Unit of inquiry
Taking the unit further, students were read a story ‘Be a good friend’ through which they inquired into some attitudes like- cooperation, appreciation, tolerance.
They loved being an audience for a role play enacted by their facilitators show casing the relationship with friends with the above mentioned attitudes.
As a follow up activity, students made a friendship tree. They were given a leaf each on which they illustrated/wrote the attitudes connected with friendship and how they would like their friends to treat them.
Students loved singing- ‘The more we get together, the happier we’ll be’ and were also read a story book – ‘Never be selfish’. Post which a formative assessment was undertaken for which they coloured the attitudes they learned with respect to neighbours, parents, teacher, pets and friends.
Introduction to ‘ut’, and ‘un’ family words was done with a mystery bag activity. Students took out pictures, identified them and called out aloud. For example – nut, hut, pug, hug, sun. Students were introduced to a new set of sight words – so, of, to, and has with a hopscotch game. Later they wrote the same in their journals and tried making sentences using the same.
As a follow up, a listening activity was carried out in the class where students listened to the audio and answered questions about the same:
Difference between oval and circle was reiterated to students through videos on the two shapes, post which they had a discussion on the difference between the two.
Formative assessment on 2D shapes was undertaken in which students were given a bingo sheet. They were asked shape related questions and expected to colour the 2D shape accordingly. Introduction to 3D shapes was done (cube, sphere, cylinder, cone, cuboid) with a 3D shapes song .
A 3D Fluency Mat was used where 3D shapes were given and students identified and matched the given shape with the shape on the mat. Association of real objects with 3D shapes was undertaken too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jerxQ0tvtI. They also illustrated real life objects for each 3D shape in their process journals.
Students were introduced to vyanjan ‘थ’ through flash cards and vocabulary words were introduced. They brainstormed the words starting with the letter. Students practiced the formation with the help of rainbow writing which was followed by writing on the slates.
Students were given some pictures which they pasted in their journals and wrote the initial vyanjan against it.
Students were narrated a story ‘Amma ki saari’ in class. As a follow up, they sequenced the picture cards of the story.
Students enjoyed many activities to develop skills:
- Self-management skills- How to tie shoe laces
- Montessori manipulative -Red and blue rods- Discussion about odd and even, patterns
- Number counting was carried out on the mat to hone numeracy skills.
- Use of pegging board polished motor skills.
Students are learning to draw a portrait of their peers following simple steps. Use of geometric shapes and line of symmetry are being used for drawings.
Students learned two new dynamics in music which are ‘legato’ (indicating that music notes are sung in a connected manner) and its opposite ‘staccato’ (indicating that music notes are shorter and sung in a disconnected manner).
They also sang ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’ and ‘Rudolph the Red-nosed reindeer’to enjoy the Christmas feel at school.
Student have been practicing basketball dribbling as a primary skill. They practiced basketball dribble in a zig zag way with the right and left hand around the cone and through the cone.
Students marked Hour of Code week where they were introduced to a new hour of code app. They enjoyed working on it while learning the basics of coding. Students also practiced code-a-pillar.