Moving Ahead

For the Unit of Inquiry sessions, students continued their inquiry into the different kinds of explorations, their reasons and challenges, under the transdisciplinary theme ‘Where we are in place and time’. They worked in groups to present their research work on sea, space, land and other areas of exploration. Later, they made a comparative analysis about exploration, moving from the past to present times.

To enhance their educational experience, a guest lecture by Mrs. Shailee and Mr. Gaurav Tyagi, who recently completed a mountain trek in Uttarakhand, was organized. The guests shared their experiences of the exciting expedition. Students also had an opportunity to interact with another guest, Dr Anand Sethi, an avid historian. They gained knowledge about famous explorers and their reasons for exploration.

Furthermore, to find out about the impact of exploration on mankind, students watched a movie about an Antarctic expedition.

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During their English classes, students developed listening skills by listening to a poem, Hearthside by Dorothy Parker and further developed thinking skills by analysing the poem in terms of its elements. As part of the preparation for the PYP Exhibition, students became active inquirers when they collaborated to find out about the action they can take towards a noble cause. They watched a video ‘The girl who silenced the world for five minutes’ and discussed the action they could take based on their understanding of the video. (Link below)

Students further developed listening skill by attempting a paragraph dictation wherein they had to take down the paragraph as dictated by the teacher. After that, they attempted peer correction and evaluated each other’s work. Students then tuned into the elements of an essay by reading a sample essay and discussing with their peers. They also developed organisation skills by planning an essay with the help of a graphic organizer, before writing the first draft. Students attempted a formative assessment on verbs and a spell bee.

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During their Math lessons, students reinforced the concept of decimal operations by attempting word problems. The students then honed their social skills by brainstorming about the conversion of decimals and fractions, in groups. Students learned to convert decimals into fractions and vice-versa (Links below). To compare and contrast decimals and fractions, students created a Venn Diagram. Students attempted a formative assessment on decimal operations, which was co-constructed by them earlier in class.

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During Hindi classes, students enhanced reading skills with a poem recitation of हमारा मुल्क and गुरु चेला संवाद. As an extension, they discussed the similarities between these poems. To improve grammar concepts, students identified different types of adjectives (विशेषण व उसके प्रकार-गुणवाचक, संख्यावाचक, परिमाणवाचक, सार्वनामिक) in the given sentences. Integration with the current unit saw students identify advantages of discoveries from the deep ocean/sea.

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During French classes, students organized the likes and dislikes of a person of their choice using the FOUR QUADRANT STRATEGY. Later, they used ‘EXPLORER-PARTAGER-PRESENTER’ (explore-share-present) strategy to explore each other’s preferences (likes/dislikes) through an interview. They gathered information through a class survey and presented their findings in the class.

During Spanish classes, students were given different tasks to show their knowledge of prepositions in Spanish. They were asked to name the prepositions in Spanish and frame sentences independently.IMG_20190211_110922

Students also attempted to translate a paragraph of about 25 to 50 words from English into Spanish while using most of the prepositions in the foreign language.

In their Art lessons, students continued to work on their composition through which they will discover a new style, by merging two different art forms.

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In ICT lessons, students revisited the art of animation through pivot animator. They finished their previous projects and created new ones in order to practice for a formative assessment scheduled for the next week.

In Physical Education classes, students started with their new unit on Cricket. They were introduced to the basic skills of cricket such as batting, bowling and fielding. They also practised to improve their fielding skills.

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During Music classes, students inquired and discussed about the challenges and opportunities that migration offers  a musician.They noted the same in their UOI journals.They sang the song – ‘You raise me up’ and ‘Balmsque’, a French song.

In Dance classes, students reflected on their observations and identified the sequence in which a dance class is conducted. In addition to this, they expanded their understanding of different dance genres by collecting information and sharing it with the class.

Students also learned how to improvise the process of creation and composition of dance. Using their understanding of line and symmetry, students are now exploring a contemporary dance routine that focuses on floor work.

During the Library session, students issued books of their interest. They honed their self-management skills by understanding the importance of arranging and managing books in the library.

 

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Into the New Year

For the Unit of Inquiry sessions, students tuned into the new unit of inquiry about exploration under the transdisciplinary theme, ‘Where we are in place and time’. They were encouraged to begin their inquiry by watching an interesting short movie ‘Lost on the Emu Mountain’. They brainstormed about all the words related to the unit and constructed the central idea and lines of inquiry. Then students explored different areas of exploration like sea, space, land etc. The students then honed their research skills by researching about explorations and discoveries by famous explorers from the past and the recent times. They used different resources like books, web links, newspaper articles etc. to collect information about the unit.

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During their English classes, students tuned into the art of writing a travelogue. They first attempted ‘Rocket Writing’, a learning engagement in which they recorded all activities undertaken during the winter break. After highlighting the places and activities in two separate columns, they read some exemplars to understand elements of a travelogue following which they began writing their drafts. They are now in the process of putting together a travelogue journal for display purpose. Their communication skill (writing) was well connected to the Unit of Inquiry wherein they are researching about various explorations.

Students went on to study regular and irregular verbs with help of a learning engagement, Verb Bingo. They watched relevant videos to reinforce their knowledge and attempted a newspaper activity. Students developed their thinking skill wherein they applied their knowledge of verbs to identify irregular verbs and then convert them into past tense. Using Jigsaw Strategy, students read the classic novel, Oliver Twist and summarized the story.

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During their Math lessons, students reinforced the concept of decimals and explored different ways to express them. They were able to expand and write decimals in words. They strengthened representation of decimal numbers on grids using a graph paper. Students researched about like and unlike decimals and honed their research skills. Students watched videos to enhance their understanding on multiplication and division of decimals (links below). They attempted questions on multiplication and division of decimal numbers to reinforce the concept. Students actively participated to co-construct formative assessment on operations of decimal, success criteria and goals.
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During Hindi classes, students watched a few videos (links below) and discussed about various discoveries in oceans as an integration with the current unit. They then sorted out difficult words and their meanings which enhanced their vocabulary. To enhance reading and writing skills they recited a poem ‘वह चिड़िया जो’, formed questions-answers and identified nouns.

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During French classes, students were assessed on their prior knowledge of ER ending verbs. They were given an opportunity to choose any verb of their choice for conjugating and framing sentences. They organized their work through a mystery hand organizer.

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During Spanish classes, students learned prepositions in Spanish and tried to use them with objects. Students were also asked about situations where prepositions could be used to make sentences and thus better their understanding of its application.

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In their Art lessons, students inquired about a contemporary artist ‘Manjit Bawa’ and observed his artwork. They also integrated with their current unit on ‘Explorations’ by exploring the elements of two different art forms of their choice and combined them together to discover a new composition.

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In ICT lessons, students learnt map marking using ‘Google Mymaps’. They were excited to measure the distance between places, add images to destinations and search for locations. They also used Google Earth to see the street view of various places, understood 2D and 3D view. This was done to integrate technology with their Unit of Inquiry on exploration. These activities also enhanced research skills.

In Physical Education classes, students continued with their unit on Athletics. Students participated in various ‘Track and field’ events during the 2nd annual Athletic Meet held to showcase their strength and speed in various events. The meet marked Republic Day celebrations at school.

During Music classes, students clapped, played percussion instruments and through their voices showed their understanding of dynamics.They heard folk songs and tried to identify the tone of the composition, later developing an understanding of Timbre.

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In Dance classes, students inquired into the differences between a dancer and a performer, a choreographer and a director, offstage crew and technical crew through a group activity. After observations and discussions, they concluded that adequate knowledge of related aspects is needed in all these areas and there is a dynamic relationship between them.

Students started to learn a new routine on the song ‘Lalala (instrumental)’ to understand new rhythm patterns so as to focus more on body lines and symmetry of movements. They were also introduced to a technique class, which comprised of advanced stretching and basic ballet techniques.

During the library session, students collaborated and drafted few essential agreements to be followed in the library.

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Jovial December

During Unit of Inquiry classes, students witnessed the unavailability of equal opportunities in the real world during their field trip to ‘Bagiya’ – a school for the underprivileged as an extension of their third line of inquiry, ‘Our action towards reducing it’. A meaningful and enriching interaction with the Bagiya saw students perform role plays related to the different types of inequalities. Students researched about various professions that can address the issues of inequality such as journalist, activist etc. The unit concluded with students attempting their unit end assessment.

 

 

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During English classes, students commenced the writing process for argumentative writing and incorporated the teacher feedback in subsequent drafts. They truly exhibited their thinking skills as they applied their knowledge and questioned the logic of the reasons cited for or against the topic. Students tuned into report writing with a video on a popular children’s fairytale (Link below). They studied the elements of a report with help of news reports from the newspaper. Labelling the news report helped strengthen their understanding of a model news report. Then they moved on to plan and write a report on their trip to Bagiya, a school for underprivileged children.

 

Students also attempted a reading assessment using a rubric as an assessment tool. Students were tuned into the concepts of adverbs by watching a short clip of the movie Brave, wherein they had to describe the actions they saw. Watching another video on characteristics of adverbs helped them strengthen their understanding. They followed this up by identifying adverbs in a newspaper article. They attempted two online quizzes to reinforce their understanding of adverbs and clarified doubts. Students ended their unit on Equality by viewing an interview of Malala Yousafzai, a women’s rights activist. Students were zealous Communicators as they put forth their views to their peers.

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oaw-d3r_gIc (Report writing video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_NmVtnEEA8(Report Writing elements)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EIFWjLYNWA (clip for adverb)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6Pz9V6LzcU (Interview with Malala Yousafzai)

During Math classes, students strengthened their understanding of operation of fractions by solving sums. The students also practised word problems for different operations on fractions. Students were introduced to decimal numbers wherein they wrote 3 initial thoughts, 2 questions and 1 analogy (321 strategy). They then enhanced their understanding about decimals by watching videos (Links below) and wrote their extended understanding. They were then introduced to decimal place values, comparing and sorting decimal numbers, rounding of decimal numbers (Links below). They honed their time-management skills by solving sums on addition and subtraction of decimal numbers in a stipulated time. They practised different concepts of decimal numbers by playing KAHOOT. Students also attempted a summative assessment on fractions.

 

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In Hindi classes, students enhanced reading and writing skills by reading about Nobel  peace prize winner Kailash Satyarthi. They watched a video, ‘शिक्षाकाउपयोग’ and attempted comprehension questions (Link below). To strengthen their grammar skills, they identified and read ‘वाक्यांश के लिए एक शब्द’ (one word for many) and ‘काल’ Tenses, types of tenses and their use in sentences.

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The objective of the French lesson was to get well versed with the concept of time and prepositions in the language. Students learned the 24 hour clock and various ways in which time can be expressed. They collaboratively framed sentences using their prior knowledge about time and prepositions, hence developing their thinking and social skills.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB6Y1DqY1rU (Time)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW5rdguq0q0 (Prepositions)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ096WbTjkM (Prepositions)

Students practised the concept of time in Spanish class, wherein they were given task sheets with different clock timings to mention the correct time corresponding to the time indicated on a particular clock. Students also made sentences with the particular timings using the expressions of time discussed in class.

In Art lessons, students completed their posters on the topic of their choice. Then they revised the essential elements of poster making and wrote their reflections as well. Students are working on the posters on the topic of inequality.

 

In ICT lessons, students created interesting animations using a simple animation software. They saved and added backgrounds, figures and images to their projects and animated them to create short videos. They also learned about the importance of frames while animating.

 

In Physical Education classes, the students continued with athletics. They also participated in trials for different events such short distance races, hurdle races, medicine ball throw and standing broad jump for the upcoming annual athletic meet.

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During Music classes, the students learned about chromatic scales and practised to sing them. They learned about the notes on the treble clef and bass clef and also attempted to read and write them.

In Dance classes, students attempted their summative in order to strengthen the concepts of dancing learned in Term 1. Students also started to learn dance routines incorporating the concept of line and symmetry.

 

 

Dear December

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.

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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)

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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)

https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/grammar/parts-of-speech-the-modifier/introduction-to-adjectives-and-articles/v/intro-to-adjectives-v1

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.

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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=oiKj0Z_Xnjc  (Papaoutai)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Moving into November

In Unit of inquiry sessions, students were tuned into their new unit on ‘Equal Opportunities’ under the transdisciplinary theme ‘Sharing the planet’ through Sheil Silverston’s poem ‘No discrimination’, where students came up with different types of inequalities they observed. They watched videos based on types of inequalities and wrote their understanding about the same. Students came up with the vocabulary words related to the unit and wrote their meanings. They also created their own graphic organisers using lucidchart.com.

Designing the graphic arganiser and participation in an activity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9ZoZhfdo0A(4:11) Inequality based on class.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH9AyDYbrEc&feature=youtu.be  (2:36) Inequality based on gender.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfccrwUlROU (2:38) Inequality based on race.

During English classes, students developed the skill of inferential thinking. With help of videos (link below) and classic text, Oliver Twist, they enhanced their thinking skill of drawing inferences.  Students attempted a formative assessment on summary writing which was integrated with their unit. Students learned the essentials of poetry writing and the different types of poems (links below). They independently chose topics, planned their poems and shared the poem with their peers. They also analysed a poem on inequality with help of a ‘four square fold strategy’ and shared with the class. Students completed a prior knowledge assessment on informal letter writing. This helped them create a checklist for types of letter writing – e.g formal/informal and they created a checklist for the same.

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                                              Collaborative discussion and learning

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9ZoZhfdo0A (Inferential Thinking)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlQbhj1ZiJk (Example of poem)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EdMKqOpbJU (Elements of poetry)

During Math classes, students practised H.C.F and L.C.M sums using prime factorization and ladder/common division method. Students also shared their prior knowledge on fractions. Then the students honed their thinking skills to distinguish between different types of fractions and attempted conversion sums from mixed fractions to improper fractions and vice versa. They practised addition and subtraction of like and unlike fractions and solved word problems on the same (Links below).

Observing videos on fraction for a better understanding 

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During Hindi classes, students enhanced their communication skills of viewing, speaking, thinking and writing by watching a video which was later discussed and a story wheel was made on ‘प्रायश्चित’. They have also identified and written संयुक्तव्यंजन(क्ष, त्र , ज्ञ, श्र ) . 

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The objective of the French lesson was to get well versed with the concept of ‘negation’ in present tense. Through the ‘drill’ technique, they first learnt the vocabulary for negation like never, nobody, not anymore, nothing and later repeated the same. They also wrote sentences and compared affirmative and negative phrases. Through this, they developed their social and thinking skills.

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During Spanish classes, students learned the words and phrases used for ‘negation’ in Spanish and used it in the sentences based on the ER ending verbs and other verbs. They also made the sentences based on the phrases related to the different situations using the new vocabulary learned in class.

In their Art lessons, students completed their compositions on self-expression. Then the students discussed about their artwork and exchanged ideas with their peers.

   Exchanging of ideas with peers

In ICT lessons, students were divided into groups to research about different topics related to the fundamentals and history of computers and innovations in technology. They further created multiple choice questions based on their research findings, which will be used to create a quiz in the upcoming week.

In Physical Education classes, students continued with their unit in football. They practised long passing,cross passing and ground passing to a stationary partner and to a moving partner. Students will continue focussing on building skills required in football before they begin playing matches. 

During Music classes there was a discussion on the history of carols. The students shared their views on their understanding of the word “carol”. They also practised singing the carol – “Hark the herald” . The students played the C major scales individually on the ukulele.

In Dance classes, students made their third attempt to create their own choreographic works by using the conceptual framework they had learned in previous classes. They developed small dance pieces using the tools of improvisation, stage positions and types of stages and even different directions available for a dancer.

 During Library session students learned about the importance of Children’s day which is to increase awareness of the rights, care and education of the children. They commemorated the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, who was fondly known as Chacha Nehru because of his love for children­. A small quiz was also conducted during the discussion.

 

TechOctober

Students collaborated and presented their perspective about the use of technology through a ‘3-2-1 Bridge’ strategy  as part of the Unit of Inquiry sessions. The resources used included news articles, videos and a guest speaker session on cyber safety. The guest speaker session was woven around

  • Misuse of technology (social media and phishing websites)
  • Following internet etiquette
  • Impact of the overuse of technology

The students reflected on the session by filling an input form and recording responses on a Padlet tool.

This unit has seen ample usage of iPads for all presentation related tasks – including their ongoing summative task on spreading awareness about the Eco-Club and the Recycling initiative undertaken at school. The students collaborated, prepared a questionnaire for conducting interviews and created presentations using a digital tool of their choice.

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During English classes, students were introduced to the art of summarising. Students  learned how to identify the main idea of a passage, key details before using transition words to summarise. Students attempted a flipped classroom on the concept of articles and presented their understanding using a visible thinking strategy. Students watched a Ted Talk on a comedian’s take on unintended consequences of technology. A discussion on an article from Speaking Tree on the same topic was undertaken. Students discussed their viewpoints and displayed their reflection in class. They attempted a spell bee in the form of a crossword puzzle which they will self-assess.

During Math lessons, students were introduced to factors and multiples. They were able to distinguish between prime and composite numbers and did prime factorization of a few numbers. Students attempted a formative assessment on factors and multiples through concept based games. They were also able to calculate the Highest Common Factor (HCF) and Least Common Multiple (LCM) using prime factorization method and common division method (Link below).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W8SeYgZcMo

Hindi classes saw students identify punctuation marks and enhance their writing skills. Students recited and discussed a poem, ‘Koshish karnewalon ki kabhi haar nahi hoti’ and enhanced their listening and speaking skill. (Link below)

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

Students watched a video illustrating an example of storytelling to enhance  skills of viewing and presenting (Link below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bHAEcICd3g

Students learned the concept of negation during French classes and delved deeper to understand the concept of ER ending verbs. They framed negative sentences using ER ending verbs in pairs to develop their thinking and social skills.They made use of the vocabulary known to them and used resources to look up meanings of new words.

While taking Spanish lessons, students learned more ER ending verbs and practised their conjugations.They framed sentences using new vocabulary. Students clarified doubts about subject pronouns and nouns used with the conjugations of the verb. Students attempted a formative assessment of the ER ending verbs wherein they were asked to conjugate the verbs and frame sentences.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J85JdNuCQ6I  (Spanish learning series)

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During Dance lessons, students applied the tool of improvisation to move across the floor. The activity was used to enhance their skill of using space and techniques.

During ICT class, students revised all the tools of iMovie and collaborated to create an interesting video related to the unit on technology. They learned about QR codes (Quick Response codes) and how to create them. It was exciting for them to create QR codes for messages and websites. They were motivated to practise these skills at home as well.

During Music engagements, the students explored a string and a percussion instrument. They learned to play quarter beat and attempted it individually on the drums. They played C,G and F major chords on the ukulele.

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Students discussed how visual art is a form of self-expression and communication. An art appreciation of   Vincent Van Gogh works was undertaken to know how he expressed himself through his artwork. Visuals of some of his paintings were observed too.

IMG_20181012_121353During Physical Education classes, students started with their new unit in football. They started with practising their dribbling skills. Once they were confident with this, they were moved on to dribbling around the cones in a zig zag manner. Lateral and zig zag dribbling were the focus of the classes. Students also did some shooting practice.

Selection of age appropriate books to read is an important skill for students to learn. In their library classes, the students were taught the ‘Five Finger Test’ to hone this skill. Students were armed with necessary techniques to find and read books that offer entertainment along with knowledge, challenge, thrill, inquiry and reinforcement of TD themes imparted in class.fivepoint

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Expressive October

Carrying forward the journey of the current unit based on ‘How we express ourselves’, the students were made aware of how technology is used to express human emotions. They watched videos on the use of digital tools to create artwork; they used Compare and Contrast strategy to arrive at the difference between traditional and digital art.(Links below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGZphsI2FFU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAtvSSV01y8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPXM6mcnFmw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DLNFDQt8Pc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqIaYHP-89Y

They also wrote about an aspect of their personality for the task ‘I, Me, Myself’ wherein students described their personalities, their likes and dislikes using digital tools to create presentations on iPads. This unit has seen abundant use of the NIE newspaper as students have been turning to the print media for staying updated about their current unit. Working in collaboration, students have got an opportunity to hone their presentation, social and time-management skills.

For English classes, students worked on incorporating feedback into their persuasive writing drafts. Students strengthened their knowledge of persuasive writing skills with due practice. Students continued reading the classic novel, Oliver Twist and comprehended the story better when they made interesting connections to the novel i.e., text to self, text to world and text to text. They then created questions through a Think-Pair-Square-Share learning engagement.

During Math lessons, students practised sums on the computation of elapsed time in their process journals. They were able to compare lengths of time and convert different units of time based on calendar. They challenged their thinking skills and played interactive games to reinforce the concept. (Links below)

http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/ElapsedTime/
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Students took their learning forward by understanding ‘time zones’. They extended their knowledge about time zones by watching videos.(Links below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=widWLhIIbzs
https://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-the-time-zone/
https://www.youtube.com/embed/X1DkiuaFCuA

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They then researched the challenging questions created by them based on the concept. Students also attempted the summative assessment on Time. During the week, students were introduced to factors and multiples.

Hindi classes saw students read a story based on the great emperor Akbar, titled ‘Birbal ki khichadi’. They followed it up with a discussion on the moral from the story and strengthened their understanding by creating comic strips on the story. Students watched a video on ‘Meena Ka School’ part -1 (link below). After watching the video, they created a few questions and wrote the answers in their journals.

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

(Link for the video about importance of education in one’s life)

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

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During French classes, students attempted a formative assessment on the concept of ER ending verbs. They were asked to do conjugations and frame sentences using the vocabulary they already knew, thus developing their thinking skills.

While taking Spanish lessons, students attempted a self-assessment on their homework sheets which helped them to identify their errors. It improved their social and thinking skills. Students strengthened their understanding of the verb tener and ER ending regular verbs by using them in sentences and with a subject pronoun.

During Dance lessons, students were taught the different stages like a proscenium, thrust, arena and flexible stages. They were also taught minor intricacies used on stage for making set designs and light plans like the concept of apron and elastic line. Students were introduced to different positions used on the stage from the point of view of both the audience and the performer. For a complete understanding, they plotted diagrams to represent the different positions available on a stage.

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During ICT lessons, students enjoyed working on AutoDraw which is an Artificial Intelligence based illustration tool. They learned various tools and drew illustrations based on their areas of interest. They were motivated to practise this tool at home as it is easily accessible online.

During their Music sessions, students demonstrated their knowledge of playing drums and rhythm in class. They practised playing quarter beat on the drums as well as practised harmony in a choir song rendition. They learned to play basic beats on bongo and played it along with a song. The students also practised to play the C major scale on the ukulele.

Art lessons saw students complete their compositions on Folk Art and write their reflections. They then discussed about Doodle Art and created a doodle for Google on the topic ‘What inspires me?’

The students practised skills of different sports during Physical Education classes. In Football, students practised skills of ball control, passing and receiving. They also practised shooting skills and played short sided matches. Students practised forward roll, backward roll, cart wheel and splits in Gymnastic session. In Badminton, students practised forehand shot, backhand shot and high serve. They also played half court rally matches with their respective partners. Students practised skills of dribbling, shooting and passing skills during basketball practice. They also played 3v3 half court intra-class matches.

Students visited the Library and exchanged their books from last week for one Hindi and one English selection. In addition they were introduced to magazines like National Geographic, Champak and Primary Plus. Each student was given a chance to browse and read magazines. Students distinguished between a magazine and a regular book as well as the frequency of the subscription (weekly, monthly, and annual).

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