Exploring the mysterious universe……

Class assembly led by grade 4 B on art and architecture of ancient civilizations

Field trip to the National musuem

Reading,researching and collating information on celestial bodies

Creating 3 D shapes using NETS

Unit of Inquiry

Students viewed visual presentations, read books about the big bang theory and shared their understanding by identifying a colour, a symbol and an image that they best associated with. Students researched about meteors, galaxy and comets using various sources – books, iPads, and web links. They collated various facts about the celestial bodies and presented the information to their peers thus enhancing their communication skills. They watched a visual presentation about various celestial bodies in the universe. Students shared their prior knowledge about planets. They created a solar system in the class and individually researched and shared information about the planets while their peers took notes. Students brainstormed as to why Pluto was named a dwarf planet after reading newspaper articles and viewing a visual presentation about the same. They expressed their understanding through a visual notetaking strategy. Students conducted an activity on rotation and revolution of the earth and were able to differentiate between these phenomena. They explored various phases of the moon and then presented their understanding through a hands on activity using Oreo biscuits. They moved on to inquiring about what exploration means as a precursor to studying different ways to approach space exploration. They reflected on a newspaper article about space exploration, thus making real life connections.

English

Students began writing a biography of an astronomer / astronaut of their choice. They also listened to a poem relevant to the current unit and organized their understanding using the visual, auditory and kinesthetic senses.

Students expressed their prior knowledge of verbs and explained their understanding of regular & irregular verbs. While they engaged in the novel study of ‘At least a fish’, attention was focused on usage of verbs in different tenses.

Students learned about various styles of writing – letters, autobiography, biography and summary and were able to differentiate between them. They delved deeper to understand the essentials of journal writing. They began reflecting on their unit of inquiry learning in their journals.

Math

Students started with the concept of 2D and 3D shapes. They expressed their prior knowledge by observing images of some civilizations and identified 2D and 3D shapes they could observe in the structures. Later, the teacher placed the models of some homes as examples of real world objects and the students classified the observed shapes into cube, cuboid, sphere, pyramid, and cone and listed their properties in a table. Students learned how to create solid shapes from the nets. They were then given a centimeter grid paper on which they placed the different solid shapes they created – imagining the space as a room of their choice – They placed the shapes as per appropriate size – a dining table, a sofa set, a showcase for decorative items, a bed.

Students then began with the concept of division and subtraction. After expressing their prior knowledge, students practised division sums, to reinforce the method of long division.

Hindi

To enhance their listening and speaking skills students completed their F.A Quiz on ‘Sindhu Ghaatee Sabhyata’. They wrote an informal letter ‘Vanbhoj par apne mitraa ko aamantran’. Students listened and answered various questions in Hindi. Further enhancing their speaking skills students discussed about space (antariksh) and expressed their understanding of the same. To enhance their reading skills they read a play ‘Antariksh ki sair’ and presented a role play on the same. They wrote about saur mandal ke grahon ki vishestaaien to enhance their writing skills.

Hindi ab initio

Phase 1 – Students revised all vyanjans and maatraa done previously in  class. In order to enhance their reading and speaking skills, students read a story ‘हाथी और हिरनी’ (haathi aur hirnee) .

Phase 2-  In order to enhance their self-management skills, students watched a picture and shared words from that picture with their peers within given timeline. They also read new words from flashcards and enhanced their vocabulary.

French

A prior knowledge assessment was conducted through a think- pair-share activity wherein learners first identified the question words individually, then paired up with a buddy to share the question words from the presentation shown to them (link below). They displayed the attribute of being thinkers and developed their creative thinking skills. They enhanced their communication skills by listening, speaking and writing the question words, and thus displaying the attribute of being a communicator.

French video

Spanish

Students recapitulated the concept of verb SER and the listed professions and nationalities in Spanish. Students created dialogues in pairs based on their understanding as a part of the activity, wherein they displayed their social and communication skills.

Students also learned about the solar system in Spanish as a part of integration with the unit. They learned the names of different planets in Spanish and their similarities with days of the week.

ICT

Students started exploring  Paint 3D which is a built-in creative application that allow users to create professional or fun creative projects by combining 2D and 3D tools. Students used various tools like brushes, shapes, text and effects to create 2D as well as 3D objects. They learned the use of 3D view tool to toggle between 2D and 3D view. Students constructed solar system using 3D shapes and labelled the planets using 3D text.

Visual Art

Connecting to the art space, students explored the negative and the positive space of an artwork. They observed a short video on M.C. Escher, an artist who created art based on pattern and visual illusion. Students discussed the role of perception in the interpretation of positive and negative space. They are in the process of creating artwork to display the balance of positive and negative space.

Music

The students completed an assessment on their understanding of the treble clef staff notations and note values. They also practiced singing and playing Christmas carols.

Physical Education

The students started with their new unit on athletics. They were briefed about the rules and regulations of the track and field events and understood how to take start, turn and finish.

Students also started practicing for the upcoming inter house athletic meet

Library

Students read and explained Carson Ellis’s award winning picture book ‘Du Iz Tak?’ The picture book about a group of bugs who discovered a new sprouting plant, watched it grow and change through the seasons made interesting reading.

What made this book so unique was the use of imaginative and made up language by the author. The reader had to infer the meaning of the dialogues. Students thus worked on their interpretation and decoding skills. Students are in the process of preparing a book using translanguaging. They have worked on their story and characters during library time under teacher’s guidance and are using a checklist to ensure they have a reference point for putting together a literary work.

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