In Unit of Inquiry, students researched about illegal migration. Students gained information about the California gold rush and partition of India. They researched on the rise in population across Europe due to Syrian refugee crisis. They shared their own experiences and learning about migration that they may have undertaken or seen.

http://www.history.com/topics/gold-rush-of-1849

https://www.larsonjewelers.com/History-of-the-American-Gold-Rush.aspx

https://kids.kiddle.co/Partition_of_India

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cSduepDbH8

In Math, students were introduced to the concept of angles through a hands-on activity where they created different kinds of angles (acute, obtuse, right, straight) using paper and ice cream strips. They attempted a formative assessment on angles to further reinforce their learning.

Students created random shapes and figures in their journals and were asked to look for the meaning of the word ‘perimeter and area’ with the help of dictionary and write their understanding. The students consolidated their learning and understanding through various practice sheets based on area and perimeter.

In English, students recapitulated and practiced verbs. They attempted a comprehension sheet on migration. They also tuned into the concept of ‘subject and predicate,’ through a video and learned how to identify the two parts of a sentence through extensive practice.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_KL2SOdTF4

During their Hindi classes, students read a story ‘raanee cheentee’ (रानी चींटी). They discussed the elements of a story, wrote new words and made sentences using different ‘viraam chinh’ (विराम चिह्न). They also made comic strip (चित्र-कथा).

 

For Hindi Ab-initio classes, students have learned number names (ek se tees) and counting through a ‘connecting the dots’ activity. They also completed the sentences making use of number names. They read a poem ‘pravasee pakshee’ and picked up new vocabulary. They also revised ‘aa’ ‘ee’‘u’and ‘o’ (आ, ई, इ, उ, ओ) matraa and framed sentences with the same.

 

In Spanish, students extended their knowledge of numbers from 30 to 50 and learned their pronunciation in Spanish. They also revised other topics related to their summative assessment. Students engaged in class activities wherein they practiced the body parts and animals in Spanish.

 

 

 

The objective of the French lesson was to get well versed with the concept of clothes in French. Through various activity sheets and classroom games, students were exposed to the concept. This technique allowed them to be actively engaged and learn effortlessly. They learned various clothes and the seasons in which they can be wore. They created their own clothing line by drawing their favorite type of clothing and naming them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDidxfQ4qB4&t=18s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxc7WGUCYdg&t=23s

During Art lessons, as integration to the unit of inquiry on ‘migration throughout history’ students learned about the influence of Persian art on Indian art and architecture. They observed Indo -Persian motifs, pattern, and designs seen on few Moghul monuments. They are in the process of creating an indigenous design using the elements of Persian art.

In ICT, students continued to work on Logo programming and created various shapes using commands. They learned the meaning of program, command and execute as they began their coding process.

 

In Dance, the students learned pirouette preparations, starting with the feet positions to the toe-turn technique. Apart from that, they concentrated on spotting and style. Demonstration of different techniques were used during the dance routine. They also choreographed a fast, jazz dance piece.

 

During Music lessons, students practiced ‘Raag bhopali’ and percussion using different time signatures.

 

In Physical education the students continued with swimming where they practiced floating and kicking. They also practiced basic techniques of freestyle stroke and undertook endurance training. In Badminton, they practiced forehand and backhand shot. They also played rally match with their respective partners.

 

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Migration

During the Unit of Inquiry, students attempted a summative assessment on the unit ‘stories’. They started to delve into the new unit on ‘migration’ under the transdisciplinary theme, ‘Where we are in place and time’. They read an award-winning book ‘Grandfather’s journey’ and analyzed the pros and cons of migration. Students watched a video to understand the push and pull factors and wrote their understanding in the process journals. They researched the impacts of migration on origin and destination country and presented their research work in  class.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54xM8VlgP7s

For English, the students wrote a paragraph on whether or not they would like to move to another country/town and why. They shared the things that excited them as well as the challenges they foresee in moving to a new place. They learned about opinion writing and after watching real life interviews of young immigrants to the US, they wrote their perspective about what is it like to live in a new place. (link below)

http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/young_immigrants/sadana.htm

In Math, the students strengthened their understanding about fractions. They attempted a summative Assessment on fractions and reinforced the concept of rays, lines and line-segments.

During their Hindi classes, students attended a guest speaker session where they enjoyed listening to a story with a moral. They shared their unforgettable incidents and wrote the same. They watched a story ‘anokhee yaatraa’ (अनोखी यात्रा) in context to their current unit on migration. They wrote synonyms (पर्यायवाची शब्द) and formed sentences using the same. They revisited grammar concept ‘verb’ (क्रिया). (link below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s_oalQQV8s

Hindi abinitio

Students were introduced to the grammar concepts  of sangya (nouns), sarvnaam (pronouns) and visheshan (adjectives) this week. They wrote simple sentences using the words learned in  class.

During Spanish classes, students revised the vocabulary based on animals, body parts and numbers. Students also had a discussion on the upcoming summative assessment.

The objective of the French lessons was to get well versed with the vocabulary of clothes. Students also watched several videos for deeper understanding of the same and for strengthening the French speaking skills, watched various videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDidxfQ4qB4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxc7WGUCYdg&t=35s

During Art lessons, in the process of creating a meaningful story for their comic strip, students created panels as per their requirements. Each panel depicted an event of the story. Students were happy to illustrate their story and many who completed the task were excited to share their comic strip with peers.

In ICT, students were introduced to Microsoft Logo programming to understand the basic concepts of programming, different types of commands and how to execute them. The young coders were at work creating basic shapes with these commands.

In Music, the students created musical stories as a part of their UOI and also learned raag bhupali.

As this week was library’s last week for borrowing books from the library, Grade 3 children enthusiastically picked up books of their choice for reading before the summer break.They also shared the most interesting part of the book that they had borrowed last week from the library.

In Dance, the students stressed on pirouette preparations, starting with the feet positions to the toe-turn technique. Apart from that, they concentrated on spotting and also grooves of hip hop.

In Physical Education, students continued with their unit in swimming in which they practiced skills to improve their coordination in freestyle stroke. They have been  practicing  freestyle stroke drills breadth wise too.

Our world of stories…

The 3rd line of inquiry ‘How stories can be shared’ began with  a session by the drama teacher Ms. Bandana Rawat, where she highlighted the importance of body language, expressions and voice modulations while presenting stories. Students brainstormed about different ways of presenting a story.

 

A character show was scheduled where students came dressed as a character from their favourite book and described the traits of the character and the story.

Students had a fun filled and  informative session with Mr Raja Sen,the author and Mr Vishal Bhardwaj, the illustrator of the book ‘The Best Baker in the World’, where they shared a brief outline of the story  and gave tips on making illustrations.

In Mathematics,  the concept of measurement was concluded with learning about  temperature. Students learned to read an interactive thermometer and became familiar with the different units of measuring temperature.

They started their new topic related to  Shapes. They revisited 2D and 3D shapes. They went for a 2D shape hunt inside class and  hunted for real life 3D objects around the school campus. Students also attempted their formative assessment on shapes.

In English, students were introduced to ‘proverbs.’ They researched about proverbs used in different cultures. Students also used the newly learned proverbs in their stories. The class also learned about ‘slow writing’ and wrote a paragraph according to the slow writing instructions given to them.

 

In their Hindi classes students read a story ‘raanee cheentee’ (रानी चींटी) and  discussed the elements of a story post the reading session. They wrote new words from the story and made sentences using different ‘viraam chinh’ (विराम चिह्न) learned in class. They made comic strips (चित्र-कथा) incorporating all the elements of story writing.

During their Hindi Ab-initio classes, students watched a video on ‘Neela  siyaar’(blue jackal) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wPofiIM0WQ  and attempted listen and tell.  They also learnt  ‘औ’ matraa words and made sentences with the same.

Students revised the body parts and learned a song based on the same which helped them recall the body parts easily. Students also learned the names of animals in Spanish and practiced their pronunciation. Watching  a video assisted students revise the numbers and colors more effectively.

Videos shown in class:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlYpkpAB8k8  (body parts in Spanish)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiNFXntWOJw ( colors and numbers)

The objective of the French lesson was to get well versed with the vocabulary of animal names. For deeper understanding of the same and for strengthening  French speaking skills, various videos including the French version of the famous rhyme ‘Old Mc Donald had a farm’ was watched. A list of the animals in French was created to enhance vocabulary. As a classroom activity few interesting riddles were solved and different animal names were searched on the internet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFf_tt4xZFA

 

In their ICT class, students explored their favorite app Book creator on the iPad  to create a comic strip. This was done after they created a comic strip using one of the Web 2.0 tools on the laptop. They were thrilled and excited to see the special layout options and tools exclusively for this purpose. They collaborated in groups and collectively created one comic strip per group.

They also used the comic strip on book creator app to present their stories written for unit of inquiry summative assessment .

In continuation to their understanding  on comic strip,students created a meaningful story through visual art . They planned the layout and designed the cover page for the same too.

For Music lessons, students learned about ukulele and played 4 chords (C,Am,F and G ) on Ukulele and were also introduced to raga Bhupali .

In the dance class students stressed on pirouette preparations, starting with the feet positions to the toe-turn technique. Apart from that, we concentrated on spotting and style grooves of hip hop. Demonstration of different technique was done during the dance routine .A hip hop dance routine was choreographed too. As part of integration with unit of inquiry, a discussion was initiated on how  a story can be shown through shadow dancing without using props.
Students continued with their unit on swimming where they practiced skills  such  as bubbling, floating and kicking and started practicing the freestyle stroke drills breadth wise.

Library

Students shared about the books inputs about the books they read in the preceding week.They were asked if they would recommend the book to their classmates, stating the  who and why of  their favorite character in the book.

 

 

 

Stories around us…….

In Unit of Inquiry, the students were given a picture prompt to create a story incorporating all its elements. Students wrote the first draft and edited it by checking for grammatical errors and using improvised vocabulary. They went on to write the final drafts. Students were then assessed on their knowledge of identifying the elements of a story through a formative assessment; wherein they were given a story to read and they identified its elements .

In Math, the students practiced elapsed time and  learned how to read the 24-hour clock. They learned how to convert 12 hour to 24 hour and vice versa. They attempted their first formative assessment on time.

During their Hindi classes, students read a story ‘Beerbal kee khichadee’. They enhanced their verbal skills through retelling a story. They were introduced to the grammar concepts like ‘viraam chihn’ (punctuation marks) through the reading activity.

 

In English, students appeared for a formative assessment based on listening skills. They heard a story and answered several questions based on the same. Later, they tuned into the concept of ‘prepositions,’ and watched a video. (link below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyI6ykDwds

In Spanish students clarified their doubts related to the formative assessment. They also recapitulated the colours in Spanish through a class activity. Students learned the body parts, days of the week, months of the year in Spanish and were shown videos related to the same. (links below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh-3pBeVcaI  (body parts in Spanish)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKznbHvPFwc  (months of the year)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4fREj60Crk  (days of the week)

In French, students collaboratively revised vocabulary related to human body parts through engaging task sheets and classroom games. They could also develop their social and thinking skills through this activity.

In Art, as an integration to the unit on Stories, students are exploring elements of a comic strip as part of visual art. Students discussed popular comic books and their characters. They observed images of few comic strips and understood the role of an illustrator.

During ICT classes, students completed their stories on Storyboard-that web tool. They created humorous, horror, tragedy, fantasy, action, adventure stories. Students also revised their concepts on basics of computers and attempted a group quiz. It was interesting to watch them competing with each other in the learning process.

Students worked on their story summarizing skills by sharing the summary of library books that were issued by them last week. Being a free choice week, they chose books of their liking, and are expected to share their stories in the next library lesson.

In Dance, the students focused on pirouette preparations, starting with the feet positions to the toe-turn technique. Apart from that, the students worked on spotting and style. Different techniques were demonstrated during the dance routine. Students also choreographed a fast, jazz dance piece.

In Music, students learned about staff lines, clefs and how to write musical notes on staff lines, and played percussion instruments using 4/4 and 3/4-time signature

For Physical Education classes, students practiced bubbling, kicking, floating with the commencement of swimming lessons. They also learned forehand and backhand as part of racquet sport related to their badminton unit.

‘Stories’

Students continued exploring their current unit on ‘Stories’ as part of their unit of inquiry. They actively participated and thoroughly enjoyed the story telling session by Ms. Rekha Vyas on shadow puppets. Thereafter they listened to a story of ‘Amarshakti and his three sons’ to understand the origin of Panchatantra tales. Students also spun their own stories using the story elements given to them.

During their English classes, students were apprised about the concept of ‘prefix and suffix.’ They watched videos and identified several words with a prefix and suffix. (links below). In conjunction with their ongoing unit, students learned how to write a ’character sketch’ for several characters in a story. They watched a video on ‘Winnie The Pooh & the Blustery Day’ and attempted to trace the character sketch for several characters in the story. (link below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2Z4p0au1yk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAbiU1ZMXGc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p60buJnFUuI

 

In Math, students were introduced to the concept of time. They learned to read time with the help of dummy and working clocks. They figured out the concept of time lapse and learned how to convert time into its different units.

During their Hindi lessons, students watched a video ‘Beerbal kee khichadee’(link below).They enhanced their verbal skill by retelling a story. They picked up new vocabulary from the story and were able to form simple and meaningful sentences. They learnt ‘kahaani ke ang’ (elements of story) and honed their creative writing skills by weaving their thoughts into characterisation of the main character of the story using mind map. They also revisited the grammar concepts for ‘visheshan’ (adjectives).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MsUF0-AsYQ

For ICT, students were introduced to digital storytelling and how to create stories/comics using web2.0 tools. They created a comic strip and most of them came up with humour and  horror  genres for comics. (link below) They also learned to use the snipping tool to save their work.

https://www.storyboardthat.com/

As part of their Spanish lessons, students enthusiastically prepared for their Student Led Conference, wherein they began to work in groups displaying their social skills. They also appeared for a formative assessment in which they were asked the days of the week, months, classroom objects and the numbers in Spanish.

Some useful resources for students’ learning Spanish : Word reference/ Mi mundo en palabras/Instituto cervantes (New Delhi)/Reverso (spanish)/Studyspanish.com

During French classes, students worked on their student led conference portfolios and collaboratively revised vocabulary related to human body parts through engaging and interesting activity sheets.

 

During Music lessons, learned about staff lines, clefs and how to write musical notes on staff lines, and played percussion instruments using 4/4 and 3/4-time signature.

Students displayed enthusiasm during their dance lessons as they learned pirouette preparations, starting with the feet positions to the toe-turn technique. They concentrated on spotting and style. Different techniques used during the dance routine were demonstrated to the students. They also choreographed a fast, jazz dance piece.

The students enjoyed their Physical Education lessons as they were introduced to the new unit on racquet sports – Squash. They were briefed about the dimensions of the squash court. Later they were explained the grip and stance. That is unique to the sport. They went on to further practice forehand drive.

During Library class, a short presentation was given by every student to share their learning from the book they had issued the previous week. It was an interesting activity as students could get a review of a variety of books  as recommendations by their peers.

 

Peek into our classroom!

Students were tuned into their new unit on stories by moving around in the library to identify and list books under different genres like fantasy, fable, folktale, historical fiction, mystery, fantasy, horror, autobiography and biography. This was followed by a class discussion where the students categorized books into two main genre and subgenres. They also participated in a class quiz to understand different genres. Students were then asked to research about plot, characters, place/setting, protagonist, antagonist, problem, solution using I-pads. Thereafter they watched a short story ‘The fox and the seven-little goats’ and filled up the graphic organizer. (link below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86qeLlC5lHU

In English, the class was tuned into the concept of ‘Comic Strips.’ Students figured out the elements of a comic strip through a class activity and also discussed about the different types of speech bubbles used in comic strip. Later, they wrote dialogues and created their own comic strips by working in pairs.

In their Math classes, students tuned into the concept of division using manipulatives in the class. They learnt about the different methods of division – number line, repeated subtraction and grouping. They further learnt how to solve problems using long division. They have attempted two FA’s on long division method and word problems on division.

During their Hindi classes, students discussed about pollution after reading a story ‘Minaamaataa kee kathaa’. They also practiced writing sentences and were introduced to the grammar concepts ‘sangya aur uske bhed’ (noun and its types).

During their Hindi ab initio classes, students watched a video on Jadui ghada (जादुई घड़ा) (link below) They also read a small story and described it with a picture. They also wrote (संज्ञा शब्द) nouns from the story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVcv1KlvD50 .

Spanish

Students were taught the names of different colors in Spanish, after which they had a class activity wherein they were asked to tell the colors in Spanish. Students were also taught the different body parts, which they can use as a part of their Spanish communication. Students were practiced to use the classroom expressions and instructions in Spanish on daily basis so that they become more confident in using their communication skills.

 Students worked on their SLC portfolio in French class, and were assessed on the concept of the verbs- numbers.

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For Art, students gave final touches to their artwork on Cubism. They described their artwork and their understanding of cubism. As a preparation for SLC portfolio, they chose artworks and wrote the reflections for the same.

 During their PE classes, the students continued with their unit in Cricket. The students were briefed about the correct batting stance, where in they practiced straight drive.  The students also practiced round arm bowling and were made to bowl for at least two overs in each of their physical education lessons. They also played short sided intra class matches wherein every member did batting and bowling for two overs each.

As part of their Dance lessons, students stressed on pirouette preparations, starting with the feet positions to the toe-turn technique. Apart from that, they concentrated on spotting and style. They also choreographed a fast, jazz dance piece.

In their Music lesson, they learned about staff lines, clefs and how to write musical notes on staff lines.

Every person is entitled to human rights without discrimination without distinction of race or any other kind as we all are born free. As UN celebrates International day for Elimination of racial discrimination, in library students tried to understand what freedom means to people who face inequality and combat any kind of racism. They read a book “Dia’s storycloth-The Hmong people’s journey of freedom” The story is stitched by the author’s aunt and uncle on cloth which describes their suffering and dangerous journey to freedom and the same is narrated and written by the author in this book. This story helped in sensitizing the children towards their local community around them and develop a caring and helping attitude towards people in distress and conflict. The students will continue reading the book for the coming week too.

 

 

Always Learning!

UOI: Students attempted a prior knowledge assessment on the various landforms by matching the definition with the correct landform. The students worked in pairs to inquire about a particular landform. They enhanced their map marking skills by marking the famous landforms on the world map. A formative assessment was conducted to assess their understanding about the first line of inquiry. Students made presentations to share their research findings about different landforms. They were assessed for their research, organization and presentation skills.

 

English: Students continued to improvise their letter writing skills. They arrived at the differences between informal and formal letter. Later during the week, students were tuned into the concept of descriptive writing through a class activity.

As a mark of appreciation for the students who had completed their holiday home work, teachers wrote personalized appreciation messages and pasted them on an easel for public view. The easels were displayed outside the classroom.

 

 

Math: Students were introduced to the concept of weight. They learned about the units used to measure weight and to convert Kg to g by using Base 10 place value system. Students applied their knowledge by solving word problems based on real-life situations. They further inquired about capacity of various containers with different shapes and sizes.

 

Hindi Students watched video on ‘Jalvaayu Parivartan’(link below)  They picked up new vocabulary and milte-julte shabd from the poem ‘Samudree jeevan’ and also made couplets. They revisited grammar concepts like paryaayvaachi and visheshan. Students watched Ted talks India and learned innovative methods to stop air pollution. (link below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqxMzKLYrZ4.

https://www.ted.com/talks/anirudh_sharma_could_we_capture_air_pollution_to_make_the_world_more_beautiful?referrer=playlist-ted_talks_india_nayi_soch_episode_1&language=en#t-110617

In their Hindi ab-initio classes, students recited the poem ‘samudree jeevan’ and learned new words. They also revisited ‘sabjiyon ke naam’ (vegetable’s name).

Spanish – Students were assessed for their knowledge through a task sheet based on the classroom expressions and numbers taught in class. They also did a role play in class wherein they introduced themselves in Spanish in order to display their speaking skills of the language.

French-Students learned big numbers (31 to 100) by solving individually the math operations, telling time, their date of birth, their phone number etc. Interesting classroom games like find the missing number, guess the number, number patterns encouraged active engagement and vocabulary retention. The focus of the activities was to sharpen their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsEz58BblMY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlYqz2unHKc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIYvC7r05mU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnOXzJfLuU4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDTcrb0szSo

ICT: Students were introduced to the Paint 3D app where they tried out some doodles. They explored new brushes and tools and learned to convert 2D images and texts into a 3D model. They are on their way to unleash their creativity as digital artists.

Music: Students are playing different patterns of 4/4 time signature on percussion instruments and learning song ” Maa tujhe salaam”.

 

Dance:  Students chose their own music and created an independent solo routine. They learnt split and core workout and also balancing on toes. They were also introduced to Arabian dance form.

Library: It was a magazine reading week for all Grade 3 students. The students also borrowed magazines for home, chose activities related to magazines and shared their work with their peers in class. They also looked for books related to their current unit.

Art: As part of their learning about different styles of art on nature, students created a sketch of a landscape in their art file. They used their own sketch as a reference to create a collage and developed their understanding about the technique of collage.

 Physical Education: After a commendable display of march past and athletic talent at the Inter house athletic meet, Grade 5 students began their new unit on cricket. They displayed enthusiasm in learning basic skills of batting, bowling and fielding.

 

 

 

Welcome back !

The new UOI  under the TD Theme ‘How the world works’ began with the discussion about the central idea ‘Planet Earth has evolved over time and is still changing’. The students inquired about how the Earth came into existence and conducted an experiment based on ‘The Big Bang Theory’.  They also did a role play to understand how the supercontinent drifted apart to become the seven continents in the present times. They further delved into the causes of the continental drift.

For English, students tuned into the concept of similes by watching a song. (link below) They created similes on different landforms and attempted to write poems too. Later in the week, students were introduced to art of letter writing. They deduced the difference between formal and informal letters. They wrote letters to their friends and family in which they shared facts about Earth that they have learned   as part of their current unit of inquiry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT7PsLIHCmo

In their Math classes, students were introduced to the units used to measure the length of any object. They learned basic single step conversion of the units from km to m, m to cm and cm to mm by using Base 10 place value system. Students attempted various addition and subtraction sums based on the measurement of length. They applied their understanding in solving word problems based on real life situations.

During their Hindi classes, students were elated to present  Hindi board games to their peers. They also watched a video on ‘Samudree jeevan per pradushan kaa prabhaav’ -the impact of pollution on sea animals. (link below) They enhanced their verbal skills by reciting poem ‘Samudree jeevan’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3XGUnjDRUQ

In Spanish lessons, students recapitulated the classroom expressions and numbers. They also did a role play in class to practice the daily classroom expressions and later used them in conversation. Students also watched the video on ‘numbers and greetings’ as  part of  revision. (links below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdDu8pFbnRc (Greetings) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ydJr1Is8xI (Numbers)

“Comprehension is the goal of reading”. Hence, to develop thinking and comprehension skills in French and reinforce new vocabulary, students worked collaboratively and translated the given text with the help of dictionary. They also shared the reading strategies that worked for them. Using the picture walk strategy, they were introduced to new vocabulary.

In ICT, students explored Book Creator app on the iPad. They also learned all tools of the app and were overwhelmed as they realized that they are creating an e-book to become mini authors and writers.

In Music, ” Maa tujhe salaam” song was introduced as a run up to the Republic day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDn2bn7_YSM

 

During Library lesson, the students had their first lessons  after the winter vacation and made relevant choices for books that interest them. Many of them liked chapter books and some of them went a step ahead and chose one Hindi fiction  for a week.

In Art classes, students made connections to their unit about the ‘Earth’ and observed works of few artists who are well known for artwork on nature. They also analyzed and discussed the different style of landscape art.

 In PE lessons, children continued with lesson on athletics in which they gave the trials for upcoming athletic meet and march past. Trials were conducted for 50-meter sprint, 100-meter sprint and 100-meter hurdle race.

 

Waste Management

In continuation with the Unit of Inquiry on waste, students visited the five stations to know about the various waste disposal methods which was followed by a class discussion on advantages and disadvantages of each method. They were shown a video (link below) on global warming and wrote their understanding in the process journal.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqxMzKLYrZ4&t=100s

Students learned about pollution and its types through flip classroom. They attempted a formative assessment on the second line of inquiry. Thereafter, students started inquiring about how human actions affect waste and enhanced their understanding about the 7R’s. A mini-composter was created in class and they researched about the differences and similarities between a landfill and a compost and how composting helps to reduce waste. Students attended a workshop on recycling old t-shirts which was conducted by a parent Ms Leepakshi Julka. They learned a ‘do it yourself’ activity of turning old t-shirts into tote bags.

In Math lessons, students tuned into bar graph through a ‘knee to knee and eye to eye’ activity, where students were given certain words to discuss with their partners. Thereafter prior knowledge assessment of bar graph was conducted with help of online quizzes (links below). After learning about important components of a bar graph, students delved into interpretation and plotting of data on the bar graph.

http://www.softschools.com/math/data_analysis/bar_graph/activities/plot_bar_graph_examples/

http://www.mcwdn.org/Graphs/ColGraphQuiz.html

During English classes, students discussed their knowledge of contraction with the help of ‘rocket strategy’. They watched videos related to the same and practised contractions using interactive games and drill sheets. They watched a video on the ‘life cycle of a bottle’ (link below) and understood the journey of three plastic bottles. They summarized the story and drew a visual image related to the same. Students were also introduced to the concept of slogan writing and are now working on analysing pictures and creating slogans for the same. This week they were also involved in the culmination activity of the novel study, ‘Eyes of the Eagle,’ which has been done over last couple of months.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6xlNyWPpB8

 

During Hindi lessons students, watched a video ‘Kaanch kee kahaanee’ (link below) and participated in a ‘listen and answer’ activity. They enhanced their verbal skills through a poem recitation on ‘kaanch’ and ‘plastic’. They also revisited the grammar concepts for paryaayvaachee, meelte-julte shabd, kriya and they created couplets with help of these grammar concepts.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syIf4RojS8k

French classes saw students recapitulate the concept of numbers by solving crossword and word search puzzles individually and collaboratively. The focus of the activity was to sharpen their critical thinking and problem solving skills. The process of filling the puzzles encouraged active engagement and vocabulary retention.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYJxoK7PKwM

During Spanish classes, students were introduced to classroom instructions and expressions such as seeking permission to go to the washroom, drink water or enter the class. Students were instructed to utilize such expressions in their daily lives in order to improve their communication in Spanish.

During ICT classes, students celebrated Computer Science Education Week, by attempting various coding activities through https://hourofcode.com/in/en/learn. They learned the concepts and basics of coding using various themes like Minecraft, Starwars, Anna and Else. This activity not only helped them to develop their coding skills, but also enhanced their creativity and imagination, problem-solving, logical reasoning and collaboration skills. They were excited to complete different levels and achieve a certificate upon completion. They also learned the procedure to write down an algorithm. They have begun working on Scratch, a visual programming language.

 

In Physical Education, students continued with their unit on Athletics. Students participated in fitness circuit to improve their physical fitness and practised short sprint. They also participated in intra-class relays.

Students in the process of using waste material, created artwork on newspaper in Art classes. They grasped the technique of painting on newspaper sheet. They enthusiastically chose the subject matter from nature which included animals, plants, birds, butterflies, flowers etc.

 

During Dance classes, students learned Jazz walk through the floor using toe heel technique. They practised pass and routine on different music for better understanding on rhythm. They were also introduced to Piwid and body wave, an element in Jazz.

During Music engagements, students played different rhythm patterns 4/4 time signature on percussion instruments. They also sang carols such as ‘Silent Night’ and ‘12 days of Christmas’. (Links below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T4WB2zfmps

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyEyMjdD2uk

 

Taking care of our Planet -Earth

 

Students started to delve into their new Unit of Inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme, ‘Sharing the planet’. They tried to understand the meaning of waste and environment. They were given few pictures to segregate into needs and wants, in order to understand how our wants create waste. Students strengthened their research skills by learning the difference between primary and secondary sources of research while researching about different types of waste. They attempted a formative assessment on first line of inquiry. They were sensitized on effects of waste on animals by viewing few videos. (Links below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_6QlABQuxw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaDx-WJAsaE

 

In Math classes, students practised subtraction sums with and without borrowing, on the white board and afterwards in their journals. They also practiced word problems in their process journals. Students were assessed on their understanding of subtraction through a formative assessment, which was done through a ‘Bingo game’. Thereafter students created two subtraction word problems on their own.

During English classes, students learned how to create timelines of important events from the story, ‘Eyes of the Eagle.’ They also wrote a timeline about their own lives. A ‘Take and Talk’ was conducted in connection with the Thanksgiving Day and students shared their thoughts on the three people they would like to thank and why. They revisited the concept of pronouns and were introduced to possessive pronouns.

During their Hindi lessons, students enhanced their verbal skills through retelling a story ‘Bahadur Bitto’. They also practised sequencing of the story and watched a video. (Link below) Students learned the art of story writing by creating a mind map. They revisited grammar concepts like ling (gender), vilom (opposites) and sarvnaam (pronoun).

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

In their Hindi ab-initio classes, the students are learning two, three, four letter words with ‘aa’ maatraa. They started using these words to make meaningful sentences. They learned and recited poems (Mor, Mere pyare ang) to enhance their communication and presentation skills.

During French lessons, Students recapitulated the concept of numbers by working individually and collaborating to solve crosswords and word search puzzles. The focus of the activity was to sharpen their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The process of filling the puzzles encouraged active engagement and vocabulary retention.

Students revised the days of the week, months of the year, seasons and numbers till 30 in Spanish classes. Students watched videos integrating the TD theme, ‘Sharing the planet’ wherein they watched the process of waste management in Spain. A few videos were also shown to the class to reinforce their knowledge. (Links below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OP0VSa11acY   (Waste management system in Spain)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4fREj60Crk  (days of the week)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKznbHvPFwc  (months of the year)

During Physical Education classes, students practised shooting, dribbling and passing in football. They also played intra class football matches.

Students of Grade 3 while connecting to their inquiry, ‘How our action affects waste’ under the transdisciplinary theme, ‘Sharing the planet’ watched a presentation on ‘Trash to treasure’. They observed and discussed the assemblage art created by John Dahlsen, during Art classes.

Dance classes saw students Jazz walk on the floor using toe heel technique. They practised pass and routine on different music for better understanding on rhythm. They were later introduced to Piwid and body wave (element of Jazz).

In Music engagements, students attempted a formative assessment on the song ‘Believer’ and learned how to create 3/4 time signature rhythm patterns.

During Library class, students were given feedback on the Library worksheet their doubts on fiction and non-fiction resources were addressed. Students shared their reading records with the Librarian to upgrade their place on the reading tree. They also borrowed books according to their reading interests.