Environmental Science

Art is a powerful medium to teach students about the importance of nature as it stimulates them to think and feel. This article explores a few simple art based activities that can be used to sensitize children to their local ecology and environment.

With waste disposal problems gripping cities as well as towns and an increasing recognition of the role of organic fertilizers to combat the growing food crisis, how do we learn about the inter-linkages between these two? Can waste become a resource? In this article, the author shares insights on how her school adopted the time tested technique of recycling waste into food through composting.

A handy poster on the origins of composting

Mapping is a very important aspect of geography. I always find creating large colourful maps with a group of children a very engaging way of teaching geography. This year, I decided to try a world map project at school with children belonging to different age groups as I believed that this would help build a sense of community among them. This project also helped bust the popular belief among children that one has to be a skilled cartographer to create maps.

Understanding nature of science is, now, widely perceived to be a vital learning outcome of science education. In this article, we briefly discuss the rationale for introducing ‘nature of science’ in school science curricula, its evolving perspectives, and the approaches we may adopt to enable the learning of this topic...

This article explores the role of beauty in science education. The authors use research in science education to highlight the importance of teachers consciously making connections to aesthetic aspects in science. Caring about beauty in science can inspire a sense of wonder and curiosity among students.

"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedien t while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running and robbing the country.

Last July we shared Nature Detectives Bingo game. Here is a modified version specific to the high altitude region of Spiti/Ladakh. You are welcome to customize it further that suits your learners' neighbourhood. This is an outdoor "Bingo" game that can be played in a neighbourhood park, lake or any open area. It is designed to get children outdoors and observing birds and their habitat.

This time in Meena's story, her teacher talks about the need for cleanliness and how it helps them stay away from disease causing worms.

Let us dream about the school first!
Let us first imagine the school as a space for children. Imagine yourself to be a child once again.

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