Sheeja P - Class X Sacred groves: Protection of Natural resources.

Sheeja P
Science Class X
Sacred groves: Protection of Natural resources.

                                                   LESSON 1 -PROJECT PLAN

(1.1)The Define Phase  

Title: Sacred groves: Protection of Natural resources.
(1.11) Introduction:

•   Write a statement describing the overall purpose of the project.
•   What is the key challenge or problem the project is aiming to address?
•   What are students intended to learn from the project?

(1.12) Project Scope:

            Describe the scope of your project. This may include class and section, subjects it covers, soft skills to be used etc. as well as other factors affecting scope.

(1.13) Curriculum and Standards:

            List the curriculum and standards this project with cover.

 Class X science curriculum and standards related

  •      The various natural resources on earth.
  •      The balance of bio-Geo chemical cycles.
  •      Land ,Water and Forest resources.
  •      The ecosystem , food chain and food webs involved.
  •     Outcome of depletion of Natural resources.
  •      Man's activity linkage to depletion of Natural resources.

 This project is intended for students of class X to explore the following topics:

1. The importance of natural resources.
2. The need to protect Natural resources.
3.Sacred groves and traditional knowledge.
4.The medicinal plants associated with sacred groves.
5.Man's role in disturbing ecological balance.


2.1 Essential Question:

            Put in writing the question that will engage the students

Are Sacred groves a means of protection of natural resources?

2.2 Grouping Strategy:

            Describe the criteria that will be used to form students team and how this maps to the goals of the project.
Team consists of 5 students of mixed ability and skills.
To improve team work -coordination of work-leadership among early bloomers and peer study among late bloomers.
Encourage skill of drawing and painting, harvest statistical skills and tabulation skills among some students.

2.3 Learning Environment:

            Describe the learning environment for the project including any classroom adaptation that will be required.
A work group is formed in class with a round arrangement of tables for better interaction, discussion and critical analysis.
A log book maintained for daily observation and record of photographs of work spot and interview with local people to be maintained.
Posters to be painted by students skilled in drawing and painting.
Computer lab for collection of research material.
Blog to be created for better access and interaction.

2.4 Assessment Approach:

                Describe the approach for:
  2.41 Authentic Assessment:

1. Visit to sacred grove
2.Study of ecology & analysis of flora and fauna.
3.Traditional belief associated -Interview.
4.Analysis of the medicinal properties of water source in sacred grove.
5.Visit to a taxonomist for plant identification.
2.42 Formative Assessment:

Regular feedback provided by log book data, Photograph assessment , head count of plants, The blooming and fruiting pattern, being undisturbed by human interference, questionnaire on traditional beliefs, statistical analysis of variety of plants , The reasons for availability of water through out the year.

2.43 Summative Assessment:

Assessment on
     The data collected and analysed .
     Skills of poster making.
     Graphical representation of plant species
     Power point presentation.
     Blog interaction.

2.44 Rubrics:

 Assessment on:
     Questionnaire
     Survey
     Data collection on plant species
     Taxonomic value and economic value of trees and plants
     Blog
     Power point presentation.

   2.45 Gradings

Based on step wise grading throughout the entire project .
A rubric used to compile grades.            

LESSON 3-Plan Phase

3.1 Work Breakdown, Products and Milestones:

Class room instruction: Natural resources - importance- Need to preserve traditional knowledge.
Selection of student group:A group of five student of class X ( Student group)
Research: Websites, Wikipedia, Library and research paper. ( Research report)
Class activity: Visit to a Taxonomist/Pharmacologist/Ecologist(Visit reports)
Survey: Questionnaire, traditional practices, beliefs,economic value        
(Survey reports)
Activity: Visit to a near by sacred grove(field trip)
Activity : Analysis of plants for medicinal value (Pharmacologist visit)
Activity: Analysis of water from the sacred grove for minerals.(Lab work)
Activity: Study of animals and insects associated with.(Entomologist /Zoologist)
Presentation: Importance of sacred groves in preserving Natural resources(Presentation)

 List the project task and, if possible at this stage include the sub-tasks. For each task add the product that will be created and indicate it will be a milestone

3.2 Role definition:

 List the roles team members will fulfill in the project.

Project Leader: Science teacher.
Researcher: All Students.
Survey writer: All students
Adviser: Taxonomist/ Zoologist/Ecologist/Entomologist/chemist/Pharmacologist.
Presenter: Group leader with the help of team members.

3.3 Task schedule:

 Note start and end dates for the project.
 Include expected dates to start specific tasks

Project start date 15th July 2016.
Project end date 15th August 2016.
Activity: Visit to sacred grove planned by 20th July 2016.
Activity: Visit to Taxonomist/ ecologist after analysys of vegetation of sacred grove.

3.4 Special Activities Plan:

Visit to sacred groove: 20th July 2016
Visit to Taxonomist/Ecologist: 25th July 2016
Visit to meet local population to analyse traditional beliefs : 28th July 2016
                List any special activities (e.g. Field trips or guest speakers) including dates.

Library Periods: According to the timetable of the class
Computer periods: According to the time table of the class.

3.5 Resource Plan:

List resource that will be required during the project and any other date constraints associated with them.

Library Periods: According to the timetable of the class
Computer periods: According to the time table of the class.

3.6 Direct Instruction:

List any planned direct instruction sessions and link them to specific tasks if appropriate.

Survey of facts from the local population- Traditional beliefs.
Visit to experts: Identification of plant species.
Research papers from the internet- Previous work done on the topic

3.7 Reviews and checkpoints:

Describe how you will incorporate review meetings and checkpoints in the project

 Discussion in class about progress at the end of every week.
Improve strategies to overcome challenges and hurdles.
Team meeting to be held every day to analyse work done for 10 minutes during light periods.

3.8 Assessment plan:
            Describe the balanced assessment plan for the project. List products that will be assessed during the project.

 Assessment: Survey report/ Tabulation as graphs/Pie-charts. Record of observation, record of information from experts, Analysis of traditional practices.

Formative assessment:

     1.Data from log book.
     2. Record of photographs.
     3.Plat data analysis.
    4. Analysis of water resource.
    5. Analysis of level of pollution.

Summative Assessment:

  1.     Power point presentation.
  2.      Charts and posters.
  3.     Blog interaction
  4.     Team coordination

Rubrics Prepared:

Survey questionnaire, Questions posed to experts, result rubrics, data analysis rubrics, presentation rubric, team work and coordination.

Lesson 4-Work plan


5.1 Project Launch:

Describe how the project will be launched, including how goals, expectation, rules, procedures, assessment, and grading will be presented to the students.
The project will be launched at a group meeting with the class. There will be a presentation covering goals. Expectations, rules, procedures, assessments and grading. Students will be invited to discuss any of the above. The final presentation will be printed and displayed in the classroom and posted in the blog. The define, plan, do and review cycles will be discussed.

5.2  Artifacts:

List artifacts that will be created during the project
Research notes,Survey Reports,Questionares,Message Boards,Presentation,Photograph,Pre chart,bar graph etc

5.3 Culminating product:

Describe what culminating product or products are expected to be created during the project and how they will be presented.

2. Log book on activity report with date.
3. Charts/ Posters depicting ideas.
4. Blog/animation
5.  cartoon.
6.  Power point presentation

5.4  Celebrating completion:
Describe how the students will celebrate when the project is completed.
Exhibition of project in the conference hall before peer group and all science teachers, Principal / Vice Principal/ Experts.

Lesson 6-The Review Phase

6.1 Student Reflection and Evaluation:

                Describe how student reflection and evaluation will be conducted.

Student will present in front of the class-the methodology adopted, challenges faced-facts learned-skills developed-enjoyment of team work-self decisions made-critical analysis- visits and experiences gained.

6.2 Teacher Reflection and Evaluation:

                Describe how teacher reflection and evaluation will be conducted.

Difficult periods
 Problems faced
 How it can be done better/different
Overall experiences gained.

6.3  Assessment of 21st Century skills:

                List of 21st century skills in this project and its assessment

Artefacts :  21st century skills
Research note-ICT,analysis co relation,selection of facts
Campaign: organization and
Photographs: Skill to handle camera- cinematography
Poster: Drawing and painting skills. creativity using colours.
Presentation: ICT , creativity, team coordination, leadership, Analysis, conclusion, problem solving.

6.4  Summative Assessment and Grading:

                List products and the corresponding rubrics that will be used for SA and Grading

Product Rubric Grading
1.Survey results
5.Power point presentation Questionnaire, survey rubrics
Blog rubric
 Respective rubric
ICT/presentation rubric

Lesson 7-The Manage Phase

7.1 Process Management:
                List tasks that will be used to manage the process of conducting the learning

  Project leadership
  Progress monitoring
  process management
  Conflict management

7.2 Student Preparation:

 Describe how students will be prepared for the project prior to launch. List any specific instruction or tasks that will be needed

The idea to be presented to student 3 weeks before the launch of the project. New ICT tools to be practiced and analysed. Sample project can be discussed- highlighting steps to be followed- results- conclusion- requirements.

7.3 Facilitation:

                Describe how facilitation of resources will be used to enable the students to be successful.

Use of library and computer labs - free periods to be made use of . Research papers on the same topic and previous project reports to be made use of.

7.4  Progress Monitoring:

 Describe how program will be monitored throughout the project.

Group Progress

Team to meet on daily basis to discuss proceedings and report to teacher in charge.


Check for the completion of specific task and topics learned

(7.5) Re-planning:

  Describe how‘re-planning’ will be used if the project goes off track

 Low risk of student work going out off track. Project to be completed in the assigned date schedule. 10% additional time may be allowed. End date to be adhered to. Extra time at home can be made use of.

(7.6) Conflict Management:

 Describe how to address problems related to participation, offer approaches to manage other conflicts that may arise.

 Team work rule to be followed. Students are asked to coordinate and cooperate to make the programme a success. Activity to be monitored by the teacher regularly to avoid misunderstanding. Motivating words to be used often to encourage student to work with unity


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