February 3rd week

During the Unit of Inquiry classes, students inquired into the history of human migration to understand various reasons for  migration. They also marked the route taken by our ancestors to populate the entire planet.

https://youtu.be/cjdt6qcsbq0 (How Humans Migrated Across the Globe)

They further probed into the history of mass migrations that have changed the political scenario in today’s world; California Gold rush and Partition of India. They critically analysed the reasons and impact of these events in shaping history, not only on the respective nations but also on the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?V=-0kjeudoqxy (California Gold Rush)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?V=iydrkc0gmzi (California Gold Rush)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zp6fmsg (Partition of India)

Students went on a field trip to the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary. It lead to a deeper inquiry by providing students with visual and practical knowledge about ariel movement of the birds around the world and understanding migration as a form of adaptation and survival.

English – Students revisited the steps involved in creating a timeline where they were given the opportunity to exercise their choice. They created remarkable timelines related to their journey since birth. Students used unit related books and audio visuals to discuss about migration case studies and shared their opinions with their peers. Students read the book ‘When Jessie came across the sea’ by Amy Hest. They shared their understanding of the story and reasons behind migration of the main character Jessie. As the week progressed,students were assessed on their spellings through a spell bee.

Math – Students were introduced to conversion of length. They learned conversions of kilometer to meter, meter to centimeter and centimeter to millimeter. This was followed by practice of addition and subtraction sums related to length. Students were able to compare, add or subtract lengths expressed in different units. They also attempted a summative assessment on Division and Data Handling.

Hindi –  As integration with their current unit, students recited a poem ‘प्रवासीपक्षी’ and wrote a अनुच्छेद based on their understanding. To improve their grammar, they identified verbs (क्रिया) and constructed sentences using them. A brief introduction of formal and informal letters was given too. They explored the format of informal letters and wrote an invitation letter to their grandparents.

In their Hindi ab-initio classes, students discussed about famous personalities who migrated from different parts of the world and main reasons behind their migration. They framed questions after watching a video ‘कछुआऔरहंस’ to be able to enhance their comprehension skills. They revisited different ‘व्यंजन’ (consonants) and ‘मात्रा’ (maatraa).

Students learned numbers from 51 to 100 and their pronunciation in Spanish. Students also participated in class activities based on animals and clothing, wherein they were given colored slips to match the animals and clothing in Spanish with their corresponding translations in English. Students also unjumbled words in Spanish.

Students identified subject pronouns. They watched a video and understood subject pronouns in French. Through the ‘SUBJECT PRONOUN CHANT’, they collaboratively displayed their understanding by demonstrating each pronoun through actions. They reflected on their individual understanding by illustrating the subject pronouns through ‘match stick figures’.

Music- Students inquired and discussed about the challenges and opportunities that migration provides a musician. They sang the song – what a wonderful world and performed vocals and instruments solo for their Student Led Conference portfolios.

During dance classes, students were introduced to the basics of salsa dance, starting with the feet positions to the head technique. They also concentrated on spotting and style. Different techniques used during the dance routine were also demonstrated.

ICT – Students were introduced to Scratch Junior. They learned various functions of the tool like giving directions, voice recording, adding sprite and background for a project. They tried writing basic code using blocks in the application. Students had fun while learning to program.

P.E – Students were introduced to Badminton:

Forehand Gripping – Student keeps the finger space between grip leaving three fingers on grip.

Stance – Student keeps the knees bent and the racket in a neutral grip.   

Forehand Rally – Student keeps racket hand up, prepares for the incoming shuttle and with a throwing move, draws his/her hand behind the shoulder. 

Art – As an integration with the unit of inquiry, ‘migration throughout history’, students explored the influence of Persian elements on Indian art, architecture, and weaving. They analyzed designs, patterns and colours to understand the Indo-Persian elements. Students created a motif incorporating the elements to display their knowledge and understanding. They are in the process of creating a textile design.

Library – Students borrowed a graphic novel and a junior classic this week from the library. They also shared their review of books that they had read over the last week.

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February 1st Week 2019

During the Unit of Inquiry classes, students tuned into the new unit on ‘Migration’ under the trans-disciplinary theme- ‘Where we are in place and time’ through an activity, where they were divided into groups and were asked to move to other classes to be with different teachers and students. For the next engagement, they were given a chance to choose the class and the activity they wanted to join. They shared their feelings describing the forced movement and the voluntary movement from the class. They unscrambled the central idea of the unit and presented their understanding of the same through a KWL Chart (Know, Wonder, Learn), what we know, what we wonder, what we have learned. They also brainstormed and reflected on their understanding of the term, ‘Migration’ through the thinking routine ‘Y’ chart, describing what it looks like, feels like and sounds like.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54xM8VlgP7s   (Why do people move?)

They read an award-winning book ‘Grandfather’s journey’ and analyzed the pros and cons of migration through PMI (Plus, Minus, interesting) strategy whereby they described the positive, negative and interesting aspects of grandfather’s journey in terms of migration from Japan to America. They inquired into the types of migration and classified different scenarios into internal and external migration. They further analysed the terms migration, emigration and immigration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpXXvx1gCpU&feature=youtu.be (What is migration, immigration and emigration?)

 Students interviewed their parents/grandparents/helpers at home to find out the reasons for migration and categorised them under push and pull factors that led to their movement. They also analysed scenarios to identify the different push and pull factors responsible for migration. They researched about the impacts of migration on origin and destination countries and presented their research work in  class. They could also differentiate between the terms migration and vacation.

English – Students were introduced to the concept of ‘Subject and Predicate’ through an interesting classroom engagement.This was followed by a discussion and written work in the journal. Students further strengthened their understanding by identifying and marking ‘subject and predicate’ in a newspaper article. They took turns to read a unit related book ‘Grandfather’s journey’ as a part of their reading assessment. They researched about the country they would like to migrate to, with reasons. After watching real life scenarios of children who migrated to different countries for various reasons , they discussed their opinions.

Students also revisited action verbs and were familiarized with linking and helping verbs. They further absorbed the concept through visual presentations and classroom engagements. To show their understanding, students wrote about the verbs,giving examples in their journals. As the week progressed, students were assessed on their understanding of spellings. They enjoyed engaging in the culmination activity of the novel study ‘The Eyes of the Eagle’, through tic-tac-toe.

Mathematics – Students revisited the concept of division and practiced long division in their journals. They further strengthened their understanding by solving division word problems,thereby making real life connections. They were introduced to the concept of measurement. An exploration corner was set up containing devices used for measuring, such as beakers, medicine cups , weighing scale, inch tapes, to measure dals and pulses, cheese and butter packs, juice cans, water etc. Students came in groups to sort these items.One group sorted the items based on the units used to measure them. Another group sorted based on the devices used for measuring them. Students demonstrated ways of measuring length using standard measurement units.There was a discussion on what is measurement, and how  in  daily lives one  requires to measure things and how things could go drastically wrong if measurements were not taken into consideration while building houses, designing clothes, buying vegetables etc. There was also a discussion on different units for length(mm, cm, m, km). Students learned how to use a ruler / measuring tape to measure – starting from “0” and not “1”. They also displayed the relationship between millimeter and centimeter on the ruler.Students were divided into three groups and given the roles of tailors, builders and decorators. They chose their devices for measurement from a variety of standard tools, and supported their choices with a reason. The builders are in the process of designing a doll house, the tailors – a headband, two wristbands and a waistband for a member of their group and the decorators – 4 coasters for a student table.

Hindi – To enhance their listening and speaking skills, students watched a video ‘अनोखीयात्रा’ and had a discussion about migratory birds.To enhance their writing skills, they sorted difficult words, formulated questions  based on the story and wrote their answers . In context of their current unit, students recited a poem’प्रवासीपक्षी’ and identified synonyms for a  few words which enhanced their vocabulary.

During their Hindi-ab-initio classes, students watched a video ‘अनोखीयात्रा’ to enhance their understanding of bird migration and engaged in a discussion about migratory birds. They revised different maatraain words. They learned to make questions after reading a story ‘दोस्तीकीपरख’. Students highlighted difficult words and discussed their meanings in order to enhance their vocabulary related to the Hindi language. To enhance reading and writing skills, students have identified aa,ii, oomatras and their words, simple sentences and wrote the same in their journals. To enhance their listening and speaking skills, they watched a video and had a discussion on the same.

Art – Students observed designs, patterns, and colours on fabrics to understand textile designs. They displayed their observation and understanding by creating artwork using a medium of their choice. Students watched a video of the traditional weaving loom to understand the weaving process. Terms like warp, weft and different types of fabrics were also discussed. 

Students shared their winter break experience and chose to translate a few words in French. They also started working on their Student Led Conference. They were given an opportunity to choose their buddy for role play, hence promoting learner agency. Through the role play, they developed their communication and social skills.S

Students learned how to pronounce animal names in Spanish. They were also introduced to the different types of clothing and their Spanish translations, which made the students more fluent in the language. 

P.E –  The much awaited DPS International 2nd Athletic meet, 2019 was held  with great zeal and excitement. Students from grades 3 to 5 competed in events that included sprints, relays, lemon race, 3 legged race and skipping race. The meet marked Republic Day celebrations at school.

ICT – Students discussed the unit that they chose for SLC. They worked on Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to complete their task.

Music – The students clapped, played percussion instruments and used h their voice to showcase their understanding of dynamics.They listened to folk songs and tried to identify the tone  of the composition, later developing an understanding of Timbre.

During the dance lessons, students were introduced to the basic elements of jazz. They learned the jazz walk through a toe-heel technique, which aimed to create a better understanding of balance. There was a discussion on better opportunities for jazz dancers in different parts of the world.

Students drafted few essential agreements to be followed in the library.

December 3rd Week

During Unit of Inquiry lessons, students further explored about the effects of waste on the environment, human health and plants and animals. They watched a video on types of pollution
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP3pbh_-pu8&feature=youtu.be) and identified the cause and effects of different types of pollution by taking notes from the video. They used the strategy ‘I used to think…. Now I think…..’, to write their understanding on ‘global warming and greenhouse effect’. (Video on greenhouse effect – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_sJzVe9P_8 and global warming –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqxMzKLYrZ4).
A guest speaker session was conducted by the NIE representative – Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Chauhan, (a Delhi state awardee for recycling paper) to create an interest about recycled paper toys. The students enthusiastically interacted with him and learned to reuse some of the old newspapers to make a star, animal masks and bird. The students also visited the water and sewage treatment plant in school to understand how waste water is managed and reused in school. They attempted the first formative assessment on ‘types of waste and its effects’ and chose a cause-effect graphic organizer to record their response.
The students went for a field trip to a ‘composting plant’ to understand how segregation of waste and composting is undertaken. They wrote a reflection on the process and importance of composting after the field trip. The last line of inquiry encouraged students to investigate and find the different methods of waste management. They identified some common waste management strategies like landfill, incineration, composting and the 7Rs. All the sections of grade 3 collaborated and created stations on all the 7Rs, thus enhancing their knowledge.
To learn more about the different waste management strategies adopted in other countries, the students researched in pairs and shared the knowledge with their peers in class. They attempted a formative assessment on the ‘waste management strategies’ by creating posters.
Students attempted the summative assessment to demonstrate their understanding of the unit. They were given a few scenarios out of which they had to choose one and answer questions related to the same. The unit was thoroughly enjoyed by the students as they discovered various facts about waste created by human activities, the impact it has on the environment and how it can be managed.

During English classes, students shared their prior knowledge of the concept of ‘contraction’ with the help of a game. They were given contractions and their expanded forms randomly and they paired up with their partner  who had the relevant contraction. They practiced contractions through games and drill sheets. Students were also introduced to the concept of slogan writing. They analyzed pictures and created slogans for the same. Students summarized and wrote a paragraph on different ways of keeping the planet green after watching the story, ‘Charlie and Lola – Look After Your Planet’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCfazf2gVuo  (unit related)

They also read and summarized a newspaper article from Times of India, ‘What New Delhi can learn from Beijing’ on ways to manage pollution and waste. Students wrote a note to Santa Claus asking for his help to make the planet  green and clean. Students also attempted assessments on writing skills, pronouns and genders.

Math: The concept of data handling was introduced to the students through a pair activity ‘Knee to knee, eyes to eyes’. Students were familiarised with the elements of a bar graph like title, horizontal axis, vertical axis, scale, interval and bars. This was followed by plotting bar graphs on data provided to them as well as data based on surveys conducted by them. For example, students went around conducting a survey on their peers and school staff to find out levels of different types of waste (plastic, vegetable peels, paper etc.) created in their homes. They took it forward by plotting the data (findings) on bar graph sheets. Students interpreted a bar graph and did related exercises in their journals. They were assessed on their understanding of the concept where they plotted the given data on a bar graph.

Students were introduced to division through an engagement where in groups they created a mind map to show their understanding of division. They wrote vocabulary related to division (divisor, dividend, quotient and remainder) in their journals and they were  familiarized with the rules of division. To begin with, they explored the two strategies i.e. making groups and repeated subtraction, in their journals and solved sums using the two strategies. Thereafter, they were introduced to long division using number tables. They solved sums using long division method in their journals.

In their Hindi classes, students enhanced their reading and writing skills by reading the poem based on plastic waste and wrote difficult words and their meaning. They used the words to form sentences too.

Students enhanced their thinking and reading skills through a picture story. Later they summarized it and presented in the class. They read a comprehension passage and replaced nouns by pronouns “सर्वनाम .”

To enhanced  their vocabulary skills students attempted spell bee and correction work. 

In their Hindi ab-initio classes students enhanced their writing and thinking skills by writing dialogues and paragraph. They watched a video about ‘kharagoshaurkachhuaa'(खरगोशऔरकछुआ) and learnt and wrote new words from the story. They discussed about the possible ending of the same story.  They watched a video related to Christmas and discussed about some similarities between Hindu festival ‘Janmashtami’ and the same. They revised their ginteeof numbers and names of colours by various activities.  

https://www.youtube.com/watchv=ozwoGHJvJ5Ehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQu9nvE0xEE

The objective of the French lesson was to integrate the lesson with the TD theme, ‘Sharing the planet- waste management’. Students watched a video on the problem of recycling in France and collaborated to reflect on it through sketching or writing. As extended knowledge, they also learnt basic vocabulary used in the video. They developed their thinking and social skills.

Students learned how to protect the environment by reducing the waste created by humans using Spanish vocabulary as integration with TD theme.

Students were given few pointers on how one can reduce the waste to protect the environment, which introduced them to many new words of Spanish which can be used in daily lives.

Art: Students of grade 3 while connecting to their unit on waste recycled discarded plastic containers and converted them into planters using a printing technique. An Installation “Trash to Treasure” was created using the plastic pots in collaboration with grade 2. 

Students of 3B create an Installation of a Christmas tree using recycled bottles and other waste objects for their Class assembly . As a host presenter, they invited students of 3 A, C, and D to decorate the tree and the celebration culminated with Christmas carols.

Music: The students learned about chromatic scales and practiced to sing them. They learned about the notes on the treble clef and bass clef and attempted to read and write them. 

During Dance lesson  basic full body workout of jazz was stressed. Apart from that, students have been practicing and adding steps to jazz dance routine.They also researched about different styles of jazz through videos.

ICT: Students finished and presented their research work in pairs. They shared the presentations made by them on MS Word and apprised their peers about e-waste, its disposal and reduction. This was followed by a class discussion. They also honed their typing skills by practicing on an online program.

Physical Education : Students were introduced to the basics of athletics –  a collection of sporting events that involve competitive running, jumping, throwing, and walking. Athletics is mostly an individual sport, with the exception of relay races. Students practiced start and finish of races with command. Students continued practicing athletics events for the upcoming Athletic meet in January.

Library has closed down for the term to take stock of books and prepare for term 2. However children continue to read newspaper and personal books in the class library

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.

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.