Jungle Themed Mini Unit for Foundation and Year 1: 2 Weeks of Lesson Plans


Summary of unit of lesson plans:

This mini unit of lesson plans aims to educate students in all literacy modes through children’s literature. The program is best run routinely in the morning starting with a writing table before school. Explicit teaching should occur after the routine morning mat session and activities in group rotations. This unit focuses on the two texts “The Lion Who Wanted to Love” and “Giraffes Can’t Dance” because they provide opportunities for explicit teaching, but you could definitely adapt… I also value the message behind both books, the notion that it is okay to be different.

Australian Curriculum Links:

  • Understand that English is one of many languages spoken in Australia and that different languages may be spoken by family, classmates and community  (ACELA1426)
  • Explore how language is used differently at home and school depending on the relationships between people (ACELA1428)
  • Understand that language can be used to explore ways of expressing needs, likes and dislikes (ACELA1429)
  • Understand that texts can take many forms, can be very short (for example an exit sign) or quite long (for example an information book or a film) and that stories and informative texts have different purposes (ACELA1430)
  • Understand that some language in written texts is unlike everyday spoken language (ACELA1431)
  • Understand that punctuation is a feature of written text different from letters; recognise how capital letters are used for names, and that capital letters and full stops signal the beginning and end of sentences (ACELA1432)
  • Recognise that sentences are key units for expressing ideas (ACELA1435)
  • Recognise that texts are made up of words and groups of words that make meaning (ACELA1434)
  • Explore the different contribution of words and images to meaning in stories and informative texts (ACELA1786)
  • Understand the use of vocabulary in familiar contexts related to everyday experiences, personal interests and topics taught at school (ACELA1437)
  • Know that spoken sounds and words can be written down using letters of the alphabet and how to write some high-frequency sight words and known words  (ACELA1758)
  • Know how to use onset and rime to spell words (ACELA1438)
  • Recognise rhymes, syllables and sounds (phonemes) in spoken words  (ACELA1439)
  • Recognise the letters of the alphabet and know there are lower and upper case letters  (ACELA1440)
  • Identify some familiar texts and the contexts in which they are used (ACELY1645)
  • Listen to and respond orally to texts and to the communication of others in informal and structured classroom situations (ACELY1646)
  • Use interaction skills including listening while others speak, using appropriate voice levels, articulation and body language, gestures and eye contact  (ACELY1784)
  • Deliver short oral presentations to peers (ACELY1647)
  • Identify some differences between imaginative and informative texts (ACELY1648)
  • Read predictable texts, practicing phrasing and fluency, and monitor meaning using concepts about print and emerging contextual, semantic, grammatical and phonic knowledge (ACELY1649)
  • Use comprehension strategies to understand and discuss texts listened to, viewed or read independently (ACELY1650)
  • Create short texts to explore, record and report ideas and events using familiar words and phrases and beginning writing knowledge (ACELY1651)
  • Participate in shared editing of students’ own texts for meaning, spelling, capital letters and full stops (ACELY1652)
  • Produce some lower case and upper case letters using learned letter formations (ACELY1653)
  • Construct texts using software including word processing programs (ACELY1654)
  • Recognise that texts are created by authors who tell stories and share experiences that may be similar or different to students’ own experiences (ACELT1575)
  • Respond to texts, identifying favourite stories, authors and  illustrators (ACELT1577)
  • Share feelings and thoughts about the events and characters in texts (ACELT1783)
  • Identify some features of texts including events and characters and retell events from a text (ACELT1578)
  • Recognise some different types of literary texts and identify some characteristic features of literary texts, for example beginnings and endings of traditional texts and rhyme in poetry  (ACELT1785)
  • Replicate the rhythms and sound patterns in stories, rhymes, songs and poems from a range of cultures (ACELT1579)
  • Retell familiar literary texts through performance, use of illustrations and images (ACELT1580)


Jungle Unit for Foundation Sequence:

Below is the PDF and WORD version of the 2 week program. Feel free to download it and use in your class.






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