Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Students continued their learning journey as they proceeded with the unit ‘Body Systems’. They understood the structure of an organism with the help of a flowchart. They inquired into the digestive system through a video and made a flowchart showing the process of digestion. They also explored other body systems like circulatory, respiratory and nervous through various learning engagements. Students critically analysed the function of each organ through a thinking routine – explanation game. The resulting understanding was then extended to the importance and interdependence of each system in the human body. Videos were shown to support their learning, the links of which are listed below. Students counted their pulse rate during different activities to understand the effects, importance and interconnectedness of the respiratory and circulatory systems.

A guest speaker session was organised where Dr. Bhawna Sharma, a pulmonologist and a parent, shared her knowledge with fourth graders. Students had an interactive session where they understood the importance of making the right choices to maintain a healthy respiratory system, digestive system and immune system.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSEzg6TBheY- mechanism of breathing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc1YtXc_84A – respiratory system

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NUxvJS-_0k – how lungs work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTR1IsX55dc – respiratory system

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qmNCJxpsr0- – circulatory system

English

Students reflected on the importance of International Mindedness to promote global harmony. After apprising the students about Action according to the enhanced PYP, an action wall was made to encourage any initiatives taken by our young learners. The categories were- participation, social justice, social entrepreneurship, lifestyle choices and advocacy.

Students used the knowledge of travelogue writing to describe the journey of an apple through the digestive system. This got their creative juices flowing and encouraged them to think out of the box. It was a delight to read the submissions and some examples were indeed exemplary. Learners were also introduced to journal writing and a checklist was prepared by them after a brainstorming session. Students were introduced to kinds of sentences through a newspaper reading activity where they identified four kinds of sentences (declarative, imperative, exclamatory and interrogative) in news reports. Reading assessment of all students was done through loud reading of the book ‘At least a fish’.

Math

Students continued to practice word problems related to area and perimeter where they learned to calculate the length or breadth from the area of a shape. They were evaluated on their understanding of data handling as well as area and perimeter through a formative assessment. Students were introduced to 2D and 3D shapes through an activity where they were given different polygons that had to be recognized and named. This was done to gauge their prior knowledge.

They were given objects in the shape of cube, cuboid, cone and sphere, following which, they reflected on the difference between 2D and 3D shapes. They concluded that 3D shapes have edges, vertices and faces. Real life connections were made to understand the concept better as students listed some real life objects displaying various shapes. Students also drew 2D and 3D shapes to enhance their learning.

Hindi – Standard

Students discussed types of seasons and recited a poem,  ‘ऋतुएँ’. This enhanced their listening, reading and speaking skills. Difficult words were noted with meanings through a sorting out activity. To enhance their writing skills, students wrote synonyms from the video ‘रहीम का टेस्टी खाना‘ and made sentences. They identified adjectives from the poem and made sentences to strengthen their grammar usage.

Hindi – Abinito

To enhance their listening and speaking skills, students watched the Hindi video “lalchi dudhwaalaa” and discussed the moral of the story. To strengthen their reading skills, students read simple sentences and wrote sentences the same .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgjXMsqqm5E&vl=hi

Students read a story ‘दोस्ती की परख’ and noted the meaning of difficult words. They enhanced their speaking skills by paraphrasing the summary of the story in their own words and by changing the end of the story. They honed their communication skills through a conversation activity.

French                                          

Students showedcased their prior knowledge on ‘self-assessment’ through ‘rocket writing’ strategy. 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. They have also started working on their Student Led Conference portfolios.

Spanish

Students learned the uses of the verb SER, wherein they understood its application in different situations. Students were given an acronym DOCTOR, which really helped them while recalling uses of the verb.

Moreover, students were given sentences based on the verb, in order to have a better understanding of its usage. Students also revised the said verb and made their own sentences keeping the given acronym in mind. It really helped to improve their thinking skills.

I.C.T

Students discussed their chosen units for the upcoming Student led Conference. Previous work was revisited and changes were made accordingly. Students are working on Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to complete their task.

Visual arts

Students analysed human structure to understand proportion of the human body. Students observed and drew a figure of their friends to showcase their prior knowledge. Discussion on the “Vitruvian man” and observing a presentation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s theory, gave them an understanding of proportion of the human body. Students are exploring the concept of 1:8 ratio to draw a human figure accurately.

Dance

This week students stressed on pirouette preparations, starting with the feet positions to the spotting technique. Apart from that, students concentrated on spotting and style and demonstration of different techniques used during their dance routine. Students also added 8 counts to their dance piece and had a discussion on different dance styles.

Music

Students sang and practiced the song ‘What a wonderful world’.
They played the 4/4 rhythm pattern independently on the drums and identified various dynamics used in a composition played for them.

P.E.

The students started with their new unit- Cricket. They were introduced to the basic skills of cricket such as batting, bowling and fielding. They also practiced on the field to improve their fielding skills.

Library

In the library class, significance of the essential agreements was discussed with the students and their opinion were also taken into consideration. Fourth graders were asked to pick fiction books in preparation for the upcoming book review exercise.

Candy around the world

The Candy Around the world Project was one opportunity in a series of Global Exploration projects produced by GEC Co-Founder, Lucy Gray. This project was inspired by a recent New York Times Magazine series on candy around the world, where all aspects of two candy bars were studied between October and December 2018, including nutritional and environmental impacts. Nearly 235 schools across the globe participated in the project and DPS International saw students from Grade 4 take the study forward with a comparative analysis between health bars.

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After a long winter break, the students returned to school rejuvenated and rested. They were filled with exciting stories of their time spent with family and friends.

The students were introduced to the unit, ‘Body systems’ under the Transdisciplinary Theme’ Who We Are’. Their understanding was brought to the fore during the brainstorming session where they had to decipher the system in the objects given to them, hence establishing that each system needs all parts to work together. This understanding was extended to body systems. They used the rocket writing strategy to share their knowledge about body systems and labelled the organs in their journals.

Students also watched videos and made a flowchart showing different organs of the digestive system.

English

English was integrated with Unit of inquiry lessons where the students comprehended a poem based on digestive system and answered related questions. New and challenging words were brainstormed and noted on the word wall. Students were introduced to travelogue writing through a class discussion. A sample was shown after which the key elements of a travelogue were identified by the students.  They then proceeded to create a mind map of the places visited during their vacation. A brief recap of the chapters from the book  ‘At least a fish’ was done to recall the events. The class created their own questions on the sequence of events read so far using a question cube.

Math

Students were introduced to the concept of area through a group activity where they used square cut outs to cover the inner space of rectangular and square shaped objects. Later they counted the number of squares to find the area and understood the relationship between length, breadth and area. That’s how they derived the formula for calculating the area of a rectangle and square. They also revisited the concept of perimeter and practiced sums based on it. They understood the difference between the area and perimeter of a shape. To hone the skills of mental calculation, students practiced mental math sums.

Hindi: Standard

Students wrote the names of their favourite food and discussed how it is healthy and nutritious.

After watching a video titled  ‘रहीम का टेस्टी खाना’, about the importance of healthy food; the students listed difficult words and wrote their meaning in the process journal, which improved their writing skills.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdzFYWp4MLY&t=199s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgUCebhVq58&t=66s 

Hindi: Abinito

Students discussed how they spent their winter vacations. Students learned “ta”, ” ha”, “cha” and “da” letters and brainstormed  words that had the above letters and sounds. They also formed simple sentences with these sounds. Students were shown a video “Rahim ka tasty khaana”. They discussed their understanding of the same. Students strengthened their writing skills as they wrote about their favourite food.

French

The students received feedback on their homework on the verbs ‘ETRE’ and ‘AVOIR’. They worked in groups to frame sentences using the verbs ‘ETRE’ and ‘AVOIR’. This activity enhanced their thinking and social skills.

Spanish

Students revised the verb SER and the subject pronouns in Spanish. They discussed their summative assessment and cleared their doubts.

ICT

Students were welcomed with a recap of the apps that they worked on, in the previous term namely MS Word and Powerpoint.

Visual art

Students worked on their composition related to “space” to display negative and positive space. They completed their artwork using mixed media and reflected on it. Students selected the art work they wanted to include in the student portfolio.

Music

Students learnt about the dynamics in music. They explored various dynamics through the composition played for them during the lesson. They also learned to sing two motivational songs- Salaam India and Legendary (Disney).

Dance

During their dance sessions, students stressed on correcting pirouette preparations. They are learning feet positions in the spotting technique. They also concentrated on style. Students are also learning a fast jazz dance piece.

P.E

Students continued with their unit in Athletics. They practiced for different races in which they will be participating during the upcoming athletic meet.

Library

During the library class, students discussed and established few agreements regarding the norms of behaviour in the library. The students were encouraged to select books from different genres such as horror, thriller, adventure, to name a few. In addition to this, they issued Hindi books/novels to develop appreciation for multilingual literature for a holistic reading experience.

 

Exploration continues

Students progressed with the unit on ‘Universe’ as they continued with their individual explorations into planets, galaxies and meteors in their Unit of Inquiry classes.  They researched on any one of the celestial bodies and presented their understanding of the same in class during a take and talk session, thus integrating English language skills with their unit. The formative assessment on the first line of inquiry ‘Celestial Bodies in the Universe’ was conducted where students arranged different planets, meteors and comets according to their order and position in the solar system.

The students discovered the different phases of the moon after watching the following link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4ZHdzl6ZWg

They consolidated their understanding about rotation and revolution with an experiment using  a globe and a lamp. They further watched two videos and identified the reasons why Pluto is not considered  a planet anymore. As they progressed towards the  understanding that space exploration is changing, students watched the following video (link below) and reflected on it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnoNITE-CLc

Students became aware of the meaning and the scope of space exploration and inquired into the different means of space exploration with a group activity. They discussed the progress made in space exploration by recalling and plotting events as a timeline. They debated the advantages and disadvantages of space exploration and delved into the impact of such explorations on our daily lives. Their knowledge about space exploration was enhanced when they identified the local and global organisations responsible for  exploration of the final frontier. They watched the following videos (links below) to understand more about these organizations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlhdp1dKdPI [ISRO]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAuxvVBMykI  [NASA]

English lessons were integrated with Unit Of Inquiry as they read to comprehend a passage about the relevance of space suits and how they work. A take and talk activity was carried out as part of UOI integration where students spoke about the celestial bodies, thus honing their communication skills. The rules of subject verb agreement were discussed and students identified correct and incorrect sentences based on these rules.  They also analysed the front cover of the novel ‘At least a fish ‘and made a novel study booklet to record the predictions from the story. Thereafter they read the first chapter of the novel and wrote its summary into the booklet. Students understood the features of a formal letter.  Their understanding was strengthened as they distinguished between formal and informal letters. A Spell bee was conducted to reinforce the spellings related to the unit.

During Math lessons, a central idea for the concept of measurement was discussed. Students identified key words from the central idea that ‘we can use different units and strategies to measure length, weight, capacity in our daily lives’. Drill sums on conversion from one unit to another continued including word problems on measurement. Students attempted formative and summative assessments. They read an article on the difference between mass and weight. It was integrated with their UOI lesson as they appreciated the fact that weight on moon is much lesser than the weight on earth owing to different gravitational force on Earth and Moon. The concept of data handling was introduced to the students through a group activity where they were shown certain graphs and had to identify the type of the graph. Students listed and identified the different parts of a graph and eventually interpreted a bar graph by answering questions. They practised plotting bar graphs on graph sheets.

During Hindi lessons the listening and speaking skills of the students were enhanced through a role -play ‘अन्तरिक्ष की  सैर’. In this play they acted like different parts of the solar system. To enhance their thinking and writing skills they sorted out and wrote difficult words, their meanings and question-answers from the play. For their summative assessment they wrote an informal letter, identified and highlighted nouns / verbs.  Through a Venn diagram they explained the advantages and disadvantages of space exploration.

(Ab-initio)

In their Hindi ab-initio classes students wrote words with different consonants (व्यंजन).  They created their own  and a picture story to enhance their writing and thinking skills as they learned key elements of a story.

The objective of French lessons was to get students well versed with the concept of the verb- AVOIR (to have) in present tense. Students learnt the pronunciation through the drill technique and later practised conjugation of the verb in writing. They also framed sentences collaboratively and hence developed their social, communication and thinking skills. Later they attempted formative assessment on ETRE (to be) and received feedback for the homework on the verb. Following links were used during the lessons.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnUWNIN3zss (verb- Avoir)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv4W_Q250ow  (subject pronouns)

Students learned professions and nationalities in Spanish and practiced their pronunciation during  Spanish lessons. Students also tried to make sentences using this vocabulary and strengthened their writing and speaking skills.

Students understood the differences between the masculine and feminine nouns , their similarities which were distinguished with the help of the articles used in Spanish.

During ICT classes students carried out some secondary research on celestial bodies and recorded their reflection on Microsoft PowerPoint. Moreover, students engaged in the Hour of Code on code.org focussing on coding, technical and problem solving skills. They also explored Sky Walk app thereby integrating ICT with their unit.

During Art lessons students worked in groups of four and organized a still life composition for themselves by using objects available in the art room. They observed the arranged objects carefully and drew their composition displaying the positive and the negative space.

The students learned to write notes on the treble clef and bass clef during their music lessons. They tried writing the music notes of twinkle- twinkle little star on the staff notation.

They sang carols on karaoke and some of them also performed it for the open stage carol singing to mark festive celebrations.

For Dance lessons students stressed on observation and analysis skills.  They also created impromptu symmetrical movements.

The students started with their new unit on Athletics during their Physical Education classes.  They were briefed about the rules and regulations of  track and field events and were  shown how to take start, turn and finish.

Students also started practicing for the upcoming inter house athletic meet.

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.

 

Exploring the unknown

The unit on civilization concluded with a field trip to the National museum, New Delhi, where  students gained an insight into the lifestyle of people from the Indus Valley civilization through the art and artefacts displayed at the museum. They appreciated  pottery, jewellery , tools etc. used by the people of that period. The students reflected upon their visit and then  attempted a summative assessment.

The new unit on the universe started with  a prior knowledge assessment  where students were shown images related to space and universe. They discussed the images and completed a graphic organiser based on it. The central idea and the lines of inquiry were introduced using a video on the solar system (link below)

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5vitkx

They  Big Bang theory and creation of universe and stars as revisited with the help of videos. Later students created a flip booklet based on their prior knowledge about the solar system. The students strengthened their knowledge about galaxies and meteors as they watched the following videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0ncK6yDy9Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNDGgL73ihY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtDTWYBTAGQ

Students inquired about different planets, galaxies, meteors and comets. They used their research skills to investigate  how they were formed and then presented their understanding in class, thus enhancing their research and communication skills.

During English lessons students attempted a formative assessment on writing a summary  of their chosen story. Students differentiated between regular and irregular verbs through a group activity. They also watched videos with the following links  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zdmufwnsd_wp  http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/irregularverbs/ pertaining to the same. This enhanced their understanding of both types of verbs. They also identified verbs from newspaper articles and categorised them in their process journals as regular and irregular. The concept of subject verb agreement was introduced through a class activity where they were given sentences and they had to identify whether the sentences were correct of incorrect. The students understood how the verb has to agree with the subject in the sentence in order to make it a meaningful one. A few rules of subject verb agreement were discussed.

During their Math classes students attempted a formative assessment on time where they were shown certain flight timetables and had to calculate elapsed time, convert time into 24 and 12 hour clock format. They also wrote a summative assessment on the concept of time. The new unit on measurement started with assessment of their prior knowledge. Students were divided into groups and  given certain measuring tools like measuring tape, beakers, weighing scale etc . They measured different objects – like vegetables, book case in class, a finger ring, water in their bottles –  with the help of these instruments in a group activity. They recorded their observations and analysed  relevant units of measurement. They understood  different units used to measure weight, length and capacity.  Students practised sums related to conversion of units on  measurement.

During Hindi classes students enhanced their writing and speaking skills. They understood  informal letter writing by reading a letter . Then they wrote a thank-you letter to their relatives and friends. They saw a video on essay writing and discussed about it.The following link was used for the same  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkh5CZJ4j3E

During their French lessons students got well versed with the concept of the verb- ETRE (to be) in present tense. Students learned the pronunciation through the ‘drill’ technique and later practised the conjugation of the verb in writing. They also framed sentences collaboratively and hence developed their social, communication and thinking skills. The students viewed  the following links to enhance their understanding.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2IrJ0DB0Xg&t=9s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlvM5lK39Qs

During Spanish lessons students practised the subject pronouns during a class activity, wherein they were given situations to address their peers and elders in Spanish. They also learned the formal and informal concepts of using the pronouns apart from  singular and plural. Students watched videos based on the subject pronouns and how are they relate to their corresponding conjugations.

https://youtu.be/1blXYCHjlDQ

Students researched on media and recorded their reflection on Microsoft PowerPoint during their ICT classes. They explored Adobe spark and created beautiful images. They also learned how to create videos. Students also enhanced their typing speed on typing club.

Students began their third unit in Art as they discussed the art space of an artwork and connected it to the related concept of their unit on ‘Space Exploration’. They identified the various visual components of ‘Elements of art’ and recognized the importance of principles of design. Students expressed their understanding in their art journals.

During their music lessons, the students learned to sing  Christmas carols- ‘Hark the herald angels’ and ‘Gloria’. They practised choir singing. They also had solo singing performance during class.

In Physical Education classes the students continued with their unit on football. They practised long passing and cross passing. They also practised ground passing to a stationary partner as well as to a moving partner. They enjoyed playing short sided matches.

During the Library class, the significance of  Children’s Day was discussed with the students and they also shared their opinion and perception about this day. Students were asked to pick fiction books in preparation for upcoming book review exercise in the forthcoming week.

Celebrating our learning

The students delved further into the unit on ‘civilizations’ as they inquired about different characteristics of each civilization. As the unit drew to a close, students prepared for the Unit of Inquiry presentation. They enjoyed giving finishing touches to the clay models of toys, pottery, jewellery which they had developed post extensive research work . The students recapitulated their final presentation with peers thus developing their communication skills (speaking, presenting) and social skills (co-operating, adopting a variety of group roles). They also took keen interest in putting up  posters and work on the display boards.

The communication and self-management skills of students were evident as they presented the Indus valley civilization to parents and gave them an insight into their understanding of the unit. They articulated confidently and expressed their thoughts clearly. They also shared how transdisciplinary subjects (Math, English and Hindi) were integrated with this unit. The parents expressed deep appreciation for the effort put forth by all students.

A formative assessment was taken wherein they expressed their understanding about the characteristics, reasons of decline and influence of a civilization of their choice, on the present times.  Students attempted another formative assessment where they dug out artefacts and inquired into how evidences of past civilizations could be used to make connections with the present day. The students wrote their reflection  and finally took the summative assessment.

During English classes students attempted the formative assessment on summary writing. Spell Bee was conducted to strengthen the vocabulary. The communication skills  were honed as they rehearsed their roles for the presentation.

During Math lessons students practised conversion of time from 12 hour to 24 hour clock and vice versa using the links

https://www.visnos.com/demos/clock

http://www.maths-games.org/time-games.html

Students watched the video on the following link to understand T- chart strategy for calculating elapsed time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Eucvb7qFpk

Students enjoyed practice of mental math sums on a regular basis with emphasis on ‘time conversion’.

During Hindi classes students enhanced their writing and speaking skills. They understood ‘समुच्चयबोधकशब्द'(conjunction). Going further they discussed and wrote these words and also formed sentences using the same. Students practiced counting numbers in Hindi from 20-30 and used it in sentences of their own.

 

Hindi ( abinitio)

During Hindi classes students read and discussed a story ‘bandar kii nekii’ (बंदर की नेकी) and revised gintee (गिनती). They revised different maatraa words and rhyming words.

During their French lessons students learned new vocabulary.

Students collaboratively created Pictionary using images from old newspapers.

Students were introduced to the verb Ser, during Spanish classes. The subject pronouns was explained to them in Spanish and how they are different from pronouns in English. They understood that unlike English conjugations of the verb in Spanish are not same but vary with the subject.

ICT – Students took an assessment on Microsoft word. They also practiced strengthening of typing speed on typing club.

As an integration with the current unit on ‘Civilization’ each student created a clay artefact in the visual art classes based on extensive research. They learned different clay techniques to create unique models. The clay models of the students were displayed during the Unit of Inquiry presentation and made great mementos for parents.

Music – The students learned about metronome and time signature in western music lessons. They watched videos of drummers and pianists playing the same and  guessed the time signature in the compositions.

The students  continued with  their unit in football. They practiced ground passing to a stationary partner and to a moving partner. They also practiced long passing and cross passing. Students are enjoying honing their skills and putting in their best efforts towards developing these, before they can move on to play matches.

During their library classes two books were issued to the students with special focus on mother language reading. They chose and issued one book from any genre of their choice and the other was a Hindi fiction according to their reading level. The abinitio students were issued Band 1 books to suit their level.

The journey continues…

Students continued  their journey through civilizations during their Unit of Inquiry lessons as they tried to understand the past and the influence it has on the present. The following video gave them a better insight into the same :

https://prezi.com/4moz1vo2jux7/how-have-ancient-river-valley-civilizations-influenced-the-modern-world/

Students marked the civilizations on a world map and thus consolidated their visual understanding of the locations of different civilizations. They understood what archaeology meant and the steps involved in the excavation process through a power point presentation.

The students got hands on experience as they applied their understanding of an excavation process to unearth some interesting artefacts. Later they reflected on their learning derived from this novel experience.

Young archaeologists club link for students who want to delve further – http://www.yac-uk.org/session-resources-and-ideas

Students were  divided into groups and each group conducted research on different aspects of few civilizations namely Roman, Chinese, Egyptian and Indus valley. They enjoyed creating models of houses, jewellery, seals and toys meant as a means to decode the highlights of their culture. Students geared up for their unit presentation as they collated their research work  in preparation for the upcoming unit presentation for parents. They designed posters and booklets to showcase their understanding.

English lessons were integrated with UOI when students presented their research work on their chosen civilization as a ‘Take and talk’ activity. They brainstormed about the essentials of summary writing and used the ’Big 5’ strategy to summarise their work. Students also watched a video on summary writing which was followed by a classroom discussion and note taking. The link is given below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsB73dRuGcE

A Spell Bee was conducted to strengthen vocabulary development where students also constructed sentences with the given words. They attempted a summative task on persuasive writing on a chosen topic. A reading assessment  was  completed during the week.

During Math lessons, students practised conversion of time from bigger units to smaller units and vice versa. They distinguished between 12 hour and 24 hour clock format with the help of the following video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzD_sdv2gIc.

Students associated application of the 24 hour clock to real life situations – e.g. airport and train schedules, military time etc. The concept of timeline was consolidated as it was integrated with the unit on civilizations, wherein different civilizations were plotted according to their period of existence. Students enjoyed practice of mental math strategies on a regular basis.

In their Hindi classes students watched a video and attempted a comprehension activity. They answered few questions and formed sentences with antonyms. They learned facts about ‘Indus valley civilization’ through the video link and enhanced their vocabulary by learning new words.

1.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YnwGwIK5Vs

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhDY4KJuvc0&vl=en

In French classes students were assessed on the concept of numbers. They wrote the digits in words and solved word problems through a gallery walk, thus developing their thinking skills.

During Spanish lessons students attempted a formative assessment based on the knowledge of numbers and their uses. Students wrote numbers between 1 and 100, checked their spellings along with the ascents. Students worked on mathematical equations given to them in Spanish, wherein they calculated the sums in Spanish.This consolidated their knowledge of the mathematical symbols like addition, subtraction and multiplication.

For ICT lessons, students were introduced to primary and secondary research and the differences between them. They used this information to further research about bibliography and MLA format. They learned MS word and explored different tools like file, home, insert, page layout, references, mailing, design etc.

Art –Students integrated their unit of inquiry with art as they inquired about clay artefacts from around different civilizations. They were introduced to different clay techniques and clay tools. Students researched on a chosen artefact/object from an ancient civilization and created a clay model of the same. Students continued making their artefacts using earthen clay.

collage

The students had an auditory task during their music lesson where they listened to two different compositions- western and Indian fusion and they noted down the number and types of instruments they thought were played in the compositions. They learned and practised playing the quarter beat on the drums.

The students started with their new unit of football during their Physical Education classes. They practised dribbling skills with their right as well as left feet. They further practised dribbling around and through the cone paths in a zigzag manner.

During library classes, the students were taught the ‘Five Finger Test‘ to hone the art of selecting age appropriate titles. The students thus were armed with necessary techniques to locate and read books that offer entertainment along with knowledge, challenge, thrill, inquiry and reinforcement of TD themes imparted in class.

 

Unfolding Civilizations

Students progressed with learning about the characteristics of civilizations and societies during their Unit of Inquiry lessons. They enjoyed a power point presentation on how civilization emerged from the Stone Age. They also plotted different eras on a timeline showing the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Students distinguished between the features of paleolithic, mesolithic and neolithic ages and thus understood the progress of mankind.

More information about the various civilizations is available on the link below:

http://www.ancienthistorylists.com/ancient-civilizations/10-oldest-ancient-civilizations-ever-existed/

Students, in groups, researched on different aspects of Indus valley civilization like town planning, art & craft, religion and culture etc. with the help of different resources provided to them. Students presented their research work on aspects of Indus valley civilization like architecture, jewellery and pottery; in the form of illustrations and models.

They geared up for the upcoming Unit of Inquiry presentation as they collaboratively researched the different aspects of the Chinese, Egyptian, Roman and Indus valley civilizations. They understood the influence of these age-old civilizations on modern times.

Students enhanced their knowledge and understanding about the different features of Indus valley civilization with a gallery walk. They took notes to consolidate their understanding and make connections between the past and the present.

 

 

 

 

 

English lesson was integrated when students answered questions from a comprehension passage based on Indus Valley Civilization. Research skills were enhanced as they researched in groups work; later collated and shared their research findings with their peers thus strengthening communication skills. Students were assessed on their reading skills based on a rubric. Their knowledge of spellings was peer assessed through a ‘Spell bee’ activity.

Students continued practising division sums during Math lessons. They understood how to use the relationship between dividend, quotient, divisor and remainder to recheck their division work. They understood the divisibility rules of different numbers and solved sums based on the same. Students took a formative assessment on subtraction and division. The concept of time from prehistoric times of BC and AD was strengthened by plotting events on a timeline. This concept of ‘time line’ was integrated with the unit on civilization by plotting the events of Indus Valley Civilization as a timeline. Students applied their knowledge of different strategies to solve mental math sums like division of numbers by 10/ 100/1000.

During their Hindi ab-initio classes, students went to the library to read Hindi story books and shared stories with their peers, thus enhancing their reading and communication skills. They also read and understood a story ‘Do machhaliyaan’ and answered true and false questions based on the same. Students revisited few ‘Vyanjans’ too.

Students, during French lesson, got well versed with the concept of descriptive adjectives. Students watched videos and associated the images with the vocabulary of adjectives. Later, they enjoyed a gallery walk wherein they chose French story books to list out adjectives. These activities helped them develop their thinking, communication and social skills. Following links were shown to them for better understanding.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n9YPsQcjtM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjeaMqY8Go4&t=51s

Students learned the concept of colours as adjectives during Spanish lessons and used them with the nouns like objects of the classroom etc. Students wrote the different colours and associated them with the nouns and also made sentences using the same, which enabled them to use their social and thinking skills. Students understood the situations in which particular types of colours can be used depending upon gender, singularity and plurality and the combination of colours.

During ICT classes students revised significance of bibliography and Modern Language Association. They acquired knowledge about various computer operations like input, output, processing and how to sort and manage the desktop by creating their own folders in drive. Students also understood MS Word, the Menu bar lists file in which they learned to edit and rename their files and save their documents in their own folders.

In their Art lessons, students continued their work on their product based Pop art using colour pencils and poster paints and created artwork in mixed media. While doing so they kept the elements of pop art in mind and also carefully applied the paints to achieve a neat finish. The completed artwork was assessed through a rubric.

The students practised singing solfeges and the variations for voice modulation during Music lessons. They participated in a class discussion on how stories can be composed into a song. Students also watched a video on the same. They were then divided into small groups and then composed different stories into a song.

 

During Dance lessons students stressed on groove of funk jazz, starting with the feet positions to the toe. They concentrated on spotting with style in funk jazz. Demonstration of different techniques they used during dance routine were given and students also choreographed a funk jazz dance routine.

 

Physical Education – The students practiced skills of different sports of their choices during sports edge.

In Football, students practised skills of ball control, passing and receiving. They also practiced shooting skills and played short sided matches.

In Gymnastics, students practised forward roll, backward roll, cart wheel and splits.

In Badminton, students practised forehand shot, backhand shot and high serve. They also played half court rally matches with their respective partners.

In Basketball, students practiced skills of dribbling, shooting and passing. They also played 3v3 half court intra-class matches.