Lesson Plan: Exploring Pretend City Children's Museum through Video Review

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Lesson Plan: Exploring Pretend City Children's Museum through Video Review

Grade Level: 2-4

Subject: Social Studies / Language Arts

Duration: 60 minutes

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.4: Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.

- Students will learn about Pretend City Children's Museum and its interactive exhibits.
- Students will watch a video review of the museum and analyze the information presented.
- Students will practice storytelling skills by orally recounting their own experiences at Pretend City Children's Museum.

- Video review of Pretend City Children's Museum
- Whiteboard or chart paper
- Writing materials (paper, pens/pencils)


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
- Begin the lesson by discussing the importance of hands-on learning experiences for children.
- Introduce Pretend City Children's Museum as a place where children can explore and engage in imaginative play.

2. Watching the Video Review (20 minutes):
- Show the video review of Pretend City Children's Museum to the students.
- Instruct students to pay attention to the information presented in the video, including the exhibits, activities, and the reviewer's experience.
- Encourage students to take notes or jot down key details they find interesting or important.

3. Analyzing the Video (15 minutes):
- Engage students in a discussion by asking questions about the video review, such as: What exhibits did the reviewer mention? What activities did they participate in? What did they like most about Pretend City Children's Museum?
- Use a whiteboard or chart paper to record the students' responses and create a visual representation of the museum's features.

4. Recounting Personal Experiences (15 minutes):
- Instruct students to individually think about or write down their own experiences at Pretend City Children's Museum (if they have visited before) or imagine what it would be like based on the video review.
- Encourage students to include appropriate facts and descriptive details in their recounting.
- Provide sentence starters or prompts to support students in organizing their thoughts and orally sharing their stories.

5. Sharing and Discussion (10 minutes):
- Allocate time for students to share their personal experiences or imagined stories with the class.
- Encourage students to listen actively and ask questions to demonstrate their understanding of their peers' stories.
- Facilitate a class discussion about the common themes, exhibits, or activities mentioned in the students' stories.

6. Class Reflection and Wrap-up (10 minutes):
- Facilitate a reflection discussion by asking students to reflect on the importance of imaginative play and hands-on learning at Pretend City Children's Museum.
- Discuss the benefits of sharing personal experiences and stories to enhance understanding and build community.
- Wrap up the lesson by emphasizing the value of interactive museums like Pretend City Children's Museum in fostering creativity and social development in children.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

? 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
? www.pretendcity.org
☎️ 949-428-3900
⏰ Mon: Closed, Tues-Sun: 10am-12:30pm or 1:30-4pm
???? Great place for kids
? Adults and children: $19.95pp. Seniors: $17.95pp. Military & family: $16.95pp. Infant to 12 months: Free. Membership starts at $200. Purchase tickets online.
?️ Free
? Flushable toilets.
? Portable hand wash from @suds2go . A must!
? Recommend closed toe shoes. Girls’ shoes from @minimeis .
? ? Vending machines and a small sit down area at The “Real” Cafe section.
? They currently have a small exhibit showing Dinos in the City • Members get 1 hour before general admission for morning sessions (except the second Sunday of each month) • Great place to book birthday parties.
? Highly recommend making a stop at Fukada and ordering their spicy tuna don.
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