During Unit of Inquiry lessons, students further explored about the effects of waste on the environment, human health and plants and animals. They watched a video on types of pollution (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP3pbh_-pu8&feature=youtu.be) and identified the cause and effects of different types of pollution by taking notes from the video. They used the strategy ‘I used to think…. Now I think…..’, to write their understanding on ‘global warming and greenhouse effect’. (Video on greenhouse effect – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_sJzVe9P_8 and global warming –
A guest speaker session was conducted by the NIE representative – Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Chauhan, (a Delhi state awardee for recycling paper) to create an interest about recycled paper toys. The students enthusiastically interacted with him and learned to reuse some of the old newspapers to make a star, animal masks and bird. The students also visited the water and sewage treatment plant in school to understand how waste water is managed and reused in school. They attempted the first formative assessment on ‘types of waste and its effects’ and chose a cause-effect graphic organizer to record their response.
The students went for a field trip to a ‘composting plant’ to understand how segregation of waste and composting is undertaken. They wrote a reflection on the process and importance of composting after the field trip. The last line of inquiry encouraged students to investigate and find the different methods of waste management. They identified some common waste management strategies like landfill, incineration, composting and the 7Rs. All the sections of grade 3 collaborated and created stations on all the 7Rs, thus enhancing their knowledge.
To learn more about the different waste management strategies adopted in other countries, the students researched in pairs and shared the knowledge with their peers in class. They attempted a formative assessment on the ‘waste management strategies’ by creating posters.
Students attempted the summative assessment to demonstrate their understanding of the unit. They were given a few scenarios out of which they had to choose one and answer questions related to the same. The unit was thoroughly enjoyed by the students as they discovered various facts about waste created by human activities, the impact it has on the environment and how it can be managed.
During English classes, students shared their prior knowledge of the concept of ‘contraction’ with the help of a game. They were given contractions and their expanded forms randomly and they paired up with their partner who had the relevant contraction. They practiced contractions through games and drill sheets. Students were also introduced to the concept of slogan writing. They analyzed pictures and created slogans for the same. Students summarized and wrote a paragraph on different ways of keeping the planet green after watching the story, ‘Charlie and Lola – Look After Your Planet’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCfazf2gVuo (unit related)
They also read and summarized a newspaper article from Times of India, ‘What New Delhi can learn from Beijing’ on ways to manage pollution and waste. Students wrote a note to Santa Claus asking for his help to make the planet green and clean. Students also attempted assessments on writing skills, pronouns and genders.
The concept of data handling was introduced to the students through a pair activity ‘Knee to knee, eyes to eyes’. Students were familiarised with the elements of a bar graph like title, horizontal axis, vertical axis, scale, interval and bars. This was followed by plotting bar graphs on data provided to them as well as data based on surveys conducted by them. For example, students went around conducting a survey on their peers and school staff to find out levels of different types of waste (plastic, vegetable peels, paper etc.) created in their homes. They took it forward by plotting the data (findings) on bar graph sheets. Students interpreted a bar graph and did related exercises in their journals. They were assessed on their understanding of the concept where they plotted the given data on a bar graph.
Students were introduced to division through an engagement where in groups they created a mind map to show their understanding of division. They wrote vocabulary related to division (divisor, dividend, quotient and remainder) in their journals and they were familiarized with the rules of division. To begin with, they explored the two strategies i.e. making groups and repeated subtraction, in their journals and solved sums using the two strategies. Thereafter, they were introduced to long division using number tables. They solved sums using long division method in their journals.
In their Hindi classes, students enhanced their reading and writing skills by reading the poem based on plastic waste and wrote difficult words and their meaning.They used the words to form sentences too.
Students enhanced their thinking and reading skills through a picture story. Later they summarized it and presented in the class. They read a comprehension passage and replaced nouns by pronouns “सर्वनाम .”
To enhanced their vocabulary skills students attempted spell bee and correction work.
To enhance their reading and writing skills they learnt उ and ऊ मात्रा . Students read and then wrote- two , three and four letters words. They engaged in fill in the blanks and bingo to identify new words.
The objective of the French lesson was to integrate the lesson with the TD theme, ‘Sharing the planet- waste management’. Students watched a video on the problem of recycling in France and collaborated to reflect on it through sketching or writing. As extended knowledge, they also learnt basic vocabulary used in the video. They developed their thinking and social skills.
Students learned how to protect the environment by reducing the waste created by humans using Spanish vocabulary as integration with TD theme.
Students were given few pointers on how one can reduce the waste to protect the environment, which introduced them to many new words of Spanish which can be used in daily lives.
Students of grade 3 while connecting to their unit on waste recycled discarded plastic containers and converted them into planters using a printing technique. An Installation “Trash to Treasure” was created using the plastic pots in collaboration with grade 2.
Students of 3B create an Installation of a Christmas tree using recycled bottles and other waste objects for their Class assembly . As a host presenter, they invited students of 3 A, C, and D to decorate the tree and the celebration culminated with Christmas carols.
The students learned about chromatic scales and practiced to sing them.
They learned about the notes on the treble clef and bass clef and attempted to read and write them.
During dance lesson basic full body workout of jazz was stressed. Apart from that, students have been practicing and adding steps to jazz dance routine.They also researched about different styles of jazz through videos.
Students were apprised of secondary research and used this information to research on E-waste and it’s impact on planet. They had an assessment on e-waste where they presented their learning and research through presentation. Students also used utilities to learn typing skill.
Students were introduced to the basics of athletics – a collection of sporting events that involve competitive running, jumping, throwing, and walking. Athletics is mostly an individual sport, with the exception of relay races. Students practiced start and finish of races with command. Students continued practicing athletics events for the upcoming Athletic meet in January.
Library has closed down for the term to take stock of books and prepare for term 2. However children continue to read newspaper and personal books in the class library.
A special assembly was conducted on waste integrated with Christmas where the students made Christmas tree using the recycled bottles.