Conceptual Teaching in Primary Social Studies: Teaching the Primary Three Reader,“Making the Little Red Dot Blue and Brown” in a Conceptual Way, pp. 6 of 10

Lesson Rationalisation, Duration and Key Questions

Based on the reader in focus, five lessons of six periods with a duration of 180 minutes are designed using some of conceptual teaching approaches mentioned earlier. The first four lessons are designed to teach the concept of resource with specific focus on water and energy sources, and waste production in Singapore as these are highlighted in the reader, and the need for environmental protection through the conservation of resources and waste reduction. These lessons are necessary as they will provide pupils the essential background knowledge before they study the reader which centres on ways of environmental protection in Lesson 5. The key questions for all the lessons are as follow:

Lesson 1 (1 period of 30 minutes)

  • What is a resource?
  • Why are resources precious?

Lesson 2 (1 period of 30 minutes)

  • Where does water in Singapore come from?
  • Why is it important to conserve water in Singapore? 

Lesson 3 (1 period of 30 minutes)

  • How is electricity in Singapore generated?
  • Why is it important to conserve electricity and energy sources in Singapore?

Lesson 4 (1 period of 30 minutes)

  • What are the different types of waste produced in Singapore?
  • How is waste disposed in Singapore? 
  • Why is it important to reduce waste production in Singapore?

Lesson 5 (2 periods of 60 minutes*)

  • What can we do to protect our environment?

(Note: *Lesson rescheduling is needed for a double period of social studies for primary three pupils because in normal situation, a single period per week is allocated for teaching the subject in lower primary.)

An Inspiring Quote

"[Open-mindedness] includes an active desire to listen to more sides than one; to give heed to facts from whatever source they come; to give full attention to alternative possibilities; to recognize the possibility of error even in the beliefs that are dearest to us."

~ John Dewey, How We Think

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