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Life skills

Grade 3

People who make a difference

Module 3

Where do we come from?

The story of south africa

  • In 1652 Jan van Riebeeck and other Dutch settlers came to the Cape. They built a fort and provided fresh supplies for merchant ships that were on their way to the Far East.
  • In 1836 the farmers trekked to the interior. This is known as the Great Trek.

  • Round about 1890 many diamonds were discovered, and at roughly the same time large deposits of gold as well. Many people started working on the mines.
  • In 1912 an organisation called the African National Congress (ANC) was formed to fight for the rights of black people.
  • In 1961 South Africa became a republic.
  • In 1967 Dr Chris Barnard performed the first heart transplant operation.
  • In 1989 President F.W. de Klerk freed Nelson Mandela.
  • In 1994 the first election in which every South African citizen had the right to vote, took place. The ANC won and Nelson Mandela became president.
Make a cross next to the name of the person for whom you wish to vote Party name
Peter Watermelon AKP
Sarah Sugarbush CPE
Grant Moonshine FDO
  • In 1995 en 2007 South Africa won the rugby world cup.

Class discussion:

1. In your opinion, in what year did one of the most important events in the history of South Africa take place?

2. Who performed a very important operation in 1967?

3. Why did Nelson Mandela become president?

Think of some more questions about the past that you can discuss in class.

Form groups, think of some other events that happened in the past, and discuss them.

Complete the time line:

  • Indicate on the time line all the important dates that you have read about. They must be in the correct

General class discussion:

  • Discuss our three leaders with your friends.
  • Discuss the following questions:
  1. What did they do for South Africa in the past few years that you regard as being most meaningful?
  2. Which good leadership qualities are most obvious in these men?
  3. How can they become even more involved in children’s issues?
  4. Would you like to meet one of these leaders?
  5. Which one would you most like to meet and why?
  6. Write a letter to President Mbeki, inviting him to visit your school.
  7. Discuss with your friends what you would most like to show him.
  8. Make a list of all the preparations that will have to be made.
  9. Here are a few examples: Neatness of the school grounds, special decorations, etc.


Learning Outcomes(LO’s)
HISTORICAL ENQUIRYThe learner will be able to use enquiry skills to investigate the past and present.
Assessment Standards(ASs)
We know this when the learner:
1.1 obtains information from historical sources (e.g. simple written accounts, visual sources, objects) [works with sources];1.2 answers questions about aspects of the past (answers question);1.3 describes orally and in sentences aspects of the past, discusses stories and events from the past as a class or in small groups, makes models, creates drawings, etc. (communicates the answer).
LO 2
HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDINGThe learner will be able to demonstrate historical knowledge and understanding.
Assessment Standards(ASs)
We know this when the learner:
2.1 arranges events and objects in order, to develop a sense of the passing of time (chronology and time).


  • Discuss the history of South Africa with the learners.
  • Discuss the qualities of a good leader. (Refer to Module 1 where the learners had to elect a class leader.)
  • Collect enough information well in advance so that it will be available to the learners in class. In this way they will learn to do research on their own. The page references can be written on the board to make it easier for them.

Questions & Answers

How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
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