Unit of Inquiry:
Continuing further with the 1st line of inquiry ‘kinds of transport’ under the transdisciplinary theme ‘How we organise ourselves’, students inquired into different types of airplanes.
They also enhanced their vocabulary by probing into questions related to different kinds of planes (sea plane, bi-plane, blimp, glider, drone etc.) and watched an audio visual presentation related to the same: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D06yOzptrgM
Nomenclature cards were used to reinforce parts of a plane.The inquiry was strengthened when students coloured different parts of the plane(rudder, flaps, cock pit, turbo engine and wings) independently.Students got acquainted with ‘sea planes’ under different types of aeroplanes and were able to gain an insight into how it lands and floats on water.
Students were introduced to the letter ‘c’ using flash cards and associated the sound with objects in the class. They also strengthened the correct directionality of letter ‘c’ with sand tracing and light table activity.They practiced writing letter in their process journals and illustrated the objects associated with it.
The letter-sounds consolidation (a,l,o,m,t,i) already undertaken in the class was reinforced with a ‘Spalding session’.
Audio visuals on the religious story of goddess Durga and Mahishasura was also shown to ring in the festive season in the home country: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHDt4lUP-4k
A new rhyme – ‘Puff a train’ was introduced in the class.
To assess their knowledge on number recognition, students rolled the dice, counted the number of dots and located the same numeral on the number strip and coloured it.
Students reinforced the names of days of the week through a play. Students played this game in pairs and each pair was given a set of mixed up colored cards with each day written on it. Later by referring to the calendar, they put the days in a sequence.
Students touched each card and repeated the days of the week and by paying special attention to the initial sound of each word (e.g. ‘th’ sound for Thursday) helped students to anticipate what will be expected of them on a specific day.
To assess their understanding on capacity, students were given two containers to pour water into and find out which holds the most. As a follow up they were asked probing questions related to capacity.
Students were introduced to vyanjan ‘sa’ through flash cards. They further made illustrations related to the same in their process journals. They understood the directionality and formation of the vyanjan through finger printing activity which augmented their fine motor skills.
They enjoyed listening to a story ‘Sunharahans‘(The golden swan) which enhanced their auditory skills.
As a part of the early year skill building program, students focused on:
- Outlining with seeds and pegging to enhance their fine motor skills
- Singing rhymes to further develop musicality and communication skills.
- Reinforcement of magic words (sorry, thank you, please and excuse me) to hone their social skills.
Students were shown a short story involving all the IB learner profile attributes.This was followed by a quiz organized for all the school houses- Churchill, Mandela, Lincoln, Gandhi. The students participated with great enthusiasm and skillfullyanswered questions. They were able to make many meaningful connections related to the ‘Learner Profile’. The scenarios encouraged students to emulate the best qualities of each character.
The timeline of transportation was introduced and students coloured pre-drawn pictures of transports inspired by Picasso’ scubist style.
The students stressed on dance routines based on path. The concept of props with forward and backward movement during the dance routine was introduced in class.
Students have been working on their agility and speed by practicing different manipulative skills.
Students revisited different types of colours and shapes through a musical iPad app. They enjoyed filling up of shapes with different colours using their fingers.
The students learned a song on transport: https://youtu.be/B1yNgKeYM3k. They also did some vocal exercises and understood their importance.
The students were read a book from the Elmer series –‘Elmer and Rose’. Grandpa Eldo asked Elmer and Wilbur to help a young elephant find her way back to her herd – and they get a shock when they see she is pink! No wonder she is called Rose. But there is an even greater surprise in store when they reach her herd – because every single elephant turns out to be pink!