learning through observation

Last July we shared Nature Detectives Bingo game. Here is a modified version specific to the high altitude region of Spiti/Ladakh. You are welcome to customize it further that suits your learners' neighbourhood. This is an outdoor "Bingo" game that can be played in a neighbourhood park, lake or any open area. It is designed to get children outdoors and observing birds and their habitat.

This is an outdoor "Bingo" game that can be played in a neighbourhood park. garden or lake. It is designed to get children outdoors and observing birds and their habitat. It is part of a series of material developed by NCF's project called "Early Bird" (www.early-bird.in) which develops educational material to introduce children to birds and nature.

Check how environment friendly your school is.

Imagine a remote village cut off from mobile signals and noise. Think of a place surrounded by forests, hills and streams where a cluster of huts make up a school. How do you think children learn there?

The study of science must trigger scientific disposition in human beings. Science is not only about definitions and laws, but about how we breathe, how birds fly, how plants prepare food, etc. Here you can get ideas on how you can teach science with a difference using the theme of birds.

How much guidance does a teacher need to give a student? What kind of context and how much of it is necessary to facilitate meaningful learning, or 'discovery', in the child's mind? Even discovery needs to be facilitated.

This article explores how far we can bring an observation/discovery approach to the subject of astronomy and make it more real to students.

How does one begin to learn geography? A great deal of geography can be done in the observation of the immediate environment, both natural and human, through direct fieldwork and observation. Much of the learning can be connected to activities such as walks in the neighbourhood, gardening on a plot of land, as well as field trips.

This lesson plan is an attempt to teach science through a naturalistic approach wherein students will relate human life stages with that of the butterfly and learn about metamorphosis.

Most text books have a unit on money or the currency used in our country. However, not much effort is made to encourage children to observe the readily available resources and ask the right questions.

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