Unit of Inquiry
Students were assessed on their understanding of ‘Effects of stories on our lives’ through a formative task where they chose morals, idioms and proverbs to create their own stories. They were introduced to different professions related to stories like editor, proof reader, illustrator, publisher, translator and literary agent. They further researched about these professions in groups and documented and presented them to the class. Students were assessed on their understanding of the unit through a summative task where they created their own stories using the story mountain graphic organiser. They presented their stories from the choices provided – roleplay, puppet show, comic strip and ICT apps (Book creator and Toondoo). Students were introduced to the new Unit of Inquiry ‘Systems’ through a visual presentation where they saw functioning of an organisation and its systems. They brainstormed on the importance of systems and displayed their understanding through a mind map. Students discussed and identified different systems within the class and created flowcharts to show their understanding of how they function. They also interacted with the librarian to understand the importance of systems in the library. They collaborated within their groups and suggested new systems to be set up and followed in class.
In tune with the unit on stories, students understood how to create a character sketch while including all relevant descriptive details. They were introduced to similes and how to incorporate them in their writing to make it more vivid. They participated in the character parade with zeal and enthusiasm and confidently spoke about their chosen character .
Descriptive writing using sensory details was also introduced wherein they got to know how to enhance their writing and add details to make it interesting for the reader.
The concept of prefix and suffix was introduced following which, they were able to identify the root word and add a suitable suffix and prefix. The concept was strengthened with the use of interactive games on the smart board and other writing activities.
Students were introduced to the concept of 3D shapes through videos and class discussions. They identified the properties of 3D shapes (edges, vertices and faces) and created various shapes using clay.
Their understanding was further strengthened with a ‘Scavenger Hunt’ game, wherein they made real life connections by identifying 2D and 3D shapes in their environment. The students applied their understanding of the concept to attempt a Formative assessment on shapes.
Students tuned into area and perimeter with the viewing of audio visuals and during class discussions that focused on the terms and their units. They measured some objects in the classroom and calculated their perimeter. They also played a quiz to strengthen their understanding of the concept.
They drew shapes like square and rectangle on a graph paper and calculated their area and perimeter.
Students individually received constructive feedback on their homework based on the concept of ‘animals’ following which they were peer-assessed. In order to properly assess the work of their peers, students were apprised of the assessment criteria. They developed their thinking skills (comprehension and application) and social skills (accepting responsibility and respecting others).
Students watched a folk tale in Spanish and made comic strips based on their understanding. They used Spanish expressions and phrases to describe the comic strips.
Students learned new vocabulary in Spanish and effectively used their self management and thinking skills during this class activity.
To enhance their reading and writing skills students read a story ‘प्यासा कौआ’ , discussed the meaning of difficult words and wrote their meanings in the journals. They also watched, understood and retold the story ‘ईमानदारी का इनाम’ and its moral. To improve their vocabulary, they engaged in a spell bee activity.
To enhance their reading and speaking skills, students read and discussed the story ‘रानी चींटी’, wrote difficult words with their meanings. After observing a picture, they completed ‘संवाद लेखन’ dialogues and learnt the use of adjectives ’विशेषण’ and punctuation marks “विराम चिन्ह’. This was done to enhance their writing skills. To improve their vocabulary, they engaged in a spell bee activity.
Students were introduced to Scratch which is a block-based visual programming language. It is primarily targeted at young children. It has slide-and-drop programming blocks which allow students to explore and experiment with the ideas of computer programming by using “blocks” that are put together to make simple codes. Students are exploring the tool and various blocks within it. They have learned the technique of changing the background, starting and running code and forever loop.
Students are about to complete their background scenes for the story, ‘Dotting the eyes on a painted Dragon’.
They are in the process of making a dragon puppet to create an effective storyboard.
Students learned about Major Scales and sang C Major Scale. They also learned and sang the song ‘We will rock you ‘by the band Queen.
Dance lessons were focused on creating a jazz dance routine set to music. Students were also introduced to a combination of strengthening exercises.
As the crowned owl ceremony day is coming close, students seem very excited and eager for the celebration. The librarian has assessed student reading logs by asking a few questions about the stories read by them. The final count of the books has been registered for selecting the students who will be felicitated during the crowned owl ceremony which is a part of the reading program at school.
Students practiced basketball passing skills like bounce pass, chest pass and later on played a match. In Football, they practiced long passing, short practiced and partner passing which was followed by a match. In Gymnastics children practiced front roll, split and different types of jumps.