Mahak Katyal and Shradha Patnaik
Research has shown that stories are a great way of introducing concepts to children. Stories help children connect information from the story with their own experiences. Moreover, stories play a dynamic role in child growth and development. This article aims at providing the teacher with an alternative method to teach science to primary grades through the storytelling approach.
This lesson plan, created as part of the curriculum development work at Educational Innovations*, was prepared for grade three students on the topic, ‘Plants’. The lesson is an introduction to the concept of photosynthesis. By now, students have a fair knowledge about the parts of a plant, types of leaves, and leaf and vein arrangements. By the end of this lesson, they will understand the importance of the stomata and leaves while describing the key factors that help leaves make food.
You will require the following materials:
• Leaf puppet – 1 puppet
• Story cards – 1 copy for each student
• Worksheet – 1 copy per pair (Annexure)
Before you go to the class with this lesson, keep the above materials ready. For the leaf puppet, draw a leaf on a thick card or white paper (refer to the picture below). Then cut it out and stick the leaf on the top half of the ice cream stick. In case you draw the leaf on a white paper you will need to paste your leaf on a cardboard (also cut in the shape of a leaf) to give it some thickness. Your puppet is now ready to be used.
The authors work at Educational Innovations. They may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.