March 3rd Week

UOI:

Students attempted their summative assessment on Migration, wherein they analysed push and pull factors and the impact of migration, based on a scenario given to them. They also shared their perspective on whether the migration has proved to be a  boon or bane. The students  tuned into a new unit on ‘Stories’ through a treasure hunt activity. They found characters of famous stories, categorized them and found  storybooks which can be paired with these characters. They guessed that the new unit would be on stories. Carrying the discussion forward, the students used writing techniques like free writing, listing, mapping etc. to explain their understanding of the term stories. They were given a mixed bag of story books which belonged to different genres. They identified that the books belonged to various genres like fiction and non-fiction and further classified them into sub-genres.

 

Math: Students were introduced to the concept of volume. They understood facts like 1000 milliliters make one liter. They also did activities using measuring jars to measure liquids in liters and milliliters. They learned the difference between capacity and volume. Students were given pictures of a measuring jar and asked to estimate the amount of water in the jar. They strengthened their understanding by solving problems that involved converting, comparing, adding and subtracting measurements of liquids. Students also solved word problems, thereby, connecting to the real world.

 

English: Students were introduced to letter writing through an engagement where they observed a variety of letters. After going through the samples, they identified and segregated them under two groups – formal and informal letters. In groups, they were given opportunities to identify and share differences between formal and informal letters. They were familiarised with different parts of a letter namely heading, address, greeting, body and signature line.

 

French: 

Students listened to the conjugation of the verb ‘ETRE’ (to be) and AVOIR (to have) through the DRILL technique where they repeatedly sang the ‘Verb songs’ by Alain Le Lait to memorize the pronunciation and conjugation of the verbs. Using a graphic organizer of their choice, they presented the conjugations in their journals. They collaboratively played the game ‘Find the pair’ wherein they matched the subject pronoun with its conjugated verb to reinforce their learning. They framed sentences with the verbs using their prior knowledge and referred to dictionary and smart board to build new vocabulary. They developed their thinking skills (acquisition and application of knowledge) through this activity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnUWNIN3zss (verb- Avoir)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv4W_Q250ow  (subject pronouns)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2IrJ0DB0Xg&t=9s (verb- Etre)

Students learned body parts in Spanish and also watched a song on the same for better understanding and pronunciation. They worked on their Student Led Conference, wherein they created content for their digital portfolio based on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Please find attached the link of video shown to students.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlYpkpAB8k8  (Body parts song)

Hindi

To enhance reading ,listening and speaking skills, students read the story ‘रंगीन पक्षी’ and formed questions on the same. Students wrote informal letters to their grandparents describing their UOI presentation. To enhance their writing skill, students identified संयुक्त व्यंजन and used them in paragraph writing.

 

P.E – Students were introduced to Basketball.They practiced ball grip with stance, dribbling and footwork.

Stance: Point forward and position them slightly wider than your knees, which should be shoulder-width apart. Place your weight on the balls of your feet (but not on your toes), and keep your heels off the ground.

Dribbling: Bouncing the ball on the floor continuously with one hand while walking or running down the court.

Footwork: Line Pivot- right foot forward, or right foot reverse and players do that pivot at the elbow.

Music

In the Music classes, students learnt about the Formula for forming Major Scale(C Major Scale).They also learnt the song “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.

https://youtu.be/A3yCcXgbKrE

 

Dance:

Dance lessons were focused on cleaning up of a jazz dance routine with music. In addition,  a combination of jazz walk, isolation and pirouette was introduced to the students.

ICT:

Students were introduced to AI (Artificial Intelligence) through a video and briefed on how it is helping change lives. They explored an online tool based on AI, where whatever they drew automatically got converted into a beautiful illustration.

Art

While connecting with the Central idea, ” Stories communicate meaning and can be shared in many ways”, students listened to a folk story, “It’s only a story” by Cathy Spagnoli” and observed the warli art illustrations. Students read stories in groups and observed illustrations based on different artistic techniques while identifying the key elements of the story.

 

Library

Students exchanged their books and issued one hindi and one English book for home. They also shared the stories that they read in the previous week with the entire class.

 

Students of our class getting NSO certificates from Rima maám.

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March  1st Week   – 

 

Unit of Inquiry:During the unit of inquiry classes, students further strengthened their understanding of the reasons and the impacts of partition of India and the California gold rush on the respective nations and the world at large. They recalled the positive and negative impacts of migration on the origin country and the host country through class and group discussions. They diligently practiced for the unit of inquiry presentation. Students also attempted a formative assessment on reasons and impact of migration. 

English

Students were shown samples and introduced to opinion writing during English classes. They were given thought provoking real life scenarios to brainstorm and share their opinion. They also gave reasons to justify their opinion. Students integrated with their unit of inquiry on ‘Migration’ by giving their opinion on whether migration is a boon or a bane.

 

 

Math

During Maths lessons, students were introduced to the unit of mass. An exploration corner was set up which housed a weighing scale and various objects of different weights. Students came in groups and tried to find out the objects that had the same size but different weight, same weight but different size; objects that weighed more than 1 kg and less than 2 kg. They also practiced conversion sums from larger unit to smaller unit and vice versa.

Hindi  To enhance their reading and speaking skills, students read the story ‘रंगीन पक्षी’ and discussed it in class. They also discussed about migrant personalities and push and pull factors that decided the need for migration.  

 Hindi Ab initio

In their Hindi classes, students read a story ‘bandar aur chidiyaa’ and enhanced their reading, writing and comprehension skills by doing exercises based on the story. They revisited viseshan (adjective) and kriya (verb) using  flash cards. They learned about the push and pull factors related to famous migrant personalities.

French Students enthusiastically practiced the French version of the song ‘Together we can change the world’ for their Unit of Inquiry presentation.

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Spanish: Students enhanced their social and communication skills while rehearsing Spanish version of the song ‘Together we can change the world’ for their UOI presentation. Students also learned new vocabulary words through this song.

Visual art To create a textile design/ pattern students repeated their motif by using a cut-out. They carefully traced the design to create a pattern and coloured it keeping in mind the Indo- Persian elements. Students refined their work based on the feedback given and also reflected on the designs they created. 

library

Grade 3 children celebrated American litterateur Megan McDonald’s birthday whose most popular series ‘Judy Moody’ is much appreciated and loved by the children of primary grades.

The Judy Moody series follows the humorous adventures of a third grader with plenty of attitude and a mood to fit every occasion. This delightful series is loaded with laughs and moments of wisdom as readers follow Judy through her oddball adventures. Author Megan McDonald received Garden State Children’s Book Award for penning this Younger Fiction series.

Dance Students created independent solo routine with music of their choice. Split and core workout helped them balance on their toes. They learnt Latin dance form salsa as part of their unit related presentation about the impact of migration. 

 

Music The students practiced karaoke singing and gave a solo performance using drums and keyboard. They also explored various genres of music.  

ICT Students gave final touches to their Scratch projects and were assessed on them. They made beautiful presentations and learned basic coding through Scratch.

PE  Students practiced badminton skills like forehand gripping, stance and forehand rally. Introduction to the forehand serve enabled them to manoeuvre their body around the net, with the shuttlecock and racket. 

 

International Mother Language Day was celebrated on 21st of February. The main purpose of celebrating this day was to promote linguistic diversity & multilingual education so as to highlight greater awareness for the mother tongue. Parents volunteered & conversed with students using different languages while engaging in storytelling, dancing and singing.

 

 

Parnika – I researched on fun facts about migrating animals and  shared  with the help of a power point presentation.

 

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February 3rd week

During the Unit of Inquiry classes, students inquired into the history of human migration to understand various reasons for  migration. They also marked the route taken by our ancestors to populate the entire planet.

https://youtu.be/cjdt6qcsbq0 (How Humans Migrated Across the Globe)

They further probed into the history of mass migrations that have changed the political scenario in today’s world; California Gold rush and Partition of India. They critically analysed the reasons and impact of these events in shaping history, not only on the respective nations but also on the world.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?V=-0kjeudoqxy (California Gold Rush)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?V=iydrkc0gmzi (California Gold Rush)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zp6fmsg (Partition of India)

 

Students went on a field trip to the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary. It lead to a deeper inquiry by providing students with visual and practical knowledge about ariel movement of the birds around the world and understanding migration as a form of adaptation and survival.

 

 

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English – Students revisited the steps involved in creating a timeline where they were given the opportunity to exercise their choice. They created remarkable timelines related to their journey since birth. Students used unit related books and audio visuals to discuss about migration case studies and shared their opinions with their peers. Students read the book ‘When Jessie came across the sea’ by Amy Hest. They shared their understanding of the story and reasons behind migration of the main character Jessie. As the week progressed,students were assessed on their spellings through a spell bee.

Math – Students were introduced to conversion of length. They learned conversions of kilometer to meter, meter to centimeter and centimeter to millimeter. This was followed by practice of addition and subtraction sums related to length. Students were able to compare, add or subtract lengths expressed in different units. They also attempted a summative assessment on Division and Data Handling.

Hindi –  As integration with their current unit, students recited a poem ‘प्रवासीपक्षी’ and wrote a अनुच्छेद based on their understanding. To improve their grammar, they identified verbs (क्रिया) and constructed sentences using them. A brief introduction of formal and informal letters was given too. They explored the format of informal letters and wrote an invitation letter to their grandparents.

In their Hindi ab-initio classes, students discussed about famous personalities who migrated from different parts of the world and main reasons behind their migration. They framed questions after watching a video ‘कछुआऔरहंस’ to be able to enhance their comprehension skills. They revisited different ‘व्यंजन’ (consonants) and ‘मात्रा’ (maatraa).

Students learned numbers from 51 to 100 and their pronunciation in Spanish. Students also participated in class activities based on animals and clothing, wherein they were given colored slips to match the animals and clothing in Spanish with their corresponding translations in English. Students also unjumbled words in Spanish.

Students identified subject pronouns. They watched a video and understood subject pronouns in French. Through the ‘SUBJECT PRONOUN CHANT’, they collaboratively displayed their understanding by demonstrating each pronoun through actions. They reflected on their individual understanding by illustrating the subject pronouns through ‘match stick figures’.

Music- Students inquired and discussed about the challenges and opportunities that migration provides a musician. They sang the song – what a wonderful world and performed vocals and instruments solo for their Student Led Conference portfolios.

During dance classes, students were introduced to the basics of salsa dance, starting with the feet positions to the head technique. They also concentrated on spotting and style. Different techniques used during the dance routine were also demonstrated.

ICT – Students were introduced to Scratch Junior. They learned various functions of the tool like giving directions, voice recording, adding sprite and background for a project. They tried writing basic code using blocks in the application. Students had fun while learning to program.

P.E – Students were introduced to Badminton:

Forehand Gripping – Student keeps the finger space between grip leaving three fingers on grip.

Stance – Student keeps the knees bent and the racket in a neutral grip.   

Forehand Rally – Student keeps racket hand up, prepares for the incoming shuttle and with a throwing move, draws his/her hand behind the shoulder. 

 

Art – As an integration with the unit of inquiry, ‘migration throughout history’, students explored the influence of Persian elements on Indian art, architecture, and weaving. They analyzed designs, patterns and colours to understand the Indo-Persian elements. Students created a motif incorporating the elements to display their knowledge and understanding. They are in the process of creating a textile design.

Library – Students borrowed a graphic novel and a junior classic this week from the library. They also shared their review of books that they had read over the last week.

 

First Week of February 2019

UOI

During the unit of inquiry classes, students tuned into the new unit on ‘Migration’ under the transdisciplinary theme- ‘Where we are in place and time’ through an activity, where they were divided into groups and were asked to move to other classes to be with different teachers and students. For the next engagement, they were given a chance to choose the class and the activity they wanted to join. They shared their feelings describing the forced movement and the voluntary movement from the class. They unscrambled the central idea of the unit and presented their understanding of the same through a KWL Chart (Know, Wonder, Learn), what we know, what we wonder, what we have learned. They also brainstormed and reflected on their understanding of the term, ‘Migration’ through the thinking routine ‘Y’ chart, describing what it looks like, feels like and sounds like.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54xM8VlgP7s   (Why do people move?)

They read an award-winning book ‘Grandfather’s journey’ and analyzed the pros and cons of migration through PMI (Plus, Minus, interesting) strategy whereby they described the positive, negative and interesting aspects of grandfather’s journey in terms of migration from Japan to America. They inquired into the types of migration and classified different scenarios into internal and external migration. They further analysed the terms migration, emigration and immigration.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpXXvx1gCpU&feature=youtu.be (What is migration, immigration and emigration?)

Students interviewed their parents/grandparents/helpers at home to find out the reasons for migration and categorised them under push and pull factors that led to their movement. They also analysed scenarios to identify the different push and pull factors responsible for migration. They researched about the impacts of migration on origin and destination countries and presented their research work in class. They could also differentiate between the terms migration and vacation.

English

Students were introduced to the concept of ‘Subject and Predicate’ through an interesting classroom engagement. This was followed by a discussion and written work in the journal. Students further strengthened their understanding by identifying and marking ‘subject and predicate’ in a newspaper article. They took turns to read a unit related book ‘Grandfather’s journey’ as a part of their reading assessment. They researched about the country they would like to migrate to, with reasons. After watching real life scenarios of children who migrated to different countries for various reasons, they wrote about their insights.

Students also revisited action verbs and were familiarised with linking and helping verbs. They further absorbed the concept through visual presentations and classroom engagements. To show their understanding, students wrote about the verbs, giving examples in their journals. As the week progressed, students were assessed on their understanding of spellings. They enjoyed engaging in the culmination activity of the novel study ‘The Eyes of the Eagle’, through tic-tac-toe. Students were assessed on their listening skills through an audio ‘The journey-Children’s refugee story’. After listening to the story, they showed their understanding using a graphic organiser ‘Theme’.

Math

Students revisited the concept of division and practiced long division in their journals. They further strengthened their understanding by solving division word problems, thereby making real life connections. They were introduced to the concept of measurement. An exploration corner was set up containing devices used for measuring, such as beakers, medicine cups , weighing scale, inch tapes, to measure dals and pulses, cheese and butter packs, juice cans, water etc. Students came in groups to sort these items. One group sorted the items based on the units used to measure them. Another group sorted based on the devices used for measuring them. Students demonstrated ways of measuring length using standard measurement units. There was a discussion on what is measurement, and how  in  daily lives one  requires to measure things and how things could go drastically wrong if measurements were not taken into consideration while building houses, designing clothes, buying vegetables etc. There was also a discussion on different units for length (mm, cm, m, km). Students learned how to use a ruler / measuring tape to measure – starting from “0” and not “1”. They also displayed the relationship between millimetre and centimetre on the ruler.

Hindi

To enhance their listening and speaking skills, students watched a video ‘अनोखी यात्रा’ and had a discussion about migratory birds. To enhance their writing skills, they sorted difficult words, formulated questions  based on the story and wrote their answers . In context of their current unit, students recited a poem ‘प्रवासी पक्षी’ and identified synonyms of few words which enhanced their vocabulary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s_oalQQV8s

 

Hindi Ab-initio

During their Hindi classes, students watched a video ‘अनोखी यात्रा’ to enhance their understanding of bird migration and engaged in a discussion about migratory birds.

They revised different maatraa in words. They learned to make questions after reading a story ‘दोस्ती की परख’. Students highlighted difficult words and discussed their meanings in order to enhance their vocabulary related to the Hindi language. 

Art

Students observed designs, patterns, and colours on fabrics to understand textile designs. They displayed their observation and understanding by creating artwork using a medium of their choice. Students watched a video of the traditional weaving loom to understand the weaving process. Terms like warp, weft and different types of fabrics were also discussed. 

French

Students shared their winter break experience and chose to translate a few words in French. They also started working on their Student Led Conference. They were given an opportunity to choose their buddy for role play, hence promoting learner agency. Through the role play, they developed their communication and social skills.

Spanish

Students learned how to pronounce animal names in Spanish. They were also introduced to the different types of clothing and their Spanish translations, which made the students more fluent in the language. 

Physical Education

The much awaited DPS International 2nd Athletic meet, 2019 was held   with great zeal and excitement. Students from grades 3 to 5 competed in events that included sprints, relays, lemon race, 3 legged race and skipping race. The meet marked Republic Day celebrations at school.

ICT

Students discussed the unit that they chose for SLC. They worked on Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to complete their task.

Music

The students clapped, played percussion instruments and used h their voice to showcase  their understanding of dynamics. They listened to folk songs and tried to identify the tone of the composition, later developing an understanding of Timbre .

Art

Students observed designs, patterns, and colours on fabrics to understand textile designs. They displayed their observation and understanding by creating artwork using a medium of their choice. Students watched a video of the traditional weaving loom to understand the weaving process. Terms like warp, weft and different types of fabrics were also discussed. 

 Dance

During the dance lessons, students were introduced to the basic elements of jazz. They learned the jazz walk through a toe-heel technique, which aimed to create a better understanding of balance. There was a discussion on better opportunities for jazz dancers in different parts of the world.

 

Library

Students drafted few essential agreements to be followed in the library.

 

 

 

 

 

December 3rd Week

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 –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqxMzKLYrZ4).

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.

 

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.

 

               Grade 3 had the privilege to have a class by Kamal maám on 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.

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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

In their Hindi classes students enhanced their writing and thinking skills by writing dialogues and paragraph. They watched a video about ‘kharagosh aur kachhuaa'(खरगोश और कछुआ) and learnt and wrote new words from the story. They discussed about the possible ending of the same story.  They watched a video related to Christmas and discussed about some similarities between Hindu festival ‘Janmashtami’ and the same. They revised their gintee of numbers and names of colours by various activities.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozwoGHJvJ5E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQu9nvE0xEE

 

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpQrwOOpJkw&t=68s

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. 

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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 finished and presented their research work in pairs. They shared the presentations made by them on MS Word and apprised their peers about e-waste, its disposal and reduction. This was followed by a class discussion. They also honed their typing skills by practicing on an online program.

 

 

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.

 

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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 – 

Students of Grade 3C conducted an assembly on Waste management. A group of 5-6 students from all sections gave presentation through a power point presentation after research on various topics such as biogas in India; cleaning water using filter in Australia; an amusement park made from Rubber in Uganda & paving the streets with plastic in India and around the world.

Action displayed by Grade 3C champs –

 

 

 

Fifth 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.

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

Maths:

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 practised mental maths 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 learned names of animals and made sentences with them. They enhanced their writing skills by writing a paragraph about their camp-trip. They watched a story ‘kauaa aur saanp’ (कौआ और साँप) and wrote its summary. Students revisited noun (संज्ञा शब्द) by making Montessori symbol (black triangles) in the summary written by them. 

 

 

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 practising 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, humour, 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.

ICT:

Students were divided into groups and given different topics to research about about e-waste. They were given guiding questions which they used to find out about e-waste, its impact and norms for safe disposal. They collated this information on M S Word.

Physical Education:

Students learned about and practised 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 practised start and finish of races with commands.

Anti Bullying Sensitisation Workshop:

 

Learning Support Department  conducted an  Anti Bullying Sensitisation Workshop  for Grades 2 and Grades 3 students .

The students   displayed  their thinking skills by  sharing their knowledge about various kinds of bullying which happens in their  daily lives both in school setting and on the home front.  The workshop   also focused on students  reflecting about strategies  for responding to bullies in school and protecting themselves .

Action displayed by Grade 3C champs –

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Naisha – With my family I also joined in to raise awareness about donating organs in the Gurgaon Walkathon.
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Shawn – I made a you-tube video on Bar graph.
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Sharanya – I won first prize in painting competition held in our society on children’s day.

 

 

November week 1

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMy5-6yUtlw

Hindi Ab-initio 

In the Hindi ab-initio classes students enhanced their vocabulary development by writing correct spellings for the given words. They watched a video and learned about the festival of ‘Diwali’. They wrote words related to the festival and formed sentences. They developed their speaking skill by having a group discussion in the target language about their upcoming camp, all the preparations being done for the same and what  activities they were looking forward to.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35cUSOAVjL0

 

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.

Anti bullying session

Assembly on spell bee (Grade – 3 C)

 

On October 29th 2018 grade 3C conducted an assembly on inter house spell bee competition. The assembly was led by students of 3C through a power point presentation using the visible thinking strategy ‘Zoom-in’. There were four rounds namely – picture round, guess the word, jumbled words and auditory round. The competition kept the students engrossed till the announcement of the result. Mandela house was the winner.

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Students revising spell bee words on their own initiative

 

Action displayed by Grade 3C champs –

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SHAWN – I made a Jack-o -lantern with an apple.

 

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KALYANI – I made a poster on the parts of the nose.

 

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NAISHA – I made a diagram on the function of the tongue & shared it with the class.
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SARAH – I made a times table grid.

 

SHARANYA – I researched on my tab & made a diagram on the tongue.