Updates of Grade 3D

Unit of Inquiry

In order to acquaint the class with the next unit on ‘Migration’, they were taken to the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary. They participated in the ‘chalk talk’ activity where they worked in groups to discuss and write  their awareness about the unit. Students operated in pairs to inscribe and share with others their understanding of the keywords from the central idea, ‘Human migration is a response to challenges and opportunities’.  Later they brainstormed and recorded their interpretation of the term ‘migration’ using various visible thinking routines. For tuning into the first line of inquiry, the curious minds read articles and stories to question and comprehend the reasons for migration. Students were shown a few pictures depicting the motivations that led people to migrate. The inquirers learnt about the push and pull factors of migration as well.

Relive a boy’s journey to America

Grandfather’s journey

Mathematics

While tuning in to subtraction, students were asked to write their perception of a problem using the visual thinking routine ‘What makes you say that?’ to come up with evidence to support their claim. They were introduced to horizontal subtraction using the ‘number line’ and ‘number bond’ strategies. They were made familiar with various terms related to subtraction. They learnt vertical subtraction with borrowing using ‘regrouping’ strategy.

English

Students listened to the story ‘Going North’ by Janice Harrington. They were also introduced to opinion writing during the week. They were divided into groups to discuss a case study from the testimonials on the website about children who have migrated to new places for various reasons.

Meet young immigrants

Hindi

Students recited a poem ‘प्रवासी पक्षी’ (Prawaasee pakshee) which is related to the current unit of ‘Migration’. They learned new words from the poem and were able to form simple and meaningful sentences. They used a visible thinking routine Compass point (NEWS) and noted down their thoughts. Students participated in a ‘Listen and Tell’ activity on the topic of ‘Migration’.

Students enjoyed watching the Hindi play ‘Kisse’ at the Pitara Theatre festival and were excited to share their understanding with their peers.

Hindi ab-initio

To enhance their reading skills the students learned words with badee ‘e’ ki maatraa from their reading material.  They participated in spell bee of words with badee ‘e’ maatraa.  They watched and narrated a Hindi story- ‘Saras aur Kenkdaa’ to enhance their speaking skills. They used their imagination to visualize the anecdote to present a role play as members of groups.

French

Learners enthusiastically practiced the French version of the song ‘Together we can change the world’. They developed their social and communication skills while doing so.


Spanish

Students recapitulated the ordinal numbers in Spanish. They practiced a song through which students learned new vocabulary and were made to understand its meaning along with the correct pronunciation of each word. This whole activity helped students develop their social, thinking and communication skills. 

Library

For the session on Academic Honesty, students were apprised about how to adhere to policies regarding academic writing and the written presentation of school work, especially in connection with plagiarism and related forms of academic misconduct. Academic honesty is a term used for professional honesty where credit should be given to  work through references to sources that are being quoted, paraphrased or used in any other way.  The code of conduct related to academic honesty is stipulated by rules and practices concerning the way in which work is carried out and reported.

PHE

For cricket lessons, students learned about hand eye coordination, the ability to throw and catch a ball, good batting and bowling techniques and the capacity to concentrate for longer periods of time. They engaged in cricket matches and were made familiar with the identities of sportspersons, coaches and instructors who had migrated from one place to another. 

Art

Students used their creative thinking skills to produce a well coloured layout of the poem that they read on ‘Senses’. Most of them designed proportionate artwork and could express their understanding of the poem appropriately through their composition.

Dance

The class focused on discussions as to why dancers migrate from one place to another. For better flexibility students were encouraged to stretch their bodies to challenging limits.

Music

The students were enlightened about the impact of migration on music and reflected on the same. They also learned the song ‘Octopus’s Garden’.

ICT

Students were introduced to a block-based visual programming language ‘Scratch’. They learned to change the sprite and backdrop of the stage. They also used some basic code blocks to formulate the programming language.

SEL

Students were encouraged to build their self-esteem by reflecting on areas in which they excel. This was done through a method of self-actualization while working in pairs on a self-talk worksheet.  This encouraged the students to think positively about themselves and introspect on their strengths.


Updates of Grade 3D

Unit of Inquiry

To understand the correlation between the sense of smell and taste, students inquired about how they are connected  while having breakfast. In addition, they further studied the different parts of the nose and tongue. The class performed an experiment to understand the role of saliva in tasting what they eat. They were made to dry their tongues with a clean paper towel and try a few samples of salt and sugar and were thrilled to discover that for us to savour taste, chemicals from the food must dissolve in saliva.

Integration with English  ‘Procedural writing’, started with the ‘perfume experiment’ where students learned about the structure and functioning of the nose to sense the aromatic whiff. Further they learned about the composition and purpose of different parts of the skin as they labelled a diagram of the same. A discussion was then held on ways to take care of  skin and keep it healthy.

Our tongue and nose

How the nose works

How the skin works

Mathematics

 Students practiced word problems with multiplication prior to which they were assessed on their understanding of the same. They focused on symmetry where they were given cut outs of different shapes and asked to fold them down the middle/horizontally/vertically. They were then asked to reflect on their understanding through the visible thinking routine ‘I see, I think, I wonder’. Symmetry was then introduced and discussed in detail by making real life connections  to where it could be found in nature. The class watched a pesentation on Rangoli designs and enjoyed trying their hand at creating symmetrical displays with dots as guidelines. This helped enhance their creative thinking skills as they chose their own arrangements and coloured them. As an integration to the unit on senses, they made a symmetrical human face with special reference to placement of eyes, ears, nose and lips.

Lines of symmetry

Rangoli design

English

Students read chapter three of their novel study and revisited pronouns. They were introduced to procedural writing through a listening activity where samples were read out, which led to a discussion on how they could be used in different situations. They enjoyed doing procedural writing using the bus stop activity where each group selected a topic related to a different bus stop. They referred to the checklist given to ensure their writing was correct.

Chocolate chip cookies recipe

Hindi

Students  were made to watch a documentary on Mother Teresa  and Sunder Rajan Pichai in order to enhance their critical thinking and listening skills. They discussed reasons for migration.  The class enhanced their speaking skills through ‘Bas Ek Pal’ activity on the topic of sense organs and their care. Knowledge of spellings was self-assessed through spell bee riddles.

Mother Teresa

Sunder Pichai

Hindi ab-initio

To enhance their reading skills students studied words with chhotee ‘e’ ki maatraa.  They participated in a spell bee of words with ‘e’ maatraa and then used them in sentences. They watched and recounted the story of ‘Char Brahman’ in Hindi to enhance their speaking skills. The class played a Bingo game with words containing ‘e’ maatra.

French

The objective of the French lesson was to peer-assess the knowledge acquired on numbers given in homework. It encouraged learner involvement and participation as the students engaged in thoughtful discussion while correcting their fellow classmates’ assignments under the supervision of the facilitator. They developed their thinking skills by applying their acquired knowledge and were caring and appreciative towards their associate’s achievements.


Spanish

Students learned the cardinal numbers from 1 to 50 and ordinal numbers from first to tenth. They were taught how to pronounce cardinal numbers and their difference in application to ordinal ones. Students also learned the uses of both kinds of numbers  with their application in daily lives. 

Library

Children were given information on DDC (Dewey Decimal Classification) system, which was created by Melvil Dewey in 1876.  The Dewey Decimal System is used to arrange books by subject and is the standard method of categorizing volumes in libraries across the world. It places the books on the shelf by content, using numbers from 000 to 999.  Children were informed how DDC plays a vital role in classifying books and their arrangements found in any library across the world. Students were acquainted with the categories that come under 000, 100, 200 and so on.

Physical Health Education

Introduction to circuit training is a fun and interactive way for children to be physically active. Fitness courses consist of setting up several stations with different events for students to rotate through in short periods of time. These include jump rope, hop scotch, throwing balls, shuttle runs, hula hoop, relay races, jumping jacks and dashes. Students engaged in various activities towards this end.

Art

Students read a poem on senses and reflected their understanding by creating a layout of an illustration for the verse. Some of them created their final work incorporating the given feedback on the arrangement.

Dance

For better flexibility, students were made to stretch their bodies to challenging limits through warm ups and exercises. Jumping, spotting, kicks and plies were practiced to improve posture.

Music

Students were divided into groups and were asked to create their own beats and note patterns. They enjoyed the activity and performed their own rhythms and melodies. The class was assessed on the basis of their individually created pattern and knowledge on the basis of Note Values. Students also learned and sang the first verse of the song ‘Octopus’s Garden’.

ICT

Students constructed merge cube which was used to view a 3D model of sense organs made in Paint 3D. They also learned to upload 3D items on the app: ‘miniverse.io’. The ‘object viewer app’ was also used to view articles on merge cube thereby enabling the students to experience augmented reality by designing their own models.

Updates of Grade 3D

Unit of Inquiry

The unit on senses allowed  students to explore the importance of the sense of hearing. They learned about the structure of the ear by observing diagrams and visual presentations. Students were made to understand the functioning of the eardrum by performing an experiment which resulted in the conclusion that sound travels in waves.

Students presented research work about  visually impaired people from India and across the globe who learned to overcome their challenge thereby showcasing international-mindedness.

Structure of the ear

Mathematics

Students were introduced to multiplication of 2 digit numbers by being given a choice of using different ways to calculate i.e. through repeated addition, array method or by drawing pictures. Students used 1 and 2 digits as multipliers and practiced using 2 and 3 digit multiplicands. 

They practiced word problems on multiplication.

English

A ‘take and talk’ on the ear was shared by  students in  class. Students researched facts on how to protect their ears from electronic devices and books. They also read chapter three of the novel study ‘The Eyes of the Eagle’.

Hindi

In their Hindi lesson students presented prior knowledge on sense organs through role play and a visual thinking routine ‘Think-pair-share’.  They enhanced their communication skills and visual imagery by listening to and reading a poem. They picked up naming words from a given picture and revisited grammar concepts वचन (singular-plural).

कविता सर्दी

Hindi ab-initio

To enhance their reading skills the students recited words with ‘e’ in various sentences.  In a spelling bee they wrote down words with ‘e’ maatraa. They watched the story- ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ in Hindi.

French

The objective of the French lesson allowed students to recapitulate their grammar and vocabulary and self-assess their homework to encourage learner involvement and participation. Thoughtful discussions helped them to correct their own work under the supervision of a facilitator.

Spanish

Students were introduced to the cardinal numbers 1-20 in Spanish. They were taught how to pronounce these numbers and how their enunciation changes with the use of accents on them. Students were made to listen to the numbers and write them on their own in order to avoid spelling mistakes and better their writing skills

Library

Students exchanged books and shared stories read by them in the previous week. On the occasion of ‘World Food Day’ which is celebrated worldwide on 16th October, a discussion was held on why we celebrate this significant date and how we can contribute to this worthy cause through a ‘zero food wastage’ policy.

This year the theme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) is to help everyone make ‘healthy eating’ and ‘Zero Hunger’ a way of life through sustainable diets that can be afforded and accessed by everyone.

Physical Health Education

Our senses play an important role in yoga in different ways. They serve to navigate a connection between our brain and the environment.

Surya Namaskar also known as sun salutations, is an exercise practice in yoga incorporating a sequence of twelve gracefully linked asanas. Children performed the different formations of Surya Namaskar  trying to keep the postures correct.

Art

Students were made to read a short poem on the senses and are learning how to create an artwork taking inspiration from the same.

ICT

Students constructed and labelled the different parts of a human ear on a digital 3D model. They learned the use of the 3D view tool to toggle between 2D and 3D views. In Paint 3D they learned to view controls as a reminder of how to control the position with different input devices.

Social and emotional learning

The aim of the activity conducted this week was to promote the importance and relevance of kindness, compassion, and resilience. The students were empowered to identify and draw differences between these terms by sharing a few examples and discussing the links attached below. They were able to relate to the topic and were motivated to share a few examples related to kindness, resilience and compassion.  

kindness

resilience

compassion

Updates of Grade 3D

Unit of Inquiry
The week began by watching a demonstration on the making of the structure of an eyeball to better understand it’s working. The students were then asked to label the different parts of this sense organ.
By watching engaging videos, a more in-depth inquiry about the functioning of the various parts of an eye was undertaken. In their journals, the students then wrote their perceptions of the parts of an eye and their functions.
The learning progressed on to comparing and contrasting the functioning of the eye with a camera. The students learned that just like a camera, the eye also clicks pictures and sends them to the brain for analysis.
The students then discussed how to take care of eyes through an engaging group activity and visiting carousel stops.

How your eyes work
Human eye

Mathematics
The students were tuned into multiplication with a story of the ‘one hundred hungry ants”. Through a card activity they identified ‘arrays’ and the number of items in each row. They reflected on their understanding by a visible thinking routine – CONNECT EXTEND CHALLENGE. They furthered their comprehension of the terms ‘factors and products’ and practiced time tables for 2,3,4,5.
The students were put into pairs and played with UNO cards to practice multiplication. They were introduced to the four properties of multiplication -commutative, associative, multiplicative identity and distributive.
They then progressed on to learn multiplication of 2-3 digit numbers and practiced the same in their journals.

One Hundred Hungry Ants
Multiplication Math Ping Pong – Commutative Property
Multiplication Associative Property

English
Integrating with the current unit, the students watched an interesting video on the sense of sight and after a peer discussion they collated facts about it in their journals. They explored certain items with reference to their senses and described them in their own words.
The class read the second chapter of the novel ‘The Eyes of the Eagle’ and identified ‘flat characters’ and ‘round characters’ and their impact on the story. They then went on to describe the same in their journals.
They read a comprehension passage and answered questions on how to take care of the eyes.
Pronouns were introduced through a parody song. The students furthered their understanding by framing sentences using common/proper nouns and changing nouns into appropriate pronouns.

How Your Nose Works
Parody Song – Pronouns

Hindi
In order to enhance their critical thinking skills and speaking skills, students discussed and wrote a passage after watching the documentary जलवायु परिवर्तन : फैसले का समय (Jalvaayu parivartan) . Students used a graphic organizer for sorting causes of environmental pollution, reasons, effects and suggestions. Their knowledge of spellings was peer assessed using a spell bee activity.

Hindi ab-initio
To enhance their listening skills in Hindi the students listened to a story named ‘Tota’ and watched the Hindi stories ‘ Sher ki khaal mei gadha ’ and ‘Boltee gufaa’.
They cut and pasted pictures of animals and birds through a ‘Jungle Activity’.

French
The objective of the French lesson allowed students to recapitulate their grammar and vocabulary and self-assess their homework to encourage learner involvement and participation. Thoughtful discussions helped them to correct their own work under the supervision of a facilitator.

Spanish
Students were taught to introduce themselves in Spanish. They learned to start and end the introduction with greetings that they had practiced in class. They also made posters representing themselves and revealing their likes, dislikes and favorite things which made them communicate effectively. Through role play in class the students conversed with each other to improve their pronunciation and listening skills.

Library
Students celebrated the birthday of the English author, poet and playwright Michel Morpurgo who is best known for his children’s novels; the most famous of them being the ‘War Horse’. He became the third Children’s Laureate, from 2003 to 2005.
The class discovered more about the author’s books through a poster prepared by the library and read additional literature from the Michael Morpurgo book shelf at school.

Swimming
Students continued to practice breast stroke leg action. General fitness routines and sports edge lessons continued.


Art
Students completed their contemporary art compositions and were able to write down their reflections based on the strengths and weaknesses of their artwork. They also demonstrated how they incorporated student agency during the process.


Dance
Dance lessons focused on the evolution and emergence of various dance forms. Students were challenged to stretch their bodies for better flexibility. Warm ups and exercises were done to increase suppleness while jumping, spotting, kicks and plies were executed to improve posture.

Music
Students revised their work on the evolution of musical instruments (string family) while referring to the unit based on the central idea. They were also introduced to the evolving genres of music .
The class will soon be assessed on their knowledge of the topics covered so far which are as follows: Note, note values, identity notes and evolution in music as well as the song “You’ve got a Friend in me”.

ICT
Students constructed a 3D model of a human eye while using the magic select tool and 3D doodle tool in Paint 3D. They labelled different parts of the human eye using 3D text. They also learned how to save the 3D model as a 3D object in FXB format. Within paint 3D, students used the online 3D library to browse and access 3D models for use in their creations.

Updates of Grade 3D

Students at school enjoy taking part in various initiatives rooted in the firm belief that every individual action can make a difference. The Eco club is a hands on project that involves each child in the task of caring for the environment. While reinforcing sustainability this drive has gone one step further by placing cartons in the school corridors for recycled paper, newspapers and even upcycled clothes that are put to good use later.

Regular Hindi lessons encourage students to converse with each other; keeping ten minutes for speaking only in the vernacular language brings joy and builds interest. Being fluent in a language requires motivation and appreciation for the effort to draw on vocabulary that shuns the use of words that do not belong to the one being spoken….. difficult but not impossible!

Unit of Inquiry
The week began with an interesting discussion on natural and manmade disasters. By employing the ‘double bubble’ map and T-chart, students compared the two and explored different ways on how humans are responsible for global warming. A discussion with Ms. Sutanuka Bhattacharjee on the recent fires in the Amazon was an initiative in this direction. The class deliberated on the session by applying a visible thinking strategy ‘Zoom in’ and keenly observed different experiments on soil erosion, weathering, deposition and loss of wetlands. They then demonstrated their understanding of the topic using the ICT tool ‘Flip grid’ and summed up their learning by using the fishbone strategy.
The students then geared up for the provocation of the new unit by using the ‘I see I think I wonder’ visual thinking routine by exploring different stations with items related to senses. They used their thinking skills to write what they thought about the new unit and exchanged information to identify key words to understand the central idea.

man made disasters natural disasters natural and man made disasters

Mathematics
The new week began with students revisiting different properties of addition and mental math strategies. They were keen to learn the concept of doubling through a ‘think, puzzle and explore’ strategy. The CUBES strategy was discussed in pairs which was followed by creating and assessing each other’s word problems. By using the ‘Traffic light’ visual thinking routine students reflected on their understanding of the properties of addition, doubling, mental math and word problems. They were also introduced to the compensation approach for addition and word problems.


Doubling

English
In order to integrate with the current unit, students studied a few pictures using the visible thinking routine ‘Explanation game’. They were introduced to the concept of a thank you note and its importance and then framed the same for planet Earth. They also revisited the concept of articles and their usage by framing meaningful sentences. The class prepared and presented a ‘take and talk’ on landforms as well.
Students read the first chapter of the novel ‘The Eyes of the Eagle’ and identified unfamiliar words from the chapter.

Hindi
In their Hindi lessons, students watched news segments on water pollution, ’तेरा कचरा तुझको अर्पण’ and attempted a ‘Listen and Tell’ activity. They celebrated ‘Hindi Diwas’ based on the theme ‘Sustainability’ where students initiated a movement to save paper and will take the initiative to audit wastage and recycling throughout the year. They also read the story ‘मिनामाटा की कथा’ (Minamata kee Katha) and enhanced their reading skills. Later, a ‘Chalk and Talk’ activity was performed where questions were framed and discussed with classmates.

Hindi ab-initio
To enhance their writing skills the students wrote bina maatraa wale shabd. They also watched the Hindi stories ‘Chatur khargosh aur sher’ and ‘Jaaduee pencil’. They also heard the Hindi story ‘Kudatee zuraaben’. They celebrated Hindi Diwas by creating posters to create awareness about how everyone can save paper.

French
Using the ‘LINK strategy’, learners first made notes of what they already knew about France. They delved deeper into the country’s history and shared their knowledge through a group discourse.
They were able to discover basic facts about France through the use of manipulatives and the internet and created a graphic organizer of their choice. They developed their thinking skills (acquisition of knowledge), self-management skills (organization and time management) and social skills (respecting and supporting others). A Venn diagram showing cultural similarities and differences between France and India was also made during class discussion.


Spanish
Students recapitulated Spanish letters and greetings and practiced their pronunciation. As part of the class activity they also attempted to spell out their individual names as well as those of their peers.
The students were then introduced to a new concept known as classroom instructions which not only helped them to understand the idea but also inculcate in their daily lives good communication skills.

Library
The students celebrated Roald Dahl’s 103rd birthday. He was a prolific writer of children’s books which include titles like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, BFG, Matilda and Danny the Champion of the World to name a few.
Students learned interesting facts about his life and delved deeper into his body of work while reading various titles by the famed author. A hilarious incident from his autobiography ‘Boy – The Childhood Tales’ was also read out on this occasion.

Swimming
The students were introduced to breaststroke during their weekly swimming class. The breaststroke is also known as the ‘froggy’ stroke as it resembles a frog’s swimming style. It is the most popular recreational style of swimming because it is very stable and does not require a lot of effort if good technique is applied.

Art
Using their iPads and working in groups, students developed their social skills by collaboratively researching ‘contemporary art’. After exploring the topic some of them shared their understanding with the entire class. They were then given the option to work individually or in pairs or small groups to organise compositions on contemporary art. Students finished their layouts and then proceeded to help their peers in putting together their creations.

Dance
Dance lessons focused on the evolution and emergence of various dance forms. Students were challenged to stretch their bodies for better flexibility. Warm ups and exercises were done to increase suppleness while jumping, spotting, kicks and plies were executed to improve posture.

Music
Students learned about the evolution of music and musical instruments belonging to the string family while referring to unit of inquiry (planet Earth has evolved over time and is still changing). The class also revised notes and note values and sang the song “You’ve got a Friend in me” by Randy Newman.

ICT
Students were introduced to the various tools and features of the Paint 3D app and learned how to save a project file. They explored the concept of augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality and came up with several examples of virtual reality in everyday life. They then utilized the mixed reality feature in Paint 3D.

Social Emotional Learning
The aim of the Social and Emotional learning activity was to enable children identify feelings and emotions in diverse situations during puppet show. A healthy discussion ensued about situations that make the students feel happy or upset.
In the following week students were shown a video on kindness and how positive behaviour leads to positive interactions with others. After a discussion on the subject the class was divided into two groups. The first team was asked to enact the role which highlighted positive emotions leading to positive behaviour. The other group was asked to apply a method of ‘flip classroom’ in the form of role play wherein they had to enact how displaying negative behaviour may lead to negative reciprocation.

Updates of Grade 3D

Unit of Inquiry
The week began with an engaging demonstration on how rocks break up in nature which eventually led to a discussion on how rivers flow. Students were made aware of the journey of a river and participated in a group activity for creating and colouring models of different landforms. Students explored the ways in which the physical features of Earth have changed which culminated in a group discussion and presentation on different natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts and floods which included the recent mayhem caused by the monsoon in flood-hit Gujarat and Kerala. 

Landforms

What are Landforms?

Erosion and Landform: Science activity

Erosion’s effect on different landforms

Weathering and Erosion

15 Dramatic changes on Earth revealed by NASA

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA): Know the disasters

Various Natural Disasters

Natural & Man-made disasters

Natural disasters

Man-made disasters

Mathematics
The new week began with students revisiting the concept of rounding off numbers through a rapid-fire quiz. This was followed by a discussion on the different strategies of rounding off numbers using a number line or number hill. Students dove into the addition of 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers and got involved in a ‘Bus stop’ activity to discuss the ‘commutative’ and ‘associative’ nature of addition. Their bright minds went on to discuss mental strategies based on addition which included horizontal addition.

Rounding off to the nearest 10 and 100
Rounding off poem
Adding 3 digit numbers

English
Students were eager to learn a technique used in day to day life known as skimming and scanning. They were made to read a news article and used their understanding to answer given questions from the same. They created sentences with ‘spell bee’ words and were also able to recognize the different parts of speech. Students were familiarized with the concept of novel study with ‘The Eyes of the Eagle’ by Ruskin Bond. Using De Bono’s Thinking Hats, the eager readers set out to discover various interesting facts about the book and acknowledged the skills that they had used during the activity. The cover page of the book was then analyzed.

Hindi
During their Hindi lessons, students watched a documentary, engaged in a ‘Listen and tell’ activity and acquired knowledge about marine life. Students also recited the poem ‘समुद्री जीवन’ (samudree jeevan). They expanded their vocabulary and were able to form simple yet meaningful sentences whereby they enhanced their thinking and speaking skills.

Documentary on marine life

Hindi ab-initio
To boost their reading capabilities the students read the Hindi story ‘Mithaaee’. They improved their writing skills as they wrote sentences from ‘aa’ maatraa words. Watching an interesting Hindi video ‘Sher aur Gadhaa’ helped the children enhance their listening skills. They celebrated the festival of‘Janamastmi’ and identified learner profiles for Krishna from various stories about the lord.

French
Learners found and sorted words from the manipulative available in the language room and created their personalised dictionaries ‘MON ABECEDAIRE’. These included engaging illustrations which made an interesting addition to the theme. They then enhanced their social skills by sharing their words with one another. They also improved their French vocabulary by learning many new words.

Spanish
Students learned various phrases for greetings and farewells in Spanish. They became adept at spellings as they were aware of the letters taught to them earlier. They were also asked to spell their own names as well as the names of their peers, which they were able to accomplish confidently. This activity helped them to build their thinking, social and communication skills.

Library
This week, students collaborated to outline a few essential agreements that they suggested were necessary for everyone to follow. These terms were then drafted, discussed and concurred upon by them.

Swimming
As the Inter House Swimming Competition drew closer, the students pushed themselves to hone their skills for their respective events. They also practiced relay racing as per their houses.

Art
To integrate with the current unit on evolution, students explored the changing trends of art from ancient times to the modern era of today. They also created a time line of the same defining their understanding of each period.

Dance
Dance lessons were focused on the development of strength, balance and flexibility. Students used their own body weight and strength to go into a bridge and flip over. Different phases of jazz were also introduced such as jazz walk and isolations which gave them clarity about choreography.

Music
The students were introduced to Notes and Note Values and also learned the song ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ from Toy Story 3.

ICT
Students were introduced to the computer programme ‘Google Earth’. As they learned to navigate through this app, the explorers developed their research skills and used this app as a tool to enhance their knowledge of physical features of Earth and different land forms. At the end of the lesson students posted their video responses to share their learning using Flipgrid app.

Social Emotional Learning
This week’s Social and Emotional Learning class focused on enabling children to identify their own feelings and emotions and use them appropriately in everyday situations. Students were given two lists – one containing feelings and the other emotions. They were then asked to read out the feelings from one list and then cut out and paste them under the corresponding emotion section. After the activity an animated discussion was held on how and when to identify these emotions.

Updates of Grade 3D

UOI

The new session began with a fun filled web game activity which encouraged the students to get to know each other. They were taken on a tour of the secondary building and were encouraged to come up with suggestions toward setting up a conducive learning environment in class that would promote lively discussions and collaborative work. The students were also introduced by the facilitator to the current Transdisciplinary Theme. After a gallery walk, they were made aware of planet Earth and discussed continents, oceans, countries, landforms and more. The eager inquirers were then introduced to Pangea and tectonic plates through some informative videos. The students then progressed from Pangea to the continents of today through a power point presentation where they were encouraged to identify and label the different land masses on a world map. They were then divided into teams and their research on landforms was presented to their peers.

http://kids.britannica.com/elementary/article-346101/plate-tectonics

MATH

The session began with an engrossing team bonding activity followed by an exciting secret number game. Students understood place value in a better way through manipulatives like golden beads, cards and mat. The ‘Place Value Bingo’ activity was a highlight for the students as they wrote their individualized numbers on a Bingo card. The excitement was palpable as the facilitator gave the children clues about the numbers that had to be cut out.
The class discussed different ways to show or write numbers and proceeded to write the standard form, word form and expanded forms of various numbers in their journals. The students recapped face value, place value, odd and even numbers and were keen to learn about the successors and predecessors of the numbers as well.

English

The students were eager to get to know their new classmates through an interesting team bonding game. A brainstorming session took place between the students and facilitators on the Essential Agreements that would serve as the building blocks of structure and norms in the classroom. They also set apart some time to reflect on their own personal goals which they would like to work towards in the coming year.
Students revisited the attributes of Learner Profiles through the story ‘O Trip to Planet Earth’. They comprehended the story and identified the Learner Profiles that were being displayed by the main characters of the story. The students read an interesting story called ‘The Earth’ and listed some facts that they had learned.
Students also enjoyed weaving meaningful sentences in their journals using nouns, adjectives and prepositions through a challenging game. Upon reading an insightful poem, the students showed their creativity by creating a visual image. They were also excited to learn about the different kinds of nouns through a game with their partners.

https://www.storyjumper.com/book/index/24731808/THE-EARTH#

https://www.storyjumper.com/book/index/28659266/-O-Trip-to-Planet-Earth#

Hindi

During their Hindi lessons, students watched a video ‘सब्ज़ीवाले का सपना’ and identified the associated Learner Profile in the story which led to a lively discussion in the class. They enhanced their thinking and communication skills through this activity. Students revised all the ‘swar and vyanjans’ and made their own word wall in Hindi class.

Hindi ab-initio

In an effort to enhance their reading skills, the students read a Hindi story ‘Billee ke Bachche’. Their speaking skills developed as they learned a few words from  ‘ba’,’sa’,’na’,’la’ akshar. In order to improve their writing they wrote  ‘ba’,’sa’,’na’,’la’ akshar. They also identified the names of fruits and vegetables. A Hindi story ‘Haathee aur darzee’ was read to develop their listening and speaking skills.

French

Students were taught different salutations in French through the game ‘Jeu de 5 secondes’ wherein they had to articulate five greetings in five seconds. They developed their social and communication skills by communicating the same to their peers and the facilitator. They were extremely enthusiastic and excited to learn the intricacies of a new language.

Spanish

Students learned about the letters in Spanish and were enlightened about the sounds and words associated with each one. They watched a video based on letters to better learn how they were pronounced. 

Students also took part in an activity in class which helped them to recall the letters and spellings in Spanish.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vudw7GtB034 (letters in Spanish)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD9ULInjZTs (letters in Spanish)

Library

This week celebrated the birthday of one of the bestselling fiction authors of all times – Enid Blyton, who as per UNESCO, is the most translated children’s author in the world, having sold more than 600 million books.

The children were given a brief introduction about the author and the popular series written by her – Noddy, Famous Five, The Secret Seven, Amelia Jane, Malory Towers and The Faraway Tree. A few children also borrowed books from her collection.

Swimming

The students were looking forward to begin lessons in the water and were excited to participate in activities planned for them. They practiced bubbling, breath control under water and confidently self submerged themselves. They showed determination and enthusiasm while practicing front and back floats, deep pool submersions, kicking moves and safety swims. They also practiced lengthwise swimming for the upcoming Inter House Swimming Competition.

Art

Students commenced their art lesson by framing their Essential Agreements and by learning about the meanings of terms like integration, responding, art appreciation and so on. Later the students created a composition ‘the best memory of my summer vacations’ and shared their reflections with each other.

Dance

Dance lessons were focused on the development of posture wherein the students practiced back walk over. A new dance routine was also introduced to them.

Music

Students learned about note value and also learned a new song called ‘You’ve Got a Friend in me’.https://youtu.be/EcXURC_nNhc

Social Emotional Learning

Facial expressions and body language were the main focus areas of the first Social and Emotional Learning class that saw young learners enact various emotions in front of their peers. Laughter and learning combined in this interesting activity as students became familiar with feelings being enacted.
In the next session the children were given booklets made of recycled paper which had three blank faces on them. After listening to various situations, the students had to identify and draw emotions showcased in the story on their booklet.

ICT

The week began with a discussion on Essential Agreements aiming towards building a productive class. Each student had a unique perspective of the challenges that they have faced in the past year and provided possible solutions for them in order to improve the classroom environment.

Students were introduced to Minecraft to enhance their creativity, problem-solving, self-direction and collaboration skills. They learned the required movements, breaking and placing of blocks, sneaking and control of the mouse 

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