International School Awards (ISA) is a prestigious award conferred by the British Council, aiming at adding a global dimension to students’ learning experience. In pursuit of the same, an introductory session was conducted to explain the ISA Project–‘Think Blue, Bust Life Blues’ assigned for classes IV & V of K.R. Mangalam World School, G.K-II. The project involves the three major rivers –riverYamuna in India, river Yangtze in China and river Olifants in South Africa.
Interesting class discussions were held for all the students to reiterate the importance of water in our daily lives and to reinforce that we should take ownership for the conservation of this indispensable resource. In Social Studies, the students of class IV were shown a PPT that touched upon the various causes and effects of water pollution. Further, the students were informed about the rivers flowing through the northern plains thereby making the soil fertile and fit for cultivation. The students of class V were not only introduced to the concept of importance of clean water but they were also shown the distribution of freshwater across the world through a world map depicting the regions deprived of the same.
In Science, the students of class IV were informed about the various pollutants present in water followed by discussion on the different ways of conserving water.The students of class V were made aware of the factors causing water pollution like sewage, industrial waste, oil spills etc. The teacher through videos demonstratedthe various steps involved in the purification of water.They also enjoyed making a simple water filter at home. Students also learnt how to do rainwater harvesting to conserve water. All this was covered under the Sciencechapter, ‘Keeping Water Clean’.
Research work provides the perfect opportunity to keep students engaged and stimulated. Therefore, their holiday homework has been planned in such a way that it will help them to explore more about the project.