The Pyramids – a cross-curricular trip

Sunita Biswas
For centuries, the pyramids of Egypt have been a source of wonder because of their size, the complexities in the construction process and about the men who created these enduring marvels. So, in the school curriculum, how can this topic be dealt across all disciplines and not just history? Here is a fascinating insight.

Do you have the time for this?

Ankita Rajasekharan
Time is a mystery. Time is fascinating. Time is experienced differently by each of us. It is important not just for us humans but also for all other living organisms. Let us try and understand, to a little extant, what time is and how it impacts our lives.

What’s left in memory

Mehak Siddiqui

From cave walls to instagram; stone to digital modes man has come a long way in how he keeps and stores data. As interesting and varied are the means in which we record and document our lives, there are as many learning opportunities to be had with regard to record keeping whether it be in English, science, social science or the arts.

Buildings talk… structures teach!

Meera Bhuvanesh
Buildings tend to inspire strong emotions in many of us. A temple or a church may give us a sense of peace while a more stately structure might inspire awe in us. But have you thought how buildings and architecture can also offer a world of learning possibilities? When children study about buildings, they can draw upon different fields of knowledge —- from math and history to art and design.

Reaching for the sky

Vandana Aggarwal
The sky is mysterious, fantastic and enchanting. There is so much to admire and learn about the sky and all things under the sky. Learn the science behind the Northern Lights, the origins behind idioms related to the sky, dig a little bit into astronomy to unravel the constellations, find out how kites fly. The next time you are planning a project, look up to the skies.

Spirits of the deep

Nina Subramani
An interdisciplinary lesson on any subject has a lot to offer the teacher who wants to make learning interesting and relatable. The study of our coastline can keep students engaged for a month or more. It leads to a deeper understanding of why coasts are important – as an interface between land and sea, as a crucial component of our ecosystem.

The trappings of civilization

Sheel
Did you know that all the furniture in our homes can help us learn more about math, English and even EVS? From shapes, symmetry, trigonometry and statistics to nursery rhymes and idioms, furniture as a project idea can be taken up by teachers to put some zest into their teaching. Read on for more ideas.

Art on the wall

Jamuna Inamdar
One of the striking features of most Indian cities, these days, is the vibrant art coming up on their walls and pillars. Chances are that every day you are passing by some of these creations. Why not use them to learn something new? From the history of wall art to tribal paintings, to art for a cause there is a lot one can learn from a piece of drawing on a wall.

Connections and convergences

Sunita Biswas
True learning happens when you can see the big picture. No knowledge, to paraphrase John Donne, is an island, entire of itself. Every little fact connects with another and then another. Educators are well aware of this and the framers of curricula generally follow this aphorism.

Health & Healing

Shruti Singhal

Staying healthy, eating healthy, looking healthy. This is the current popular mantra. So what better time to teach children healthy habits and practices while helping them gain more knowledge about health and wellbeing?