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. They also gained knowledge by visiting a biology lab and examining models of the eye and ear. 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.
Students also presented a chalk talk on challenges faced by people with auditory impairment.
Integrating the unit on ‘Senses’, with language, the class was given the task of creating illustrations matching the written text. They were divided into groups and on the basis of the senses and drew pictures to match sentences. 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’.
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 using CUBES strategy.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
Students were made to read a short poem on the senses and are learning how to create an artwork taking inspiration from the same.
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.