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Thursday, July 20, 2006

A wacky idea

Today we in Std.01 started a topic on Living and Non living Things. The learning objective was to enable students to observe and classify things into living and non living. The plan was to look at objects around the class and at pictures from a book and then elicit answers from students. While travelling on the bus this morning, I was playing the lesson in my mind, thinking if there could be a way to make this lesson more interesting and also achieve the objective.... and I thought why not ask the children to play detectives?

You can imagine how excited they were when they heard those words. We told the children to play detectives and go out into the secret garden to look around carefully for things that were living and non living. They were also told that when they returned they would be given big chart papers for each table on which they had to draw 5 - 6 things of each type while working collaboratively in their groups. The 20 minute walk into the garden was enough for the ideas to start appearing and by the end of the second block we had 7 charts showing the classification; ready to be displayed and we also achieved the objective of the lesson.


  • hi geeta, that was a great idea and wacky too - shows how simplifying the main idea can make things go zing esp. if we pick on sometinhg the kids like - i enjoyed what you shared.

    By Blogger a.v.koshy, at 8:52 PM  

  • Thanks a lot Koshy..

    By Blogger Geeta Kamat, at 11:04 AM  

  • Great idea, Geeta! Just the idea of mystery introduced by the word detectives produced such a high level of involvement! As Koshy says, it can be such simple touches that can make a world of difference to a class!

    By Blogger Tara Kini, at 10:18 AM  

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