Last year when I was planning a lesson about Lag B’Omer to teach to my Year 3 class I got to thinking. What did I want them to take away from the lesson? Did I want them to just learn the story of Rabbi Akiva as was stated in my curriculum or did I want to teach a little more than that?
I came to the conclusion that although I could stretch the story out to fill a lesson my students would not get much from the lesson so I decided to throw some mussar in.
I decided I would use this opportunity to remind my students, young though they may be, that one is never to old to learn something new.
This is my lesson plan (adapted to remove all SEN students and details personal to the class).
For reference, at this point in their National Curriculum Literacy lessons the children were learning about place maps and chronological reports so I decided to integrate those skills into my lesson (very well received by the headteacher who ended up observing me teaching this lesson).
You can see the slideshow I created for the lesson here.
To see the slideshow without the discussion questions, click here.