activity based learning

Often, there are many sides to a controversy and various points of view as well. To understand such issues, one needs to be thorough and regular in updating oneself. Analyzing issues through newspapers and magazines is an important component to develop critical thinking. This activity aims at that.

The concept  of 'Language  across Curriculum'  is something we often read  about  and appreciate. It is hardly practiced in the classroom partly  due to the pressure of completing  the syllabus on time and partly due to our inability to break  out of the rigid boundaries of the various  subjects. In this learning resource we demonstrate how subject  boundaries can be made to dissolve.

The lesson plan gives an idea about how a story can be used to enhance the imagination, creativity and problem solving skills of students by asking  them  to find a solution  to a problem  mentioned in the story.  The lesson also takes  the students through  a guided process of writing their own story and illustrating it.

The lesson plan on festivals gives an opportunity for encouraging learning through co-operative group discussion and sharing. Much of the knowledge comes from observing the cultural traditions followed in the children’s homes and around them. It also naturally lends itself to the integration of social studies with art and music, thereby addressing multiple intelligences, making learning experiential and fun. It can also encourage children to appreciate their own as well as each other’s traditions and culture. 

Maps are an integral part of the social science curriculum, more so in Geography. Maps are used to indicate not just political and geographical boundaries but also to show the spread and occurrence of natural resources, climate and weather conditions, roadways, airways, sea routes etc. The use of maps can be made fun and interesting with the interactive approach discussed in this module. Maps can thus prove to be an excellent teaching aid and an exciting educational game for the students.

The activity will increase children’s vocabulary and help them remember new words. 

We have all observed toddlers learning  their mother  tongue. They hear  complete sentences by adults/ children in different situations. Though they begin to speak  in words, they can understand sentences as well as instructions given to them and words of appreciation.

We could adopt a similar  approach when teaching  a new language. Therefore this lesson plan makes use of day-to-day activities. The teaching  aids are drawn from the child's immediate environment.

Here are some simple suggested activities for teaching verbs. The activities help in creating an interactive and hands-on environment in the classroom that involve and motivate learners. They also make the process of teaching/learning grammar more enjoyable and effective. 

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