Unit of Inquiry
In the Unit of Inquiry classes, students wrote stories using the story mountain graphic organiser. A storytelling session was taken by Ms Dogra, a parent, who narrated a story on waste management and discussed about people involved in publishing a book. She also shared some tips about the essentials of writing a book. Students attempted their first formative assessment wherein they used the elements of a story to create their own stories and provide a suitable solution to the problems faced by the characters. For the second line of inquiry, students saw a video on the origin of Panchatantra stories and engaged in a discussion about what fables and folktales convey. They read fables from different countries, analysed the elements of the stories and presented them to their classmates. A guest speaker session was conducted by the drama teacher, Mr. Imran Khan, who spoke about the elements needed to write a story.
Mr Jimmi Chishi, the art teacher, also interacted with students on how shadow puppets play a role in storytelling and showed them the technique of making shadow puppets. The session was interactive and thoroughly enjoyed by the students.
Students were introduced to the sub-genre ‘comic strip’ through a collection of comic books and graphic novels. This was followed by a discussion, where they were familiarised with terms like dialogue, panels and speech bubbles. They revisited onomatopoeia and used it in the comic strips they created. Students were introduced to ‘Flat Stanley project’. They created their own individual flat Stanley figures using different shapes and sizes suitable for different climatic conditions and traditions. They explored character mapping by watching a short story and wrote about the traits of the character in a graphic organizer. They were introduced to words like antagonist, protagonist, character trait etc.
Students were introduced to the concept of number patterns. They had a class discussion on patterns and made real life connections using the ‘chalk and talk’ strategy which was followed by creation of number patterns. Students attempted a summative assessment on measurement. There was a discussion on regular and irregular shapes. The students applied their understanding of the concept of time to attempt a Formative assessment on the same.
To enhance reading and speaking skills, students read the paragraph ‘मेरे जीवन की यादगार घटना’ and shared their anecdotes. They made mind map of the story Birbal ki khichadi. They created a picture story ‘चित्र कथा’ wherein they wrote dialogues, drew images and presented it to the class. They enhanced their writing and presentation skills in the process. To make learning more interesting, students did a fun activity of enacting Hindi jokes (चुट्कुले(.
Hindi Ab initio
To enhance their writing skills, students engaged in a spell bee from badi ‘uu’ ki maatraa wale shabd. They watched a video, Jaaduuee Pencil ki kahaanee and read ‘A’ ki maatraa wale shabd.
In pairs, students researched about names of pet animals in France and India, while also finding out the rules and regulations needed for keeping them. They organised their research findings in a graphic organiser of their choice. Later, they presented their work through a group discussion. They developed their research skills (collecting data, organising data and presenting the research findings), self-management (organization and time management) and social skills (cooperating and group decision making).
Students were introduced to the list of various members in a family in Spanish, wherein, they were taught the article to be placed before each relation and its pronunciation. Students also watched a video based on the same in order to better their pronunciation.
Students continued working on their storyboards, ‘Dotting the eyes on a painted dragon’. They are in the process of creating different scenes for their puppet. While doing so, students are also honing their colouring skills.
Students borrowed and read books on folktales, to learn about the diverse cultural traditions of our country and develop a greater appreciation of their family heritage.
Dance lessons were focused on observation of a jazz dance routine with music. In addition, combination of jazz walk, isolation and pirouette were practiced for better clarity of the fundamentals of jazz.
Students learned different types of story-based music like Ballads, Opera, and Musical Drama etc. They also learned how to write and compose story based songs. Students composed, sang and presented their own songs . They also learned about Major Scales.
Students explored Toondoo, an online comic strip creation tool, to create a story of their own. They wrote various stories using the tool and learnt the nitty gritty of making a comic strip. They added background, characters, dialogues and pages in their online comic books.
During their swimming class, students understood the importance of distance and speed to improve strokes. They explored breathing technique in the pool. They were introduced to basic backstroke skills like back floating, body position and kicking that helps open up chest muscles. It also strengthens the upper back, which in turn helps maintain better posture.