Delving deeper into Body Systems (28 Jan – 8 Feb 2019)

Unit of Inquiry

Students continued their learning journey as they proceeded with the unit ‘Body Systems’. They understood the structure of an organism with the help of a flowchart. They inquired  into the digestive system through a video and made a flowchart showing the process of digestion. They also explored other body systems like circulatory, respiratory and nervous through various learning engagements. Students critically analysed the function of each organ through a thinking routine – explanation game. The resulting understanding was then extended to the importance and interdependence of each system in the human body. Videos were shown to support their learning, the links of which are listed below. Students counted their pulse rate during different activities to understand the effects, importance and interconnectedness of the respiratory and circulatory systems.

 

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Activity – Learning to record their pulse and checking pulse rate while sitting, after walking, after running.

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A guest speaker session was organised where Dr. Bhawna Sharma, a pulmonologist and a parent , shared her knowledge with fourth graders. Students had an interactive session where they understood the importance of making the right choices to maintain a healthy respiratory system, digestive system and immune system.  

 

English

Students reflected on the importance of International Mindedness to promote global harmony. After apprising the students about Action according to the enhanced PYP, an action wall was made to encourage any initiatives taken by our young learners. The categories were- participation, social justice, social entrepreneurship, lifestyle choices and advocacy.

Students used the knowledge of travelogue writing to describe the journey of an apple through the digestive system. This got their creative juices flowing and encouraged them to think out of the box. It was a delight to read the submissions and some examples were indeed exemplary. Learners were also introduced to journal writing and a checklist was prepared by them after a brainstorming session. Students were introduced to kinds of sentences through a newspaper reading activity where they identified four kinds of sentences (declarative, imperative, exclamatory and interrogative) in news reports. Reading assessment of all students was done through loud reading of the book ‘At least a fish’.

Math

Students continued to practice word problems related to area and perimeter where they learned to calculate the length or breadth from the area of a shape. They were evaluated on their understanding of data handling as well as area and perimeter through a formative assessment. Students were introduced to 2D and 3D shapes through an activity where they were given different polygons that had to be recognized and named. This was done to gauge their prior knowledge.

They were given objects in the shape of cube, cuboid, cone and sphere, following which, they reflected on the difference between 2D and 3D shapes. They concluded that 3D shapes have edges, vertices and faces. Real life connections were made to understand the concept better as students listed some real life objects displaying various shapes. Students also drew 2D and 3D shapes to enhance their learning.

Hindi – Standard

Students discussed types of seasons and recited a poem,  ‘ऋतुएँ’. This enhanced their listening, reading and speaking skills. Difficult words were noted with meanings through a sorting out activity. To enhance their writing skills, students wrote synonyms from the video ‘रहीम का टेस्टी खाना‘ and made sentences. They identified adjectives from the poem and made sentences to strengthen their grammar usage.

Hindi – Abinito

To enhance their listening and speaking skills, students watched the Hindi video “lalchi dudhwaalaa” and discussed the moral of the story. To strengthen their reading skills, students read simple sentences and wrote sentences the same . 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgjXMsqqm5E&vl=hi

Students read a story ‘दोस्ती की परख’ and noted the meaning of difficult words. They enhanced their speaking skills by paraphrasing the summary of the story in their own words and by changing the end of the story. They honed their communication skills through a conversation activity. 

French

Students showcased their prior knowledge on ‘self-assessment’ through ‘rocket writing’ strategy. 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. They have also started working on their Student Led Conference portfolios.

Spanish

Students learned the uses of the verb SER, wherein they understood its application in different situations. Students were given an acronym DOCTOR, which really helped them while recalling uses of the verb.

Moreover, students were given sentences based on the verb, in order to have a better understanding of its usage. Students also revised the said verb and made their own sentences keeping the given acronym in mind. It really helped to improve their thinking skills.

I.C.T

Students discussed their chosen units for the upcoming Student led Conference. Previous work was revisited and changes were made accordingly. Students are working on Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to complete their task.

Visual arts

Students analysed human structure to understand proportion of the human body. Students observed and drew a figure of their friends to showcase their prior knowledge. Discussion on the “Vitruvian man” and observing a presentation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s theory, gave them an understanding of proportion of the human body. Students are exploring the concept of 1:8 ratio to draw a human figure accurately. 

Dance

This week students stressed on pirouette preparations, starting with the feet positions to the spotting technique. Apart from that, students concentrated on spotting and style and demonstration of different techniques used during their dance routine. Students also added 8 counts to their dance piece and had a discussion on different dance styles.

Music

Students sang and practiced the song ‘What a wonderful world’. 
They played the 4/4 rhythm pattern independently on the drums and identified various dynamics used in a composition played for them.

P.E.

The students started with their new unit- Cricket. They were introduced to the basic skills of cricket such as batting, bowling and fielding. They also practiced on the field to improve their fielding skills.

Library

In the library class, significance of the essential agreements was discussed with the students and their opinion were also taken into consideration. Fourth graders were asked to pick fiction books in preparation for the upcoming book review exercise.

Candy around the world

The Candy Around the world Project was one opportunity in a series of Global Exploration projects produced by GEC Co-Founder, Lucy Gray. This project was inspired by a recent New York Times Magazine series on candy around the world, where all aspects of two candy bars were studied between October and December 2018, including nutritional and environmental impacts. Nearly 235 schools across the globe participated in the project and DPS International saw students from Grade 4 take the study forward with a comparative analysis between health bars.

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