Students progressed with the unit on ‘Universe’ as they continued with their individual explorations into planets, galaxies and meteors in their Unit of Inquiry classes. They researched on any one of the celestial bodies and presented their understanding of the same in class during a take and talk session, thus integrating English language skills with their unit. The formative assessment on the first line of inquiry ‘Celestial Bodies in the Universe’ was conducted where students arranged different planets, meteors and comets according to their order and position in the solar system.
The students discovered the different phases of the moon after watching the following link.
They consolidated their understanding about rotation and revolution with an experiment using a globe and a lamp. They further watched two videos and identified the reasons why Pluto is not considered a planet anymore. As they progressed towards the understanding that space exploration is changing, students watched the following video (link below) and reflected on it.
Students became aware of the meaning and the scope of space exploration and inquired into the different means of space exploration with a group activity. They discussed the progress made in space exploration by recalling and plotting events as a timeline. They debated the advantages and disadvantages of space exploration and delved into the impact of such explorations on our daily lives. Their knowledge about space exploration was enhanced when they identified the local and global organisations responsible for exploration of the final frontier. They watched the following videos (links below) to understand more about these organizations.
English lessons were integrated with Unit Of Inquiry as they read to comprehend a passage about the relevance of space suits and how they work. A take and talk activity was carried out as part of UOI integration where students spoke about the celestial bodies, thus honing their communication skills. The rules of subject verb agreement were discussed and students identified correct and incorrect sentences based on these rules. They also analysed the front cover of the novel ‘At least a fish ‘and made a novel study booklet to record the predictions from the story. Thereafter they read the first chapter of the novel and wrote its summary into the booklet. Students understood the features of a formal letter. Their understanding was strengthened as they distinguished between formal and informal letters. A Spell bee was conducted to reinforce the spellings related to the unit and students solved the word search in the newspapers.
During Math lessons, a central idea for the concept of measurement was discussed. Students identified key words from the central idea that ‘we can use different units and strategies to measure length, weight, capacity in our daily lives’. Drill sums on conversion from one unit to another continued including word problems on measurement. Students attempted formative and summative assessments. They read an article on the difference between mass and weight. It was integrated with their UOI lesson as they appreciated the fact that weight on moon is much lesser than the weight on earth owing to different gravitational force on Earth and Moon. The concept of data handling was introduced to the students through a group activity where they were shown certain graphs and had to identify the type of the graph. Students listed and identified the different parts of a graph and eventually interpreted a bar graph by answering questions. They practised plotting bar graphs on graph sheets.
During Hindi lessons the listening and speaking skills of the students were enhanced through a role -play ‘अन्तरिक्ष की सैर’. In this play they acted like different parts of the solar system. To enhance their thinking and writing skills they sorted out and wrote difficult words, their meanings and question-answers from the play. For their summative assessment they wrote an informal letter, identified and highlighted nouns / verbs. Through a Venn diagram they explained the advantages and disadvantages of space exploration.
In their Hindi classes students learned the alphabets ‘Na’,’La’,’Gha’, both in written and as well as in oral form. They drew a picture of the ‘Solar System’ and wrote their equivalent Hindi names. To enhance their speaking skills they formed sentences with letters ‘Na’, ‘La’ and ‘Gha’ of the Hindi alphabets.
The objective of French lessons was to get students well versed with the concept of the verb- AVOIR (to have) in present tense. Students learnt the pronunciation through the drill technique and later practised conjugation of the verb in writing. They also framed sentences collaboratively and hence developed their social, communication and thinking skills. Later they attempted formative assessment on ETRE (to be) and received feedback for the homework on the verb. Following links were used during the lessons.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnUWNIN3zss (verb- Avoir)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv4W_Q250ow (subject pronouns)
Students learned professions and nationalities in Spanish and practiced their pronunciation during Spanish lessons. Students also tried to make sentences using this vocabulary and strengthened their writing and speaking skills.
Students understood the differences between the masculine and feminine nouns , their similarities which were distinguished with the help of the articles used in Spanish.
During ICT classes students carried out some secondary research on celestial bodies and recorded their reflection on Microsoft PowerPoint. Moreover, students engaged in the Hour of Code on code.org focussing on coding, technical and problem solving skills. They also explored Sky Walk app thereby integrating ICT with their unit.
During Art lessons students worked in groups of four and organized a still life composition for themselves by using objects available in the art room. They observed the arranged objects carefully and drew their composition displaying the positive and the negative space.
The students learned to write notes on the treble clef and bass clef during their music lessons. They tried writing the music notes of twinkle- twinkle little star on the staff notation.They sang carols on karaoke and some of them also performed it for the open stage carol singing to mark festive celebrations.
For Dance lessons students stressed on observation and analysis skills. They also created impromptu symmetrical movements.
The students started with their new unit on Athletics during their Physical Education classes. They were briefed about the rules and regulations of track and field events and were shown how to take start, turn and finish. Students also started practicing for the upcoming inter house athletic meet.
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.