This fortnight, students tuned into the third line of inquiry, ‘reflecting on choices and their consequences’. Empty packs and wrappers of food items like cornflakes, chocolate, chips were given to inquire about the terms ingredients and nutritional value. Knowledge about the calorie count and content of protein, fat etc. mentioned on each pack was gained by students who also interpreted the significance of the red or green dot on the packs, date of manufacturing and expiry for a product.
Students understood the importance of drinking water with a ‘think before you drink’ experiment, where they investigated into a variety of drinks available in the market (bottled water, cold drinks, juice, energy drinks) to find out and compare sugar content in each one of them. Later they sequenced bottles in order of the sugar content and concluded that water has no sugar content in it.
Through a ‘head to toe’ activity, students explored and identified which food item is necessary for the well being of which body part. For example carrot, spinach is good for the eyes, ginger, honey is good for throat were discussed.
Following the second line of inquiry ‘food and its impact on our body’, a formative assessment was conducted in the class wherein students were encouraged to draw ‘my healthy plate’. They had to choose any one meal from breakfast, lunch or dinner keeping in mind the food pyramid and plan their plate.
Students explored and observed plants like aloe vera and basil while on a nature walk in the school garden. They inquired into the health benefits of these plants and wrote about their observation about these in their journals.
Students visited a popular supermarket to identify and distinguish between fresh food and processed food items. They were made aware of the variety of choices available in the market and the importance of making the right choice.
Later they displayed the learner profile of reflective by writing their understanding of the field trip in their journal.
During their Math classes, students practiced writing number facts for any given number in their process journals. They revisited odd and even number concepts through an app on the iPad. The concept of place value, ascending and descending order, more or less concepts were reinforced using manipulatives.
Students were introduced to number names using flash cards for one to twenty. They practiced reading and writing number names in their journals.
Students tuned into the concept of ‘ordinal numbers’ through an audiovisual presentation. They observed the medals tally of top ten countries in the Asian Games 2018. Students understood the position of the countries in the competition with respect to ordinal numbers.
During the English lesson, students inquired about nouns through a gallery walk activity and kept writing names of things they saw and people they met around school. Later they segregated their list to write the words under various categories on cut-outs appropriately.
Students developed thinking skills through an ‘I spy with my little eye’ activity where they were given some unit related clues like ‘something we drink in the morning before coming to school?, what is red and sweet and juicy?
Later the answers were sorted under 4 headings- person, place, animal and thing to focus on nouns.
Students enhanced their vocabulary by understanding the meaning of unit related words and were encouraged to frame sentences with them too.
During their Hindi classes, students enhanced their communication skills verbalizing tongue twisters. They also revisited ‘aa’ matraa and wrote words. Students celebrated Hindi Diwas during a special assembly
During Music lessons, students learned and practiced how to sing ‘Doe a deer’. They gained knowledge about the impact of vocal exercises and how good eating habits play a role in preserving voice quality. Students understood the significance of music therapy and its positive impact on health.
During dance classes, students reflected their observation and understanding of different physical moments that augur health. They also learned to hone their listening and agility skills through a ‘dancing statue’ activity.
During Physical Education lessons, students learned the proper technique and fundamentals of basketball dribbling. Students are practicing to improve their basics on ball handling, ball throwing, one handball dribble (right to left) to enhance their gross motor skills. Along with this practice, students also are developing their eye-hand coordination, strengthening their forearm and shoulders muscles.
With the belief that there is nothing as powerful as education, the world celebrates Literacy Day every year on September 8 where children were made aware about the importance of literacy that forms the cornerstone of social and personal development. Students exchanged books and opted for two non- fiction books over the last fortnight.
During Art classes, students were assigned creative tasks to explore form and color through an activity around the creation of fruit composition. They were introduced to basic colour theory. Later the elements of a basic drawing composition consisting of a background and foreground were explained.
After a discussion on the benefits of consuming fruits for good health, they were assigned two compositional exercises. Drawing by observing a still life fruit composition and drawing fruit composition using their own imagination and creativity were activities undertaken.
The outcomes included a self-review of their work as they presented it to their peers.
ICT unit integration was implemented through a ‘dine decisions’ app where students had to choose healthy food items. They also used the app ‘Scribble’ to make a food pyramid and illustrated the food item under each group.