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Quarantine School - Resource Pack #7

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How is your quarantine going? In resource pack #7 we find alternatives to plastic, do magic with a calendar, and count our calories!


Quarantine School – Resource Packs
Engaging, exciting, thought-provoking learning triggers!
Beginning Wednesday, 1st April, 2020

The learners are bored, the teachers are unavailable, and the parents are tired.

Chachi is here to help!

Over two weeks into Quarantine School now and we are just getting into the rhythm. Resource Pack #7 brings some good habits and magic! These learning triggers should ideally be used by parents or teachers as conversation starters with learners. Based on the learner’s interest or your intended learning objective, you can pick whichever trigger you like and facilitate a journey of exploration!

Use the links below to jump to individual sections –

  1. If not plastic, then what?
  2. Magic with a calendar?!
  3. How many calories did you eat?

If not plastic, then what? #

Have you heard that plastic is not environment-friendly? But what makes plastic bad for the environment? And if it is really bad, then what should we use instead of plastic?

  1. First, find out why plastic is bad for the environment. Is plastic biodegradable? Is it edible? Is it soluble in water? What is the lifetime of a plastic bag? Find the answer in your textbooks or search on the internet!
  2. What all plastic items do you use in your daily life? For one whole day keep a track of every item made out of plastic that you use throughout the day. It could be a bottle, a container, a packet, a bag… write down how many times you use these items too!
  3. Is there any other item that you can use instead of plastic? Find out all possible alternatives to the plastic items you use in your daily life.
  4. What materials are these alternative items made out of? How are they better than plastic? Are they environment-friendly?

If you want to be a friend of nature you should replace just one plastic item with an alternative. Which one will it be? :)

Magic with a calendar?! #

Do you know that a calendar can do magic? You can learn the tricks too! Let’s try it.

April 2020

    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

Let’s look at the calendar for this month. Do you see the magic in it? Okay, let’s find it together!

  1. Take any row in the calendar, say the third row (starting with 13). Can you find the mean (average) of all the numbers in that row?
  2. Now take any column, say the fourth one (for Thursday). Can you find the mean (average) of all the numbers in that column?

Do you see a pattern here? Is the mean value and the middle value of the row/column the same?

How is this happening? If you are interested in finding out, read about “arithmetic progressions”. You can search for it online or in a mathematics textbook.

Can you do this with another month? Try it for the month of June 2019!

The calendar knows many more tricks. Stay tuned with Quarantine School and find out!

How many calories did Virat Kohli eat? #

Do you know how sports stars like Virat Kohli maintain their fitness? While there are many parts to it, one of the most important parts is maintaining proper diet. But what does that mean? Let’s find out!

All the food that you eat gives you “energy”. Some foods give you a lot of energy, others very little. How can you find out which food gives you how much energy? Just look at its calorie content. The amount of calories in an item are roughly equal to the amount of energy that eating that item would give you.

  • Find out what calorie content means. Ask your science teacher or search on the internet.

Now let’s find out how much energy the food you eat gives you.

Collect all the packets of biscuits, corn flakes, noodles, chocolates etc. in your house. Behind each packet you might see something like this -

Nutrition Facts Label
  1. Note down the value of calorie content/energy written on each packet. Make sure you write down how many servings that value is for. Ask an adult what “serving size” means!
  2. Which items will you have to eat in order to get 2000 calories of energy? How much quantity of each item will you need?
  3. How many calories should an average person eat in one day to remain healthy? Find out what doctors recommend!

Are foods that give more energy better than foods that give less energy? Find out!

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