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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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btm0uybciPA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-WiD1F0PGA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDS2npXnD_E

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kd0uM_aI2s

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

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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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iovuMfMSt84

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 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5juto2ze8Lg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epq3pI6sv1w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZEmFSP3Z0I

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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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEhgm6bI7EM

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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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkKu6RsFyTk&t=89s

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppAfnDhrr3o&t=1s

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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Skilful September

The new Unit of Inquiry sessions saw students begin their journey of exploring technology as the contemporary language of human expression. They read an article on Emojis, and shared their perspectives about their use in present day communication culminating in a lively debate.

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Students began their inquiry by choosing keywords about technology as a language of human expression. They participated in a group discussion and wrote their perspective about the same. They also created posters on popular tools of technology like Whatsapp, Snapchat, Instagram etc. after delving enthusiastically into research work through collaborative effort.

 

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During their English lessons, students continued to read the classic ‘Oliver Twist’. They looked for meanings of difficult words and answered questions based on the text. Students also appeared for a summative assessment on formal letter writing.

They got familiarised with the concept of ‘Homophones’ and used them to make meaningful sentences. Students were introduced to the concept of persuasive writing and were acquainted with some of the persuasive phrases. They used a graphic organiser to plan their persuasive writing paragraph.

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For Math lessons, students strengthened their understanding of division with practice. Students were introduced to the rules of divisibility. Then they used ‘Generate, Sort, Connect and Elaborate’ strategy to further enhance their learning on divisibility rules. This involved them to generate numbers, sort them as per their divisibility, and make connections between the different rules. Students used their thinking skills while creating word problems that was integrated with their unit on social media. They attempted a summative assessment on number operations.

Students were introduced to rules of order of operations (links below) and practised simplification of sums in their process journals while applying these rules. Students also strengthened their mental math skills through an interesting BINGO activity.

Students understood the importance of timekeeping and recognised the units of time. They shared their knowledge on time by participating in a Kahoot quiz.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-FKjqL6NyQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAgfnK528RA

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In their Hindi classes, students understood the poem ‘Tum Ladki Ho’, created and answered questions thus enhancing their thinking, reasoning and writing skills. On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, the students strengthened their communication skills by discussing the importance of Hindi in their day to day life. They practised writing difficult words to improve their spellings. For grammar, students identified and practised different types of ‘R’.

The objective of the French lesson was to get well versed with ‘ER’ ending verbs in present tense. Students learned related terminology like subject pronouns, infinitive verb, radical, verb conjugation and even a few exceptions to ER ending verbs. The concept was recapitulated through an interesting group activity wherein they framed sentences using ‘ER’ ending verbs and vocabulary that they already knew.  They developed their social and communication skills.

During their Spanish lessons, students learned the ER ending regular verbs in Spanish and understood the difference from irregular verbs. Students practised conjugating these regular verbs and learned a pattern to easily conjugate all such verbs. Students applied their understanding by framing sentences with the given verbs.

During ICT lessons, students were introduced to ‘storyboard’, a digital tool used to create comic strips online, thus integrating the skill with their current unit. They were also apprised about MLA format of citing websites and practised citing few websites and web pages in their ICT classes.

Students continued with swimming practice during Physical Education lessons.  They practised short sprints of freestyle and backstroke swimming – they did sprints with board, without board and full length sprints with minimum breath surges out of water.

In Art classes, students watched a PowerPoint presentation on conservation and revitalization of architecture. They listed details of what they already know about this topic, what they want to learn and how they will apply this learning through a KWHLAQ chart. Most students also finished their folk art compositions and outlined them using sketch pens.

During Dance lessons, students were divided into groups and used their observations about images to create dance pieces. They also used the tool of improvisation to enhance the dance pieces they created.

Students reflected and made critical notes through questionnaire, thus making them think about the essential role of the government in helping dancers and dance productions.

During Music lessons, students watched percussion performances on waste material – trash percussion. They practised singing ‘Glorious ‘ as part of choir and attempted to sing the harmony parts of the same.

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Students borrowed books according to their reading preferences during Library classes. They were given preliminary information on plagiarism and then were given a story ‘When Marion Copied’ to read aloud so as to understand why one should not copy someone’s idea and how to present one’s own ideas suitably.

 

Come September

During Unit of Inquiry sessions, students reflected on their learning by using thinking skills to apply their knowledge as they planned and worked on their summative task. They conducted  a SWOT analysis (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat) to share their opinion about the form of government which best facilitates the functioning of society. One of the given mediums was chosen to depict a problem and its resolution in the form of government. Students created the rubric for assessment based on parameters decided during a class discussion.

In Math class students attempted a formative assessment of addition and multiplication. Students then focused on the operation of division – they reinforced key vocabulary words, solved sums using long division method and attempted word problems.

Students began their journey into the world of Oliver Twist during their English lessons. They were familiarized with life in the Victorian era. They were empathetic as they drew comparisons with their life to that of the difficulties faced by Oliver. They researched the meaning of difficult words and attempted comprehension questions based on the text.

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During Hindi classes, students learned a poem on ‘Tum Ladki Ho’ and understood its meaning. Then they identified the difficult words and wrote the meanings in their journal. Students summarized their understanding of the poem in 5-8 sentences to enhance their writing skills.

The objective of the French lesson was to reinforce and assess the concept of the ordinal numbers. It was done through a ‘Bus stop activity’ wherein students moved from one station to another to perform mathematical operations as per instructions given in French. For e.g. – ‘Colour the fourth ice cream pink’, ‘Identify the person standing in ninth position’. Students completed this activity in pairs/groups thus developing their social and communication skills.

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During their Spanish classes, students learned about the government system in Spain and drew comparisons with that of India. Students compared the systems of governance of both the countries through a comprehension exercise based on a questionnaire.

In their Art lessons, students opted to work on any of the Indian folk art like Madhubani, Kalamkari, Pattachitra, Warli etc. They used mediums like colour pencils, crayons and poster colours to create their artwork. Some students also used sketch pens to give finer details to their compositions.

During the ICT lesson, students continued to research about UIDAI, Aadhar card and the role of technology in making the issuing process easier and more secure. They expressed their learning through a PowerPoint presentation. They also learned about MLA (Modern Library Association) citation format with respect to websites.

Students continued learning swimming during Physical Education classes.They were introduced to backstroke swimming and practised backstroke floating and backstroke kicks.

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The students practised skills of different sports of their choices during sportsedge.

In Football, students practised skills of ball control, passing and receiving. They also practised 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 practised skills of dribbling, shooting and passing. They also played 3v3 half court intra class matches.

In Dance classes, students created a presentation on imagery and were initiated into improvisation tasks.

During the Music lessons, after a prior discussion on how government helps to promote and encourage musicians and artisans, the students understood how the governments of various countries help and encourage musicians from all the sections of the society through a Power Point presentation. Students practised karaoke singing and learned the techniques of voice modulation, counts breathing and tonality.

As the world celebrates Literacy Day every year on September 8, students were made aware of the importance of literacy for individuals, society, and communities to understand social and individual rights during the Library class. Students were issued two non- fiction category  books this week.

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Moving Ahead

In their Unit of Inquiry sessions, students used their thinking skills to analyse the pros and cons of different types of governments using graphic organisers like the Venn diagram. They used the link (given below) to do map marking and explored the different countries, their position and type of government. Students also got acquainted with the role of government in the field of art, music and physical education. They reflected on their learning journey through this unit and shared their new understanding. Students developed their social skills by working creatively in groups to conduct role plays showing the functioning of government. They gained an in depth understanding by sharing their views and opinion about the changing world with respect to the forms of government. They debated about the features of an ideal form of government and also read various newspaper articles related to their unit. A spell bee activity  strengthened their vocabulary related to the unit.

https://www.mapsofworld.com/thematic-maps/types-of-governments.html

 

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In Math class, students researched on different multiplication strategies and presented them  to their peers. They recapitulated the times table and solved multiplication word problems. Students learned to estimate products. They solved SUDOKU from the newspaper which helped to build focus. Students then focused on the operation of subtraction – they reinforced vocabulary, solved sums and word problems. Students developed a checklist for creation of their own word problems. They also solved mixed word problems using ‘Claim support and reflect’ strategy.

 

During Hindi classes, the students read and discussed on the samvad ‘Shiksha ka adhikar’, and then they engaged in a debate to enhance their listening and speaking skills.Children learned a poem on ‘Raja ne aadesh diya’ and understood its meaning too.They also identified verbs being used in the poem, and wrote sentences. Then they formed questions on the poem and answered them.

Students summarized their understanding of the poem in 5-8 sentences to enhance their writing skills.

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Watching a relevant video during the Hindi session

The objective of the French lesson was to self-assess the homework related to the verbs- ETRE and AVOIR. It encouraged student involvement and participation as they discussed and corrected their work under teacher guidance thereby developing their social and communication skills.

During their Spanish classes, students peer assessed homework which enabled them to identify common errors and develop their social skills. Students also learned a new verb ‘tener’ and its use in different situations, thereby enhancing their communication in Spanish.

Students discussed different folk arts of India during Art classes. They researched on Indian folk art and artists. They also started creating a composition on the same.

 

For ICT lessons, students used various secondary research tools to learn about Digital India, Aadhar card/UIDAI. They collated this information on MS Word. To present this information students are making a PowerPoint presentation. In the coming classes, they will focus on citation using MLA (Modern Library Association) format.

 

Students continued with swimming classes during Physical Education classes. They practised backstroke for swimming lessons and they also participated in the 2nd Inter school Swimming Tournament.

 

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During Dance classes, students were taught how to use the technical elements they have learned so far using a dance routine combining various movement and rhythm patterns.

Students were divided in groups and allotted a topic to present in terms of movement to understand the concept of improvisation and creation.

 

The library sessions this month saw students explore and exchange books. It was encouraging to see them develop interest in non-fiction genres. They were educated to appreciate diversity and concurrency in literature and show preference for a variety of literature that would enrich their academic writing.

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Reading in progress

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Assembly on Spell Bee

 

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