FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BY TEACHERS
Q. 1) My students and I do not know the names of many different kinds of plants or trees. What can we do?
Q. 2) Should I insist that all the blanks provided in the workbook must be filled?
The reason for providing more than just two or three blanks is so that you can encourage your students to think beyond the common and obvious answers to a question, which they are likely to fill in the first couple of blanks. For example, the names of flowers that first come to the mind of most students are rose, lotus, sunflower. But there are so many more! The extra blanks are to motivate them to think of the not-so-obvious flowers.
Q. 3) How can I make sure that my students not only have fun while participating in an activity but also learn something meaningful from it? (e.g. how many children does it take to hold one tree on pg.13 of the Std.III Workbook)
Q.4) Question from a concerned parent: There are no guides for the Small Science books. How can our children manage without guides?
The Small Science textbook and workbook are designed to make children think and observe on their own. At first this may be a new idea in the classroom for teachers and at home for parents. But with a little practice children can learn how to do it. Some of the questions are based directly on activities which are described in the textbooks. All the questions can be answered from a child’s experience. Children will become more self-confident and learn science better if they stop following blindly from a guide. Therefore, there is no guide for these books.
You may try some examples from the workbook with your children. Please give them time and opportunity to respond on their own. Children have a lot of hidden capability. You will be happy to see the results.