The journey to ancient civilizations is about to end but every ending is just a new beginning…

Students continued  their journey through civilizations during their Unit of Inquiry lessons as they tried to understand the past and the influence it has on the present. The following video gave them a better insight into the same :

https://prezi.com/4moz1vo2jux7/how-have-ancient-river-valley-civilizations-influenced-the-modern-world/

Students marked the civilizations on a world map and thus consolidated their visual understanding of the locations of different civilizations. They understood what archaeology meant and the steps involved in the excavation process through a power point presentation.

The students got hands on experience as they applied their understanding of an excavation process to unearth some interesting artefacts. Later they reflected on their learning derived from this novel experience.

Young archaeologists club link for students who want to delve further – http://www.yac-uk.org/session-resources-and-ideas

Students were  divided into groups and each group conducted research on different aspects of few civilizations namely Roman, Chinese, Egyptian and Indus valley. They enjoyed creating models of houses, jewellery, seals and toys meant as a means to decode the highlights of their culture. Students geared up for their unit presentation as they collated their research work  in preparation for the upcoming unit presentation for parents. They designed posters and booklets to showcase their understanding.

English lessons were integrated with UOI when students presented their research work on their chosen civilization as a ‘Take and talk’ activity. They brainstormed about the essentials of summary writing and used the ’Big 5’ strategy to summarise their work. Students also watched a video on summary writing which was followed by a classroom discussion and note taking. The link is given below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsB73dRuGcE

A Spell Bee was conducted to strengthen vocabulary development where students also constructed sentences with the given words. They attempted a summative task on persuasive writing on a chosen topic. A reading assessment  was  completed during the week.

During Math lessons, students practised conversion of time from bigger units to smaller units and vice versa. They distinguished between 12 hour and 24 hour clock format with the help of the following video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzD_sdv2gIc.

Students watched a movie wherein Donald Duck passes through a doorway to find that he has entered Mathmagic Land. This fantasy land contains trees with square roots, a stream flowing with numbers, and a walking pencil that plays tic-tac-toe.The movie further explores the Pythagoras and music, the Pentagram and golden rectangle, Math in architecture and art, human body, sports. The link to the movie is given below :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_ZHsk0-eF0 (Donald in Mathmagic land)

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Students associated application of the 24 hour clock to real life situations – e.g. airport and train schedules, military time etc. The concept of timeline was consolidated as it was integrated with the unit on civilizations, wherein different civilizations were plotted according to their period of existence. Students enjoyed practice of mental math strategies on a regular basis.

In their Hindi classes students watched a video and attempted a comprehension activity. They answered few questions and formed sentences with antonyms. They learned facts about ‘Indus valley civilization’ through the video link and enhanced their vocabulary by learning new words.

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  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhDY4KJuvc0&vl=en

(ab-initio)

During their Hindi Ab-initio classes, students read a story and picked up new vocabulary from the same. They also revised इ and ई matraa by writing words with them.

In French classes students were assessed on the concept of numbers. They wrote the digits in words and solved word problems through a gallery walk, thus developing their thinking skills.

During Spanish lessons students attempted a formative assessment based on the knowledge of numbers and their uses. Students wrote numbers between 1 and 100, checked their spellings along with the ascents. Students worked on mathematical equations given to them in Spanish, wherein they calculated the sums in Spanish.This consolidated their knowledge of the mathematical symbols like addition, subtraction and multiplication.

For ICT lessons, students were introduced to primary and secondary research and the differences between them. They used this information to further research about bibliography and MLA format. They learned MS word and explored different tools like file, home, insert, page layout, references, mailing, design etc.

Art –Students integrated their unit of inquiry with art as they inquired about clay artefacts from around  different civilizations. They were introduced to different clay techniques and clay tools. Students researched on a chosen artefact/object from an ancient civilization and created a clay model of the same. Students continued making their artefacts using earthen clay.

The students had an auditory task during their music lesson where they listened to two different compositions- western and Indian fusion and they noted down the number and types of instruments they thought were played in the compositions. They learned and practised playing the quarter beat on the drums.

Dance lessons stressed on observation and analysis skills during which students had to create symmetrical movements on an impromptu basis.

The students started with their new unit of football during their Physical Education classes. They practised dribbling skills with their right as well as left feet. They further practised dribbling around and through the cone paths in a zigzag manner.

During library classes, the students were taught the ‘Five Finger Test‘ to hone the art of selecting age appropriate titles. The students thus were armed with necessary techniques to locate and read books that offer entertainment along with knowledge, challenge, thrill, inquiry and reinforcement of TD themes imparted in class.

 

 

 

 

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Education is the transmission of civilization.

Students progressed with learning about the characteristics of civilizations and societies during their Unit of Inquiry lessons. They enjoyed a power point presentation on how civilization emerged from the Stone Age. They also plotted different eras on a timeline showing the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Students distinguished between the features of paleolithic, mesolithic and neolithic ages and thus understood the progress of mankind.

More information about the various civilizations is available on the link below : http://www.ancienthistorylists.com/ancient-civilizations/10-oldest-ancient-civilizations-ever-existed/

Students, in groups, researched on different aspects of Indus valley civilization like town planning, art & craft, religion and culture etc. with the help of different resources provided to them. Students presented their research work on aspects of Indus valley civilization like architecture, jewellery and pottery; in the form of illustrations and models.

They geared up for the upcoming Unit of Inquiry presentation as they collaboratively researched the different aspects of the Chinese, Egyptian, Roman and Indus valley civilizations. They understood the influence of these age-old civilizations on modern times.

Students enhanced their knowledge and understanding about the different features of Indus valley civilization with a gallery walk. They took notes to consolidate their understanding and make connections between the past and the present.

English lesson was integrated when students answered questions from a comprehension passage based on Indus Valley Civilization. Research skills were enhanced as they researched in groups work; later collated and shared their research findings with their peers thus strengthening communication skills. Students were assessed on their reading skills based on a rubric. Their knowledge of spellings was peer assessed through a ‘Spell bee’ activity.

Students continued practising division sums during Math lessons. They understood how to use the relationship between dividend, quotient, divisor and remainder to recheck their division work. They understood the divisibility rules of different numbers and solved sums based on the same. Students took a formative assessment on subtraction and division. The concept of time from prehistoric times of BC and AD was strengthened by plotting events on a timeline. This concept of ‘time line’ was integrated with the unit on civilization by plotting the events of Indus Valley Civilization as a timeline. Students applied their knowledge of different strategies to solve mental math sums like division of numbers by 10/ 100/1000.

During their Hindi Ab-initio classes, students watched a video on ‘Vichitra Baansuriwala’(विचित्र बाँसुरीवाला’) using the following link  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ_vtUYDVs8 and attempted a listen and tell activity. They also listened to a story, then illustrated it with pictures and wrote words and sentences about the pictures, thus strengthening their listening and writing skills.

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Students, during French lesson, got well versed with the concept of descriptive adjectives. Students watched videos and associated the images with the vocabulary of adjectives. Later, they enjoyed a gallery walk wherein they chose French story books to list out adjectives. These activities helped them develop their thinking, communication and social skills. Following links were shown to them for better understanding.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n9YPsQcjtM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjeaMqY8Go4&t=51s

Students learned the concept of colours as adjectives during Spanish lessons and used them with the nouns like objects of the classroom etc. Students wrote the different colours and associated them with the nouns and also made sentences using the same, which enabled them to use their social and thinking skills. Students understood the situations in which particular types of colours can be used depending upon gender, singularity and plurality and the combination of colours.

During ICT classes students revised significance of bibliography and Modern Language Association. They acquired knowledge about various computer operations like input, output, processing and how to sort and manage the desktop by creating their own folders in drive. Students also understood MS Word, the Menu bar lists file in which they learned to edit and rename their files and save their documents in their own folders.

 

In their Art lessons, students continued their work on their product based Pop art using colour pencils and poster paints and created artwork in mixed media. While doing so they kept the elements of pop art in mind and also carefully applied the paints to achieve a neat finish. The completed artwork was assessed through a rubric.

 

The students practised singing solfeges and the variations for voice modulation during Music lessons. They participated in a class discussion on how stories can be composed into a song. Students also watched a video on the same. They were then divided into small groups and then composed different stories into a song.

 

During Dance lessons students stressed on groove of funk jazz, starting with the feet positions to the toe. They concentrated on spotting with style in funk jazz. Demonstration of different techniques they used during dance routine were given and students also choreographed a funk jazz dance routine.

 

Physical Education – The students practiced skills of different sports of their choices during sports edge.

In Football, students practised skills of ball control, passing and receiving. They also practiced shooting skills and played short sided matches.

In Gymnastics, students practised forward roll, backward roll, cart wheel and splits.

In Badminton, students practised forehand shot, backhand shot and high serve. They also played half court rally matches with their respective partners.

In Basketball, students practiced skills of dribbling, shooting and passing. They also played 3v3 half court intra-class matches.

Glimpse of class assembly, Basketball and Soccer award ceremony.

 

Moving on…

Grade 4 students continued their journey into the unit of ‘Media’ as they  watched  advertisements related to gender stereotyping and reflected  on their understanding about  the same. They also tuned into the third line of inquiry ‘using media responsibly’ and were informed about the rights and responsibilities of consumers with the help of the following link.

 

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y34e3agLlQ4

 

As a natural progression they also reflected upon the responsible use of social media.

Students were made aware of academic honesty and plagiarism and reflected upon how they could curb plagiarism. The highlights of the Unit of Inquiry lessons were the two guest speaker sessions during which  Mr. Vivek Das (Principal Partner – Mindshare, North India)  and Mr. Sam Husaini (President of Triton Advertising Agency) spoke about the difference between responsible and misleading advertising, internet safety and career options in advertising. Students reflected on cyber safety and responsible use of the internet.

 

As part of the summative task students identified social issues prevalent in our society and the role of media in spreading awareness. Students chose different mediums like creation of a poster, video etc. to advertise a product or create social awareness about the sensitive issues.

 

The students tuned in to the new unit ‘Civilizations’ and they identified the necessary characteristics for a civilization to exist through a group activity.

Students watched the video on the history of civilization for a better understanding of their way of life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAQAAJo1fI0.

Work in  the process journals reflected their depth of understanding.

 

English lessons saw students create slogans and taglines of products using any of the language specific features like onomatopoeia, simile, and alliteration. Similarly oral and comprehension skills were tested when they listened to a radio advertisement and answered questions based on it. Students distinguished between countable and uncountable nouns and watched the following video to understand the use of this part of speech.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCTnesjej8g

 

They identified different parts of a newspaper with the help of the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCTnesjej8g

 

 

and documented their learning in the process journals. Students recognized and expressed new words during Spell Bee activities.

As students progressed with their Math lessons, they applied their knowledge of new strategies for array and lattice methods to solve sums and word problems on multiplication. Students enjoyed  flipped classroom activities where traditional learning roles were reversed and students shared strategies they learned with their peers. They displayed the attribute of being knowledgeable as they developed and used the conceptual understanding of the ‘Lattice’ and ‘Array’ method. A formative assessment reviewed student comprehension of addition and multiplication concepts. Summative task on number systems was completed too. Students brainstormed vocabulary words related to subtraction and practiced solving word problems. An interesting aspect was the introduction of the Sudoku puzzle – students were encouraged to attempt these from the daily newspaper. Some relevant vocabulary words introduced students to the concept of division while  regular practice of mental math activities continued.

In their Hindi classes students enhanced their reading skills with an incident and  learned about the main elements to describe an incident. They also enhanced their speaking skills by practicing tongue twisters and poems. Students developed their vocabulary as they watched and discussed a video related to the hindu festival of Janmaashtami.

Hindi diwas was celebrated at school on September 14,2018 where students used the vernacular language to enact famous personalities, indulge in tongue twisters and presented a short slapstick play. All activities used the theme ‘nar ho na nirash karo manko’ a poem by Maithili Sharan Gupt as the central idea for various activities.

 

 

For their Hindi ab-initio classes, students enhanced their speaking and writing skills by speaking and writing tongue twisters. They developed their vocabulary by watching a video related to Janamashtami. They also wrote sentences related to the same. They revised names of colours, and practiced counting through various activities.

Students wrote  numbers (31 to 100) during French lessons as they solved sums on math operations individually. They also told time, their date of birth, their phone number etc. Interesting classroom games like find the missing number, guess the number, number patterns encouraged active engagement and vocabulary retention of the students. The focus of the activities was to sharpen their critical thinking and problem solving skills. Following links were used for classroom engagements.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsEz58BblMY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlYqz2unHKc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIYvC7r05mU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnOXzJfLuU4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDTcrb0szSo

Students learned the concept of descriptive adjectives during  Spanish lessons and tried to use them with the  noun vocabulary words. Students wrote one descriptive adjective with the noun or the sentence that they knew, as a class activity on slips of paper. It improved their thinking, writing and communication skills. They also learned the numbers and practised writing them from 51 to 100.

 

During ICT lessons students revised  different types of media like print, audio, visual etc. They expressed their learning through a reflection on Padlet. They also learned about the significance of bibliography.

 

For their Art lessons, students discussed the role of design, shape, colour, font, and logo of a product which is integrated with media.  They inquired about Andy Warhol and his iconic Pop art print based on consumer products, celebrity endorsements and American pop culture. Students sourced a consumer product and  used it to create their product design. They are in the process of creating their mixed media artwork based on Andy Warhol’s art style.

Music – The students shared their knowledge on various musical instruments  during  class discussion. They acquired knowledge on harmony  which is  the process by which the composition of individual sounds or superposition is analysed by hearing . Some of the students attempted to sing a  solo song on the karaoke. Fridays are karaoke days at school during lunch time where students take to the mike to express their musicality.

During Dance classes students stressed on pirouette preparations, starting with the feet positions to the toe-turn technique. They concentrated on spotting which is a technique used by dancers during the execution of various dance turns, style and  grooves of hip hop. Demonstration of different techniques that are used during the dance routine were given. Students also choreographed a hip hop dance routine with the help of their facilitator.

Physical Education

The students continued with their unit on swimming where they practised backstroke and learned how to take backstroke and freestyle start while diving.

Students also practiced skills for different sports of their choices during their other physical education class.

In Football, students practised skills of ball control, passing and receiving. They also practiced shooting and played short sided matches.

In Gymnastics, students practised forward roll, backward roll, cart wheel and splits.

During Badminton lessons, students practised forehand shot, backhand shot and high serve. They also played half court rally matches with their respective partners.

For Basketball, students practiced skills of dribbling, shooting and passing. They also played 3 vs 3 half court intra class matches.

 

During  Library class, students borrowed books  to suit their reading interests. Information on plagiarism was shared with the students through a story telling session where emphasis was laid on why  one should not copy someone’s idea and show as one’s own. Plagiarism as a topic is to be discussed further as students are at  an impressionable age where they can suitably imbibe the habit of referencing.

 

 

Don’t use social media to impress people; use it to impact people…

 

Grade 4 students progressed in their Unit of inquiry lessons with the second line of inquiry ‘How media can influence our choices’. Students were shown videos of celebrities endorsing certain products via advertisements and raising social awareness through media. Students discussed the role of celebrities in influencing choices and decisions for their target audiences and reflected upon the responsibility of celebrities to be socially responsible during endorsements.

The following videos were used to facilitate the discussions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EW5FsSSOe2Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruj-HRWrlEg

Students listed and understood the features of poster, leaflet and brochure. Students also understood the meaning of perception by reflecting upon certain optical illusions they were shown. A formative assessment was taken by students where they chose a product and created an effective advertisement using its appropriate elements.

The English lessons were integrated with Unit of Inquiry where students attempted a comprehension passage and answered questions related to persuasive techniques of employed in advertisements. Students recognised the different degrees of comparison for adjectives and applied their knowledge of the same to complete their task sheets based on adjectives. They were introduced to onomatopoeia through a video and listed the onomatopoeic words. They also read poems related to onomatopoeia for better clarity.

They watched the following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OMfhkUK2Vg to understand examples of similes.

For identifying alliterations students listened to the following song :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_lNPwqYfGw.

Group work involved the strategy of using 5 Ws and 1 H to form questions for interviewing the Eco club representatives at school. To improve vocabulary, students solved a crossword puzzle based on Spell Bee words.

 

 

 

 

In their Math lessons students were explained rounding off through the mountain strategy and practised rounding off numbers in their process journals. The students completed the summative assessment on number systems. Students were introduced to Roman numerals and practised conversion between Hindu Arabic and Roman numerals. Prior knowledge assessment of number operations was taken through an activity where they chose to add and multiply any numbers from a given box to indicate their level of confidence in the use of these operations. Operation specific vocabulary was discussed and presented through a Venn diagram where  a comparison between addition and multiplication was made.

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In their Hindi classes students enhanced their speaking skills by practicing tongue twisters and revisited different vyanjan through the activity .

 

ICT – Students have made connections between real and fake news. They also used a Padlet to collaborate on media, its various types and influence on the audience . Thus they were able to strengthen their understanding suitably.

Link to the padlet :

https://padlet.com/jagsrivastava/jagratisrivastava

During their Spanish classes students learned to introduce themselves and others in Spanish during a class activity.. They watched videos on the same. Students were given homework based on self-introduction and introducing people to others.

Peer assessment through looping back sheets helped them to understand errors and improve social skills.

Music lessons saw class discussion on the style of music every student exposes themselves to and how media influences their choice of music. Students watched various advertisements (old and new) and tried to understand how the jingles helped them to choose certain products.

 

 

 

The students individually sang the song- ‘Fearless’ as a karaoke activity.

Dance lessons saw students practicing basic groove to funk jazz, learning about improvisation and creation in jazz. Various elements of dance were introduced – like groove and pencil turn.

In Physical education, students continued with their unit on swimming in which they were introduced to backstroke swimming and practised how to do backstroke floating and backstroke kicks.

In the Library sessions children chose books from various genres like horror, thriller, and adventure to name a few. This month, students are being encouraged to be courageous and explore books of other genres namely – science fiction and biographies.  In addition to this, they will be issued Hindi books/novels to develop an appreciation for multilingual literature for a more holistic reading experience.

Glimpse of class assembly on Bakrid.

 

 

 

 

From small beginnings come great things…

 

media

The new academic session started with a couple of ice breaking activities where students got introduced to each other and set essential agreements for their class. A new academic journey started with the unit on Media under the transdisciplinary theme ‘How we express ourselves‘ with the Central Idea ‘Media can influence our perception and choices’. The students tuned into the first Line of Inquiry ‘Different forms of media’ through a bus stop activity whereby they undertook a gallery walk for different types of media. They discussed the pros and cons of each type of media in groups using the ‘Dog Bone Strategy’. Students identified the strengths and limitations of print and audio visual advertisements by analysing the important aspects – colour, font, product information etc. Students recognised different logos and understood the significance of taglines used by several brands in their advertisements. Students also were guided for  a discussion on social media as they worked in pairs to create a quality advertisement of a product of their choice.

The Unit of Inquiry was well integrated with the English lessons when students saw two commercials and analysed how they were used  to persuade the viewer. Naturally,  a discussion on persuasive writing and the steps followed in this genre of writing ensued. Prior knowledge of students pertaining to punctuation was assessed. Students were introduced to informal letter writing and wrote letters using persuasive techniques. Unit of inquiry was further integrated with language when students in groups recognized different adjectives from the advertisements shared in the class.

Math -The students were assessed on their previous learning. The importance of face value and place value was made clear through a group activity. Students stood with number cards and rearranged their places to form different numbers – thus understanding the place and the face value of a number. They understood how the Indian and International number systems are represented . Unit of Inquiry was integrated with their Math lessons to show them advertisements with large numbers where they compared and arranged them in order. Real life connections were made as they identified situations from real life where such number comparisons come into play. Students tuned into the concept of estimation and its need in everyday life through an interesting activity. A jar of items (rajma beans, assorted sharpeners, erasers etc.) were placed on each table. Students had to estimate the value and then count the actual number in each jar. Vocabulary related to estimation was also discussed.

During their Hindi lessons students discussed about learner profiles and made essential agreements after watching a story called ‘jaaduee ghantee’. They found out ‘milte-julte shabd’ and made sentences after reciting a poem ‘laalchee bandar’. They revisited grammar concept ‘visheshan’ and found out the same from the poem.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=402xNG2dj14 (Link for jaaduee ghantee)

During their Hindi Ab-initio classes students revised name of the colours, Hindi varnmaalaa and maatraa through various activities. They also enhanced their reading skills and vocabulary by reading cards of different maatraas.

 

Students completed a pre assessment based on previously learned concepts – letters, greetings, introduction and numbers in Spanish. Students also had a class activity based on introductions that reflected the IB learner profile, wherein they did understand the names of all the learner profile attributes in Spanish. Students also completed a class activity based on the learner profile attributes.

 

For French lessons – prior knowledge was assessed through interesting classroom games like Bingo, miming. Students identified the learner profile attributes they developed in the previous year and wrote the vocabulary and reasons for the same in French through a class activity.

During the ICT classes there was Ice Breaking activity along with an activity on formulating essential agreements.  Students learnt how to spot fake news and how to differentiate between real and fake news. They used Padlet to throw some light on their learning.

 

During Music lesson the students practiced vocal warm ups. They discussed how music has changed over generations in their family and what role media has played to mould their choices. The students practised how to sing a medley of patriotic songs.

 

In their Dance classes, students were introduced to different body conditioning techniques and exercises to prepare the body in terms of strength, flexibility and concentration.

 

The students were happy to see their new Art room. They began their academic year by discussing the essential agreements. Students wrote their names creatively in their art journals. Tools of visual art also known as Elements of art was discussed and students gave examples in their journals to display their understanding. Students also inquired about the different forms of media, the role of advertisements in influencing people’s perception and elements of product design.

 

During Physical Education classes, students participated in inter house trials for various events, to qualify for the upcoming Inter-house swimming competition. They eagerly look forward to the upcoming competitions!

The students were appreciated for their endeavours related to the summer vacation task. It is well known  that given the choice, children prefer to pick up books of their inherent passion such as  horror, thriller, adventure to name a few. Library sessions this month saw students become open minded and explore books of other  genres. Analytical research and activities integrated with the Unit Of Inquiry will be undertaken this month.