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.
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’?
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.
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’
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.
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.
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.