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THE NIBS BAZAAR

About the project

The NiBS Bazaar was an exciting and hands-on learning experience for the students of class II. Through this project, they delved into the world of money, gaining valuable insights into both theoretical concepts and practical applications. The project aimed to provide a platform for the children to not only understand the value of money but also experience firsthand the process of creating, selling, and learning.

Driving Question

What medium can we use to buy things in a market?

Process

The driving question sparked the students’ curiosity and interest. To encourage them to explore it further, an entry event called ‘Let’s go shopping’ was planned, and a mock market was set up. Students were divided into groups and asked to buy things they wanted using whatever they had to exchange. Soon, they realized that exchanging things for things would not work. They decided to create play money, and each student was given ₹100 in the form of the play money.

Using a rate list, the students collaboratively decided on the items they could buy with the money they had.

This led students to explore the topic of money in depth. The journey began with an understanding of the history of money, including the barter system and the invention of currency. Concepts such as saving money, different denominations of currency, digital payment platforms, and terms like deposit and withdrawal were covered. We also discussed the different currencies of the world. With the help of mind maps, we understood the roles and responsibilities of people in various shops and businesses, giving students a broader perspective of the topic.

Students used the ‘Think, Pair, and Share’ activity, which strengthened their numeracy skills through hands-on activities. They used dienes blocks, ice cream sticks, and number strips to understand tens and ones, and they practiced addition and subtraction of two-digit numbers with concrete objects and playing cards.

Engaging in riddles about money added an element of challenge and fun to the learning process. The topic’s interdisciplinary nature enabled integration with other subjects, promoting holistic learning. Visual aids like pictures and videos enhanced understanding, while arts and crafts activities contributed to a well-rounded learning experience.

Mind maps, group discussions, and collaborative activities enriched classroom interactions. A Friday Project involved creating items for sale and fostering practical skills. Community engagement with visits to a vegetable vendor and a stationery shop further enhanced learning. The diverse activities, such as projects, worksheets, and responses of the children, were used to assess student progress through the theme, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation. The integration of multiple approaches and subjects created an engaging and dynamic learning environment.

Project Culmination

All the contributions of the students were assimilated and put together in the form of a bazaar. Parents were invited to the NiBS Bazaar on the day of the culmination. The students took the parents on a journey through the entire PBL. The session was interactive, with parents asking the students interesting questions and the students responding with enthusiasm and joy. The students’ learning was clearly evident from the way they spoke on the spot and gave spontaneous responses to the questions asked by the parents. The culmination was not just a one-point display of their learning over the course of this project but also a proud moment for the students to savour the success of their efforts.

A reflection exercise was also conducted in class, during which the students shared their most enjoyable moments from the journey. The parents also filled out a feedback form, giving us the opportunity to reflect on the success of this journey.

Teacher Reflection

The NiBS Bazaar proved to be an enriching experience not only for the students and the teachers. As educators, we observed the transformative power of experiential learning in action. Witnessing the children’s enthusiasm, collaborative efforts, and growth throughout the project was truly heart-warming.

The project effectively combined theoretical understanding with hands-on application, allowing students to grasp complex concepts in an approachable manner. It was gratifying to see the students immerse themselves in tasks like product creation, taking the fair price from the customers and marketing, demonstrating a depth of understanding beyond the classroom. Moreover, the project emphasised the development of skills that are essential in everyday life. The children learned about teamwork, effective communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving, all while experiencing it themselves. This aligns perfectly with our objective as educators to nurture well-rounded individuals who are prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the real world.

As we reflect on the NiBS Bazaar project, we are reminded of the power of hands-on, project-based learning to foster curiosity, initiative, and a genuine love for learning. It was truly a privilege to witness the students’ growth and the lasting impact this project had on their educational journey.

PRODUCTS AND DELIVERABLES

  1. The NiBS Bazaar (the Bazaar had 3 categories of products – Pencil Toppers, Bookmarks and Rakhis)
  2. PowerPoint Presentation
  3. Videos
  4. Learning Packs

MATERIALS USED

  1. Resources for Activities
  2. PowerPoint Presentations
  3. Video links
  4. Worksheets
  5. Feedback and Reflection Forms