Room on the Broom is a classic children’s book, full of beautiful imagery and extension activities. As teachers, this sample lesson plan can help you structure an entire week’s work around this iconic book.
Objective: Students will engage with the book “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson through a variety of activities that enhance comprehension, vocabulary, creativity, and critical thinking skills.
Duration: 1 week (5 days)
Note: Ensure that all classroom activities are inclusive and sensitive to any cultural or individual differences among the students.
- Copies of “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson
- Whiteboard and markers
- Art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, markers)
- Costume props (hat, broom, toy animals)
- Story sequencing cards (images of key events from the book)
- Construction paper
- Glue, scissors
Day 1: Introduction to the Book
- Begin by reading the book “Room on the Broom” to the students, using expressive voice and tone. You can also use a YouTube video, like this one above.
- Engage students in a brief discussion about witches and brooms. Ask them if they know any other stories about witches.
- Introduce new vocabulary words from the story, such as “broom,” “wand,” and “cackle.” Write these words on the whiteboard and discuss their meanings.
Day 2: Character Analysis
- Review the main characters of the story: the witch and her animal friends.
- Divide the students into small groups and assign each group a character (witch, cat, dog, bird, frog, dragon).
- Have each group discuss and draw their assigned character, including its appearance, personality traits, and role in the story.
- Groups share their character analyses with the class.
Day 3: Story Sequencing
- Provide students with story sequencing cards depicting key events from the book.
- In small groups, ask students to arrange the cards in the correct order to retell the story’s sequence.
- Invite each group to share their sequenced events with the class, and facilitate a class discussion to ensure accuracy.
Day 4: Creative Drama
- Set up a “Room on the Broom” dramatic play area with costume props (hat, broom, toy animals).
- Divide students into groups and assign each group a scene from the book (e.g., the witch losing her hat, meeting the dog).
- Have each group create a short dramatization of their assigned scene using the props and their imagination.
- Encourage students to use dialogue from the book and invent additional dialogue to enhance their scenes.
Day 5: Craft and Writing
- Discuss the concept of teamwork and friendship as portrayed in the story.
- Provide students with construction paper, art supplies, and a printed outline of a broomstick.
- Instruct students to create a collage on the broomstick outline, depicting the witch and her animal friends working together.
- Have students write a short paragraph about the importance of helping and working together, referencing examples from the story.
- Participation and engagement during discussions, group activities, and dramatic play.
- Accuracy of story sequencing and character analysis.
- Creativity and effort in the craft and writing activity.
- Explore other books by Julia Donaldson and compare her writing style and themes.
- Research real-life animals depicted in the story (cat, dog, bird, frog, dragon) and learn more about them.
- Write an alternative ending to the story or create a sequel involving the witch and her friends.