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Table Top Activity Craft Lesson Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Burrendah Primary School



Year Level: KINDERGARTEN Date: Term 2, week 7 Students’ Prior Knowledge:

Monday and Tuesday
The students are aware of the alphabet formations
Learning Area: Arts and Crafts & English through visually observing children’s literature, name
writing as well as other word formations.
Strand & Content Description(s) from the Australian
. English
o ACELY1653 produce some lower case and upper
case letters using learned letter formations.
Arts and Crafts
o ACAVAM107 Use and experiment with different
materials, techniques, technologies and processes
to make artworks.

General Capabilities ( areas that are covered in the lesson)

Personal and
Literacy Numeracy ICT Critical and Ethical
competence creative thinking behaviour understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities ( areas that may be addressed in the lesson)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia Sustainability
histories and cultures
Lesson Objectives
As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:
 Students will be able to identify the letter as well as word formations that are associated with the letter.

Teacher’s Prior Preparation/Organisation: Provision for Students:

o Library Basket Students with vision impairments may be provided with
o Name Sheets larger text sheets or further assistance in retrieving the
o Permanent Markers correct materials for the activity.
o Whiteboard Erasers
o Bells For early finishers, they are to transition to the free play
o Good Morning Song centres around the classroom.
o Elephant Example Demonstration
o Elephant Template Students who struggle to keep focused on the task at hand
o PVA Glue will be provided with other alternatives (for example, if you
o Tissue Paper cut into Squares finish this work you will be able to go and play with the
o Scissors blocks).
o Lead Pencils
o Textas Students who are not fully developed in their literacy skills,
o Crayons the adapted booklet will be used to assist the students in
o Coloured Pencils completing the table top activity for gathering an
o Blank A4 Paper understanding of the Letter Ee.
o Interactive whiteboard
Table Top Activity Craft Lesson Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Burrendah Primary School

LESSON DELIVERY Resources/References

8:30am Motivation and Lesson Introduction:
1. The students enter the classroom and place their library books in the
basket located at the front of the classroom.
Library Basket
2. The students are then required to locate their name set up on the
three desks. Name Sheets
The students are to place the letters of their name in order, trace the
pre-written name provided and then write their name by themselves Permanent Markers
on the line provided at the bottom of the laminated sheet.
Once the students have completed this, they are able to free play in Whiteboard Erasers
the available play centres around the classroom until the day begins.
During the above activities, the educator must walk around and praise the
students to increase their self confidence levels as well as providing support Good Morning Song
where needed. This is extremely important if their parents have departed.
Elmer the Patchwork
3. The educator will then ring the bells to signal to the students to Elephant
transition to the mat to begin the day.
Elephant Activity
4. Good Morning introductions are complete as well as the timetable for Demonstration
the day (located at the top of the whiteboard for the students). Example
5. The educator will explain introduce the Letter E to the students on the Interactive Whiteboard
whiteboard accompanied by a word sheet with different words that
start with “E”.

6. The Children’s Literature Book named Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

will be read to the students from an online source.

7. The educator will explain to the students the messaged conveyed in

the book.
Everyone is different, no one person is the same.

8. After this is explained the educator will explain the activities taking
place throughout the duration of the day. Using a demonstration

9. Two students are selected for the table top letter craft activity and the
rest of the students are free to play in the other learning centres
around the classroom until their name has been called.

During the mat session, if the students become off topic or distracted, the
educator is to implement the behaviour management strategy of “are your
eyes watching (pointing to eyes), are your ears listening (pointing to ears), are
you voices quiet and are your bodies still.

Lesson Development:
Table Top Activity
o The students are asked in groups of 2 whilst the other students are
free playing in the available play centres around the classroom.

1. “Today, we are going to be making our own patchwork elephant, just

like the book!”
The educator can extend the students knowledge and thinking
processes by asking the students the question of “What letter does
Table Top Activity Craft Lesson Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Burrendah Primary School

the word Elephant start with? Why have I chosen to make an

Elephant craft with you?”

2. The educator will provide the students with an elephant picture

template, glue and a tray of tissue paper squares.
Elephant Template
3. The educator will instruct the students to decorate their elephant
using the tissue paper, covering the elephant completely. Tissue Paper Squares

Once the students have completed their work, it will then be placed PVA Glue
on the drying rack to dry.
4. The students are then required to grab a pair of scissors from the tub
Lead Pencil for Name
and cut around the outside of their elephant template.
5. The students are then instructed to write their name on the back of Textas
their artwork.
6. Giving, the students some time to play in the other learning centres,
at a later date they will transition back to the activity table to make a Coloured Pencils
background of their choice for their elephant on A4 paper using the
available writing materials. Blank A4 Paper

Demonstration Example
10:30am 7. Their work will be displayed around the classroom or placed in their of the Activity
take home folders.

As recess takes place at 10:30pm if some students have not completed the
activity they will do so after recess or in the next session on another day.

It is important for the educator to praise the students as they are completing
their work to increase their self confidence.

Lesson Closure:
At the closure of the table top activity, invite the students to share their
developmental thoughts on the process of creating their Elephant through
scaffolding questioning.
What letter does your Elephant start with? What sound does that letter make?
The closure of the lesson is completed when the students have completed
their Elephant activity as the classroom is very play based.

The students are observed during their play activity and this is recorded in the
form of anecdotal notes.
The anecdotal notes are recorded in terms of their enjoyment, what they take
from the activity through their discussions and whether or not the students are
able to create their elephant correctly as well as verbally explain it (in terms of
what letter it starts with).
Work Samples will also be taken.
Table Top Activity Craft Lesson Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Burrendah Primary School

Early Years Learning Framework Outcomes

o Outcome Two – Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
- 2.4 Children are connected with and contribute to their world where they
become socially responsible and show respect for their environment.

o Outcome Five – Children are effective communicators.

- 5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of
- 5.2 Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these

o Outcome One – Children have a strong sense of identity.

- 1.3 Children have a strong sense of self through creatively expressing
ideas and responding to the ideas of others.
- 1.1 Children feel safe, secure and supported through developing their
emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency.

o Outcome Four - Children are confident and involved learners.

- 4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity,
cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm,
persistence, imagination and reflexivity.
- 4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem
solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and