Unit of inquiry
Going further into the second line of inquiry, students learned to make connections between the impact of mining and deforestation on forest and wildlife of the Aravali range. Students reflected upon their understanding of how humans have impacted the river Nile with settlements on its bank, by watching a power point presentation.
Students discussed and wrote the ill-effects of mining and deforestation on landforms. Construction of buildings, use of tracks/roads and overgrazing of pastures were some reasons that were chronicled in their process journals.
The students were able to make connections and deepen their understanding related to the impact on guest speaker session led by the dance faculty member who is a native of Kerala.
Responsibilities towards our planet formed the third line of inquiry and students undertook a discussion on the 4Rs, their responsibility and the ways they can help conserve landforms. The use of different colored bins for disposal of garbage was emphasized.
Formative assessment of the 2nd and 3rd line of Inquiry was taken with a poster making activity where students showed their understanding of the landforms and followed it up with a take and talk.
During take and talk, the students spoke about various kinds of landforms, their features and the effect of human settlements on them.
Students were assessed on our understanding of the unit through a summative assessment.
Tuning into the measurement of weight was undertaken with thought-provoking questions like:
What is weight? When do we need to weigh something? Have they seen a weighing machine?
The students were introduced to a weighing balance and digital weighing machine for measurement of the weight of different items.
Making connections – Students were allowed to measure the weight of sugar in different quantities. They then compared the label on packaged drinks to understand the quantity of sugar delivery and its impact on health.
Tuning into ‘measurement of liquids (capacity)’ engaged students in a discussion on the meaning of capacity and the tools used to measure it.
Bottles of different sizes (medicine bottle, water bottle, cold drink bottle, paint colour bottle) were displayed in class for students to find out their capacity. Journal writing was undertaken too.
Formative Assessment on ‘length and weight’ was undertaken where students measured the length and weight of various objects displayed in class.
During their Hindi classes, students enjoyed their spell bee with step in and step out activity. They learned u ( उ ) matraa and wrote words with the same. Students also revisited naming words through the things inside the classroom.
Students explored landscape drawings and drew them both freehand by watching as well as by integrating geometric shapes including lines and shading, patterning etc. The students were also engaged in exploring the drawings on a three-dimensional surface (container) using brush and colors. So far the outcomes have been landscape compositional drawings employing graphite (pencil) on paper and their replications in paintings.
The students sang Christmas carols to mark festive celebrations. They also learned how to play Old Mac Donald on the black keys of the xylophone. The students have learned the names of these keys as well.
Students performed to the walrus song by observing their peers. This helped them incorporate the positive aspects they found in the steps of their peers. The strategy was employed to allow auto checking of stance.
Students were introduced to Photos application where they created a photo story on various types of landforms. They used their creative skills by inserting text, music, and pictures.
Students are learning to stand and engage in broad jump where they improved explosive leg strength. Also, the student understands the coordination between the hand swing and feet jump. Standing broad jump help children to develop leg strength which is helpful to perform a high jump and long jump in later years.