Lesson Plan: 11 July 2016 – 20 July 2016

[This draft was prepared by Rekha Ma’am and myself.]
[There were more field trips in the General Knowledge (GK) class that were done last week, and these will be documented soon.]

Class Six: History and Science
Duration: 8 days, 1 hour on each day
Number of Students: 9 students (8 girls, 1 boy)
Lessons Covered: The Harappan Civilization (History), and The Living World (Science)

Monday, 11 July
Introductions and Discussions: The Harappan Civilization (History), and The Living World (Science)
No Expeditions Field Trips today.

Tuesday, 12 July

Lesson: The Harappan Civilization (History)
     3.1. Harappan Civilization.
     3.2. Housing and Town Planning.
     3.3. Seals and Pots.
Expeditions Field Trips:
1) Machu Picchu
An example of an ancient civilization; compare and contrast with the pictures of Harappa in the textbook and on the tablet (compare houses and town planning in Machu Picchu to Harappa); general knowledge (GK) practice, and discussion on ancient world history.
2) Aztec and Mayan Ruins
Another example of an ancient civilization; compare and contrast the Chichen Itza to the Harappan structures (both are made of stone, etc.); general knowledge (GK) practice, and discussion on ancient world history.

Wednesday, 13 July

Lesson: The Harappan Civilization (History)
     3.4. The Great Bath.
     3.5. Life in the Harappan Civilization.
     3.6. Trade.
     3.7. Reasons for Decline.
Expeditions Field Trips:
1) Egypt
The oldest ancient civilization; discussion and description of the structures; reasons for the decline of Egyptian civilization and compare/contrast this with reasons for the decline of the Harappans; general knowledge (GK) practice.

Thursday, 14 July

Lesson: The Harappan Civilization (History)
     Questions, answers and reading exercises from the lesson.
     End of Lesson.
No Expeditions Field Trips today.

Friday, 15 July

Lesson: The Living World (Science)
     Characteristics of Living Things
     Growth
     Food is Necessary for Growth
Expeditions Field Trips:
1) Kruger National Park
Show some animals in the wild; initial teaser to build interest and engagement; describe diversity among living things.
2) Amazon
Talk about different kinds of trees and forests; show diversity in living things in the subset of plants; initial teaser to build interest and engagement.
3) Underwater Excursion
Show diversity in life under the ocean; talk about diversity; build interest and engagement.
4) Digestive System
Select specific parts of the system and help students memorize names, shape, and relative locations; understand how the system works in humans.

Monday, 18 July

Lesson: The Living World (Science)
     Respiration
     Excretion
     Responsiveness to Stimuli and Movement
     Reproduction
     A Definite Lifespan
Expeditions Field Trips:
1) Anatomy-Respiratory
Show the external structure of lungs; show interior structure of lungs/trachea/bronchi; select specific parts and help students memorize names and relative locations.
2) Nervous System
Show the structure of neurons and the nervous system; select specific parts and help students memorize names and relative locations.

Tuesday, 19 July

Lesson: The Living World (Science)
     A Cellular Structure
     Useful Living Things
     Harmful Living Things
     Wild Animals
Expeditions Field Trips:
1) San Diego Zoo
Show some animals in captivity; compare to the animals in the National Park; talk about wild versus domesticated animals; talk about diversity.
Wednesday, 20 July
Lesson: The Living World (Science)
     Questions, answers and reading exercises from the lesson.
     End of lesson.
No Expeditions Field Trips today.

Class 7: History and Science

Duration: 8 days, 1 hour on each day
Number of Students: 7 students (5 girls, 2 boys)
Lessons Covered: Economic, Social, and Cultural Life (History), and Propagation of Light (Science)

Monday, 11 July
Introductions and Discussions: Economic, Social, and Cultural Life (History), and Propagation of Light (Science)
No Expeditions Field Trips today.

Tuesday, 12 July

Lesson: Economic, Social, and Cultural Life (History)
     Introduction
     Foreign Trade
     Development of Towns
     Occupations and Trade
Expeditions Field Trips:
1) Varanasi: City of Lights
An example of a modern city that was an ancient and medieval era town; significance of Varanasi (as a holy place and as a site for trade)
2) Farming in Tanzania
An example of a traditional occupation; description of lifestyle and the tools/animals used in farming; comparison

Wednesday, 13 July

Lesson: Economic, Social, and Cultural Life (History)
     Social Conditions
     Education
     Temple Architecture
     Miniature Paintings
     Literature
Expeditions Field Trips:
1) Swaminarayan Akshardham
An example of temple architecture; the largest temple in the world; discussion and comparison to the images of temples in the textbook.
2) Angkor Wat
An example of temple architecture from Southeast Asia; compare this ancient temple’s architecture to the modern Swaminarayan Akshardham; where this temple is located and discussion.

Thursday, 14 July

Lesson: Economic, Social, and Cultural Life (History)
     Questions, answers and reading exercises from the lesson.
     End of Lesson.
No Expeditions Field Trips today.

Friday, 15 July

Lesson: Propagation of Light (Science)
     Introduction (Real-Life Examples and Activities)
No Expeditions Field Trips today. Perform practical exercises: using a paper with a slit to demonstrate light and shadows through a point; using a colour wheel to show white light’s constituent colours; use a glass of water to demonstrate bending of light as it moves from one medium to another.

Monday, 18 July

Lesson: Propagation of Light (Science)
     Formation of Shadows
     Shadow Cast by a Point Source of Light
     Eclipses
Expeditions Field Trips:
1) To the Moon and Back with the Google XPRIZE
Show real images of the moon; relative position of the moon to the earth; explain that moon and earth do not have any light of their own; some deeper history of the moon; moon explorations; general knowledge (GK) practice.

Tuesday, 19 July

Lesson: Propagation of Light (Science)
     Colours in Sunlight
     Light is Necessary for the Growth of Plants
     Production of Food
Perform practical exercises: germination of a seed, home safe and DIY activities in the textbook.
Expeditions Field Trips:
1) Son Doong
World’s largest cave; show the specific images where plant life exists inside the cave only if there is sunlight; location of the cave; plant life inside the cave and significance of sunlight; general knowledge (GK) practice.

Wednesday, 20 July

Lesson: Propagation of Light (Science)
     Questions, answers and reading exercises from the lesson.
     End of lesson.
No Expeditions Field Trips today.
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