)Ask children what their favorite rhymes or silly songs are. May use Raffi songs, Silly Songs or other silly rhyming songs to encourage kids to participate and be silly.
Closing: After theclown hat silliness, remind children that it is a lot of fun to be silly but there is a place and time to be silly. Ask children to share their hats with the class. Specifically asking them to name the rhyming words that are on their hats.
Personal Reflection: Class enjoyed being active, silly and rhyming. Class demonstrated understanding of rhyming and rhythm during practice. The activity kept class interested during allotted time. May need to consider alternative method of teaching children when it is ok to be silly. Maybe adding more questions like is it ok to be silly during circle time etc.


NYSED. (n.d.). New York State P – 12 Common Core Learning Standards for ELA and Literacy. Downloaded from https://www. on July 2, 2014.

Loop, E. (n.d.) The Best Preschool Literacy Activities Lesson Plan. Retrieved from preschool-literacy-activities-lesson-plan-35145.html on July 2, 2014.

PBS. (n.d.). Activities. Acting Silly. Retrieved from http://www.pbs. org/parents/arthur/activities/acts/acting_silly.html?cat=language on July 2, 2014.

Piper, T. (2012). Making meaning, making sense: Children’s early language learning. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education.

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