October First Fortnight

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. 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syaQgmxb5i0

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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.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLIcD9yzv48short sight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utccjNHokFMlong sight

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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.

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’?

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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.

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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.

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Video link for the story ‘One hundred hungry ants’

https://youtu.be/yMQ78Krw8Pg

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

Ab-initio

In their Hindi ab-initio classes students enhanced their understanding about ‘गिनती’ (counting) by reading a story ‘बंदर की नेकी’ (bandar ki nekee). They rewrote the story by replacing the numbers with words and enhanced their comprehension and writing skills. They developed their reading skills by sorting out different maatraa words and read them aloud.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

ASSEMBLY

Students of Grade 3C conducted an assembly on Gandhi Jayanti. Interesting facts from the life of Gandhiji were shared through a power point presentation. A map marking activity using google maps allowed students to understand the coordinates of his place of birth, the dandi march and chaura chaura incidence from history.The assembly oncluded with singing of ‘We Are the World’, written and sung by Michael Jackson, who was an admirer of Gandhiji.

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September Second Fortnight

Unit of Inquiry on ‘Senses’

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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.  Students enhanced their reading skills by reading unit related books and shared 5 new things they learned through the unit.

 

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.

In their Hindi ab-initio classes students enhanced their listening skills through various listening activities. They watched a story Bandar aur do billiyaan (बंदर और दो बिल्लियाँ) and identified the main elements of a story. They developed their writing and thinking skills by writing the story in their own words.

 

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.

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ICT – Students were apprised about primary and secondary research after which they researched about input and output devices. They were also introduced to Vittle, a screen cast application used to express ideas and thoughts.

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.

 

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 practised them in class. They watched related videos to improve their pronunciation.

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Students practised 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.

 

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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.

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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.

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

 

 

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The new academic session started with some ice breaking activities.

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Students set essential agreements for their class.

 

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Reading current affairs and sharing with peers.
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Students were tuned into the Unit of Inquiry through a class discussion about the beginning of the universe and formation of the Earth. Students watched a video on ‘The Big Bang theory’; then reflected in their journals about the creation of the universe and the Earth.

To extend students’ understanding on the Big bang theory, a ‘balloon explosion’ experiment was conducted where balloons were filled with different objects – stars, small stones etc. and then burst  to give students an idea of how an explosion could lead to the formation of the cosmos. Students were familiarised with the term tectonic plates and their role in the evolution of the Earth. Students watched a power point presentation on continents and oceans and then marked them on a world map. Prior knowledge of land forms was assessed through a cut and paste engagement. Students watched a video on layers of Earth and tried to name and identify them. They were also able to describe the interior structure of the Earth.

 

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English

Students learned the technique of note taking and practised it with a unit related passage. The teacher explained speed reading techniques like skimming and scanning and the difference between them. Students applied these techniques while reading a passage. Students listened to a story ‘Save River Save Water’ and attempted a comprehension exercise as part of a listening exercise. The concept of syllables was explained and students understood how to recognize the number of syllables in a word. Students revisited the concept of proper and common nouns through a switch pair activity. A video on the story ‘Dear Earth’ summarized their understanding.

Link for the story ‘Dear Earth’.

https://storyweaver.org.in/stories/11759-dear-earth

Links for skimming and scanning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knj0LR3uSvo

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1wPYHa5nUg

Links for Syllables:

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S7DY2lgJlU

Link for the story “Save River Save Water”

https://storyweaver.org.in/stories/37778-save-river-save-water

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Math

During their math classes, students were made to understand how numbers are organized in the number system. They applied the knowledge of place value to create three and four digit numbers, then engaged in comparing and ordering  numbers. Students were also able to express numbers in different ways like standard form, expanded form and tried to name the numbers.

 

In their Hindi classes, students discussed learner profiles and essential agreements. They revisited all the maatraas (मात्रा) and varnmaalaa (वर्णमाला) through different activities. They discussed  sea pollution after watching a video relevant to the  unit.  They recited a poem ‘samudree jeevan’ ( समुद्री जीवन) and searched for  ‘milte-julte shabd’ , ‘paryaayvaachee shabd’ (synonyms) while making  sentences with them. They learned to make couplets ( पद-रचना) in Hindi.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3XGUnjDRUQ  (Link for the video about sea pollution)

French

A group discussion was held about France, the position of the French language in the world, benefits of learning it and career prospects which was  followed by language immersion games. Students learned a few French greetings and the alphabet through songs and later spelled their names in the language too.

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Students were asked their reasons for choosing to learn Spanish as a part of an activity and later some basic facts about Spain were shared amongst them. Students learned the letters, their sounds and the words associated with each letter. This exercise really helped them to read words and pronounce them correctly.

Visual art

 Grade 3 began their academic year by formulating essential agreements and writing their names creatively in their art journals.

The tools of visual art were discussed and students responded by giving examples in the class.

As an integration with their unit of inquiry on Earth, students discussed the physical features of the Earth and its landforms. They observed and analyzed a few works of landscape artists ( Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Lorrain, J.W Turner) to understand the elements of a landscape. They were able to reflect on different artists and their technique of art.

 

To mark the 72nd anniversary of India’s independence, a quiz was conducted for the students.  Students enriched their general knowledge about their country by answering questions about the national tree, national marine animal, national reptile, India’s population, number of states and many more during their library lesson.

Dance

Students are doing basic warm up, stretching and learning improvisation and creation in jazz. The spotting technique has also been introduced.

 Music

The students practiced vocal warm ups, songs and solfege and learned about voice modulation techniques.

They sang group songs and acquired knowledge on harmony and part singing.

They practiced playing C, D, E and F scales on the ukulele. The students were divided into small groups and asked to compose songs where  each group presented their composition.

ICT

An Ice Breaking activity was conducted to develop listening skills. Students formulated essential agreements for ICT lab through a hands on activity.

They explored Google Earth as an integration with their Unit of Inquiry. They then rendered a 3D representation of earth based on satellite imagery. Students explored the globes by entering addresses and coordinates. They also searched physical features, continents, oceans and mountains ranges.

PE

Students were made aware of the rules and regulations of swimming pool, safety, Health and Hygiene and need for following safety rules..

 

Students casting their votes-

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Meet the teacher day –

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