Did you know that bees are the most important living beings in the planet but they are at risk of facing extinction? Bees are part of biodiversity on which we all depend for our survival. As pollinators, they contribute directly to food security. Bees are therefore absolutely critical for our ecosystem. A topic on bees can engage students in science, math, social studies and even critical thinking.
The recent translocation of eight cheetahs into the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh can serve as an interesting learning exercise touching across all disciplines. From geography, history to even creative writing, children can be introduced to a fascinating tour of wildlife and the movement of animals. Debates surrounding the ecosystem and the pressure on land resources can be part of extended activities helping students to understand various facets of this initiative.
Come rainy season and flooding is quite a common sight in the metro cities of India today. At other times, we also experience severe drought. Tsunamis, hurricanes, cyclones, earthquake, wildfires — the natural disasters that strike not just India but the world are many and human behaviour towards the environment is only increasing their frequency and intensity. Natural disasters lead to both loss of life and property and leave behind significant economic damage besides affecting people in other ways. A knowledge of natural disasters, how to prepare for them and how to mitigate their effects is important learning. Here are suggestions to help you introduce and discuss the topic in class.
How and why do countries go to war? Can a war really resolve conflict among nations and people? What lessons can students learn from the wars that were fought earlier? This month’s project discusses all these questions and more along with activities that will help students understand the nuances of war and that history is always with us.
Beaches are important ecosystems we need to preserve and protect for our own sakes and for the many life forms that are dependent of them. Like all things in life, it is only when we experience the beach that we will do what is necessary to protect it. So get out and take a walk on the beach, feel the cool breeze and smell the ocean.
Colours bring our world alive. We are naturally attracted towards them. We are more likely to pick the most orange of carrots on the vegetable cart or the deepest red rose from a bush. Colours impact our moods, colours delight us. The natural world uses colour to both attract and hide. Go on this most fascinating journey of the physics, biology, language and art of colours with your students.
Volcanoes can be dangerous and majestic too. What causes volcanoes to form, erupt or even stay dormant for years? This month’s project takes a close look at volcanoes and outlines activities that teachers can use to help children in middle and high school to learn about them.
Pandemics are no longer something we used to read about in history. We are living through one right now and perhaps that is why it is also the best time to learn more about them and from them. These are difficult, exhausting and trying times but learning more about pandemics while experiencing one needn’t be hopeless and dark. Here are a few ways of how you can make the subject interesting and worthwhile for your students.
Neha Pradhan Arora
Food nourishes us and keeps us alive. But have you ever thought of the journeys made by the ingredients in our food or the dishes that we eat? Every dish is a culmination of stories, journeys, flavours, aromas and memories from across time and place. That is the beauty and mystery of food. This month’s Project takes you on this food journey.
Energy is all around us, but we cannot see it. From car engines to a hot cup of coffee to even the street lights that shine in the night, to the food that we eat – everything uses up energy. It is something that we cannot do without. But it is also an intriguing and abstract concept, difficult to comprehend and teach at different class levels. Our Project this time is centered on this concept and you can find in this articlesome ideas and activities.