One of the best ways of making learning Civics more fun is to use ‘game-based learning’. Overall, it is about balancing game-based learning with content-based, regular classroom learning. The focus of game-based learning is on retention of information and its practical application. This application can take place either within the game itself or even outside of it.
- To learn civics concepts, historical events, dates, and current affairs.
- To get all students involved in the learning process through a participative approach.
|S. No.||Activity process||Time taken|
|Period 1.||Pre-Activity Planning
Note: The teacher can make groups of students and allot tasks like making batons, display charts, etc. to each group to complete the activity in given time.
|Period 2.||Classroom Activity
Activity Time – Depends on rounds and participants; the desirable time is 45-60 minutes.
Time required: 45-60 minutes
- Select the definitions/concepts/dates/numbers/facts/current events which you want to use for the game.
- Select more for display even if you want to play only 4 rounds (Teacher can customize the number of rounds).
- Write the slam words/numbers on a chart paper and cut them neatly as per the requirement. Then display them on a wall across the room. Teachers can also take a printout of the given chits and cut them for display. (Refer Annexure)
- Make batons with used paper, sticks to hit the slam word, etc.
- Make the answer key for the scorekeeper.
- Decide the marks and rules and convey the same to the students.
- Ask students to study about the Indian Constitution and come prepared for the next class.
Time required: 45-60 minutes
Get Set Go!
- Remove furniture from the classroom and put it all in a corner.
- Display all chits across the room before starting the game.
- The teacher will explain the rules of the game in detail to the students again.
Rules for game
- There will be 15 rounds of Slamming.
- The slammers will hold the batons given to slam the words. Only one word can be hit at a time by each slammer.
- 10 points for each correct identification.
- No negative marking.
- Each team will have to nominate one slammer per round.
- The slammers shall listen to the clues being read out, run around, and slam the correct word pasted on the wall with their batons.
- No hints or clues from other team members.
- All team representatives will start together.
Steps to play the game
- Make sure that the teams are ready.
- Use questions according to the teams made.
- Call one representative from each team to play round One. Repeat the rounds with other team members and with other words to make it more participatory.
- Ask slammers to stand in one corner of the room and instruct them to hit the slam only after listening to the statements/questions.
- After 15 rounds of slamming, the scorekeeper will declare the result.
The teacher should read out the statements, one at a time. Students to listen to the statement carefully and find the related slam word/s on the display board.
Word for Display- Statement to be read by the teacher
- India – The country which has the largest written Constitution in the world.
- Constitution – Set of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or an organisation is governed.
- Preamble – The introduction or preface (the most famous one is that of the Constitution).
- Legislature – It refers to the elected representatives of the people. It is entitled to make laws.
- Community – A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
- Government – The system or group of people governing an organized community, often a state.
- Article – A clause or section of a legal document that specifies a rule or regulation.
- Amendments – They are formal changes made to the Constitution.
- Human Rights – Moral principles or norms that describe certain standards of human behaviour and are regularly protected as legal/Constitutional rights under municipal and international law.
- Sovereign – There is no authority above it, and it is free to conduct its own affairs (both internal and external).
- Fundamental Duty – Abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the National Flag, and the National Anthem.
- Volunteerism – The practice of doing work for good causes, without being paid for it.
- 26 Nov 1949 – Indian Constitution was adopted by the Government of India.
- Right to information - Under this Act, any Indian can file an information request with a government body/agency, which must give the applicant all the details.
- Australia – The language of Preamble of the Indian Constitution is taken from........
- Parliament – The supreme legislative body of the Republic of India composed of the President of India and both the Houses.
- 61st Amendment – For the casting of the vote the minimum age requirement was reduced from 21 years to 18 years. Which Indian constitutional amendment has empowered this right?
- Article 14 – ’Equality before law’ is mentioned under which Article of the Indian Constitution?
- 24th Amendment – Which is the lengthiest amendment to the Indian Constitution?
- B. R. Ambedkar – Who was the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Constitution?
- Right to Education – The Right to Education of children is free and compulsory under the Act.
- Right to Privacy – A challenge to India's biometric identity scheme, the Aadhar scheme.
- Anna Hazare – The man associated with Lokpal Bill.
- GST – The 122nd Constitutional Amendment is related to....
- Jawahar Lal Nehru – Who recommended the inclusion of Fundamental Rights in the Constitution of India?
- Secular – There is no official religion in India and all citizens are free to follow any religion of their choice.
- Liberty – The citizens of India are free to express their thoughts in a peaceful way.
- Fraternity – It implies the “We” feeling towards one another which creates a sense of empathy for fellow citizens.
- Nagaland – English is the official language of which state?
- 2 Years 11 Months 18 Days – How much time it took for Constituent Assembly to finalise the constitution?
- Nandlal Bose – Which Indian artist decorated the handwritten copy of the Constitution?
- English – The Constitution of India was first written in which language?
- USA – The Preamble to our Constitution was inspired by the Preamble to the Constitution of the ……………………………. which also starts with "We the people".
- Seven (7) – What was the total number of members in the Drafting Committee of the Constitution?
Note for the teacher:
Keep the game simple, and use questions relevant to your player’s age, interest, and knowledge. Collect reflection sheets from students and compile all slam words for the next rounds and games. Teachers to motivate participants with positive words and claps.
SLAM CHART WORDS