Class V – Nature Apprentice

Learning Objective – Beginner’s course in natural resources, their management and conservation

Education for Sustainability – February 2017 

An activity to understand the speed of wild life. Students timed their speed for running 30m. They compared it with that of animals and made a table denoting the same. This was followed by a group presentation on animal and human speeds.

The students also played the Simon Says game to reiterate the keywords learnt during the SUPW sessions this year.

Education for Sustainability – January 2017 

After reading a story titled ‘Lions Lunch’, a list of animal sounds and movements from the story were listed on the board and the students imitated them.

Children used a variety of leaves to make animal shapes from them.

Using ‘Jenga’ blocks, students understood the concept of biodiversity and the delicate balance of species in our environment.

Education for Sustainability – November 2016 

Urbanization, a drawing activity – Students drew a timeline of Chennai from 1800 to the current day with a guided presentation to help them. This unique activity, done in 10 steps, showed them how the city transformed from a wooded area to a city, with the advent of traders, population increase, buildings, schools, hospitals, roads, vehicles etc.

Watching UNICEF videos on urban poverty and child labour – a consequence of urbanization

A walk through the school garden to collect natural objects. The intention is to study the design of nature. And compare with the design approach of humans.

Education for Sustainability – October 2016

Man-animal conflict has been the topic of discussion the last few sessions. Students watched a TED talk by a boy in Kenya on the ingenuous solution he invented to resolve the conflict between the lions and the humans in his village.

Continuing on the topic, students read a case study on the disappearance of sparrows and watched a video on the efforts to bring them back.

Education for Sustainability – September 2016 

Playing a game of ‘Tiger guarding its meat from humans’. The objective was to introduce children to man-animal conflict. A discussion followed on this topic and the environmental factors responsible for this conflict.

Following watching a video on ‘Kids for Tigers’, children enacted their own messages for saving an endangered animal of their choice.

Education for Sustainability – August 2016 

Students watched a presentation on the changes which have taken place in parts of the world. Pictures of a location taken a few years apart were shown. They identified the environmental damage to lakes, rivers, reefs, plains etc.

Reading along with Dr. Suess’s Lorax, the story of how man’s greed destroys the environment.

Just like Lorax did, the students also ‘speak for the trees’.

Education for Sustainability – July 2016 

Observing and collecting leaves, twigs and other natural products

Making a creative collage to depict trees and their uses to humanity

The forest ecosystem represented by an umbrella, strips of paper on top lists the uses of the forest

What happens when the forest shrinks ? Food for thought……

Let’s observe one another, playing the game of ‘Sharp Eyes, Quiet Mouth’. An activity to sharpen observation skills.

Education for Sustainability – June 2016

“To the humans, the earth is huge, but in the larger context of the galaxy, earth is but a tiny blue dot” – Students get to know relative identity.

There were classroom discussions on the interconnectedness of nature. We tap into natural resources for sustenance; removing any one of them or altering the balance affects everything around it. Students understood this concept though a demonstration done by their friends.

A nature walk through the school gardens to understand the tree ecosystem

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