Blog 3rd Sep- 14th Sep

UOI

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.

MATH

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.

ENGLISH

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.

HINDI

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

MUSIC

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.

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DANCE

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.

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Physical Education

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.

LIBRARY

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.

ART

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.

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Blog 20th Aug – 31st Aug

 

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Unit of Inquiry

This fortnight, students tuned into the second line of inquiry, ‘food and its impact on our body’, through a ‘thumbs up’ and ‘thumbs down’ activity.

Students further inquired about the importance of different food groups, through a story, which was followed by a discussion.

https://www.storyjumper.com/book/index/21234228/Learning-About-Food-Groups#page/4

They reflected upon their understanding by illustrating the different food groups. Later they made a list of healthy snacks which they could include in their daily diet.

The highlight of the past fortnight was the guest speaker session by a nutritionist Ms. Anshupriya Bhatnagar. Students gained knowledge about the food pyramid, food groups and their role in keeping us healthy.

 

 

English

During their English lessons, students recapitulated blends cr, br, fr, dr, gr, tr through a ‘donut engagement’ game.

For further practice, students solved a  few blend drill sheets. Students were also assessed on their spellings through a spell bee. The assessment was marked by the students on a graph attached in their journals.

A visual imagery activity was attempted wherein students read poems and illustrated their understanding in their process journals. The poems were integrated with the unit of inquiry.

The students tuned in to phonograms ‘ar’ and ‘or’ through videos. Further, they brainstormed and wrote the words in their journals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrXskFzl-M8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LbaZFl-Jns

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

‘Take & Talk’ activity gave an opportunity to the students to choose and share their understanding on ‘5 factors of health’ or ‘the food pyramid.

 

Math

Students tuned into the concept of ‘face value’ and gained knowledge about the difference between ‘place value’ and ‘face value’ using number cards and place value chart. They also practiced the concept of place value using Abacus and other manipulatives. Students attempted a formative assessment on place value and comparison of numbers.

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Hindi

During their Hindi classes, students watched a PPT on good habits (अच्छी आदतें) and attempted to ‘listen and answer’ activity. They also learned ‘aa’(आ) maatraa and wrote words using the same.

 

Dance

During dance classes, students worked on the idea of using space to create their stories in groups. As a part of the prior knowledge assessment, the students discussed the relationship between dance and health.

 

Music

The students created beats on the Congo and identified time signatures of their beats. They have also learned the Kodaly hand signs for different notes. They practiced singing songs like ‘Doe A Deer’ with these hand signs.

 

ICT

Students were briefed on all the drawing tools in MS-Paint. They designed their healthy plate using those tools. They included all the important elements of a healthy diet while illustrating them.

 

Assembly

Students participated in an assembly presented by grade 1C. They spoke about why, when and how Janmashtami is celebrated. They further shared some interesting facts about Lord Krishna on the festival that marks his birthday celebrations.

Library

During library class, students exchanged their books and shared their stories which they had read during the preceding week. They participated in the summer assignment winner’s celebration day on  August 30, where the winners were felicitated for their work and were treated to a movie,  butter popcorn, and ice-cream to complete the theatre experience.

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Art

During the art classes, the students were introduced to the concepts of colors. They were also explained about the significance of human emotions and how colors express these emotions. The students were asked to color inside various shapes using warm and cold colors and were asked to associate and explain why they choose a particular color to express an emotion. The shapes included the human face, geometric and anthropomorphic shapes and a fruit composition.

 

Physical Education

Students practiced locomotor and non-locomotor skills which enabled them to maintain stability and control in different positions. The body remained in place and moved around its horizontal or vertical axis ass they practiced.

A discussion on the interrelationship between healthy eating and physical activities was established for better understanding among students.

 

Blog update 6 – 17th August

Unit of Inquiry

Students continued to gain knowledge about their current unit of inquiry on health. The highlight of the past fortnight was a group activity of making a picture collage. Students gained knowledge about various aspects of health while honing their social and self-management skills.

Students further inquired about the importance of personal hygiene through a discussion. As a follow-up activity, they illustrated ways to maintain hygiene. Students reflected on their daily routines and habits through a T-chart. They identified, sorted pictures and illustrated the healthy and unhealthy practices. Students were encouraged to think about how they could replace unhealthy habits with healthier ones.

Students participated in a class discussion about how they  spent their weekend shouldering various activities. Students interviewed peers and staff members at school to investigate various health factors, habits that individuals portrayed and discussed their findings in class.

A Formative assessment assessed students on their first line of inquiry ‘daily habits and routines’.  

Students tuned into the second line of inquiry ‘food and its impact on our body’ through a thumbs up and thumbs down activity where they illustrated foods that they think are good or bad for their health.

Students watched a story ‘I love to eat fruits and vegetables’ which was followed by a discussion on how to stay healthy. They wrote their understanding  in their journals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B53wj0v5gFU

They also watched a video on ‘healthy and unhealthy family’  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMrdXaMfhNI

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English

IMG_20180813_134421During the English lessons, students practiced writing CVC words with medial sounds ‘o’ and ‘u’ in their journals. They wrote a few sentences with these words. Students read ORT books and were assessed for their reading levels with a rubric. Spellings were assessed through a spelling bee. Sight words were recapitulated with a bingo game. The Bus Stop activity recapitulated blends for students. They also revisited a few blends using the blending wheel and practiced writing blend words in the journals.

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Math

During their Math classes, students practiced writing numbers in their process journals. They revisited number concepts like odd/even, quantity association, ascending/descending through ‘think, pair, share’ strategy. The concept of place value was reinforced using manipulatives. They also represented few numbers in their journals using bars of tens and ones and played online games.

http://www.abcya.com/base_ten_bingo.htm

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/place-value/place-value-charts

A  few drill sheets were attempted and quantity association was practiced using kidney beans to represent quantities on the given number card. Students also explored the concept using Abacus and tried representing numbers on it, thereby understanding the concept in multiple ways.

Hindi

During their Hindi classes, students recited the poem ‘सभी फलों में सेब है न्यारा. An activity helped them identify names of fruits and vegetables in Hindi. They also learned vyanjan , , and wrote words with the same.

Assembly

An assembly was conducted by the students of grade 1B on Independence Day, where they discussed the changes and development that the country has undergone in the last 71 years of freedom. Students mapped the areas under the British rule, analyzed what independence meant to them, how responsibilities go hand in hand with rights. They enjoyed singing songs and the national anthem gave closure to the event.

Music

During the music classes, students were introduced to time signatures in music and they were able to identify the same for different beats played on the congo. They sang ‘Kandho Se Milte Hai Kandhe’ and the Indian National Anthem Students displayed International mindedness when they heard the South Korean, Japanese, Israeli and Chinese National Anthems and paid respect to the countries of their fellow classmates.

Dance

During dance, students were taught basic floor work through the imagery of starfish and baby. Locomotory skills were also enhanced alongside creative thinking through the theme of animal movements.

ICT

Students were introduced to research and its types. Later they were divided into two teams and were given examples to identify the types of research. They also learned about various browsers and the type of search engine associated with them. They were briefed on the keywords that they could use for the search. Some tried copy-pasting the image on the MS-Paint too.

Library

To mark  India’s independence day,  a quiz was undertaken. Questions about the national tree, national marine animal, national reptile, India’s population, number of states, the national emblem, and many more such questions were asked during the library lesson.

Art 

For this period the students were introduced to the concepts of color theory and various drawing forms. Activities included drawing and coloring frontal and side view of a human face, geometric compositions, and a fruit composition.

Physical Education  

Students worked on motor development by doing relay races. They were involved in different recreational games using cones, small hurdles, and ladders. They also worked on improving their flexibility through stretching exercises.

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Blog Update 30 July- 3 August

The new academic session began with lots of learning, growing, making new friends, interactive learning engagements, and social-emotional development.

Students easily settled into their new classes and enjoyed the first two days by introducing, interacting and sharing their vacation stories with their peers. They participated in many ice-breaking activities. They worked on formulating essential agreements and revisited the Learner Profile attributes, the inquiry cycle, concepts, skills and the importance of action in a Unit Of Inquiry.

Unit of Inquiry

Leading a balanced lifestyle can help us stay healthy was the central idea that motivated students to undertake inquiry within and outside the classrooms.

Tuning into the unit was done through a mystery box game, where the students used their senses to touch, feel, taste and smell the objects placed inside the mystery box. The objects were related to health and wellbeing for maintaining a balanced lifestyle.

 Students connected the word ‘balanced’ with the learner profile attribute. They further shared their understanding of a healthy lifestyle by emphasizing the five factors that promote good health e.g. recreation, hygiene, rest, food, and exercise.

The students created a mind map by illustrating, ”what healthy means to them” in their journals.

English

During their English classes, students were welcomed with a fun ice-breaking activity ‘ colored gems’ in which they shared information about their favorite friend/family member/ cuisine/hobby/place etc.

They further enjoyed creating photo frames by sketching themselves on a colored sheet and pasted the photo frames in their respective cubby holes to get a sense of belongingness.

Students played the game about their name where they identifying letter cutouts to form spellings for their names. They used their name cutouts to make nameplates.

 

 Letter recognition was done through a task sheet about a ‘secret message from their teacher.’ Their understanding of phonics sound & letter formation was done through a ‘fishbowl activity’. Students wrote upper and lower-case letters in their process journals. Their prior knowledge of blending sounds was assessed through looping back sheet. They attempted to make CVC words using the medial sound of vowels (a,e, i, o,u). Each group shared their words through a presentation.

Math

During their Math classes, students engaged themselves in various ice-breaking activities where students counted and introduced themselves on every odd number by saying fizz buzz.     

 A looping back sheet as used to assess prior knowledge of number recognition, and quantity association using manipulative. Students also practiced arranging numbers in ascending and descending order.

Hindi

During their Hindi lessons, students watched  the story ‘Aalsee Brahmin’

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-nagMCHrzs) and related different learner profile attributes from the same. They formulated essential agreements for maintaining an interactive learning environment in class. Students also revisited a few vernacular swar and vyanjans words through a bus stop activity.

Music

The students learned how to sing ‘Here comes the Sun’ (https://youtu.be/bgiQD56eWDk) and ‘Little April Shower’ (https://youtu.be/saa98l0yDYQ).

They also engaged in some vocal exercises.

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ICT

Students were welcomed into the ICT  lessons post the summer with great interest. Essential agreements were made during the introductory class in which they were made comfortable with their surrounding and taught to handle the I Pad and laptop devices. Students were shown the input-output and all the other physical components of the computer.

Dance

Students have begun doing a basic warm-up, stretching and embarked on practicing hand & feet position as a regular dance routine.

Art

Students discussed warm and cool colors. They then observed front and profile faces and learned how to draw proportionate portraits.

Physical Education

Students developed their locomotor, non-locomotors skills by doing flexibility and strength building exercises. 

Library

Students were excited to visit the library after the long summer break. They were made aware of the fact that from grade 1 year, they would be choosing their books independently though teachers would assist in guiding them to make age-appropriate choices.

The summer reading log was assessed during library time to check the understanding of the books that each child had read during vacation time.

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