First they had to be blindfolded and examine different kinds of leaves. The children touched, felt the texture, the size and edges of leaves. They crushed the leaf and smelled it. Using this information, they identified the leaf. Most children easily identified Omum and Aloe vera. Even Gulmohar was easy but they had forgotten the name. "Its the g,g,g one, Aunty!" For some reason, they kept saying "Neem!" at the drop of a hat. I think that's the name they're familiar with, but haven't quite internalised the shape/ smell of the leaf.
Finally the children had to find insects or plants on the trees. They saw a crow's nest high up on the wild badaam. I showed them a neem where ants have made homes - large holes where the bark was completely eaten away. The children saw a wasp, but not exactly on the tree. They saw a squirrel, crows and different kinds of ants.
The children recorded their observations in the Workbook. At this stage some are struggling to read and comprehend the questions and require guidance. However, once they have understood what's being asked, they get down to the work, oblivious of the surroundings.
The children love this class - their first introduction to the wonders of the Small Science program.