Environmental Science

A nice animation to help kid get interested in understanding water cycle. Concepts like evaporation, condensation, precipitation is explained in simple ways which helps kid understand it on themselves. Explore more videos on this youtube channel Peekaboo Kidz for small kids.

Make a paper sundial that is accurate enough to measure both hours and minutes. Also check how local latitude affects your measurement very significantly.

English

EVS/Biology teaching deserves an evocative starting point to rally around. Say, a moving quote, a stirring speech or an impressionable photograph.. something that even a good quality textbook misses. Kalyan Varma's treasure trove of world class images which go by a Creative Commons licence.

One of the most insightful sentences I have come across for a (science) teacher is, "Take a thing you know and change one thing; its scale, its material and/or its context". Baahubali director S S Rajmouli had internalized that quote quite imaginatively. That was my first impression while watching the 2 parts. In many interviews he shared his childhood fascination for Amar Chitra Katha stories. He did change the scale of movie making, the material (story) was more or less oft-repeated.

Vikas Arora shares this video from localfutures.org. You may use it in your social studies and economics class to trigger a discussion around fund allocation and resource distribution. Ask your learners to express and engage what happens in their family, at the local grocery shop and at a bigger super market. You may introduce them to the trend of 'artificial scarcity' and the price rise. Invite all ideas from them and also ask them to think of possible solutions. They may start with a mini project of budget allocation in their classroom project as a starter.

David Horsburgh, the foremost practioner of Activity Based Learning in India, in his book Thinking & Doing illustrates how it is possible to shift the agency into the hands of the learners, teacher becoming almost a redundant facilitator in the background.

Here is an annotated excerpt of 10 pages from that celebrated book.

The assignment that you ask your learners to complete is not same as a practice worksheet.

A good assignment in any subject at any level should take into consideration the following points.

1. An assignment should have a well defined objective.

Geography is one of the oldest disciplines in the world. Rich contributions from Eratosthenes, Ptolemy, Al-Masudi, Al-Biruni, Ibn Battuta, Ibn Khaldun and later by Carl Ritter, Emanuel Kant (yes the philosopher), Vidal la Blache and many more made it a discipline to investigate and unravel the mysteries. The classroom teaching of geography almost always fails to capture that awe of this wonderful subject.

Instead of making a statement, Ask a question.

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