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 ( 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.




During English lessons, students were initiated into understanding nouns as gender by having a discussion on the different roles we all play. They deduced that the roles a person plays in a family or relationship are gender specific – masculine or feminine.  They further discussed common and neuter genders. They observed a picture of a farm with several animals. Students wrote their own compositions and later deduced masculine and feminine genders for animals shown in the picture.

Students watched a video on the ‘life cycle of a plastic bottle’ (link below) and understood the journey of three plastic bottles. They attempted a comprehension exercise and drew a visual image related to the same. A ‘Take and Talk’ was conducted to mark Thanksgiving Day and students shared their thoughts on the three people they would like to thank and reasons for the same. Students also attempted a formative assessment to assess their writing skills, pronouns and gender nouns.


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


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.


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. 




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. (arc-en ciel) (interactive quiz) (interactive exercise for practise)


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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 –

Naisha – With my family I also joined in to raise awareness about donating organs in the Gurgaon Walkathon.
Shawn – I made a you-tube video on Bar graph.
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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

Students revising spell bee words on their own initiative


Action displayed by Grade 3C champs –

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


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


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


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

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. 


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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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.


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.





During Math lessons, students strengthened their understanding of addition and its properties through mental math strategies. They were introduced to CUBES strategy for solving word problems, some of which were based on real life examples. They circled and underlined the key words and numbers which helped them to evaluate and eliminate information and solve the word problem.


They were encouraged to connect their conceptual understanding to real life situations by creating and solving word problems. Students also attempted their first summative assessment on number systems.

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.


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.



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.


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.





The new academic session started with some ice breaking activities.


Students set essential agreements for their class.




Reading current affairs and sharing with peers.

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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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’.

Links for skimming and scanning:

Links for Syllables:

Link for the story “Save River Save Water”



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.  (Link for the video about sea pollution)


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.

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.


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


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.


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.


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-


Meet the teacher day –