November Last Week

 

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=-4kNeFGBAcw (arc-enciel)

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.

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November First Week

UNIT OF INQUIRY – Students inquired about the sense of smell through the book ‘Magic school bus on senses’. They discussed what they knew about this sense organ during a class activity. They were shown a video about the structure of the nose.

By watching this video they gained an insight into the function of different parts of the nose responsible for the sense of smell. It also helped them to understand the connection between smell and taste. What are the ways to take care of the nose was also discussed. Activities using jelly beans and crackers were conducted to help students understand the role of saliva and if it is easier to make a guess based on taste or scent alone. They attempted a formative assessment on the structure of nose and sense of smell through a quiz using the tool ‘Proprofs’.
Watching the following video helped them to understand various layers of the skin.

A guest lecture was organized during which Dr. Bharti Bora, a dermatologist, addressed the students, and answered the queries they had on skin, which helped enhance their understanding . The summation of the unit was done by revisiting the unit. Students then attempted the summative assessment to demonstrate their understanding by making a pamphlet or booklet on a sense organ of their choice. The unit was thoroughly enjoyed by the students as they discovered various facets about the sense organs and how they help us to connect with the world around us

During English lessons, students learned about pronouns. They read a poem, identified and wrote pronouns in their journal. They then classified pronouns into personal and possessive pronouns. A recap of pronouns was undertaken, where pronouns were identified from Chapters 1-4 of their novel study ‘The Eyes of the Eagle’. The students were introduced to the concept of picture composition which was followed by a discussion on the important elements of the same. They were then shown a picture which they had to describe in their own words.

During Math classes, students strengthened their understanding of multiplication with practice of sums. They applied their conceptual understanding to solve word problems and revised the use of key words in word problems. They attempted a formative assessment on multiplication.
Students also tuned into concept of subtraction through a visible thinking routine, The Explanation Game. They were given a word problem, they selected the number operation to solve it, gave reasons for it and thought about whether any other strategies could have been used to get the answer.

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Students learned and completed the numbers till 30 in Spanish; practiced them verbally and in written form. Students also took an online quiz based on the numbers, in which they matched the numbers in numerals with the numbers in words. This activity helped them in consolidating their spellings and enhanced their thinking skills.

FRENCH – Students revised the concept of numbers and colours by collaboratively colouring the task sheets according to colour-number code. The instructions were given in French. They also developed their thinking skills through classrooms games like ‘guess the missing number’.

During their Hindi classes, students enhanced their thinking and writing skills by writing a picture composition on ‘winter season’. They enhanced their listening and speaking skills by watching and then discussing a story ‘Bahaadur Bitto’. Students have understood elements of a story using mind maps.

In the Hindi ab-initio classes students enhanced their vocabulary development by writing correct spellings for the given words. They watched a video and learned about the festival of ‘Diwali’. They wrote words related to the festival and formed sentences. They developed their speaking skill by having a group discussion in the target language about their upcoming camp, all the preparations being done for the same and what activities they were looking forward to.

Physical Education – Students were introduced to the following Athletics Skills.
• Jumping to transfer weight from one to both feet. A jump can be divided into three parts: take-off, flight and landing. Landing safely is an important skill to focus on when learning to jump, leap or hop.
• Bending knees – crouch position
• Swinging arms back, then quickly forward
• Exploding forward from crouch position
• Pushing off from toes – toes are the last body part to leave the ground
• Landing with heels first and knees bent to absorb the shock

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During dance classes, students stressed on pirouette preparations starting with the feet positions to the toe-turn technique. They concentrated on spotting and style and also grooves of hip hop. Demonstration of different techniques used during the dance routine was done. Students also choreographed a hip hop dance routine.

VISUAL ART – While exploring, “Music Art”, students experienced the musical compositions of the legends of western classical music- Mozart, and Beethoven and created artwork in mixed media.

ICT – Students were shown videos on Digital footprint, which was followed by a class discussion regarding online safety. They later used MS Word to reflect on the topic and on ways to stay safe online.

MUSIC – The students learned and understood time- signature in western music. They identified the time signatures in the songs played for them during the lessons. They also sang and attempted to harmonize a choir song – Be brave. They practiced playing the C, F and G major chords on the ukulele. Some students gave solo performances in class.

Students visited the library for exchange of books. They also discussed the difference between different categories – Fiction & Non-fiction books. This was further differentiated into various genres like informative, imagination, invention, encyclopaedias, travel books etc. under fiction and nonfiction categories.

October Second Fortnight

Unit of Inquiry – Students viewed a video about ‘The boy who never listened’ to comprehend the need for the sense of hearing. Link to the story is given below:

A treasure hunt was conducted in the classroom and students were given clues to
discover parts of the ear and its functions. They wrote the journey of how sound
travels through the ear by organizing jumbled sentences. They enhanced their
understanding by watching a video on the ears

Groups were formed to denote the divisions of the ear. Using i Pads, books, fact
sheets students researched information about the role of ear wax, how ears help in
maintaining balance etc.
Students discovered more about the nose through an experiment on how air
molecules reach the nose. They also watched a video related to it, the link for which
is given below

Students read the ‘The magic school bus’ to understand how different smells are
identified.
They also got to know about the structure and working of the nose. They
brainstormed and listed ways to take care of their nose.

During Math lessons, students were introduced to properties of multiplication:
Commutative property: When two numbers are multiplied together, the product is the
same regardless of the order of the multiplicands. For example 4 X 2 = 2 X 4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e9r8_VOO-8 – Commutative Property

Associative Property: When three or more numbers are multiplied, the product is the
same regardless of the grouping of the factors. For example (2 X 3) X 4 = 2 X (3 X 4)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGVGwrM-vdo – Associative Property

Multiplicative Identity Property: The product of any number and one is the number
itself. For example 5 X 1 = 5.
Zero Property: The product of any number and zero is zero. For example 5 X 0 = 0.
Students practiced multiplying two and three digit numbers using different
multiplication strategies like repeated addition, array method, grouping and
multiplication on the number line. They are now in the process of revisiting the times
tables and revising the concept of multiplication through classroom games. They attempted a summative assessment on symmetry and a formative assessment on
addition too.

During their English lesson, students learned about procedural writing. They started
by finding the meaning of the word ‘procedure’ in the dictionary. They then discussed
and defined ‘procedural writing’ in their own words.
(Videos for understanding procedural writing –

A mind map on procedural writing (what to include, where is it used, its meaning,
how to write etc.) was made in journals and students also listed the elements of
procedural writing.
A recap of adjectives using ‘bundling activity’ was undertaken where adjectives given
were classified on the basis of the five  sense organs.

During Hindi classes students enhanced their reading and writing skills by reciting a
poem sardi aai identified and wrote मिलते -जुलते शब्द (rhyming words) , विलोम शब्द
(antonyms) and engaged in वाक्य -रचना (sentence construction). Discussion on
how they can take care of the sense organs was held to enhance listening and
speaking skills.

During Hindi ab-initio classes students revisited different maatraa and rhyming words and wrote the same. They enhanced their speaking skills by various oral activities. They learnt about hindu festival ‘Dussehra’ (good over evil) by watching a video related to the same.
French – Students attempted a formative assessment on greetings and self introduction. They spoke and wrote phrases in French, hence developing communication skills of speaking and writing.

Students learned the numbers from 1 to 30 in Spanish and understood the pattern in which the numbers are spelled and pronounced. Students practiced the numbers on the white board and verbally. Students also watched a video based on the numbers to understand their pronunciation better.

Videos on numbers:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ydJr1Is8xI

Visual Art – Students gained an understanding of Wassily Kandinsky and his style of painting.Kandinsky was an artist who expressed his feelings and emotions through music and colours. Students expressed freely through colours while connecting to jazz music.
Students experienced ‘Music Art’ to understand how the senses are used to connect
to the world around them. A piece of music was played and students explored working with oil pastels while listening to the music. Few closed their eyes to feel the
music, others moved their hand keeping the rhythm of the music while working
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ICT – Students created a script for recording on sense organs. They used this information
to further create a video on Vittle app as an assessment thereby integrating the unit
with ICT.

Physical Education – Introduction to Yoga helped students to comprehend its relation to the senses.Simple definition of yoga is to bring together body, mind and spirit as a harmonious whole. Students were introduced to ‘surya namaskar’. They also played
some recreational games with seven a side match and engaged in inter house
running competition.

 

Music -During vocals the students practiced singing ‘Be brave never give up’ with actions
and some of the students attempted to perform solo in class.
During their instruments class they learned to play C,G and F major chords on the
ukulele.
Dance – Observation and analysis skills were stressed through a task in which students were made to create symmetrical movements during lessons.
Library – Students exchanged their books during Library class. In addition, the library
homework assignment from the previous week was also discussed.

October First Fortnight

Students have been inquiring about the eye as a sense organ in their Unit of inquiry
classes through hands on activities, floor diagrams and interactive games. They have
been introduced to the structure of the eye through a role play to comprehend how
light enters the eye. They viewed a video to help enhance their understanding.

Using the strategy ‘Ask the Expert’ students interviewed teachers who wear spectacles
to find out the reasons for doing so and understood the difference between near and
farsightedness. They used a Venn diagram to compare and contrast their findings
and then summarized their understanding.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLIcD9yzv48 – short sight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utccjNHokFM – long sight

They used the ‘Carousel’ strategy to place question slips at different stations that shed
light on how to keep the eyes healthy . They used their thinking skills and shared
various ways of keeping the eyes healthy. Drawing upon De Bono’s yellow and black
hats, they brainstormed the benefits and limitations of eyesight from the perspective of a critic, analyst, optimist and logic. They attempted a formative assessment where
choices were given to present their learning though the magic school bus video or the
‘Vittle’ App so as to record their understanding.

During English lessons, students created illustrations to match the written text, by
reading a poem, ‘ Nature’s way’. This activity helped them enhance their visual imagery
skill while integrating their learning from the unit.
They learned about synonyms and antonyms and used a thesaurus to list a few
examples from their novel study ‘The eyes of the eagle’.
The students read the book ‘Your Body, Your Senses’ and discussed the different facts
about senses given in the book. To consolidate their understanding, students identified
and wrote three facts from the book and marked nouns and verbs in the written
sentences.
They presented a ‘Take and talk’ on the topic ‘which sense organ is the most important
according to you and why’?

During Math classes, students tuned into the concept of symmetry by observing cutouts
of different shapes and letters with lines of symmetry. They were encouraged to use the
visible thinking routine ‘I see, I think, I wonder’ wherein they observed the shapes,
expressed their understanding and listed any questions they had. They further
discussed their observation with their peers. Students were given cut outs of
symmetrical shapes to fold it in a manner that two parts became a reflection of each
other to use the nomenclature ‘line of symmetry’. To strengthen the concept, students identified the symmetry in a human face. The following video on symmetry was shown
to students.

Students read a story on multiplication in their Math classes, One Hundred Hungry
Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes. They then expressed their understanding through a thinking
routine, Connect Extend Challenge. They wrote the connections they could draw from
the story from prior knowledge and listed questions they may have had. They have
since progressed to revising tables, understanding grouping and arrays.
Video link for the story ‘One hundred hungry ants’

During their Hindi classes students enhanced their communication skills by reading a
story Jaise ko taisaa and  discussed the moral of the story.
They saw a video related to their current unit  and wrote the names of the sense organs
and made sentences with the words.

In their Hindi ab-initio classes students enhanced their understanding about गिनती
(counting) by reading a story बंदर की नेकी (bandar ki nekee). They rewrote the story by
replacing the numbers with words and enhanced their comprehension and writing skills.
They developed their reading skills by sorting out different maatraa words and read
them aloud.

Students learned about the five senses in Spanish as a part of their transdisciplinary
theme. They also learned about the body parts and actions relevant to the senses. They
practiced the names of senses and the body parts.
The objective of the French lessons was to get well versed with basic salutations and
introducing oneself in French language. Through an interesting game ‘Meet your
neighbor’ students worked in pairs, greeted and communicated with each other. They
developed their social and communication skills through this activity.

For the line of inquiry – How we use our senses to connect to the world around us,
students experienced, ‘Music art’ in their Art classes.
A piece of music was played and students explored working with oil pastels while
listening to the music. Few closed their eyes to feel the music, others moved their hand
keeping with the rhythm of the music while working.

In their Dance class, students used their observation and analytical skills to create an
impromptu symmetrical movement routine.

Music – The students discussed about how music can affect the five senses and saw a power point presentation on the same. They practiced an action song – Be brave never give up. They worked in groups to create songs based on stories.

Students were apprised about primary and secondary research and the difference
between them. They used this information to further research about sense organs,
thereby integrating the unit with ICT.

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During the Physical Education lessons, students practiced different techniques of
kicking for the game of soccer
– Step and place non kicking foot next to the ball.
– Look towards the middle section of the ball
– Make contact below the center of the ball
– Follow through with your leg after you kick
– Kick hard for distance.

Library – Students exchanged their books to borrow one Hindi and one English book from the library. In addition they were introduced to magazines like Magic Pot and Primary Plus. Each student was given two of these magazines to browse and read. The differences between a magazine and a regular book and the frequency of these magazines (weekly, fortnightly, monthly, bimonthly, quarterly or yearly) was discussed.

 

September Second Fortnight

Students were introduced to the new Unit of Inquiry on ‘Senses’ using the strategy ‘Cover Puzzle’ . They tried to guess which sense was being shared in  the pictures. They were then able to connect the pictures and guess what the new unit was about. The ‘Bundling’ strategy was introduced to students and they came up with words they would associate with the new unit. They further grouped the words into different categories and suggested associated words. Students expressed their prior knowledge about the 5 senses using the strategy ‘Complete the sentence’.  The unit commenced with exploring the sense of sight with an activity ‘Think, Wink and Decide’ wherein they were paired with a partner and recorded what they knew, what they needed to know and which questions they would share with the class.

During Math lessons, students strengthened their understanding of addition and its properties through mental math strategies. They were introduced to CUBES strategy for solving word problems, some of which were based on real life examples. They circled and underlined the key words and numbers which helped them to evaluate and eliminate information and solve the word problem.

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They were encouraged to connect their conceptual understanding to real life situations by creating and solving word problems. Students also attempted their first summative assessment on number systems.

Students did a ‘think-pair-share’ activity in their English classes to share their knowledge about the exclamation mark. They shared their ideas through class discussion and then applied them to sentences. They read chapter two of the novel ‘ Eye of the Eagle’ and wove questions using the ‘questions start’ strategy.  Students enhanced their reading skills by reading unit related books and shared 5 new things they learned through the unit.

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In their Hindi classes students read a paragraph and wrote संज्ञा शब्द (noun) and विशेषण शब्द (adjective), thus enhancing their reading and writing skills. They enhanced their communication skills through role play of famous personalities for their Hindi Diwas celebration. They also enjoyed अंताक्षरी (antaksharee) of पद रचना (couplets) by making their own couplets.

In their Hindi ab-initio classes students enhanced their listening skills through various listening activities. They watched a story Bandar aur do billiyaan (बंदर और दो बिल्लियाँ) and identified the main elements of a story. They developed their writing and thinking skills by writing the story in their own words.

Students created their landscape displaying personal connections,for their Art classes. Their landscapes were based on their personal experiences or observations. In doing so, they learned the technique of mixed media.

ICT – Students were apprised about primary and secondary research after which they researched about input and output devices. They were also introduced to Vittle, a screen cast application used to express ideas and thoughts.

The objective of French lessons was to get well versed with vocabulary words  for days, months and seasons. Students developed their thinking and social skills while solving crosswords collaboratively. A question- answer session was also held to enhance their listening and speaking skills.

Students learned to spell their names in Spanish which helped them understand the correct pronunciation of the letters. Students also learned the days of the week, months and seasons in Spanish and practiced them in class. They watched related videos to improve their pronunciation.

Students practiced football skills like running with the ball, passing and receiving during their Physical Education classes. They learned how to first observe the target, approach the ball position of non-kicking foot, then contact the correct area of the ball with locked ankle. For inside of the foot pass, they learned that toes are pointed up; then the follow-through by transferring the weight forward and releasing the ball to the partner.

Students stressed on groove in hip hop, starting with the feet positions to the head technique in their Dance sessions. Apart from that, they concentrated on spotting and style. Demonstration of different technique used during dance routines was done. Students also added eight counts to a hip hop dance routine.

Students visited the library to exchange their books. This week they were encouraged to issue junior classics and graphic novels. Students shared stories from books that they had read in the previous week.

In their Music classes students practiced singing parts in choir ( Glorious by One voice). They learned about harmony and melody through this song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September First Week

Students enhanced their research skills in their Unit of Inquiry classes, by working in
groups to gather information on natural and man-made disasters. Each group chose a
disaster to research from the choices provided to them – earthquake, tsunami, volcano,
tornado, floods; droughts, hurricane, whirlpool and avalanche).
They expressed their understanding about the topic using a double bubble strategy and
presented the same to their peers.
Students were assessed on their understanding of how the physical features of the
Earth have changed along with reasons for the same through hands on experiments.

Math- Students tuned into addition through a class discussion on vocabulary related to the operation. This understanding was then expressed through a mind map. The properties of addition were explained through a ‘Bus Stop’ activity. Some number statements related to the properties were displayed at each station :
64 + 0 = 64
43 + 26 = 26 + 43
5 + (7 + 4) = (5 + 7) + 4
Students walked to each station and wrote down their observations for each statement,
followed by the teacher explanation of Identity, Commutative, and Associative property.

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English-In continuation of last week’s lessons, students penned a ‘Thank you’ note to earth to express gratitude for all that we receive from her. The exclamation mark was introduced through a ‘Think-Pair-Share’ activity. Student attempted a spell bee through word search and revisited rhyming words.

 

Students revised the basics of computers like hardware, software and types of
computers in their ICT class. They expressed their learning through a reflection on
Padlet. This also helped them to practice their typing skills.

In their Visual Art class students made a preliminary sketch of the landscape in their art
journal and later made the same on an A3 cartridge sheet. A few students were in the
process of creating their final work in mixed media using colour pencils and poster
paints. While doing so students learned the technique of mixed media to create their
landscape art pieces.

In their Hindi classes students enhanced their communication skills by practicing their
roles for Hindi diwas. They revisited grammar concept numbers (वचन) by changing the
number of words in the given sentences and rewriting the same.

In their Hindi ab-initio classes students enhanced their speaking and writing skills by
practicing tongue twisters for Hindi diwas and wrote the same. They revised names of
colours through various activities. Students wrote and read ओ मात्रा words and made sentences  to enhance their reading and writing skills. They also recited Hindi counting -गिनती

Students practiced karaoke singing and learned the techniques of voice modulation,
count breathing and tonality in their Music classes. They learned about chromatic scales and practiced singing them. Some of the students shared their knowledge about particular instruments with the class and also demonstrated how to play them.

P.E– During Swimming classes students worked on developing coordination of hand
movement, kicking and breathing for Free style and Back stroke. They also worked on
developing muscle endurance. Students practiced distance swimming with and without
kickboard. They played some recreational games like running in the water, holding
breath inside the water and relay racing.

 

Students took the opportunity to express their gratitude and respect for their teachers by
entertaining them with medley performances on Teachers day. The efforts of all the
students was well appreciated by teachers who enjoyed their special day.

August Second Fortnight

Unit Of Inquiry

 

 

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Students created a flow chart to explain the Formation of the Earth from the
beginning to the present times. They made illustrations and have written
sentences to support the same. Various symbols used to represent hills,
mountains, plateaus, or valleys on the map were discussed.
Students understood various landforms such as waterfall, tributary, delta, gulf,
isthmus, strait, archipelago through a PowerPoint presentation, they also created
models of different landforms for better understanding.

Ways in which the physical features of Earth have changed– was introduced with
talk on pollution, disaster, earthquake, weathering, erosion and deposition.

Find the link below
http://learninglabresources.com/2014/01/erosion-and-landforms-science-activity-
with-a-freebie.html

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/rocks-minerals-
landforms/weathering-and-erosion.htm

Students were introduced to the tool (Double Bubble Map) to compare and
contrast ‘natural and man-made disasters’.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2bk2xysIY0 – Natural and manmade
disasters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4wPE3fQJuU –Natural disasters
Discussion about the recent Kerala natural disaster was undertaken; students
also saw some pictures and read out articles specific to the disaster.

Math

 

 

In their Math class , children learned how to  estimate answers through the
concept of rounding off numbers. They understood rounding off of numbers to
nearest tens and hundreds using the strategies of number line.
They learned skip counting in 10s 100s and 1000s which is an important
technique used in calculation, development of number sense and the basis of
multiplication and division later.
A class discussion on various currencies used in the different continents around the world was initiated as a measure to integrate learning about the Earth into
mathematical understanding.

English

 

 

Students were introduced to writing a Thank You note through a strategy ‘chalk
talk’. They learned about the parts of thank you note, the procedure to write it and
its importance. During the reading of the novel ‘The Eyes of the Eagle’, students
designed a bubble map for the author study and summarized their understanding
of chapter one. Students were also initiated into the concept of skimming and
scanning to enhance their speed reading techniques.

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In their Hindi classes students enhanced their reading skills and understanding
about sea pollution and climate change by reading a story ‘Minaamaataa kee kathaa’ (मिनामाटा  की कथा). They wrote the causes and effects of climate change.
They revisited grammar concepts for noun words(संज्ञा शब्द ) and numbers (वचन)
by finding out words from the story and formed sentences using the same.
Hindi Ab Initio-Students revised and wrote various words from ए and ओ  maatraas (मात्रा)  to enhance their reading and writing skills. They identified, drew and wrote names
of body parts ,months and colours. Students also wrote and recited Hindi tongue
twisters.

ICT

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ATLAS is a good game that provides practice to increase mental recall. Students
engaged in plying the memory game during ICT lessons.
Students learned to categorise types of computers, servers, networks and their
uses.
They watched videos to have better connection on computer fundamentals after
which students shared their one to one reflection.

P.E

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2nd Inter House Swimming Tournament 2018 was held on August 28,2018 where
students competed for bringing accolades to their respective houses . Various
individual and team event saw them strive to do their best.

Dance

 

Students have been doing basic warm up, basic stretching and learning about
improvisation and creation in jazz while having been introduced to spotting
technique while turning.

Music

 

The students practiced to play c major scale on the xylophone and also played
the tune of ‘twinkle- twinkle ‘ on the same.
They practiced to sing the number Fearless by Jasmine Murray on the karaoke.

French and Spanish

 

The objective of the French lesson was to get well versed with basic French
greetings through an interesting classroom game ‘Meet your neighbour’ wherein
they worked in pairs; greeted and communicated with each other. They
developed their social and communication skills.

Spanish
Students were shown the video based on the letters, their sounds and words
associated with them. As a part of the class activity, Students were asked to spell
their names in Spanish which really helped them in recalling the pronunciation
and sounds of the letters.
Students also learned basic greetings in Spanish which would help them in their
daily expressions in class.

Art

As an integration with their unit of inquiry on Earth, students have been creating
sketches of a landscape to show the physical beauty of a place they have visited
or seen.
They are trying to go down memory lane to display their personal connection
while making sketches. Few brought a photograph of a place they visited to help
them recall their landscape. Students are also enthusiastically sharing their
research work to display their understanding on the subject.

Library

Children visited the library to exchange their books and share the story they read
in the preceding week.

In addition, the much awaited celebrations for the summer assignment was held
on August 30 where the winners celebrated by watching a movie and enjoyed
a treat of popcorn and ice-cream to complete their theatre experience.

Students singing at Karaoke Friday

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