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.
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 and were guided towards the place value manipulatives to further enhance their grasp of the same. Students were given the choice to use any one of three visual thinking routines: ‘connect extend challenge’, ‘traffic light’ and ‘reflective slips’ to reflect on their comprehension of the regrouping strategy.
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.
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 Theater Festival and were excited to share their understanding with their peers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The students were enlightened about the impact of migration on music and reflected on the same. They also learned the song ‘Octopus’s Garden’.
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.
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.