1st April – 5th April , 2019

Unit of Inquiry

To deepen the understanding of the central idea,  a formative assessment was undertaken by students where they were shown stories depicting the diverse cultures (Russian, Chinese, Korean, Indian) and later they were asked to identify artefacts, food, dress, monument and utensils associated with the cultures.

 

English

  • Students practiced sight words with a spin game where they read out word on which the pointer was placed
  • Students were given pictures to decode the sentence which helped them practice both reading and writing

 

Math

Reinforcement of the concept of greater/lesser was done through an online game and hands on activity where students associated the quantity with the given numbers and placed the crocodile mouth towards the greater number. The concept of sequencing and missing numbers was done through a puzzle.

 

Hindi

  • Student practiced writing swar ‘aa’ in their process journal

 

  • To reinforce the idea of storytelling, to promote social skills and boost language development, students were introduced to a new rhyme ‘Ek bandar ne kholi dukan’ ‘-

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Circle Time

As a part of early years’ skill building program, students focused on:

  • Developing fine motor skills through lacing activity
  • Cleaning the mirror to develop concentration and muscle control
  • Receiving a sensory experience with play doh that was used to make random shapes

Art

This week,students were involved in a drawing and coloring exercise using stencils as well as free hand drawings. The subject of inquiry was a basket of fruits.

Physical Education

Students are learning a gymnastic skill called front roll. A technique called straddle press helped them to  increase flexibility, shoulder strength, body control and body awareness which lead to a better coordination between body and the mind.

Dance

Dance lessons focused on development of postures during dance routine where students loved to tap their feet on a peppy Russian song.

Information Technology

Students explored educational games on the laptop and had fun in joining the dots and painting. Initially, they had difficulty in handling the mouse but soon  they began to get comfortable using it.  Students had an exposure to a physical bot called “Bee-Bot”. They learned basics of moving a bot over a mat.

 

Music

Students learned and sang the songs ‘It’s a small world after all’ and ‘Hello to all the children of the world.

Library

This week students reflected on stories they had listenedto or were read at home or school.Each one of them presented a story that they could recall in the library for their peers.

 

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25th March to 29th March

Unit of inquiry

Students revisited all celebrations  through the lens of artefacts and picture cards. They also marked the Hindu festival ‘Holi’ in the calendar and inquired about it through a story.

A Formative assessment on ‘reasons for celebration’ was undertaken where students picked up one picture card or artefact from a mixed pool and gave reasons for celebrating that particular festival.

Through a pairing strategy, students were engaged in an activity where they created a Venn diagram by illustrating how festivals can be celebrated differently.

 

English

Take and talk was presented to strengthen communication skills, self-confidence and fluency in the language.

 

Reinforcement of ‘at, an, ap, ab, am and ag’ family CVC words was undertaken through an activity where students identified the pictures and wrote corresponding CVC words in their process journals.

Reinforcement of sight words was achieved with the use of flash cards.

 

Math

‘Missing numbers’concept was reinforced with online games:

https://www.turtlediary.com/game/find-the-missing-number.htm

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=NumberSequences

Students were encouraged to explore objects like a ruler, measuring tape, weighing machine, etc. with an objective to recognize them as measuring instruments.

Prior knowledge assessment was conducted through the use of  an ice cream stick to compare it with objects found in  class.

Hindi

Introduction of ‘aa’ swar was targeted though a poem. Students understood the directionality and formation of swar ‘aa’ while using water colors where students enjoyed manipulating the brush to form swar ‘aa’.

To hone their listening and thinking skills, a rhyme ‘Mummy ki roti gool gool ‘was introduced to them.

Students were shown  ‘The four princes’ story using audio visuals.

Circle time

As a part of early year skill building program, students focused on:

 

  • Pounding activity to reinforce wrist manipulation
  • Enhancing fine motor skills by cutting paper along lines/pattern

Dance

Dance lessons focused on development of postures during jazz dance routine where students loved to tap their feet to a peppy song.

Music

The students learned and sang ‘Hello to all the children of the world’ and ‘It’s a small world after all’.

Information technology

To further extend their understanding of 2D and 3D shapes, students practiced matching 2D and 3D shapes, colors and number of dots on an object through an educational app on iPad.

Library

‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Browne, a book about a Kenyan girl (Handa) who visited her friend with a basket full of seven different fruits as presents made interesting reading. Along the way to Akeyo’s village, Handa contemplated which fruit Akeyo would like the best. However, each time Handa thought about a certain fruit, an animal popped  took that particular fruit away, like the monkey stole the banana. Unaware that various animals had taken these tropical fruits, Handa continued along her journey. At that point, a goat bumped into a tree and a bunch of tangerines fell into Handa’s basket. Much to Handa’s surprise, tangerines were Akeyo’s favourite fruit. The book had a multicultural themeand incorporated various themes from Africa into one book.

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Physical Education

Students are learning beam walk which is a gymnastic skill, thereby developing their lower body strength, body balance, coordination and spatial awareness thereby honing foot placement and body posture.

11th March – 15th March

Unit of inquiry

To further deepen their understanding of the current unit ‘Where we are in place and time’, students visualized and organized information about the culture they explored and created a graphic organizer.

In order to  actively engage in stories on different cultures and to illuminate the traditional values and lifestyles of a particular culture, students were read a Chinese story ‘The dragon’s pearl’. A story about a mother’s love for her child, it displayed the importance of work an insight into traditional villages,the importance of farming in Chinese culture.

A tale of friendship, ‘Rechenka’s Eggs’ was also narrated to explore the significance of eggs in Russian orthodox celebration of Easter and the cultural tradition which prevails in Russia.

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Some prompts were used to facilitate students to make connections which they illustrated based thereby depicting their understanding of different cultures.

 

English

  • Introduction to ‘q’ sound was done through online video
  • Introduction to ‘ad’ family words was done by using flash cards
  • Reinforcement of ‘at, an , am, ap, ab’ family words was undertaken in class

 

Math

  • Reinforcement of 3D shapes was done in class.
  • Formative assessment was undertaken where students were asked to name a shape and associate it with real life objects
  • Formative assessment was attempted where the students arranged the numbers to form a clock and display the given time

 

Hindi

To further understand the directionality and formation of vyanjan ‘ka’, a reinforcement activity was undertaken in the process journal.

To hone their listening and thinking skills, a rhyme ‘Mummy ki roti gol gol’ was introduced to them.

Introduction of Hindi ginti (5-9) was addressed using flash cards

 

Circle time

As a part of early year’s skill building program, students focused on:

 

  • Extension of Brown stairs and Pink tower to enhance fine motor skills and visual discrimination by size and thickness
  • Using metal insets to trace shapes thus enhancing their ability to manipulate pencil to improve their fine motor skills

 

Dance

Dance lessons focussed on development of postures during jazz dance routine where students loved to tap their feet on a peppy song.

Music

The students sang ‘All things bright and beautiful’ (https://youtu.be/FT_oDqOEGpc), ‘Hello to all the children of the world’ (https://youtu.be/t68cblg0Dso) and ‘It’s a small world after all’ (https://youtu.be/HsxkmsPssT0). The students were also involved in some vocal exercises.

Information technology

Students were excited to learn and explore a new app on the iPad. They used their logical thinking skills to solve puzzles using tangrams and colouring tools. They showcased their creativity by doing so.

Library

The students listened to Nick Bland’s book ‘The very hungry bear’; where a hungry brown bear tried to catch a fish, but instead of catching any fish, he managed to catch…a polar bear. The polar bear was sad and a little lost because his iceberg house was rapidly melting. The polar bear made a deal – he gave the brown bear a shoal of fish in return for a new home. The brown bear took his new friend on a tour in search of the new house and finally found the right home for the polar bear.

The story was a tale of friendship and a subtle yet an important reminder about preserving the environment.

Physical Education

Students learned different type of ‘pass’ in basketball. They are still working on passing and throwing to improve upon the skill.

 

5th March to 8th March

Unit of inquiry

To further deepen their understanding of the current unit ‘Where we are in place and time’, students visualized and organized information about the culture they explored and created a graphic organizer.Building further on this, students used their thinking, communication and research skills to present their fact sheets to the class and demonstrated their understanding of a particular culture.To assess their understanding on different cultures, students were divided into groups and were asked to select a picture card to narrate their observation about the same.

Students were narrated a Russian story ‘Masha and the bear’ to encourage positive values and taking ownership for their bad behavior.

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English

  • Introduction to ‘y’ sound was done through flash cards
  • An inquiry session was held to introduce ‘ag’ and ‘ap’ family words where the students prefixed letters with ‘ag’and ‘ap’ to form meaningful words, thereby further enhancing their vocabulary.
  • Sight words (in, on, is, the) were introduced through word cards

 

 

Math

The students were introduced to conceptual subitizing by using 1/2 shapes to a standard pattern.A hands-on activity was undertaken to sort 2D and 3D objects for learning categorization and commonalities of 3D shapes.

Students were also taken for a nature walk to find examples of 3D objectsin the outdoor environment. They were very excited to add all collectibles to the ‘Joey’s shape museum’as an extension activity.

Hindi

Introduction of Hindi ginti (1-5) was addressed using flash cards and  through a rhyme ‘dhobi aaya’.

 

Writing of vyanjan ‘k’ was accomplished in their process journals.

Circle time

 

As a part of the early year’s skill building program, students focused on:

  • Matching and pairing through the use of Colour tablet box 2 to enhance chromatic awareness
  • Tracing each geometric shape and putting them in empty cabinets for mathematical understanding
  • Learning a rhyme ‘Hello, salaam, namaste’ to introduce ‘hello’in different languages spoken across India

 

Dance

 The students practiced dance routine with music using different directions and levels (an element in Jazz). Clapping on the beats of fast music was also introduced thereby enhancing  listening skills.. They tried to isolate and balance on one leg individually without support.

Music

  The students learned dynamics in music and how songs become better with the use of the same.  As an extension, the students sang ‘Let It Go’ (https://youtu.be/L0MK7qz13bUto further apply dynamics (fast, slow, loud and soft) to the tone while singing.

Information technology

 

Students loved working on the laptop. They explored some educational gameslike joining the dots and coloring. They found it a little challenging to handle the mouse but quite enjoyed working on the laptop.

Library

Every student’s reading log was checked, counted and assessed during  library session. Students  spoke about characters they could recall from books listed in their story log.

P.E

Students are working on their coordination skills to by doing stick ball activity . It will improve there body coordination , partner work and  spatial awareness .

 

 

25th Feb to 1st March

Unit of inquiry

To further deepen their understanding of the current unit ‘Where we are in place and time’, students revisited the cultures through picture cards and images of various instruments, clothes, food etc.

Reinforcement of cultures( was done in the class Students visualized and organized information about the culture ( Russia , China ) was done in the class where students discussed through pictures , artifacts and anecdotes were recorded .

English

Reinforcement of ‘at’, ‘an’ and ‘ap’ family words was undertaken through an activity where students read the cvc (consonant vowel consonant) words and associated them with picture cards.

The students were introduced to sound ‘d’ through objects

Introduction to ‘ab’ family words was done in class through an inquiry session where the students combined all the letters with ‘ab’ and found meaningful words thereby further enhancing their vocabulary.

Take and Talk: students enjoyed narrating a story in their mother language which encouraged international-mindedness among them.

Assembly:

It being Dr. Suess’s birthday on March 2, students were shown and narrated the under mentioned stories written by the author.Information about the author being an American children’s author and being known for  illustrating too was shared.

 

  • ‘Oh, the places you’ll go!’
  • A small puppet show ‘The cat in the hat’ was organized for them

Math

Students were introduced to 3D shapes through a ‘shape hunt’ that aimed at exploring and identifying shapes in our environment and everyday life. They enjoyed discussing what they saw and tried identifying each shape using their sense of touch. Some inquiry questions were discussed in class.

Hindi

A new vyanjan ‘ka’ was introduced. Students were shown picture cards. Some new words starting with the vyanjan were also discussed.

The students enjoyed tracing ‘ka’ on sand paper card.As a craft activity, they traced the vyanjan with black (kaala) paint using a stencil to denote vyanjan ‘ka’.

An assessment was undertaken through a game where students were asked to pick a vyanjan they hear and put it in the box.

 

Circle time

As a part of early year skill building program, students focused on:

  • Matching Pink Tower cubes with cards to understand size and dimension.
  • Table setting to enhance table etiquettes
  • Reinforcement of spooning rice to enhance fine motor skills
  • Listening to a story ‘If the world were a village of 100 people’ to understand different kinds of cultures from all aroundthe world- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtYjUv2x65g

 

Dance

The students practiced a dance routine with different types of music using different directions with levels (elements in Jazz).They also clapped on beats of fast music to know about isolation.

 

Music

The students were assessed on their theoretical understanding of beat and rhythm as well as the seven natural notes. Each student also played the C major scale on the xylophone for the assessment.

 

Information technology

This week students had fun exploring a new app. They learned to illustrate various characters of the stories using the options given. They also learned about different shapes. This was done as an integration with math and the unit.

Library

The students celebrated Dr. Suess’s birthday and listened to one of his stories ‘I can read with my eyes shut’. In this delightful book they understood; the more you read, the more things you will know.The more you learn, the more places you’ll go…..Dr. Seuss celebrated the joys of reading, encouraged young children to take pride in their budding reading abilities. The rhyme and repetition in the book made it easier for the children to enjoy and understand the content.

 

Physical education

Students are practicing ‘execution’ and ‘follow through’ to achieve the skill bounce pass in basketball. They are also working on their hand placement on ball and stance.

Art

This week the students continued with their mask making endeavor. They used crayons, paint and collages to highlight the characteristics of the pre-cut masks exploring actors in a Chinese and Russian folktale.

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18th Feb to 22nd Feb

Unit of inquiry

Probing further into the current unit of inquiry ‘Where we are in place and time’, students were shown flashcards of traditional costumes, jewellery, people, houses etc. They were also shown pictures of St. Basil’s Cathedral, one of the most famous places in Russia that is deemed as a reflection of the Russian culture, language, background, identities, and abilities. Students were also read books that exposed them to different ways of living.

Pictures of dresses, flags, artworks from each culture were on display in the class.

Discussion about their special festivals/celebrations and the importance of artefacts, tools, places, stories, languages, dances from their own cultures was undertaken.

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English:

Reinforcement of ‘an’ family words was done through sorting and matching in their process journals.

Students were also introduced to the sound ‘u’ through a video. As a follow up, they traced letter ‘u’ on sand paper and practiced writing it in their process journal.

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Introduction to ‘ap’ family words was done in class using LMA box and picture cards.

Reinforcement of ‘at’, ‘an’ and ‘ap’ family words was undertaken through picture cards and word list, where the student identified the picture and circled the matching word.

International Mother Language Day was celebrated on 21st of February. The main purpose of celebrating this day was to promote linguistic diversity and multilingual education so as to highlight greater awareness for the mother tongue. Parents volunteered and conversed with students using different vocabularies while engaging in  story telling, dance and song singing.

Math:

Reinforcement of place value was done through an activity where students represented numbers with base ten block on place value mat (tens and ones)

Hindi:

Introduction to hindi ginti (1-5) was addressed through flashcards. As a follow up they learned a rhyme ‘ek do teen chaar’

Introduction of two letter words was done in class through blocks, where the students combined two block with vyanjan written on them to make words like ‘ghar’, ‘bus’, etc.

Circle time:

As a part of early year’s skill building program, students focused on:

  • Holding a chopstick to enhance wrist manipulation and fine motor skills
  • Greeting someone to enhance grace and courtesy focusing on social etiquettes
  • Rhymes to enhance communication skills
  • Exploring, creating and celebrating with poster colors

Music

The students were shown different traditional instruments like guzheng/erhu played in China and svirel/domra played in Russia. The students also sang ‘Hello to all the Children of the World’.

Information technology

Students were introduced to time through the online interactive clock. They further practiced reading time by the hour through an iPad app. This was a part of information technology integrated with math.

Library

Joeys listened to the story ‘Cuckoo’ by Fiona Roberton. When Cuckoo hatched, the birds noticed that he was different from others and that they could not understand him, so Cuckoo bravely left the nest in search of someone who could understand him. Cuckoo could not find anyone who spoke his language. He tried to communicate with other animals—coo-mooing and buck-ooing and cab-ooing along the way—but he did not sound like anyone else. Just when he thought all is lost, Cuckoo found an unlikely friend who seemed to understand him perfectly. They became friends forever.

The story had a humorous touch and the students found the quirky illustrations funny; they also got plenty of opportunities to join in with the animal sounds.

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Art

This week the students were introduced to mask making exercises. They were given a story based template to work on by employing a mixed media approach. Materials like crayons, pencil and paper were explored during this activity.

Physical education

Students learned the basic stance and the grip of the ball in basketball to achieve bounce pass. They also practiced the hand movement and leg movement which further helped them to improve their skills.

 

 

Dance

The students stressed on basic dance routines based on level. The concept of posture, expression and dancing statue were also introduced in the classes for a better understanding of performance.

 

11th Feb to 15th Feb

Unit of Inquiry

To further deepen their understanding of the ongoing unit on‘Stories’, visible thinking strategy of ‘Zoom in’was used to build understanding of a story setting in class. The smart board was used to reveal photos in small sections from a story book  titled ‘Baba Yaga, the flying witch’. As parts of each photo were revealed,further probing questions were asked

  • What do you see?
  • What do you think is going on?
  • What do you think might be in the rest of the picture?
  • How has the picture changed
  • What do you think you will see next?k

 

To further strengthen their understanding, students inquired into Chinese culture;greeting each other using a simple phrases in chinese language.

To explore the world and its many cultures, students used world map to mark China and realized how big the world is compared to the country.

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Through the use of audio visual clips students embarked on an adventure trip to China exploring  language, festivities, food, music, art, architecture, philosophy, traditions, medicine, martial arts and much more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVMg8JSEEu0&feature=youtu.be&list=PLCFDD3F76245D00A

 

Music was integrated with the unit where students listened to Chinese music.Students were also narrated a short story ‘The Greatest Treasure’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qKa3JAoYSM

English:

Reinforcement of phonic sounds was done using water colors where students enjoyed manipulating the brush using paints on letters.

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Students were also introduced to the sound ‘w’ through a story ‘This is the letter W’. They later brainstormed and found out other objects beginning with the same sound and came up with words like window, water, watch, etc. They also practiced writing ‘w’ in correct zones and illustrated related vocabulary words in their process journal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5PSyGTMXHk

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Introduction to ‘an’ family words was done in class where students were given a picture to identify the initial, middle and end sound to form a word(can, pan, tan, van, ran, man)

Students were introduced to the sound ‘k’ through picture cards. They further made illustrations related to the same in their process journals. As a follow up, they traced letter ‘k’ on sand paper and practiced writing it in their process journal.

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Math:

Reinforcement of ‘Time’ was done through an activity where students were given a time and they illustrated a minute and an hour hand on the clock.

To build number sense with respect to place value; students examined tens and ones block and discussed that a tens block has ten ones put together. Later they used base ten blocks to represent number ona chart to count the blocks.

Students were given a task to show number 14 with place value blocks. They represented the number of tens and ones on place value mats and answered the following questions:

  • How many ones are there?
  • How many groups of ten?

(i.e., the 1 in 18 is a ten and 8 is a one).

 

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To enhance the understanding of the concept of time, students listened to a rhyme – ‘The clock’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJBek5XCexw

 

Hindi:

Students practiced writing swar ‘a’ and vyanjan ‘ra’ in their process journals. They illustrated the objects and vocabulary associated with the same.

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Circle time:

As a part of early year’s skill building program, students focused on:

  • Folding a napkin to develop co-ordination of movements and concentration.
  • Timeline activity to learn the sequence of events in class .

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Information technology:

Information technology was integrated with the unit, where students explored Tux Paint and illustrated their favorite character. Students enjoyed making stories with their virtual characters.

Library:

The students listened to the story of  ‘Who sank the boat?’ by Pamela Allen. By the seaside, there once lived a cow, a donkey, a sheep, a pig, and a tiny little mouse. They were very good friends. One warm, sunny morning, for no particular reason, they decided to go for a row in the bay but the boat sank. Who sank the boat?wasthe question on their minds. To their surprise, the most unlikely person amongst them sank the boat ; the teeny tiny mouse.The story created inquisitiveness amid the listeners.

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Music:

The students learned about notes and scales and played the C major scale on the xylophone.They also sang ‘Hello to all the children of the world’.

Dance:

The students stressed on basic dance routines based on level. The concept of posture, expression and dancing statue were also introduced in the classes for a better understanding of performance.

 

Art:

The students explored painting with respect to primary and secondary colors filled within geometric shapes which are to be developed into masks. They indulged ina similar kind of art on a bigger surface using larger brushes too.

Physical education:

Students are practicing manipulative skills on trampoline thereby developing their body balance, coordination and spatial awareness to control their body movements.