Taniya Sees Clearly :: Seeing Clearly
Step into a unique human's mind, heart, perspectives, and story in "Taniya Sees Clearly :: Seeing Clearly".
Let's explore self, others, and our world in a new, beautiful way!
Let's build our empathy, global understanding, and compassion.
And as we do, let's remember that this story is an introduction to who this human is.
It would take years (or a lifetime!) to wholly understand this human,
just like it takes years for us to understand ourselves.
Judgment and bias are quick to get and hard to get rid of.
And both are rather boring. But learning?
Learning is magical. Learning is forever.
Health, Humanity & Belonging
Divide fractions and whole numbers word problems, Multiply fractions and whole numbers word problems
Author's Purpose, Comprehension and Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Evidence Collection, Inferencing
Addressing Challenges, Analyzing Situations, Appreciating Diversity, Empathy, Perspective-Taking, Reflecting, Respect for Others, Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Social Engagement
Math Grade Level
4th - 6th
Community Engagement, Culture, Current Events, Ethnography, Geography, Global Connections, Sociology
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Taniya Sees Clearly :: Seeing Clearly
Hello! I am just about to make some chai, if you would like some. I normally
make enough for many people here in Bawana, India, so you are in luck! First I take a bowl, then I guess how much water and milk I will need (depending on the amount of people), and then I pour it in. Next, I add tea leaves, ginger, cardamom, and sugar. After it is heated, I let it cool. Then it is ready to drink!
I am making 4 cups of chai, and I want to give each person 1/3 of a cup to try it. If I do this, how many people can try the chai I made?
I love riddles, so while the chai is cooling you can figure out this one: what has four legs, likes to leap, and is purrrfect?
Can you guess what it is?
Riddles are fun because they make us imagine things differently. Let’s try something—choose an item you see every day, and try to think of it in a new way! How would you describe it in a riddle by being creative and taking a different perspective?
The answer to my riddle is… my cat! I really like cats because they are soft, cute, and jump around while playing. I jump around too when I dance! But a few months ago, something happened that made this a challenge for me. I started to have trouble seeing things that were far away. It was difficult to do the activities that were important to me, like dancing, playing, and doing well in school. I had to hold things very close to my face to see them properly—whether that was an exam paper or my cat. Because I had to strain to see, my eyes and my head both used to hurt. When this happened, it was so painful I couldn’t concentrate on anything.
Sometimes I would get a headache that would last for 15-30 minutes. Let’s say that I had 3 headaches during the week that each lasted 15 minutes (so 1/4 of an hour). What fraction of an hour that week did I have headaches?
But then, I had the chance to try on eyeglasses when my school hosted a vision camp. Some eye doctors came into our classroom, set up different stations, and gathered our information. At the first station, I covered one eye and tried to read letters on a chart that was far away. Students like me who had trouble because of our blurry eyesight then went to another area, where we looked through goggles that could switch among different pieces of glasses material in the lens. The eye doctor asked me to read letters on another chart— some letters were still blurry, but I kept trying to read them while the eye doctor would swap the lens to make them more in focus. This helped the eye doctor understand which type of eyeglasses would help me see the best. After my eyes were checked, I went to the station with different eyeglasses frames and was able to pick out my favorite!
I knew that I had trouble seeing, but I needed the help of doctors to determine exactly how to fix my problem. What are some ways that other people in our lives—whether friends, family, or experts—can help us find solutions to the challenges we face? How does it make you feel to know that you don’t have to figure out everything all by yourself, and that you have support from others?
When I was waiting in between stations, I would spend time with my friends so I didn’t feel like I was going through this process all by myself. The eye doctors were kind as they answered our questions and talked to us about how to take care of our eyeglasses once we received them. I learned that it is super important to let someone know if there are any changes to my eyesight! Since the doctors now knew what prescription I needed to see better, they went to work creating eyeglasses just for me… and my friends got custom eyeglasses for free, too! Now that I have my eyeglasses, there is such a difference in my life. I used to have trouble seeing things that were far away, but now everything is clear!
I was at first nervous about the eye exam process, because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. But then, once it was explained to me, my nervous feelings went away! Have you ever had an experience where you started feeling nervous, but then you gained more confidence? Can you tell me what helped your perspective change?
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Taniya Sees Clearly :: Seeing Clearly
Learning ObjectivesStudents will learn about many topics, including: Divide fractions and whole numbers word problems, Multiply fractions and whole numbers word problems, and Fractions.
(Encourage your class to explore the room while relying on some senses and not others—students can close their eyes and feel their desks, or cover their ears and look around, or try and pick out different smells, etc. Did their experience of the room change depending on the senses they were focused on?)
You might receive answers about physically using our vision, but encourage students to dig deeper and think about the meaning in other ways. You can explain how to “see” something can also mean to understand or know about it. You can then ask, “What are some things that could get in our way of ‘seeing clearly’?” You can write two columns – one “external” and one “internal” – and track students’ responses. Explain that “external” things that could get in the way can be physical, such as if we only see or hear about part of a situation and not the entire event. “Internal” things are what we tell ourselves, like if we think something is too difficult or we don’t believe in ourselves. You can then brainstorm together different ways to “see more clearly”. Examples could include getting more information about an event by listening to different people’s perspectives, or telling ourselves that even if something is challenging we have the ability to learn more about it and then try our best to do it!
You can check reading comprehension by asking, “What was a challenge that Taniya faced? How did she realize this was an issue?” Students may respond that Taniya had difficulty seeing, and she recognized this when she started getting headaches and her eyesight was blurry. You can then ask students what Taniya did to figure out why this was happening (she participated in a vision camp and had her eyes examined). Prompt students to reflect on the following question: “Why is important to ‘clearly see’ and understand a challenge before addressing it?” Some reasons might be because if we don’t fully know why it is happening we might jump to wrong conclusions or make false assumptions, or we could waste time and effort trying to fix something that isn’t the root cause of the issue.
With students, look at the math challenges of dividing and multiplying fractions and whole numbers in the story “Taniya Sees Clearly”. Before solving, together come up with a list of ways to help students clearly approach the math. Examples of “external” aspects that could help are understanding the relationship between fractions and whole numbers as well as what it means to divide and multiply, and “internal” could be having the confidence to solve the challenge.
Have students create “seeing clearly” posters that share ways to do so physically with their eyesight and also mentally through understanding. Students can either combine these topics in one poster, or you can have some students work on vision ones while others create ones about mental perception. You can then hang these around your classroom and school! Some examples can include:
Ways to mentally “see clearly”: listen to others, do research to find more information about a topic, think critically about it from different perspectives, and believe in yourself and your ability to learn
Ways to physically “see clearly”: keep your eyes healthy by getting regular eye check-ups and letting others know if your vision changes, eat a healthy diet, wash your hands before putting them near your face, and wear eye protectants like safety goggles
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Encourage students to pay attention to the ways that our senses help us gather information to “see more clearly”. Have them write down descriptive notes throghout the day of something they sensed (such as with their eyes or through hearing) and then how it helped them better understand what was happening.