Bye Bye 2018

UOI

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.

ENGLISH

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.

MATH
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.

 

HINDI
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.

HINDI  ab-initio
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.

FRENCH
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.

SPANISH
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.

ART
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.

MUSIC

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.

DANCE
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.

ICT 
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.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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

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.

ASSEMBLY

A special assembly was conducted  on waste integrated with Christmas where the students made Christmas tree using the recycled bottles.

 

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5th week of November

Unit of Inquiry:

Students were introduced to the third Unit of Inquiry on ‘Waste’ using the strategy of ‘Zoom In’. To begin students observed different portraits and sculptures from around the world made out of waste. They were able to identify the materials used in the sculptures and hence could predict the idea of the new unit. Students expressed their prior knowledge about the topic through ‘Rocket Writing’ strategy. The ‘KWHLAQ’ chart was created by the students to take onus of their learning and decide how they wanted to progress through the unit. The ‘Chalk Talk’ on waste was followed by a discussion to gain an insight into what constitutes waste and its types. During the discussion, they could classify waste based on different parameters and gave relevant examples. The students also discussed the meaning, causes and method of disposal of industrial waste. They watched a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP3pbh_-pu8&feature=youtu.be) to understand the effects of the industrial waste pollution. They expressed their understanding of the causes and effects of pollution through a graphic organizer and brainstormed ways to prevent it. They also read newspaper articles on how air pollution affects human health. The students made local and global connections by inquiring into the different standards set for disposing industrial waste in India and the United States of America.

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English:
During English lessons, students were initiated into understanding nouns as gender by having a discussion on the different roles we all play. They deduced that the roles a person plays in a family or relationship are gender specific – masculine or feminine.  They further discussed common and neuter genders. They observed a picture of a farm with several animals. Students wrote their own compositions and later deduced masculine and feminine genders for animals shown in the picture.
Students watched a video on the ‘life cycle of a plastic bottle’ (link below) and understood the journey of three plastic bottles. They attempted a comprehension exercise and drew a visual image related to the same. A ‘Take and Talk’ was conducted to mark Thanksgiving Day and students shared their thoughts on the three people they would like to thank and reasons for the same. Students also attempted a formative assessment to assess their writing skills, pronouns and gender nouns.

Link of the video ‘What really happens to the plastic you throw away – Emma Bryce’

Math:
Students were introduced to vocabulary related to subtraction – subtrahend, minuend and difference. They solved 2, 3 & 4 digit subtraction sums with and without borrowing in journals. They explored regrouping strategy using the abacus. They then reflected using the visible thinking routine – Connect-Extend-Challenge. The routine helped students make connections between prior knowledge and new learning. To further their understanding students practiced mental math sums and word problems on different operations.
a formative assessment was taken wherein they expressed their understanding of subtraction through a Bingo. Students were introduced to data handling through a bar graph.

Hindi:
Students enhanced their thinking and reading skills by reading the poem “काँच” and the story “बहादुर बित्तो”. This was followed by finding difficult words and making sentences with them. They also identified different genders “लिंग” from the story and wrote them in their journals. Students enhanced their viewing, listening and writing skills by watching a video on pollution (link below). After watching the video they deduced difficult words and made sentences with them.

Hindi Ab- initio
Students revised all Hindi letters (Ka-Ha), identified different letters and wrote them in journals. This was followed by writing two letter words independently to enhance writing skills. Students counted 1-20 through a story to enhance their reading and listening skills.

French:
The objective of the French lesson this week was to get well versed with names of colours (primary and secondary) . Students learned and practiced the pronunciation of words through the rhyme ‘Arc-en ciel’ and then collaboratively attempted an online interactive quiz on colours.
Later, they comprehended the instructions in French relating to colours and numbers and created their monster (body figure) in small groups. Through this engagement they developed social and thinking skills.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4kNeFGBAcw (arc-en ciel)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPPIT1nbe7Q (interactive quiz)
https://www.francaisfacile.com/exercices/exercice-francais-2/exercice-francais-9459.php (interactive exercise for practise)

Spanish:
Students learned definite and indefinite articles in Spanish. They explored difference in gender for singular and plural nouns. They understood the importance of placing articles before nouns and also learned to identify the gender of a particular noun. Students watched videos on the same to further their understanding.

Students enhanced their thinking and communication skills by practicing the vocabulary learned in the right context.

Video watched on articles in Spanish:

Visual art:
Students began their new unit on ‘Recycled art’ while connecting to the central idea that ‘Human activities create waste which can affect our environment’. A presentation on ‘Trash to treasure’ triggered a discussion on the endless possibility of using waste and discarded materials. It was decided that recyclable material will be collected and utilized to create an artwork. A few students enthusiastically collected waste materials for the same.
Library:
Students exchanged their books during their library session. In addition, different categories – Fiction & Non-fiction were discussed. Various genres like fact books, mystery, imagination, humor, inventions, encyclopedias, travel books, historical, art and music, animal books and many other genres of fiction and nonfiction categories were also discussed.
Dance:
Students stressed on groove in hip hop, starting with the feet positions to the head technique. Apart from that, they concentrated on spotting and style. Demonstration of different techniques used during the dance routine was undertaken. Students also practiced eight counts to a hip hop dance routine.

 


Music:
The students learned Christmas carols ‘Hark the herald’ and ‘Angels we have heard on high’. They attempted to sing the songs in group, duets and solos.
Students discussed about what best can be made out of the waste or broken music instruments and came up with great ideas.

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ICT:
Students learned about digital footprints and how to stay safe online while recording their reflection on Microsoft PowerPoint. They were apprised of secondary research and used the information to research on E-waste and its impact on the planet thereby integrating the thought with the unit.
Physical Education:

Students learned about and practiced various athletic routines – running, walking, jumping, and throwing events. These are essential to hone the development of a young athlete’s sporting potential. They also practiced start and finish of races with commands.

1st week of November

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.

ENGLISH 

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.

MATH 

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.

SPANISH

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.

FRENCH 

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’.

HINDI 

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.

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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.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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
DANCE 

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.

VISUAL ART 

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.

ICT 

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.

MUSIC 

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.

LIBRARY

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.

3rd week of October

UOI

Students viewed a video about ‘The boy who never listened’ to comprehend the need for the sense of hearing. Link to the story is given below :

A treasure hunt was conducted in the classroom and students were given clues to discover parts of the ear and its functions. They wrote the journey of how sound travels through the ear by organizing jumbled sentences. They enhanced their understanding by watching a video on the ears https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMXoHKwWmU8–Groups were formed to denote the divisions of the ear. Using iPads, books, fact sheets students researched information about the role of ear wax, how ears help in maintaining balance etc.
Students discovered more about the nose through an experiment on how air molecules reach the nose. They also watched a video related to it, the link for which is given below https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzOSzX_HXE4.

Students read the ‘The magic school bus’ to understand how different smells are identified.
They also got to know about the structure and working of the nose. They brainstormed and listed ways to take care of their nose.

MATH

During Math lessons, students were introduced to properties of multiplication:
Commutative property: When two numbers are multiplied together, the product is the same regardless of the order of the multiplicands. For example 4 X 2 = 2 X 4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e9r8_VOO-8 – Commutative Property
Associative Property: When three or more numbers are multiplied, the product is the same regardless of the grouping of the factors. For example (2 X 3) X 4 = 2 X (3 X 4)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGVGwrM-vdo – Associative Property
Multiplicative Identity Property: The product of any number and one is the number itself. For example 5 X 1 = 5.
Zero Property: The product of any number and zero is zero. For example 5 X 0 = 0.
Students practiced multiplying two and three digit numbers using different multiplication strategies like repeated addition, array method, grouping and multiplication on the number line. They are now in the process of revisiting the times tables and revising the concept of multiplication through classroom games. They attempted a summative assessment on symmetry and a formative assessment on addition too.

ENGLISH
During their English lesson, students learned about procedural writing. They started by finding the meaning of the word ‘procedure’ in the dictionary. They then discussed and defined ‘procedural writing’ in their own words.
(Videos for understanding procedural writing –


A mind map on procedural writing (what to include, where is it used, its meaning, how to write etc.) was made in journals and students also listed the elements of procedural writing.
A recap of adjectives using ‘bundling activity’ was undertaken where adjectives given were classified on the basis of the five  sense organs.

FRENCH

Students attempted a formative assessment on greetings and self introduction. They spoke and wrote phrases in French, hence developing communication skills of speaking and writing.

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SPANISH

Students learned the numbers from 1 to 30 in Spanish and understood the pattern in which the numbers are spelled and pronounced. Students practiced the numbers on the white board and verbally. Students also watched a video based on the numbers to understand their pronunciation better.

Videos on numbers:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ydJr1Is8xI

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HINDI

During Hindi classes students enhanced their reading and writing skills by reciting a poem ‘sardi aai’, identified and wrote ‘मिलते -जुलते शब्द’ (rhyming words) , ‘विलोम शब्द ‘ (antonyms) and’ engaged in वाक्य -रचना ‘(sentence construction). Discussion on how they can take care of the sense organs was held to enhance listening and speaking skills.

HINDI AB – INITIO 

During their hindi lessons, students read and wrote इ मात्रा words and formed sentences using the इ मात्रा. They also read and understood a given comprehension that had आ and इ मात्रा words.

VISUAL ART

Students gained an understanding of Wassily Kandinsky and his style of painting. Kandinsky was an artist who expressed his feelings and emotions through music and colours. Students expressed freely through colours while connecting to jazz music.
Students experienced ‘Music Art’ to understand how the senses are used to connect to the world around them. A piece of music was played and students explored working with oil pastels while listening to the music. Few closed their eyes to feel the music, others moved their hand keeping the rhythm of the music while working.

ICT

Students created a script for recording on sense organs. They used this information to further create a video on Vittle app as an assessment thereby integrating the unit with ICT.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Introduction to Yoga helped students to comprehend its relation to the senses.Simple definition of yoga is to bring together body, mind and spirit as a harmonious whole. Students were introduced to ‘surya namaskar’. They also played some recreational games with seven a side match and engaged in inter house running competition.

MUSIC

During vocals the students practiced singing ‘Be brave never give up’ with actions and some of the students attempted to perform solo in class.
During their instruments class they learned to play C,G and F major chords on the ukulele.

DANCE

Observation and analysis skills were stressed through a task in which students were made to create symmetrical movements during lessons.

LIBRARY

Students exchanged their books during Library class. In addition, the library homework assignment from the previous week was also discussed.

1st week of October

Students have been inquiring about the eye as a sense organ in their Unit of inquiry classes through hands on activities, floor diagrams and interactive games. They have been introduced to the structure of the eye through a role play to comprehend how light enters the eye. They viewed a video to help enhance their understanding.

Using the strategy ‘Ask the Expert’ students interviewed teachers who wear spectacles to find out the reasons for doing so and understood the difference between short and long sightedness. They used a Venn diagram to compare and contrast their findings and then summarised their understanding.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLIcD9yzv48 – short sight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utccjNHokFM – long sight

They used the ‘Carousel’ strategy to place question slips at different stations that shed light on how to keep the eyes healthy . They used their thinking skills and shared various ways of keeping the eyes healthy. Drawing upon De Bono’s yellow and black hats, they brainstormed the benefits and limitations of eyesight from the perspective of a critic, analyst, optimist and logic. They attempted a formative assessment where choices were given to present their learning though the magic school bus video or the ‘Vittle’ App so as to record their understanding.

English

During English lessons, students created illustrations to match the written text, by reading a poem, ‘ Nature’s way’ .This activity helped them enhance their visual imagery skill while integrating their learning from the unit.
They learned about synonyms and antonyms and used a thesaurus to list a few examples from their novel study ‘The eyes of the eagle’.
The students read the book ‘Your Body, Your Senses’ and discussed the different facts about senses given in the book. To consolidate their understanding, students identified and wrote three facts from the book and marked nouns and verbs in the written sentences.
They presented a ‘Take and talk’ on the topic ‘which sense organ is the most important according to you and why’?

Math

During Math classes, students tuned into the concept of symmetry by observing cutouts of different shapes and letters with lines of symmetry. They were encouraged to use the visible thinking routine ‘I see, I think, I wonder’ wherein they observed the shapes, expressed their understanding and listed any questions they had. They further discussed their observation with their peers. Students were given cut outs of symmetrical shapes to fold it in a manner that two parts became a reflection of each other to use the nomenclature ‘line of symmetry’. To strengthen the concept, students identified the symmetry in a human face. The following video on symmetry was shown to students.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEro2-qcFqU
Students read a story on multiplication in their Math classes, “One Hundred Hungry Ants” by Elinor J. Pinczes. They then expressed their understanding through a thinking routine, Connect Extend Challenge. They wrote the connections they could draw from the story from prior knowledge and listed questions they may have had. They have since progressed to revising tables, understanding grouping and arrays.

Video link for the story ‘One hundred hungry ants’
https://youtu.be/yMQ78Krw8Pg

Hindi

During their Hindi classes students enhanced their communication skills by reading a story ‘Jaise ko taisaa’ and  discussed the moral of the story.
They saw a video related to their current unit  and wrote the names of the sense organs and made sentences with the words.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7x0GmSX4po

Hindi ab-initio
Students enhanced reading and writing skills of two to three letter words and wrote different words using each maatra.

To enhance communication skills they identified classroom objects, spoke and wrote about them.
An activity was done on ‘इ’ maatra- finding and sorting out words.

Spanish

Students learned about the five senses in Spanish as a part of their transdisciplinary theme. They also learned about the body parts and actions relevant to the senses. They practiced the names of senses and the body parts.

French

The objective of the French lessons was to get well versed with basic salutations and introducing oneself in French language. Through an interesting game ‘Meet your neighbour’ students worked in pairs, greeted and communicated with each other. They developed their social and communication skills through this activity.

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Visual Arts
For the line of inquiry – “How we use our senses to connect to the world around us”, students experienced, ‘Music art’ in their Art classes.
A piece of music was played and students explored working with oil pastels while listening to the music. Few closed their eyes to feel the music, others moved their hand keeping with the rhythm of the music while working.

Dance

During their dance class, students used their observation and analytical skills to create an impromptu symmetrical movement routine.

Music

The students discussed about how music can affect the five senses and saw a power point presentation on the same. They practiced an action song – Be brave never give up.
They worked in groups to create songs based on stories.

ICT

Students were apprised about primary and secondary research and the difference between them. They used this information to further research about sense organs, thereby integrating the unit with ICT.

Physical Education

During the Physical Education lessons, students practiced different techniques of kicking for the game of soccer
Step and place non kicking foot next to the ball.
Look towards the middle section of the ball
Make contact below the center of the ball
Follow through with your leg after you kick
Kick hard for distance.

Library
Students exchanged their books to borrow one Hindi and one English book from the library. In addition they were introduced to magazines like Magic Pot and Primary Plus. Each student was given two of these magazines to browse and read. The differences between a magazine and a regular book and the frequency of these magazines (weekly, fortnightly, monthly, bimonthly, quarterly or yearly) was discussed.

Tuning into the world of Senses

UOI
Students were introduced to the new Unit of Inquiry on ‘Senses’ using the strategy ‘Cover Puzzle’ . They tried to guess which sense was being shared in the pictures. They were then able to connect the pictures and guess what the new unit was about. The ‘Bundling’ strategy was introduced to students and they came up with words they would associate with the new unit. They further grouped the words into different categories and suggested associated words. Students expressed their prior knowledge about the 5 senses using the strategy ‘Complete the sentence’.  The unit commenced with exploring the sense of sight with an activity ‘Think, Wink and Decide’ wherein they were paired with a partner and recorded what they knew, what they needed to know and which questions they would share with the class.

ENGLISH
Students did a ‘think-pair-share’ activity in their English classes to share their knowledge about the exclamation mark. They shared their ideas through class discussion and then applied them to sentences. They read chapter two of the novel ‘ Eye of the Eagle’ and wove questions using the ‘questions start’ strategy. To recapitulate ‘rhyming words’, they created couplets and poems related to landforms. Students enhanced their reading skills by reading unit related books and shared 5 new things they learned through the unit.

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MATH

During Math lessons, students strengthened their understanding of addition and its properties through mental math strategies. They were introduced to CUBES strategy for solving word problems, some of which were based on real life examples. They circled and underlined the key words and numbers which helped them to evaluate and eliminate information and solve the word problem. They were encouraged to connect their conceptual understanding to real life situations by creating and solving word problems. Students also attempted their first summative assessment on number systems.

HINDI
In their Hindi classes students read a paragraph and wrote ‘संज्ञा शब्द’ (noun) and ‘विशेषण शब्द’ (adjective), thus enhancing their reading and writing skills. They enhanced their communication skills through role play of famous personalities for their Hindi diwas celebration. They also enjoyed ‘अंताक्षरी’ (antaksharee) of ‘पद रचना (couplets) by making their own couplets.
Hindi Ab- initio

Students identified and used Hindi numbers 1-10 in sentences to enhance their writing and thinking skills. Students read words and sentences to strengthen their reading. They also attempted a dictation to enhance their writing skill.

FRENCH

The objective of French lessons was to get well versed with vocabulary words for days, months and seasons. Students developed their thinking and social skills while solving crosswords collaboratively. A question- answer session was also held to enhance their listening and speaking skills.

SPANISH
Students learned to spell their names in Spanish which helped them understand the correct pronunciation of the letters. Students also learned the days of the week, months and seasons in Spanish and practiced them in class. They watched related videos to improve their pronunciation.
ICT 

Students revised fundamentals of computers. They learned about desktop, start menu, icons and taskbar. They also learned significance of performing basic windows operations like maximizing, minimizing and closing tabs. They identified various types of personal computers like desktop, laptop, notebooks, hand-held devices etc. They expressed their learning through a reflection on Padlet.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Students practiced football skills like running with the ball, passing and receiving during their Physical Education classes. They learned how to first observe the target, approach the ball position of non-kicking foot, then contact the correct area of the ball with locked ankle. For inside of the foot pass, they learned that toes are pointed up; then the follow-through by transferring the weight forward and releasing the ball to the partner.

ART
Students created their landscape displaying personal connections, for their Art classes. Their landscapes were based on their personal experiences or observations. In doing so, they learned the technique of mixed media. Grade 3 was excited to present their knowledge, creativity, and understanding of landscape art in the class assembly on September 17. They diligently prepared for the assembly and displayed confidence during the quiz. It was a pleasure to watch the students participate in the quiz.

DANCE
Students stressed on groove in hip hop, starting with the feet positions to the head technique in their Dance sessions. Apart from that, they concentrated on spotting and style. Demonstration of different technique used during dance routines was done. Students also added eight counts to a hip hop dance routine.

MUSIC
In their Music classes students practiced singing parts in choir ( Glorious by One voice ).
They learned about harmony and melody through this song.

LIBRARY

Students visited the library to exchange their books. This week they were encouraged to issue junior classics and graphic novels. Students shared stories from books that they had read in the previous week.

ASSEMBLY

The assembly was led by 3-B students and they celebrated the great British children book writer Roald Dahl’s  102nd birthday. They learnt some facts about his life and the books that were written by him like Charlie and the chocolate Factory, BFG, Matilda, Danny the champion of the world and many more. A very funny incident from his autobiography ‘Boy – The childhood tales’ was read to them on this occasion.

Week 1 September

UOI
Students enhanced their research skills in their Unit of Inquiry classes, by working in groups to gather information on natural and man-made disasters. Each group chose a disaster to research from the choices provided to them – earthquake, tsunami, volcano, tornado, floods; droughts, hurricane, whirlpool and avalanche).
They expressed their understanding about the topic using a double bubble strategy and presented the same to their peers.
Students were assessed on their understanding of how the physical features of the Earth have changed along with reasons for the same through hands on experiments.

ENGLISH
In continuation of last week’s lessons, students penned a ‘Thank you’ note to earth to express gratitude for all that we receive from her. The exclamation mark was introduced through a ‘Think-Pair-Share’ activity. Student attempted a spell bee through word search and revisited rhyming words.
MATH
Students tuned into addition through a class discussion on vocabulary related to the operation. This understanding was then expressed through a mind map. The properties of addition were explained through a ‘Bus Stop’ activity. Some number statements related to the properties were displayed at each station :

64 + 0 = 64
43 + 26 = 26 + 43
5 + (7 + 4) = (5 + 7) + 4

Students walked to each station and wrote down their observations for each statement, followed by the teacher explanation of Identity, Commutative, and Associative property.

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HINDI

In their Hindi classes students enhanced their communication skills by practicing their roles for Hindi diwas. They revisited grammar concept numbers (वचन) by changing the number of words in the given sentences and rewriting the same.
HINDI AB-INITIO
In their Hindi ab-initio classes students enhanced their speaking and writing skills by practicing tongue twisters for Hindi diwas and wrote the same. They revised names of colours through various activities. Students wrote and read ओ मात्रा words and made sentences  to enhance their reading and writing skills. They also recited Hindi counting -गिनती
FRENCH
The objective of the French lesson was to self-assess the homework on French culture and vocabulary.  Students discussed and corrected their work with teacher guidance thus developing their social and communication skills.

SPANISH
Students learned to introduce themselves in Spanish and practiced speaking to their peers. Students also watched videos based on the greetings and self- introduction in Spanish which helped them understand the pronunciation.

Links of the videos shown to students:

ICT
Students revised the basics of computers like hardware, software and types of computers in their ICT class. They expressed their learning through a reflection on Padlet. This also helped them to practice their typing skills.
MUSIC
Students practiced karaoke singing and learned the techniques of voice modulation, count breathing and tonality in their Music classes.
They learned about chromatic scales and practiced singing them.
Some of the students shared their knowledge about particular instruments with the class and also demonstrated how to play them.

VISUAL ART
In their Visual Art class students made a preliminary sketch of the landscape in their art journal and later made the same on an A3 cartridge sheet. A few students were in the process of creating their final work in mixed media using colour pencils and poster paints. While doing so students learned the technique of mixed media to create their landscape art pieces.
SWIMMING
During Swimming classes students worked on developing coordination of hand movement, kicking and breathing for Free style and Back stroke. They also worked on developing muscle endurance. Students practiced distance swimming with and without kickboard. They played some recreational games like running in the water, holding breath inside the water and relay racing.

DANCE

Pirouette preparations were stressed on during Dance classes, starting with the feet positions to the toe-turn technique. Focus was also on spotting and style, as also on grooves of hip hop. A demonstration of different techniques used during the dance routine was done. Students were also involved in choreographing a hip hop dance routine.
Students took the opportunity to express their gratitude and respect for their teachers by entertaining them with medley performances on Teachers day. The efforts of all the students was well appreciated by teachers who enjoyed their special day.

LIBRARY
As the world celebrates Literacy Day every year on September 8, students were made aware of the importance of literacy for individuals, society, and communities to understand  social and individual rights; during the Library class.
Students were issued  two non-fiction category  books this week.