During Unit of Inquiry lessons, students watched a movie ‘I Am Kalam’ based on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, in conjunction with their unit. The movie is about a 10-year-old village boy (Kalam) from Rajasthan who overcomes various challenges to achieve his dream of attending school, truly inspired students. In addition an analysis based on newspaper articles related to different types of inequalities was carried out and students wrote their understanding. They participated in a Skype session with students from a school in Afghanistan, to share and discuss each other’s constitution, laws and rights.
Students also had the opportunity to interact with Captain Sonica Chhabra, the first woman pilot to join a private airline in India and thus become a pioneer in a male dominated industry. She shared her experiences, journey and achievements with students. In another guest lecture, students had the opportunity to interact with Dr. Mehrafzoon Mehrnesaar, a gynaecologist who highlighted the professional difficulties she faced in Afghanistan, where women are not allowed to get educated and work.
Students researched about the causes and effects of different types of inequalities in accordance with their second line of inquiry ‘Causes and effects of different types of inequalities’. They also watched clips from the movie, ‘Hidden Figures’, to learn about racism as experienced by women in the USA. (Links below)
During English classes, students inquired about adjectives by scanning a QR code to access a video on adjectives and then recorded their understanding onto a graphic organizer (Link below).Then they collaborated to share their knowledge with peers thereby enhancing both their research and social skills. They moved on to revise their understanding of the degrees of comparison with help of ‘Mad Lib’ exercises. Students were initiated into the art of debating through a live debate in class and by analyzing Barack Obama’s speech from his presidential campaign for persuasive devices. Students enthusiastically participated in this learning engagement as they developed their thinking skills (Link below). They proceeded to study a sample argument and learned to write a thesis statement. Using a graphic organizer to independently plan their argument, they have now begun writing their first draft.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVyDi-iwuNY (Debate link)
During Math classes, students attempted a summative assessment on fractions. The students practised addition and subtraction of like and unlike fractions and solved word problems on the same. Students honed their social skills through a Chalk Talk activity where they wrote their understanding about addition, subtraction and multiplication of fractions in groups. Students were then introduced to multiplication and division of fractions through visual approach of Area model (Links below).They practised multiplication of fractions and word problems (Link below). Students also attempted a formative assessment on comparison of fractions and equivalent fractions.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjrcOvKV4Kw&t=150s (Multiplication of fractions – Area Model)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmfXyR7Z6Lk (Multiplication of fractions)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOucLlm_vEc (Division of fractions – Area Model)
During Hindi classes, students enhanced their writing and thinking skills by writing the format for an informal letter and also wrote a thank you letter to their grandparents. Students learned to write a diary entry. They also learned to identify ‘one word for many’ to enhance their language skills. To enhance their viewing, speaking and presenting skills they watched a video on child labor. As a follow up, they collaborated to display their understanding with the help of a role play wherein they highlighted the reasons for and solution to child labour. In their summative assessment students wrote a reflection about the video they viewed.
During French classes, students revised the concepts of ‘ER’ ending verbs and negation. Students were introduced to two famous songs in French music –‘Papaoutai’ by Stromae and ‘Je ne regrette rien’ by Edith Piaf. Students listed ER ending verbs, negative phrases, new vocabulary and meaning of the song in groups developing their thinking, communication and social skills. At the end of the learning engagement, each group leader shared their learning with others. The lesson concluded with students singing along the song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRCYEkA0_q8 (Je ne regrette rien)
Students learned about the concept of time in Spanish, wherein they understood the different ways of telling the time, its differences and similarities with English language, with help of a video (Link below). Students made sentences based on different timings. Students also inquired about the conjugation of the verb ‘Ser’ specifically used in the sentences based on time and enhanced their speaking skills through its usage.
For Art lessons, students discussed the elements of poster making. They then observed some posters to develop a better understanding of the same. Later they thought of a relevant topic to create a layout for their posters and started working on the same.
During ICT lessons, students created online quizzes using the multiple choice questions based on their previous lesson. They then played the quiz created by the other section and tested their knowledge about technology and fundamentals of computers. They were also introduced to Pivot animator. Students enjoyed hour of code, where the coding fiesta takes place every year in the month of December worldwide. Minecraft, Star Wars and scratch remained the favourite this year too!
Physical Education classes saw students start their new unit on Athletics for which they were briefed about the rules and regulations of the track and field events. Demonstrations on how to start, turn and finish were taken by teachers. Students have begun practising for the upcoming inter-house athletic meet.
During Music classes, students learned about whole note, half note and quarter hand. They learned to write the notes on the treble clef and bass clef. In addition, they revised to play the ‘C’ major scale on the ukulele.
For Dance lessons, students attempted to create their own choreography work by using the conceptual framework they had learned in previous classes. They developed short dance pieces using the tools of improvisation, stage positions, types of stage and even the different directions available for a dancer. In addition, students were taught the basics of the concept of lines and symmetry used in dance. They also began recapitulation of the different types of theater and the other concepts learned in lessons.
During Library session, students jotted down their favorite book and its author. Not only did they write about interesting fiction books like Percy Jackson, The Last Olympian, Matilda, Harry Potter etc., but also wrote names of fascinating award winning titles like Wonder, Auggie and me. Several nonfiction titles like Helen Keller, Guinness Book of World records was reflected in student choices.The readers further explained the reason for choosing the mentioned book as their favorite book.