Students were introduced to the third Unit of Inquiry on ‘Waste’ using the strategy of ‘Zoom In’. To begin students observed different portraits and sculptures from around the world made out of waste. They were able to identify the materials used in the sculptures and hence could predict the idea of the new unit. Students expressed their prior knowledge about the topic through ‘Rocket Writing’ strategy. The ‘KWHLAQ’ chart was created by the students to take onus of their learning and decide how they wanted to progress through the unit. The ‘Chalk Talk’ on waste was followed by a discussion to gain an insight into what constitutes waste and its types. During the discussion, they could classify waste based on different parameters and gave relevant examples. The students also discussed the meaning, causes and method of disposal of industrial waste. They watched a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP3pbh_-pu8&feature=youtu.be) to understand the effects of the industrial waste pollution. They expressed their understanding of the causes and effects of pollution through a graphic organizer and brainstormed ways to prevent it. They also read newspaper articles on how air pollution affects human health. The students made local and global connections by inquiring into the different standards set for disposing industrial waste in India and the United States of America.
During English lessons, students were initiated into understanding nouns as gender by having a discussion on the different roles we all play. They deduced that the roles a person plays in a family or relationship are gender specific – masculine or feminine. They further discussed common and neuter genders. They observed a picture of a farm with several animals. Students wrote their own composition sand later deduced masculine and feminine genders for animals shown in the picture. Students watched a video on the ‘life cycle of a plastic bottle’ (link below) and understood the journey of three plastic bottles. They attempted a comprehension exercise and drew a visual image related to the same. A ‘Take and Talk’ was conducted to mark Thanksgiving Day and students shared their thoughts on the three people they would like to thank and reasons for the same.
Link of the video ‘What really happens to the plastic you throw away – Emma Bryce’
Mathematics- Students were introduced to vocabulary related to subtraction – subtrahend, minuend and difference. They solved 2, 3 & 4 digit subtraction sums with and without borrowing in journals.They explored regrouping strategy using the abacus. They then reflected using the visible thinking routine – Connect-Extend-Challenge.The routine helped students make connections between prior knowledge and new learning. To further their understanding students practiced mental math sums and word problems on different operations. A formative assessment was taken wherein they expressed their understanding of subtraction through a Bingo. Students were introduced to data handling through a bar graph.
Hindi- Students enhanced their thinking and reading skills by reading the poem “काँच” and the story “बहादुर बित्तो”.This was followed by finding difficult words and making sentences with them. They also identified different genders “लिंग”from the story and wrote them in their journals. Students enhanced their viewing, listening and writing skills by watching a video on pollution (link below). After watching the video they deduced difficult words and made sentences with them.
Hindi Ab- initio- Students learned names of animals and made sentences with them.They enhanced their writing skills by writing a paragraph about their camp-trip.They watched a story ‘kauaa aur saanp’ (कौआऔरसाँप) and wrote its summary. Students revisited noun (संज्ञाशब्द) by making Montessori symbol (black triangles) in the summary written by them.
The objective of the French lesson this week was to get well versed with names of colours (primary and secondary). Students learned and practiced the pronunciation of words through the rhyme ‘Arc-enciel’ and then collaboratively attempted an online interactive quiz on colours. Later,they comprehended the instructions in French relating to colours and numbers and created their monster (body figure) in small groups. Through this engagement they developed social and thinking skills.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPPIT1nbe7Q (interactive quiz)
https://www.francaisfacile.com/exercices/exercice-francais-2/exercice-francais-9459.php (interactive exercise for practise)
Students learned definite and indefinite articles in Spanish. They explored difference in gender for singular and plural nouns.They understood the importance of placing articles before nouns and also learned to identify the gender of a particular noun. Students watched videos on the same to further their understanding. Students enhanced their thinking and communication skills by practicing the vocabulary learned in the right context.
Video watched on articles in Spanish:
Visual art:Students began their new unit on ‘Recycled art’ while connecting to the central idea that ‘Human activities create waste which can affect our environment’. A presentation on‘Trash to treasure’ triggered a discussion on the endless possibility of using waste and discarded materials. It was decided that recyclable material will be collected and utilized to create an artwork. A few students enthusiastically collected waste materials for the same.
Library: Students exchanged their books during their library session. In addition, different categories – Fiction & Non-fiction were discussed. Various genres like fact books, mystery, imagination, humor,inventions, encyclopedias, travel books, historical, art and music, animal books and many other genres of fiction and nonfiction categories were also discussed.
Dance: Students stressed on groove in hip hop, starting with the feet positions to the head technique. Apart from that, they concentrated on spotting and style. Demonstration of different techniques used during the dance routine was undertaken. Students also practiced eight counts to a hip hop dance routine.
Music: The students learned Christmas carols ‘Hark the herald’ and ‘Angels we have heard on high’. They attempted to sing the songs in group, duets and solos. Students discussed about what best can be made out of the waste or broken music instruments and came up with great ideas.
ICT: Students were divided into groups and given different topics to research about about e-waste. They were given guiding questions which they used to find out about e-waste, its impact and norms for safe disposal. They collated this information on M S Word.
Physical Education: Students learned about and practiced various athletic routines- running, walking, jumping, and throwing events.These are essential to hone the development of a young athlete’s sporting potential. They also practiced start and finish of races with commands.