Unit of Inquiry
This fortnight, students continued to gain knowledge on the current unit – homes. To enhance the learning curve, they inquired and researched about the different materials used for making various houses.
They explored the benefits of materials like wood, bricks and cement in the construction of houses.
Students mapped different types of houses found in various parts of India.
Taking their learning further, students inquired how directions help in locating places. A map marking activity enabled them to mark different kinds of homes found around the world.
A formative assessment on the 1st line of inquiry was conducted.
Students attended a skype session with Ms. Aanchal, in Thailand and discussed about different kinds of houses found there. They summarized the learnings from the session by writing a reflection in their process journals.
During their English lessons, students enhanced their reading skills wherein they read a poem ‘my house’ and identified the verbs.
Students then chose a verb from the poem to create an acrostic version for the same. This helped in enhancing their creative skills.
Students were assessed on their spellings with a spell bee.
A formative assessment on verbs was taken too.
A book study ‘Getting Granny’s Glasses’ by Ruskin Bond helped the young learners to enhance their reading and comprehension skills. Furthermore, students enriched their vocabulary by understanding the meaning of difficult words.
Students practiced word problem sums and applied their understanding by using RUCSAC strategy.
A formative assessment on addition was taken.
Prior knowledge on measurement was conducted with a self-assessment wherein students wrote their understanding of measurement, the difference between standard and non- standard measurement, units and various tools used for measuring objects.
Students were then introduced to the concept of measurement. They measured the lengths of given line segments using a ruler. Thereafter, they drew line segments and parallel lines on graph sheets.
They were introduced to standard units for measuring length.
|During their Hindi classes, students recited a poem ‘mera ghar’ and identified संयुक्त व्यंजन शब्द. Students watched a video on different types of houses, for this helped them in learning new words and improving their vocabulary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnfjY1jn27I|
|Students were introduced to Minecraft, a game on placing blocks and going on adventures. They learned to create a world by giving it a name and working in creative mode. They learned the required movements of going forward, left, right, backward, jump and fly. Students learned various techniques of placing and breaking the blocks and explored how to select different materials from the inventory. They enhanced their creativity, problem-solving, self-direction and collaboration skills. Students also discussed the use of computers in their daily lives. They learned about places where computers can be used along with their purpose. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvCWn5HnKdc|
During music lessons, students learned how to identify notes represented on staff lines. They further learned about staff lines on the music sheet and tried to play note values on their favourite instruments as instructed.
Students practiced singing the first verse of the song “octopus’s garden” by the Beatles.
Students were introduced to the concept of a house. This involved a preliminary discussion subsequently followed by a drawing exercise on 3D drawing. They were then asked to explore the colour of their homes including the things they liked in them.
With the help of a class discussion, students understood the importance and influence of dance on people. Students were explained the difference between rhythm and tempo. They also learned the different stage positions used in choreography.
Students developed their basic motor skills with the help of different lead-up and recreational games which included jumping, running and hopping.
During skating sessions, they practiced walking, balancing and speed on the skates.
Students listened to the award-winning story of the‘Owl Moon’ written by Jane Yolen. The story about a little boy and his father who one winter night went for owling made interesting reading. The trees stood still as statues and the world seemed silent as a dream. When they both reached into the deep dark forest, father called whoo-whoo-whoo to invite mysterious night birds, but there was no answer.
The father and son duo walked silently for the father had said to the son ‘when you go owling you don’t need words, you don’t need anything but hope for sometimes there is an owl, but sometimes none’. Eventually their patience paid off, and they caught sight of an owl.
The book proved to be a verbal and visual treasure, it displayed the learner profile attribute of being courageous as the little child went with his father for owling and he knew he had to be brave at this time of the night.
Students learning agency – voice and choice
It is a way for students to take ownership of their own learning and display their individualized reflection on the previously done concepts.
Students reflected on the previous concepts in Math and English and posted their reflections under the appropriate headers like movers, shakers and challengers. Tasks were attempted depending on their understanding of the concepts.