UNIT OF INQUIRY
Students inquired about the sense of smell through the book ‘Magic school bus on senses’. They discussed what they knew about this sense organ during a class activity. They were shown a video about the structure of the nose.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzOSzX_HXE4 By watching this video they gained an insight into the function of different parts of the nose responsible for the sense of smell. It also helped them to understand the connection between smell and taste. What are the ways to take care of the nose was also discussed. Activities using jelly beans and crackers were conducted to help students understand the role of saliva and if it is easier to make a guess based on taste or scent alone. They attempted a formative assessment on the structure of nose and sense of smell through a quiz using the tool ‘Proprofs’. Getting to know about the skin intrigued the students and they created a model of the various layers of skin.
Watching the following video helped them to understand various facts about the skin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMGgCxUyXT8
A guest lecture was organized during which Dr. Bharti Bora, a dermatologist, addressed the students, and answered the queries they had on skin, which helped enhance their understanding . The summation of the unit was done by revisiting the unit. Students then attempted the summative assessment to demonstrate their understanding by making a pamphlet or booklet on a sense organ of their choice. The unit was thoroughly enjoyed by the students as they discovered various facets about the sense organs and how they help us to connect with the world around us.
During English lessons, students learned about pronouns. They read a poem, identified and wrote pronouns in their journal. They then classified pronouns into personal and possessive pronouns. A recap of pronouns was undertaken, where pronouns were identified from Chapters 1-4 of their novel study ‘The Eyes of the Eagle’. The students were introduced to the concept of picture composition which was followed by a discussion on the important elements of the same. They were then shown a picture which they had to describe in their own words.
During Math classes, students strengthened their understanding of multiplication with practice of sums. They applied their conceptual understanding to solve word problems and revised the use of key words in word problems. They attempted a formative assessment on multiplication.
Students also tuned into concept of subtraction through a visible thinking routine, The Explanation Game. They were given a word problem, they selected the number operation to solve it, gave reasons for it and thought about whether any other strategies could have been used to get the answer.
Students learned and completed the numbers till 30 in Spanish; practiced them verbally and in written form. Students also took an online quiz based on the numbers, in which they matched the numbers in numerals with the numbers in words. This activity helped them in consolidating their spellings and enhanced their thinking skills.
Students revised the concept of numbers and colours by collaboratively colouring the task sheets according to colour-number code. The instructions were given in French. They also developed their thinking skills through classrooms games like ‘guess the missing number’.
During their Hindi classes, students enhanced their thinking and writing skills by writing a picture composition on ‘winter season’. They enhanced their listening and speaking skills by watching and then discussing a story ‘Bahaadur Bitto’. Students have understood elements of a story using mind maps.
HINDI AB INITIO
Students did a recap of maatraas आ, इ , उ by reading and writing words and sentences to enhance these skills. They recited poems on fruits and vegetables to enhance their speaking skills.
Students were introduced to the following Athletics Skills.
Jumping to transfer weight from one to both feet. A jump can be divided into three parts: take-off, flight and landing. Landing safely is an important skill to focus on when learning to jump, leap or hop.
Bending knees – crouch position
Swinging arms back, then quickly forward
Exploding forward from crouch position
Pushing off from toes – toes are the last body part to leave the ground
Landing with heels first and knees bent to absorb the shock
During dance classes, students stressed on pirouette preparations starting with the feet positions to the toe-turn technique. They concentrated on spotting and style and also grooves of hip hop. Demonstration of different techniques used during the dance routine was done. Students also choreographed a hip hop dance routine.
While exploring, “Music Art”, students experienced the musical compositions of the legends of western classical music- Mozart, and Beethoven and created artwork in mixed media.
Students were shown videos on Digital footprint, which was followed by a class discussion regarding online safety. They later used MS Word to reflect on the topic and on ways to stay safe online.
The students learned and understood time- signature in western music. They identified the time signatures in the songs played for them during the lessons. They also sang and attempted to harmonize a choir song – Be brave. They practiced playing the C, F and G major chords on the ukulele. Some students gave solo performances in class.
Students visited the library for exchange of books. They also discussed the difference between different categories – Fiction & Non-fiction books. This was further differentiated into various genres like informative, imagination, invention, encyclopaedias, travel books etc. under fiction and nonfiction categories.