Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Greek pupils working on the topic of "Water"

Greek pupils working on the topic of "Water"

After having taught the "Water" unit for a few weeks and having seen water from many different aspects, we decided to work on the children's metacognitive skills.
We asked them how we could pass the knowledge on  to younger children and they decided to make board games in order to achieve this goal. In their water-groups of 4 they came up with very interesting ways to apply everything they had previously learned about water. They were very excited and got down to work right away! 

Our year 4 pupils then played their board games with year 2 children. They felt like teachers!

The home simulation game, where they made "water wasting" zones in the kitchen, bathroom and garden.

Water monopoly. 
The water tank went full as children answered correctly. 
They made all questions by themselves.


The snakes & ladders water game. It included interesting facts about water.

They also simulated a forest where you learn about water 
while walking through it.

We moved on to assess the change in their attitudes. The Year 2 teacher reported:
"Following the presentation of Year 4 's improvised board games, my pupils came  back to class full of new knowledge on the uses and conservation of water. They were  eager to share everything they had learnt so we exchanged roles and they became teachers in my stead. Subsequently, they were able to answer questions on water, like: " Why is it best to water our plants in the evening?" or "How much water is wasted if we don't turn the tap off while brushing our teeth?". Generally, they seemed to have realized how important water is and remembered lots of facts about it. We are now to see whether they will make the right choices,  concerning water conservation, in their everyday lives."

The Year 4 pupils, on the other hand, after playing the games with younger ones, came back exhausted, albeit happy! They "complained" that it was very hard for them having to adapt their language and behavior to younger children's level. They said they had had to do a lot of explaining and that they felt drained! Also, they reported that, while they were looking for ways to make something clearer for others, points that used to be a bit confusing,  were now more straightforward.  Overall, they seemed to have been great teachers!

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