C is for climate change

Sanjhee Gianchandani
Climate change is a real problem and its solution is in humankind working together to reduce its effects. It is not enough if a few committed people do their bit. So to train an entire generation to think and act green, we need to introduce our students to small but significant lifestyle changes. Here is a list of actions for a calendar year that together with your students you can put into action.

Connecting with nature in a virtual learning mode

R. V. Jayapadma
Moving online to teach and learn has not been easy for most teachers and students. And if you are a school that has built nature walks, bird watching, and other outdoor activities into your daily routine, how can you do it online? A teacher shares her experience of how she and a colleague solved the problem and continued their bird watching programme online.

“While” away at the window

Adithi Muralidhar
The pandemic forced all of us to stay indoors for long periods of time and this was certainly challenging for many adults and especially the children. But, a few hours by their windows with a little bit of ingenuity on the part of the adults is all that the children need to feel refreshed and not trapped indoors.

What it takes to run an eco-club

Saurav Shome and Archana Dwivedi
Student clubs in schools are often set up with much fanfare and enthusiasm but lose steam midway because the syllabus is given priority. However, some schools do persist in engaging the students and the results are quite noteworthy. In this article, the authors describe the revival of the eco and the science clubs.

A fancy for flight

Adithi Muralidhar

This last article of the four-part series on observing birds outlines for teachers how the bird watching activities mentioned in this series can be scaled up or down to suit their classes and also provides answers to questions that teachers may come across while undertaking these activities with their students.

Discover, describe and draw birds

Adithi Muralidhar
In the third part of our series on birds, we list out some handouts for the students and resources for the teachers. These handouts will help children understand bird behavior better.

Discover, describe and draw birds

Adithi Muralidhar
It is the International Year of the Bird and no better time to learn about bird behaviour, habitat, diet and their role in the environment. Here are some activities that you can give your students to help them to get to know their birds better.

Why study birds?

Adithi Muralidhar and Anand Krishnan
It is the International Year of the Bird, so what better time to learn more about birds. And what can we learn from birds? Apparently a lot from innovative designs to studying the weather.

Making notes…naturally!

V Santharam Having introduced students to nature and the outdoors, how can we ensure that their interest in their surroundings and their inhabitants is kept alive? One of the ways in which one can sustain the interests of children in Read More …

Wild city

Nina Subramani
Is it possible to marvel at the natural world from the confines of your home? The cities we live in are as much part of the natural world as we allow them to be. One need not travel far. As long as there is sunshine, trees, plants and soil, there is bound to be life. From snails and bats to cuckoos and mynahs, they are all there. We just need to open our eyes and observe the natural world.