Unit of Inquiry
To further enhance their understanding of the current unit, students were taken for a material hunt walk around school where they identified various materials used for construction. Later, they brainstormed and made a mind map and inquired into their uses.
Students watched a video on various materials used over the years to construct houses.
Students attended a guest speaker session withMiss Rekha Saluja that helped them to understand the importance of making homes sustainable in current times.
This was followed by a skype session with Delhi based architect Mr. Ashok Lall, who works extensively on building sustainable homes. Later, students recorded their reflection on the subject.
Students also attended a guest speaker session with Mr. Bansal, an architect, who discussed about materials used in construction and his contribution to minimize the damage to the environment.
Students conducted a survey on ‘choices to be made while selecting a house’, by interviewing their teachers and drawing inference from the collected data.
An interactive skype session with Ms. Anna Zubkovskaya who helped students understand the types of houses found in Russia. They were further explained how the houses there are designed to help in dealing with extreme climatic conditions.
As a part of integration with the ongoing unit, students watched an audio-visual story ‘If I built a house’ by Chris Nan Dusen. They used their listening skill development strategies to address question-based task.
They further read a poem- ‘A home’ by Nancy Vandenberg and were introduced to the concept of rhyming words. Students then identified rhyming words occurring in the poem and created their own poems using those words. .
Unit Integration was done wherein the students attempted a task sheet based on picture comprehension.
Later, students engaged in novel study of ‘Getting Granny’s glasses’ written by Ruskin Bond. They summarized the chapters in their booklets.
Students were introduced to the concept of rounding off numbers wherein they made an open number line model on the floor and practiced the same. To further enhance their understanding, they created their own number line on a graph sheet and marked numbers on it. Later, students played rounding bingo wherein they reflected on their learning. Furthermore, students developed estimation strategies for length and used mental benchmarks like non-standard units through an activity- measures around the room. Then they recorded the estimate they made and the actual measurement.
During their Hindi classes students learned a new concept sanyukt vyanjan. With the help of a classroom activity, they found out ‘sanyukt vyanjan’ words from the given grid. They also revised poem ‘mere ghar’.
Students continued to work on Minecraft during ICT lessons. They were assigned a task to build different types of homes. Students selected different materials from the inventory that could be used to make their house. They tried building a layout of their desired houses.
During music sessions, students learned how to identify notes in lines and spaces (staff lines). They played and clapped instructed pattern of notes.
Students learned the song Octopus’s garden by Beatles.
Students developed their motor skills with the help of obstacles including rope skipping and practiced yoga asana for better flexibility and concentration.
During skating lessons they practiced start position and speed.
Social emotional learning
Self-confidence is the sub skill under self-awareness that students have begun to learn during Social Emotional Lessons this month. The focus was to enable students identify personal resources such as kindness, compassion and resilience. The students learned about the same through use of visual aids and engaging in a dictionary activity to understand the meanings of the three different behaviors.
They later engaged in an open discussion in class and wrote reflections on their understanding about the three behaviors.
Magazines make great reading material for children. The primary library has a large collection of magazines like Magic Pot, Primary Plus and Champak to name a few. Children engaged in reading these magazines during library lessons. These magazines consist of short stories, graphic strips, poems, maze, quizzes and many exciting articles that challenge their reading and comprehension prowess. The library also afforded an opportunity to play board games as a means to promote language development amongst avid and not so avid readers.