Planning: Leaping Lions have been learning about water sources in Social Science. The main objective of this unit is to identify the different water sources and to differentiate the sources based on their formation and vastness. This trip was conceived keeping these objectives in mind. Learners were also exposed to the water pollution and the effect of human intervention leading to the scarcity of drinking water. In Science the children have been learning about materials and their properties. We decided to explore this objective also through this trip. So we added the boat club where we got one of the rowing coaches to talk about the materials used in making the boats, the oars and the reason for choosing those materials.
The trip: The children were first taken to the Madras Boat Club, where they were explained about the rowing boat and the materials used in its making. Mr.Bharath, Rowing trainer at the club explained the various parts of the boat and demonstrated the strokes to the learners. Following this, they were taken for a live demo on the river and the learners were seen enjoying this experience, probing him with many questions. They also examined the river, assessed the level of pollution in it and discussed the causes for it – waste disposal and sewage flowing into the water. They were then given the opportunity to row on the beginner’s equipment, in the gym.
Next, the learners were taken to the Marina beach where they alighted the bus to see the beach and the waterbody – ocean from afar. They then compared the ocean to the river and analyzed the vastness of the ocean how they could see the banks of a river but were unable to see the end of an ocean. They also compared the appearance of the water and discussed about the pollution in the beach.
Following this, the learners visited the last stop of their field trip – The Chetpet Eco Park. They walked around the lake, and were then sat down to explain about the history of the lake and the marine life in the lake. Learners were encouraged to observe the effort the authorities have taken to keep the lake clean. They also observed flock of birds and fishes in the lake. The lake consisted of two key fish species – Gambusia, that keeps away mosquitoes from breeding and Tilapia. They then compared the lake to the other two water bodies and also identified a landform – island. They were then given time for free play.
– Learners were asked to recollect the objects and the materials they saw at the Boat Club and the Eco park.
– Learners wrote about the pollution and the smell from the Adyar River. They made a list of garbage that floated on the river and the material that it was made. They then made a list of garbage that would be at the bottom of the river and the material that those would be made of. We then discussed why objects made of certain materials sink while others float.
Social Science: After returning from the field trip, the learners were divided into groups, each group representing one of the water bodies they visited. Then they consolidated their thoughts by making notes on their observation. Further on they compared the three water sources (lake, river and the ocean) and recorded the information in the form of a venn diagram, listing the differences and similarities.
Writing a Postcard: The learners were divided into three groups, each group representing a different water body. They wrote a postcard sharing their experience on the visit and illustrated the water sources.
Math: Word problems and puzzles based on the trip.