Class 1-2

Children love to play with rotating toys. How about making one, with the children with everyday materials?

Materials required: string, hollow plastic ball (any pipe with one end close, hollow bamboo with one end closed), thin bamboo stick (or barbecue stick), ice cream stick (or anything similar)

Points of Discussion:

Teaching Learning Materials for English

Math is full of symbols: lines, dots, arrows, English letters, Greek letters, superscripts, subscripts ... it can look like an illegible jumble. Where did all of these symbols come from? John David Walters shares the origins of mathematical symbols, and illuminates why they’re still so important in the field today.

This worksheet makes the kids play with numbers and appreciate how these numbers (1-9) can be represented in different ways. Please add your feedback, especially after using it in your classroom.

Making a proper parachute toy requires a little bit more efforts in terms of measurement and precision. Using a plastic cover with a paper cup can be a simpler model for smaller kids to enjoy making parachute. Replace the paper cup with a small weight and see what happens.

This frog made with a piece of cardboard, rubber band and cello tape will jump suddenly and amaze the observer. A funny toy to demonstrate elasticity, potential and kinetic energy, acceleration etc. Some art work on the toy will make the toy look more interesting.

Materials needed: Cardboard piece, rubber band, cello tape and scissor 

 

 

Is it all your mother’s fault?
 
No matter what the “it” refers to, Sigmund Freud would have probably said yes to that question. However, we now know a lot more about psychology, parenting, and human relationships than Freud did.
 
 

What do you do with the old CDs at home, which aren't being used? How about involving your students to make some lovely toys out of it? We have curated some short videos on toys which can be made from old CDs.

CD Hovercraft

Discussion Points: Air Pressure, Newton's third Law

Blow and Float CD

During my interaction with the primary, elementary and secondary classes of my internship school, I found that children (majority of them) deemed themselves as unable to express their thoughts in writing. During the initial days, it came to them as a surprise when they were asked to write without having anything to ‘copy’ from. This is the reality of majority of our state-run and privately-run schools. Writing to them is nothing but ‘copying down’ whatever the teacher has to say.

In this article, I have argued that it is important not to bunch all the students’ errors as “careless mistakes” or “over-generalisations”. We can classify the errors to understand – (a) what is their mathematical source and (b) what could be the student’s thinking underlying such responses. This will help us in designing appropriate interventions for handling these errors in classroom.

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