Think like Pythagoras, Newton and Einstein. Learn to survive travel mechanize.
Use this comprehensive and interactive material to understand and enjoy the Discoveries and Inventions that have brought us into the 21st century, standing on the shoulders of one giant after another.
Through providing simple questions and providing stories and experiments, lead students through the fascinating evolution of Science and Technology.
1. What has enabled us to survive? The competitive and co- operative use of weapons, food, shelter, clothes, medicine
2. How did we discover the laws of nature, the solar system, cosmos, gravity, light, relativity, magnetism? Through questioning and experimentation
3. How did we go from floating on water to cruising in space, from designing wheels to launching space ships? One step at a time.
Search the web and you are unlikely to find a clearer explanation of how Pythagoras discovered musical harmony, Archimedes had his eureka moment about the Kings crown and Einstein thought his way to relativity.
In DISCOVERIES AND INVENTIONS both teacher and learners embark on a fascinating journey of discovery. Through asking leading questions and encouraging learners to apply their minds and find their own answers, major scientific discoveries of the likes of Newton, Galileo, Einstein and many others, are grasped by the learners. "EUREKA I have it" is often the first step to embarking on a world of scientific exploration.Simple experiments are included in the activities section.
There is material for between 10 and 20 lessons.
The module fosters questioning, comprehension of the world and inventiveness. It deals with discoveries and inventions in the fields of
1. SURVIVAL: weapons, food, shelter, clothes, medicine.
2. THE LAWS OF NATURE: Principles of classification, the solar system,, stars, gravity, light, relativity, mathematics and measurement.
3. MOVEMENT AND POWER : Sea travel, wheels, pumps, engines, electricity, batteries and electromagnetism.
The teaching is done in a manner that is active, questioning, fun, relevant and creative.
Lessons can be applied to learners aged 6 to 16 since material is written for 6-8; 9-11;12-16. .
Each Theme has a lesson plan, enabling the teacher to use the following learning paradigms
1. MYTHOLOGY myths stories or legends provide an inspiring story background to the theme
2. SCIENTIFIC THEORY provides a conceptual explanation of the theme in terms of current science. It is interactive and experiential, with questions provided for the teacher to pose to learners before they are offered explanations. It results in eureka moments which inspire students to learn.
3. GAMES MOVEMENT AND MIME - we learn least from hearing, more from seeing and most from doing. Humor and games enable themes to be embodied, understood and remembered.
Asking learners to choose WHAT WHO WHERE and WHY as a context for the activity centers thoughts and feelings around real people places or events.
4. STORIES FOR DRAMATIZATION
Stores related to the theme are provided for 3 age groups A Production Guide is included, assisting the teacher to involve all the students in an orderly fashion, while giving them the freedom to improvise within the framework of the story.
5. ART DANCE and DRAMA
"The real man is the imagination" says Blake. Creative Expression helps learners own a theme and add purpose to what they have learnt
6. EXPERIENTIAL DRAMA.
Students apply what they have learnt to problems in their environment through small and large group work, using Interviews, Reports, Meetings, Debates, Action Committees, Petitions, Court Rooms, Commissions of Inquiry, Problem Solving Teams and Projects.
Other themes in the series are:
1. The Creation of the Universe
2. Earth Air Fire and Water- Ecology, Environment, Recycling
3. Structure of Matter-Atoms and Energy
5. Uniqueness of Humans- Poetry
6. Our Living Bodies- Healthy Lifestyles
10.Survival- Homes Clothes Food
12. Laws and Justice
13. Discoveries and Inventions-Survival, Mathematics, Movement, Power,
14. Healthy Lifestyle- HIV, Tolerance, Compassion, Happiness