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WATER – ONE DROP AT A TIME

About the project

Water, its importance, and water conservation were the focus of the Ankur (Nursery) project this year. The multiple aspects of the topic, including the properties of water, water cycle, and different states of water, meant my students would need to understand many complicated facts. Yet, our six-week project made learning easy and enjoyable with role-play and acting, games, artwork, stories, songs, and hands-on experiments.

Driving Question

  • What are the states and properties of water?
  • What are the different sources of water?
  • What are the various ways in which we use water?
  • Why does it rain?
  • Which objects sink/float in water?
  • Why does water get polluted?
  • How can we use water wisely?

Process

Activities
Water-based games formed a fun-filled introduction to this year’s theme. A discussion on the sources of water followed, illustrated through the hands-on use of a hand pump as well as through doing art projects and worksheets, thus developing fine motor skills and thinking skills too. Topping up the water in the bird feeder and watering plants in the school garden helped children understand that water was necessary for life.

Project Culmination

The project finale came with songs and games, when the children were also able to present their folders, full of theme-based artworks and experiments. The materials on their folders as well as their level of participation in class discussions and other activities had been used to assess their progress over the six project weeks. The children, fired with the zeal for conserving water in the end, promised to take shorter showers and turn off open taps.

Teacher Reflection

As the project came to an end and the children made a pledge not to waste water, it was inspiring to see that they had accepted the importance of water wholeheartedly. It was especially engaging that they could use correctly all the terms that they had learned. Besides, the activities and experiments we had in class showed me that they had honed essential skills by thinking, observing, and critically evaluating facts as they worked together in teams, while their artwork gave me a glimpse into the wonders of their imagination.

PRODUCTS AND DELIVERABLES

  1. Theme folders
  2. Art Projects
  3. Worksheets

MATERIALS USED

  1. Water colours and crayons
  2. Droppers
  3. Small glasses, bowls and tubs for activities and experiments
  4. Hand pump
  5. Food colours
  6. Class toys
  7. Video — Drippy the Raindrop
  8. Worksheets
  9. Puppet
  10. Bird feeder
  11. Pebbles
  12. Books:
  • Let’s Save Water
  • The Wonders of Water
A BONEY AFFAIR
DESIGNING A MOONLANDER
THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
K’NO’W YOUR PLASTIC WASTE
HOME IS WHERE THE heART IS
LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP
FIESTA FIVE
WHAT I EAT IS WHAT I AM
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