Engaged learners

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For the Unit of Inquiry sessions, students continued their inquiry into the different kinds of explorations, their reasons and challenges, under the transdisciplinary theme ‘Where we are in place and time’. They worked in groups to present their research work on sea, space, land and other areas of exploration. Later, they made a comparative analysis about exploration, moving from the past to present times.

To enhance their educational experience, a guest lecture by Mrs. Shailee and Mr. Gaurav Tyagi, who recently completed a mountain trek in Uttarakhand, was organized. The guests shared their experiences of the exciting expedition. Students also had an opportunity to interact with another guest, Dr Anand Sethi, an avid historian. They gained knowledge about famous explorers and their reasons for exploration.

Furthermore, to find out about the impact of exploration on mankind, students watched a movie about an Antarctic expedition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgh_77TtX5I

During their English classes, students developed listening skills by listening to a poem, Hearthside by Dorothy Parker and further developed thinking skills by analysing the poem in terms of its elements. As part of the preparation for the PYP Exhibition, students became active inquirers when they collaborated to find out about the action they can take towards a noble cause. They watched a video ‘The girl who silenced the world for five minutes’ and discussed the action they could take based on their understanding of the video. (Link below)

Students further developed listening skill by attempting a paragraph dictation wherein they had to take down the paragraph as dictated by the teacher. After that, they attempted peer correction and evaluated each other’s work. Students then tuned into the elements of an essay by reading a sample essay and discussing with their peers. They also developed organisation skills by planning an essay with the help of a graphic organizer, before writing the first draft. Students attempted a formative assessment on verbs and a spell bee.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdK0uYjy85o&t=10s (Video on action)

During their Math lessons, students reinforced the concept of decimal operations by attempting word problems. The students then honed their social skills by brainstorming about the conversion of decimals and fractions, in groups. Students learned to convert decimals into fractions and vice-versa (Links below). To compare and contrast decimals and fractions, students created a Venn Diagram. Students attempted a formative assessment on decimal operations, which was co-constructed by them earlier in  class.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wwg1br9-8yk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do_IbHId2Os

During Hindi classes, students enhanced reading skills with a poem recitation of हमारा मुल्क and गुरु चेला संवाद. As an extension, they discussed the similarities between these poems. To improve grammar concepts, students identified different types of adjectives (विशेषण व उसके प्रकार-गुणवाचक, संख्यावाचक, परिमाणवाचक, सार्वनामिक) in the given sentences. Integration with  the current unit saw students identify advantages of discoveries from the deep ocean/sea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ3zG5nc3oA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8RlqcMZqgU&t=567s

During French classes, students organized the likes and dislikes of a person of their choice using the FOUR QUADRANT STRATEGY. Later, they used ‘EXPLORER-PARTAGER-PRESENTER’ (explore-share-present) strategy to explore each other’s preferences (likes/dislikes) through an interview. They gathered information through a class survey and presented their findings in the class.

During Spanish classes, students were given different tasks to show their knowledge of prepositions in Spanish. They were asked to name the prepositions in Spanish and frame sentences independently.

Students also attempted to translate a paragraph of about 25 to 50 words from English into Spanish while using most of the prepositions in the foreign language.

In their Art lessons, students continued to work on their composition through which they will discover a new style, by merging two different art forms.

 

In ICT lessons, students revisited the art of animation through pivot animator. They finished their previous projects and created new ones in order to practice for a formative assessment scheduled for the next week.

In Physical Education classes, students started with their new unit on Cricket. They were introduced to the basic skills of cricket such as batting, bowling and fielding. They also practiced to improve their fielding skills.

During Music classes, students inquired and discussed about the challenges and opportunities that  migration offers  a musician. They noted the same in their UOI journals. They sang the song – ‘you raise me up’ and ‘balmsque’, a French song.

In Dance classes, students reflected on their observations and identified the sequence in which a dance class is conducted. In addition to this, they expanded their understanding of different dance genres by collecting information and sharing it with the class.

Students also learned how to improvise the process of creation and composition of dance. Using their understanding of line and symmetry, students are now exploring a contemporary dance routine that focuses on floor work.

During the library session, students issued books of their interest. They honed their self-management skills by understanding the importance of arranging and managing books in the library.

 

 

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Exploring minds

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For the Unit of Inquiry sessions, students tuned into the new unit of inquiry about exploration under the transdisciplinary theme, ‘Where we are in place and time’. They were encouraged to begin their inquiry by watching an interesting short movie ‘Lost on the Emu Mountain’. They brainstormed about all the words related to the unit and constructed the central idea and lines of inquiry. Then students explored different areas of exploration like sea, space, land etc. The students then honed their research skills by researching about explorations and discoveries by famous explorers from the past and the recent times. They used different resources like books, web links, newspaper articles, etc. to collect information about the unit.

https://youtu.be/dTLlFyt43bg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyzD8RebtA4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwZb2mqId0A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzVEsvWNtbU

During their  English classes, students tuned into the art of writing a travelogue. They first attempted ‘Rocket Writing’, a learning engagement in which they recorded all activities undertaken during the winter break. After highlighting the places and activities in two separate columns, they read some exemplars to understand elements of a travelogue following which they began writing their drafts. They are now in the process of putting together a travelogue journal for display purpose. Their communication skill (writing) was well connected to the Unit of Inquiry wherein they are researching about various explorations.

Students went on to study regular and irregular verbs with help of a learning engagement, Verb Bingo. They watched relevant videos to reinforce their knowledge and attempted a newspaper activity. Students developed their thinking skill wherein they applied their knowledge of verbs to identify irregular verbs and then convert them into past tense. Using Jigsaw Strategy, students read the classic novel, Oliver Twist and summarized the story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX77M1-hemA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zdmufwnsd_w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKaD2btS1A4&t=40s

During their Math lessons, students reinforced the concept of decimals and explored  different ways to express them. They were able to expand and write decimals in words. They strengthened representation of decimal numbers on grids using a graph paper. Students researched about like and unlike decimals and honed their research skills. Students watched videos to enhance their understanding on multiplication and division of decimals. (Links below). They attempted questions on multiplication and division of decimal numbers to reinforce the concept. Students actively participated to co-construct formative assessment on operations of decimal, success criteria and goals.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwh4SD1ToFc&t=137s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwh4SD1ToFc&t=137s

During Hindi classes, students watched a few videos (links below) and discussed about various discoveries in oceans as an integration with the current unit. They then sorted out difficult words and their meanings which enhanced their vocabulary. To enhance reading and writing skills they recited a poem ‘वह चिड़िया जो’, formed questions-answers and identified nouns.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ3zG5nc3oA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8RlqcMZqgU&t=567s

During French classes, students were assessed on their prior knowledge of ER ending verbs. They were given an opportunity to choose any verb of their choice for conjugating and framing sentences. They organized their work through a mystery hand organizer.

During Spanish classes, students learned prepositions in Spanish and tried to use them with objects. Students were also asked about situations where prepositions could be used to make sentences and thus better their understanding of its application.

In their Art lessons, students inquired about a contemporary artist ‘Manjit Bawa’ and observed his artwork. They also integrated with their current unit on ‘Explorations’ by exploring the elements of two different art forms of their choice and combined them together to discover a new composition.

 In ICT lessons, students learnt map marking using ‘Googlemymaps’. They were excited to measure the distance between places, add images to destinations and search for locations. They also used Google Earth to see the street view of various places, understood 2D and 3D view. This was done  to integrate technology with their Unit of inquiry on exploration. These activities also enhanced  research skills.

In Physical Education classes, students continued with their unit on Athletics. Students participated in various ‘Track and field’ events during the 2nd annual athletic meet held  to showcased their strength and speed in various events. The meet marked Republic day celebrations at school

During Music classes, students clapped, played percussion instruments and through their voices showed their understanding of dynamics.

They heard folk songs and tried to identify the tone  of the composition, later developing an understanding of Timbre.

In Dance classes, students inquired into the differences between a dancer and a performer, a choreographer and a director, offstage crew and technical crew through a group activity. After observations and discussions, they concluded that adequate knowledge of related aspects is needed in all these areas and there is a dynamic relationship between them.

Students started to learn a new routine on the song” Lalala(instrumental)” to understand new rhythm patterns so as to focus more on body lines and symmetry of movements. They were also introduced to a technique class which comprised of advanced stretching and basic ballet techniques.

 During the library session, students collaborated and drafted few essential agreements to be followed in the library.

 

Active learners

During Unit of Inquiry classes, students witnessed the unavailability of equal opportunities in the real world during their field trip to ‘Bagiya’ – a school for the underprivileged as an extension of their third line of inquiry, ‘Our action towards reducing it’. A meaningful and enriching interaction with the Bagiya  saw students perform role plays related to the different types of inequalities. Students researched about various professions that can address the issues of inequality such as journalist, activist etc. The unit concluded with students attempting their unit end assessment.

During English classes, students commenced the writing process for argumentative writing and incorporated the teacher feedback in subsequent drafts. They truly exhibited their thinking skills as they applied their knowledge and questioned the logic of the reasons cited for or against the topic.  Students tuned into report writing with a video on a popular children’s fairytale. (Link below) They studied the elements of a report with help of  news reports from the newspaper. Labelling the news report helped strengthen their understanding of a model news report. Then they moved on to plan and write a report on their trip to Bagiya, a school for underprivileged children.

Students also attempted a reading assessment using a rubric as an assessment tool. Students were tuned into the concepts of adverbs by watching a short clip of the movie Brave, wherein they had to describe the actions they saw. Watching another video on characteristics of adverbs helped them strengthen their understanding. They followed this up by identifying adverbs in a newspaper article. They attempted two online quizzes to reinforce their understanding of adverbs and clarified doubts. Students ended their unit on Equality by viewing an interview of Malala Yousafzai, a women’s rights in activist. Students were zealous Communicators as they put forth their views to their peers.

http://slideplayer.com/slide/6283734/ (format of debate)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oaw-d3r_gIc (Report writing video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_NmVtnEEA8 (Report Writing elements)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EIFWjLYNWA (clip for adverb)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6Pz9V6LzcU  (Interview with Malala Yousafzai)

During Math classes, students strengthened understanding of operation of fractions by solving sums. The students also practised word problems for different operations on fractions. Students were introduced to decimal numbers wherein they wrote 3 initial thoughts, 2 questions and 1 analogy (321 strategy). They then enhanced their understanding about decimals by watching videos (Links below) and wrote their extended understanding. They were then introduced to decimal place values, comparing and sorting decimal numbers, rounding of decimal numbers. (Links below). They honed their time management skills by solving sums on addition and subtraction of decimal numbers in a stipulated time. They practiced different concepts of decimal numbers by playing KAHOOT. Students also attempted a summative assessment on fractions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP6HB7vd_nw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG6ILNOiMgM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwh4SD1ToFc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHUl4kZDD6c

In Hindi classes, students enhanced reading and writing skills by reading about Nobel  peace prize winner Kailash Satyarthi. They watched a video, ‘शिक्षा का उपयोग and attempted comprehension questions.(link below). To strengthen their grammar skills they identified and read ‘वाक्यांश के लिए एक शब्द’ (one word for many) and ‘काल’ Tenses, types of tenses and their uses in sentences.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Qe7C7TGjsA

The objective of the French lesson was to get well versed with the concept of time and prepositions in the language. Students learned the 24 hour clock and various ways in which time can be expressed. They collaboratively framed sentences using their prior knowledge about time and prepositions, hence developing their thinking and social skills.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB6Y1DqY1rU (Time)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW5rdguq0q0 (Prepositions)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ096WbTjkM (Prepositions)

Students practiced the concept of time in Spanish class, wherein they were given task sheets with different clock timings to mention the correct time corresponding to the time indicated on  a particular clock. Students also made sentences with the particular timings using the expressions of time discussed in class.

In Art lessons, students completed their posters on the topic of their choice. Then they revised the essential elements of poster making and wrote their reflections as well. Students are now working on the posters on the topic of inequality.

In ICT lessons, students created interesting animations using a simple animation software. They saved and added backgrounds, figures and images to their projects and animated them to create short videos. They also learned about the importance of frames while animating.

In Physical Education classes, the students continued with athletics. They also participated in trials for different events such short distance races, hurdle races, medicine ball throw and standing broad jump for the upcoming annual athletic meet.

During Music classes, the students learned about chromatic scales and practiced to sing them.

They learned about the notes on the treble clef and bass clef and also attempted to read and write them.

In Dance classes, students attempted their summative in order to strengthen the concepts of dancing learned  in Term 1. Students also started to learn dance routines incorporating the concept of line and symmetry.

 

 

Equal opportunities

In Unit of inquiry sessions, students were tuned into their new unit on ‘Equal Opportunities’ under the trans disciplinary theme ‘Sharing the planet’ through Sheil Silverston’s poem ‘No discrimination’, where students came up with different types of inequalities they observed. They watched videos based on types of inequalities and wrote their understanding about the same. Students came up with the vocabulary words related to the unit and wrote their meanings. They also created their own graphic organisers using lucidchart.com.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9ZoZhfdo0A (4:11) Inequality based on class.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH9AyDYbrEc&feature=youtu.be  (2:36) Inequality based on gender.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfccrwUlROU (2:38) Inequality based on race.

During English classes, students developed the skill of inferential thinking. With help of videos (link below) and classic text, Oliver Twist, they enhanced their thinking skill of drawing inferences.  Students attempted a formative assessment on summary writing which was integrated with their unit. Students learned the essentials of poetry writing and the different types of poems (links below). They independently chose topics, planned their poems and shared the poem with their peers. They also analysed a poem on inequality with help of a ‘four square fold strategy’ and shared with the class. Students completed a prior knowledge assessment on informal letter writing. This helped them create a checklist for types of letter writing – e.g formal/informal and they created a checklist for the same.

ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9ZoZhfdo0A (Inferential Thinking)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlQbhj1ZiJk (Example of poem)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EdMKqOpbJU (Elements of poetry)

During Math classes, students practised H.C.F and L.C.M sums using prime factorization and ladder/common division method. Students also shared their prior knowledge on fractions. Then the students honed their thinking skills to distinguish between different types of fractions and attempted conversion sums from mixed fractions to improper fractions and vice versa. They practised addition and subtraction of like and unlike fractions and solved word problems on the same (Links below).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5juto2ze8Lg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epq3pI6sv1w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZEmFSP3Z0I

During Hindi classes, students enhanced their communication skills of viewing, speaking, thinking and writing by watching a video which was later discussed and a story wheel was made on ‘प्रायश्चित’. They have also identified and written संयुक्त व्यंजन(क्ष, त्र , ज्ञ, श्र ) .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEhgm6bI7EM

The objective of the French lesson was to get well versed with the concept of ‘negation’ in present tense. Through the ‘Drill’ technique, they first learnt the vocabulary for negation like never, nobody, not anymore, nothing and later repeated the same. They also wrote sentences and compared affirmative and negative phrases. Through this, they developed their social and thinking skills.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkKu6RsFyTk&t=89s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxopKJZAKro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppAfnDhrr3o&t=1s

During Spanish classes, students learned the words and phrases used for ‘negation’ in Spanish and used it in the sentences based on the ER ending verbs and other verbs. They also made the sentences based on the phrases related to the different situations using the new vocabulary learned in class.

In their Art lessons, students completed their compositions on self-expression. Then the students discussed about their artwork and exchanged ideas with their peers.

 In ICT lessons, students were divided into groups to research about different topics related to the fundamentals and history of computers and innovations in technology. They further created multiple choice questions based on their research findings, which will be used to create a quiz in the upcoming week.

In Physical Education classes, students continued with their unit in football. They practiced long passing, cross passing and ground passing to a stationary partner and to a moving partner. Students will continue focusing on building skills required in football before they begin playing matches.

During Music classes there was a discussion on the history of carols. The students shared their views on their understanding of the word “carol”.

They also practiced singing  the carol – “Hark the herald”

The students played the C major scales individually on the ukulele.

In Dance classes, students made their third attempt to create their own choreographic works by using the conceptual framework they had learned in previous classes. They developed small dance pieces using the tools of improvisation, stage positions and types of stages and even different directions available for a dancer.

During library session students learned about the importance of Children’s day which is to increase awareness of the rights, care and education of the children. They commemorated the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, who was fondly known as Chacha Nehru because of his love for children­. A small quiz was also conducted during the discussion.

Technology for expression

Carrying forward the journey of the current unit ‘How we express ourselves’, the students were made aware of how technology is used to express human emotions. They watched videos on the use of digital tools to create artwork; they used to compare and contrast strategy to arrive at the difference between traditional and digital art. (Links below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGZphsI2FFU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAtvSSV01y8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPXM6mcnFmw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DLNFDQt8Pc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqIaYHP-89Y

They also wrote about an aspect of their personality for the task ‘I, Me, Myself’ wherein students described their personalities and their likes and dislikes using digital tools to create presentations on i Pads. This unit has seen abundant use of the NIE newspaper as students have been turning to the print media for staying updated about their current unit. Working in collaboration, students have got an opportunity to hone their presentation, social and time-management skills.

For English classes, students worked on incorporating feedback into their persuasive writing drafts. Students strengthened their knowledge of persuasive writing skills with due practice. Students continued reading the classic novel, Oliver Twist and comprehended the story better when they made interesting connections to the novel i.e., text to self, text to world and text to text. They then created questions through a Think-Pair-Square-Share learning engagement.

During Math lessons, students practised sums on the computation of elapsed time in their process journals. They were able to compare lengths of time and convert different units of time based on calendar. They challenged their thinking skills and played interactive games to reinforce the concept. (Links below)

http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/ElapsedTime/
Students took their learning forward by understanding ‘Time zones’. They extended their knowledge about time zones by watching videos (Links below).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=widWLhIIbzs
https://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-the-time-zone/
https://www.youtube.com/embed/X1DkiuaFCuA

They then researched the challenging questions created by them based on the concept. Students also attempted the summative assessment on Time. During the week, students were introduced to factors and multiples.

Hindi classes saw students read a story based on the great emperor Akbar, titled ‘Birbal ki khichadi’. They followed it up with a discussion on the moral from the story and strengthened their understanding by creating comic strips on the story. Students watched a video on ‘Meena Ka School’ part -1 (link below). After watching the video, they created a few questions and wrote the answers in their journals. Students also read the story, ‘Malala ki daaiyree’ .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udnkfJziRNg

(Link for the video about importance of education in one’s life)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBAmRzwUOxs

During French classes, students attempted a formative assessment on the concept of ER ending verbs. They were asked to do conjugations and frame sentences using the vocabulary they already knew, thus developing their thinking skills.

While taking Spanish lessons students attempted a self-assessment on their homework sheets which helped them to identify their errors. It improved their social and thinking skills. Students strengthened their understanding of the verb tener and ER ending regular verbs by using them in sentences and with a subject pronoun.

In Dance lessons, students were taught the different stages like a proscenium, thrust, arena and flexible stages. They were also taught minor intricacies used on stage for making set designs and light plans like the concept of apron and elastic line. Students were introduced to different positions used on the stage from the point of view of both the audience and the performer. For a complete understanding, they plotted diagrams to represent the different positions available on a stage.

 Students enjoyed working on Auto  Draw which is an Artificial Intelligence based illustration tool. They learned various tools and drew illustrations based on their areas of interest. They were motivated to practise this tool at home as it is easily accessible online.

During their Music sessions, students demonstrated their knowledge of playing drums and rhythm in class. They practised playing quarter beat on the drums as well as practised harmony in a choir song rendition. They learned to play basic beats on bongo and played it along with a song. The students also practised to play the C major scale on the ukulele.

Art lessons saw students complete their compositions on Folk Art and write their reflections. They then discussed about Doodle Art and created a doodle for Google on the topic ‘What inspires me?’

The students practised skills of different sports during Physical Education classes. In Football, students practised skills of ball control, passing and receiving. They also practised shooting skills and played short sided matches. Students practised forward roll, backward roll, cart wheel and splits in Gymnastic session. In Badminton, students practised forehand shot, backhand shot and high serve. They also played half court rally matches with their respective partners. Students practised skills of dribbling, shooting and passing skills during basketball practice. They also played 3v3 half court intra class matches.

Students visited the library and exchanged their books from last week for one Hindi and one English selection. In addition, they were introduced to magazines like National Geographic, Champak and Primary Plus. Each student was given chance to browse and read magazines. Students distinguished between a magazine and a regular book as well as the frequency of the subscription (weekly, monthly, and annual)

Technology is the contemporary language of human expression

The new unit of inquiry sessions saw students began their journey of  exploring technology as the contemporary language of human expression. They read an article on Emojis, and shared their perspectives about their use in  present day communication culminating in  a lively debate.

Students began their inquiry by choosing  keywords about technology as a language of human expression. They participated in a group discussions and wrote their perspective about the same. They also created posters on popular tools of technology  like Whatsapp, Snapchat, Instagram etc. after delving enthusiastically into research work through collaborative effort.

During their English lessons, students continued to read the classic ‘Oliver Twist’. They looked for meanings of difficult words and answered questions based on the text. They also challenged their thinking skills to frame open ended questions using terms for question starters. Students also appeared for a summative assessment on formal letter writing.

They were familiarised with the concept of ‘Homophones’ and used them to make meaningful sentences. Students were introduced to the concept of persuasive writing and were acquainted with some of the persuasive phrases. They used a graphic organiser to plan their persuasive writing paragraph.

For Math lessons, students strengthened their understanding of division with practice. Students were introduced to the rules of divisibility. Then they used ‘Generate, Sort, Connect and Elaborate’ strategy to further enhance their learning on divisibility rules. This involved them to generate numbers, sort them as per their divisibility, and make connections between the different rules. Students used their thinking skills while creating word problems that was integrated with their unit on social media. They attempted a summative assessment on number operations.

Students were introduced to rules of order of operations (links below) and practised simplification of  sums in their process journals while applying these rules. Students also strengthened their mental math skills through an interesting BINGO activity.

Students understood the importance of timekeeping and recognised the units of time. They shared their knowledge on time by participating in a Kahoot quiz.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-FKjqL6NyQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAgfnK528RA

In their Hindi classes, students understood the poem ‘tum ladki ho’, created and answered questions thus enhancing their thinking, reasoning and writing skills. On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, the students strengthened their communication skills by discussing the importance of Hindi in their day to day life. They practiced writing difficult words to improve their spellings. For grammar, students identified and practised different types of ‘R’.

The objective of the French lesson was to get well versed with ‘ER’ ending verbs in present tense. Students learned related terminology like subject pronouns, infinitive verb, radical, verb conjugation and even a few exceptions to ER ending verbs. The concept was recapitulated through an interesting group activity wherein they framed sentences using ‘ER’ ending verbs and vocabulary that they already knew.  They developed their social and communication skills.

During their Spanish lessons, students learned the ER ending regular verbs in Spanish and understood the difference from irregular verbs. Students practiced conjugating these regular verbs and learned a pattern to easily conjugate all such verbs. Students applied their understanding by framing sentences with the given verbs.

During ICT lessons, students were introduced to ‘storyboardthat’, a digital tool used to create comic strips online, thus integrating the skill with their current unit. They were also apprised about MLA format of citing websites and practiced citing few websites and webpages in their ICT classes.

Students continued with swimming practice during Physical Education lessons.  They practiced short sprints of freestyle and backstroke swimming – they did sprints with board, without board and full length sprints with minimum breath surges out of water.

In Art classes, students watched a PowerPoint presentation on conservation and revitalization of architecture. They listed details of what they already know about this topic, what they want to learn and how they will apply this learning through a KWHLAQ chart. Most students also finished their folk art compositions and outlined them using sketch pens.

During Dance lessons, students were divided into groups and used their observations about images to create dance pieces. They also used the tool of improvisation to enhance the dance pieces they created.

Students reflected and made critical notes through questionnaire, thus making them think about the essential role of the government in helping dancers and dance productions.

During Music lessons, students watched percussion performances on waste material – trash percussion. They practiced singing “Glorious ” as part of choir and attempted to sing the harmony parts of the same.

Students borrowed books according to their reading preferences during Library classes. They were given preliminary information on plagiarism and then were given a story ‘When Marion Copied’ to read aloud so as to understand why one should not copy someone’s idea and how to present one’s own ideas suitably.

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Healthy bodies.. healthy minds

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During Unit of Inquiry sessions, students reflected on their learning by using thinking skills to apply their knowledge as they planned and worked on their  Summative task. They conducted a SWOT analysis (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat) to share their opinion about the form of government which best facilitates the functioning of society.  One of the given mediums was chosen to depict a problem and its resolution in the form of government. Students created the rubric for assessment based on parameters decided during a class discussion.

In Math class students attempted a formative assessment of addition and multiplication. Students then focused on the operation of division – they reinforced key vocabulary words, solved sums using long division method and attempted word problems.

Students began their journey into the world of Oliver Twist during their English lessons. They were familiarized with life in the Victorian era. They were empathetic as they drew comparisons with their life to that of the difficulties faced by Oliver. They researched the meaning of difficult words and attempted comprehension questions based on the text.

During Hindi classes, students learned a poem on ‘Tum Ladki Ho’ and understood its meaning. Then they identified the difficult words and wrote the meanings in their journal. Students summarized their understanding of the poem in 5-8 sentences to enhance their writing skills.

The objective of the French lesson was to reinforce and assess the concept of the ordinal numbers. It was done through a ‘Bus stop activity’ wherein students moved from one station to another to perform mathematical operations as per instructions given in French. For e.g. – ‘Colour the fourth ice cream pink’, ‘Identify the person standing in ninth position’. Students completed this activity in pairs/groups thus developing their social and communication skills.

During their Spanish classes, students learned about the government system in Spain and drew comparisons with that of India. Students compared the systems of governance of both the countries through a comprehension exercise based on a questionnaire.

In their Art lessons, students opted to work on any of the Indian folk art like Madhubani, Kalamkari, Pattachitra, Warli etc. They used mediums like colour pencils, crayons and poster colours to create their artwork. Some students also used sketch pens to give finer details to their compositions.

During the ICT lesson, students continued to research about UIDAI, Aadhar card and the role of technology in making the issuing process easier and more secure. They expressed their learning through a PowerPoint presentation. They also learned about MLA (Modern Library Association) citation format with respect to websites.

Students continued learning swimming during Physical Education classes. They were introduced to backstroke swimming and practiced backstroke floating and backstroke kicks.

The students practiced skills of different sports of their choices during sports edge.

In Football, students practised skills of ball control, passing and receiving. They also practiced shooting skills and played short sided matches.

In Gymnastics, students practised forward roll, backward roll, cart wheel and splits.

In Badminton, students practised forehand shot, backhand shot and high serve. They also played half court rally matches with their respective partners.

In Basketball, students practiced skills of dribbling, shooting and passing. They also played 3v3 half court intra class matches.

In Dance classes, students created a presentation on imagery and were initiated into improvisation tasks.

During the Music lessons, after a prior discussion on how government helps to promote and encourage musicians and artisans, the students understood how the governments of various countries help and encourage musicians from all the sections of the society through a Power Point presentation. Students practiced karaoke singing and learned the techniques of voice modulation, counts breathing and tonality.

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.