“What you think you become What you feel you attract What you imagine you create.” Buddha Auspicious August has been a month of celebrations and merry making. It is the time when our children are almost settled with their regular studies and come in the mood of celebrations after getting relieved from UT 1.August has been another month of learning new concepts with the maximum participation in different activities which not only honed their skills but also gave them a platform to showcase their talents. Universal theme ‘ I am respectful’ proved to be a big support for the young minds with the help of which the value of respecting others could be inculcated well. The students happily narrated their personal experiences during the discussion time in the morning assembly sessions promising to be helpful and thoughtful always. They could understand the value of showing consideration and regard for others.The universal value could be easily related with patriotism as we celebrated the 75th year of Indian Independence with a great pomp and show on a hybrid platform. The proud Suncitizens displayed their love for the country by remembering the priceless sacrifices of our forefathers and by sharing the significance of the remarkable celebration by going live on YouTube. The students commenced their morning assemblies everyday with beautiful thoughts and enriching words. They enjoyed reading the NIE and sharing numerous facts and regular updates about Tokyo Olympics. In sync with SDG 14, Life below water, our zealous learners participated well in the Language Performing Arts Week and Math Week which was an exposure to tools like Kahoot, flipgrid etc.
WHOLE NUMBERS: The lesson began by checking students’ previous knowledge of Associative and Distributive properties. Students gave various examples where they often used these properties to make calculation easy like calculation of Shopping bill, pairing numbers together when 3 and 4 numbers given etc. They formed different shapes using Matchsticks/Toothpicks to understand the concept of patterns. They also practiced the following concepts:
Associative and Distributive Properties.
Application-based word problems on Whole Numbers.
Patterns in Numbers and Shapes.
Practice sums and worksheets were given to strengthen their knowledge of Patterns. They also participated enthusiastically in the Mental Math Competition. PLAYING WITH NUMBERS: Students started their learning through a recapitulation session. They were quizzed on the different types of numbers learnt till now, such as Even Numbers, Odd Numbers, Prime Numbers, Composite Numbers etc. They continued to enhance their understanding of the concepts on how to mark prime and composite numbers with the help of the Cross out their Multiples Method. Students also practiced the following concepts:
Factors and Multiples
Common Factors and Common Multiples
HCF and LCM
Practice sums and worksheets were given to strengthen their knowledge of the above concept. Students, with great excitement explored the Sep-Edu Book and the Kit. Using the SEP Edu kit, they were able to complete the activities, especially a Weaving puzzle using their cut-outs and Master of Square with Triangles and showed their creativity at its best. Mr Takehiro Nakamura & Mr Takanobu Tanaka from the Shin Edu Power program were present to observe the students in class. They were happy with the students’ participation and their quick responses.
Physics Electricity and Circuits As the students have already learnt the making of an electric circuit through a simulation, this month they constructed the physical working circuit and understood the working of a torch from that. As a home task, the students were given a list of items where they had to replace the switch with the items listed and note their observation of glowing/not glowing of the bulb in each case. Students shared their observations in the class and deduced the type of things that let electricity pass through them. The concept was concluded with children gaining more knowledge about Insulators and conductors and their need and usage
The chapter “Components of Food” was concluded with the topic “Balanced Diet” where the students shared their understanding and learning which they got while doing their holiday homework based on the same. They were able to deduce that a balanced diet can be different for different people depending upon various factors.
In the chapter- “Living organisms and their Surroundings” the Flipped Teaching Method was used and the students took charge. The students were divided into 6 groups in Breakout Rooms with a topic, sources, criteria and instructions . They prepared PPT’s on specific topics which they will be presenting in the upcoming classes.
Chemistry Garbage-in Garbage-Out In the chapter “Garbage-in and Garbage Out, students shared their thoughts on how they can refuse-reduce-reuse-recycle things. During the discussion of this topic, students watched a video on how paper is recycled and making of usable paper from it. They also shared how they are reusing the various things at home and contributing to reducing garbage in their surroundings. They also learnt how composting and vermin-composting can be beneficial in the disposal of garbage.
The video on the method of making compost was shared with the students. They were encouraged to use this learning in real life and do their bit for nature.
Geography: Rotation and Revolution To explain this topic in a better way, the Flipped Classroom Strategy was adopted where students were divided into 4 groups. Each group was assigned a topic like Rotation of Earth and its effects, Revolution of Earth and its effects, change in seasons and Equinox. Students explained the topic amazingly with the help of PPT’S. Their work reflected their collaborative and creative skills. While presenting the topic to other groups, students took their notes for reference and later the presentations were shared with everyone. Marks were also given to the groups based on pre-shared rubrics. Link: https://quizizz.com/admin/quiz/6109ff7920f930001b1a90ab/rotation-and-revolution The Four Realms of the Earth A Padlet was shared with students to assess their previous knowledge related to the topic ‘Four Realms of the Earth’. They recalled and expressed their views on the Lithosphere and its importance. Layers of Earth were explained through a diagram using a whiteboard and a video based on it was played for better understanding. Students made a fact file on the seven continents and four oceans. Based on their prior knowledge, they explained the Hydrosphere and shared beautiful Water Cycle diagrams in the Chatbox. A video was shown to them to know more about marine life. A video related to layers of the atmosphere was also shown to students to understand and recall the topic. Students learnt and shared their knowledge about the Biosphere and reflected their views about Global Warming and how to reduce it with the help of a Poster Making activity (Art Integration) and the same was presented in class.
The Vedic Age The topic was introduced with probing questions to test their prior knowledge about Aryans and the need to study Vedas? Map Reading Activity enabled the students to locate the regions occupied by the Aryans in India. With the help of a timeline of the Vedic age, students were able to gain knowledge about the division of the Vedic period into early and later Vedic periods. The students built upon their learning through a video & a PPT about the story of Aryans and the name Aryavarta which also depicted life in the early Vedic period including political, economic and social scenarios telling more about the Varna Systems. While learning about the Later Vedic Period, students were able to compare and contrast its social, economic and political life with that of the Early Vedic Age. The system of Ashram was introduced and students explored the relevance of it in the modern time. The chapter was concluded with a MS FORM Quiz to assess their learning.
The students learnt that agriculture is the best practice against hunger and poverty.They related it to SDG 1(No poverty) and 2 (ZeroHunger). While doing this activity, they realised how farmers have contributed a lot in making life better for billions of people. We shared our thoughts on the effect of climate change, extreme weather, drought, flood, and other disasters on agriculture and how these are impacting the average income of small-scale food producers. Students also learnt about cell references , Inserting functions, and formulas in Excel. They realised how Excel can make our task (huge calculations) easy.
Integration of Music/ ART/ ICT Students had created a Photo Album/video of FREEDOM FIGHTERS with their achievements and converted them into a Movie/ GIF. They compiled a very nice video with background music.
These activities were able to spread awareness in students regarding India’s Freedom Struggle.
“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt
A literature piece with the message of staying positive in life was taken up in August. ‘Pollyanna – The Game’ was introduced through a Glad Game in which the students were given a situation and they had to identify something to be glad about. Further, the students delved deeper into the text by framing questions, discussing the aspects of comprehension, prediction and noting down the new vocabulary. They made a connection with the story and tried to relate the same. Then they consolidated their learning in the written form in their notebooks. A quiz on Quizziz.com was given as an extension and closure of the topic. In grammar, the students recapitulated the concept of adjectives and practiced degrees of adjectives, making adjectives from nouns and verbs. A quiz on Kahoot was practiced as a reflection activity. In sync with SDG 14- Life Below Water and their Supplementary Reader, ‘Tales from Shakespeare’, the students practiced the concept of idioms and proverbs and exhibited their talents via enactment of the use of Shakespearean idioms in our day to day life in the Language Performing Arts Integration Week. They were made familiar with different aspects of expressions, body movements, voice modulation along with the delivery of dialogues. The same was beautifully presented in the form of videos on Flipgrid. In writing, the students built on their knowledge of Story Writing. They started with watching a video and a PPT about the story elements and attempted to complete a story based on the story starter provided to them. They also practiced arranging the story given in jumbled blocks in their G.K Book also. They further practiced completing a story using the given outline. The students developed the skills of creative and critical thinking by building on their knowledge of Essay Writing. The concept was initiated with the help of a video about the essential elements and points to construct a meaningful essay. They practiced writing narrative and descriptive essays using the sample and format given in the Grammar Plus book. Video links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zcm3aGNybb4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z80M45MusRE https://youtu.be/u88YUnP9ToQ https://quizizz.com/admin/quiz/60db036147fc1d001b1cc2f8 https://www.liveworksheets.com/hy1520771xx https://www.liveworksheets.com/ho949079ug
मास के प्रारंभ में छात्रों को गुंजन पाठ्य – पुस्तक का पाठ – डॉ. मुत्तुलक्ष्मी रेड्डी पढ़ाया गया | इस पाठ को कराने का उद्देश्य छात्रों को एक महान महिला चिकित्सक के जीवन से अवगत कराना है , जिसने देश की राजनीति में और समाज से बुराइयों का अंत करने में महत्त्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाई | पाठ की संपूर्ण व्याख्या कराने के पश्चात पाठ में आए कठिन शब्दों के अर्थ , उसकी प्रश्नोत्तरी पर चर्चा की गई | सतत विकास लक्ष्य -१३ उत्तम स्वास्थ्य और खुशहाली से एकीकृत करते हुए छात्रों को पाठ से संबंधित गतिविधि कराई गई |
इसके पश्चात छात्रों को स्वतंत्रता दिवस की जानकारी देते हुए देश की आज़ादी में महत्त्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाने वाले और देश की आज़ादी के लिए जेल में गए सुभाषचंद्र बोस के बारें में बताया गया | इस पाठ में उन्होंने जेल से अपनी माँ को पत्र लिखा , उस पत्र में उन्होंने क्या लिखा और वे भारतमाता के प्रति कैसा भाव रखते थे ? इन सब बातों की जानकारी देना ही पाठ को कराने का मुख्य उद्देश्य है | मास के अंतिम सप्ताह में छात्रों को अनुच्छेद लेखन का प्रारूप बताते हुए उसका लिखित अभ्यास कराया गया | इस महीने में छात्रों ने हिंदी भाषा और संगीत कला सप्ताह बहुत ही जोश और उमंग से मनाया | कक्षा के सभी छात्रों ने व्यक्तिगत रूप से अपने महान देशभक्तों के किरदार का अभिनय किया | मंच सज्जा सामग्री की सहायता से जोशीला नारा – प्रदर्शन , वाद्ययंत्रों की सहायता से देशभक्ति गायन प्रस्तुतिकरण भी किया | यह सब देखकर सभी भावविभोर हो उठे और सबने वंदेमातरम और जयहिंद के नारों से भारतमाता और देशभक्तों के प्रति सम्मान प्रदर्शित किया |
भाषासप्ताह में संस्कृत प्रस्तुति के लिए छात्रों ने श्लोकगायन – नृत्य के साथ प्रस्तुति दी । कारक-विभक्ति तालिका के द्वारा संस्कृत पठन-श्रवणऔर अवबोधन का अभ्यास किया । अंतर्विषयक- वाचन-पठन-और गायन कराते हुए संगीत और गायन से समन्वयीकरण कर छात्रों का अंतर्विषयक परिचय कराया गया । परियोजनात्मकशिक्षण (Project based learning) के रूप में दृश्य श्रव्य सामाग्री के माध्यम से छात्रों श्लोक गायन प्रस्तुतीकरण किया । संस्कृत संख्याशब्दों का लिंगचानानुसार अर्थ सहित अनुवाद द्वारा अनुप्रयोगात्मक अभ्यास कराया गया । सर्वनाम शब्द तत् , एतत् और किम् आधारित अनुवाद कार्य का लट्लकार और लृट्लकार धातुरुपों के साथ पदपरिचय सहित अभ्यासकार्य करते हुए संस्कृत भाषा में वाक्यरचना सिखाई गई । जिसमें छात्रों ने संभाषण करते हुए चित्रवर्णन करने की योग्यता अनुवाद के माध्यम से प्राप्त की । छात्रों ने छोटे – छोटे वाक्यों में वार्तालाप करते हुए सामान्य संभाषण का अभ्यास किया ।
The month started with more lesson reading and comprehension passages. The students practised and performed in an activity of making flashcards on nationalities. The verb ‘venir’ was introduced along with the worksheet. Recap of accents were done to enhance the correct usage of accents on letters. The students learnt the names of national animals and birds in French in different countries. As a part of the Language & Performing Arts Integration Week, they created their superheroes and presented them during the lessons.
The lessons started with a happy song, “Voy a la ciudad”. The verb “Ir” to go was introduced and the class learnt the complete conjugation of the same. Spanish contractions were acquired with the help of a Powerpoint Presentation. Giving and understanding directions was the topic of the last two chapters of the month. The class learnt basic imperatives. During the Language & Performing Arts week, the class presented their superhero/special character, dressed up like one and acted it out doing integration with Drama.
The students were introduced to the last chapter of the first term “Wo wohnt ihr?”. The chapter which was about the important cities in Germany enabled the students to locate the different cities on the map of Germany. They could talk about their personal information like their address, telephone number, E-mail address, etc. Grammar part consisted of verb conjugation of “wohnen- to live”, writing an E-mail to a friend giving their personal details. The highlight of the month was Language & Performing Arts Week, in which learners were dressed up as their favourite characters and introduced themselves in German. https://youtu.be/qG64v_a6gL8 - Germany’s neighbouring countries
The students worked on:
Cross legs walking
Clap & Catch (using a ball)
Hand & Leg Coordination
Moves of each piece
Strategies of pieces on board
Registration for online chess
Playing online with friends
The students learnt: Krishna dance and Asamyukta hasta mudras -Students celebrated lord Krishna’s birthday by learning a beautiful choreography on a Krishna song. Samyukta hasta Mudras (single hand gestures) were also taught.
The students learnt Forms of Acting :- Students learnt about role play, one act, mono act and skit. (Comedy, Tragedy, Melodrama)
Application of their learning :-
Script reading of Rani Laxmi Bai skit
Practice for subject integration week- enactment of William Shakespeare’s famous idioms
Mono act- The Lion and other Animals
Drama Activity- one emotion various dialogues
गायन अभ्यास: शुद्ध स्वर अलंकार। गीत: (अपनी माटी) देशभक्ति गीत, कृष्णा भजन। राग एवं ताल: राग भैरव बंदिश आलाप एवं ताने, तीन ताल, संगीत शास्त्र । प्रयोग हुए वाद्य: तानपूरा ऑडियो ट्रैक। गायन तकनीक: गायन के अभ्यास की बुनियादी तकनीक, प्रतियोगिता में प्रस्तुति के महत्वपूर्ण बिंदु। सन्दर्भ वीडियो लिंक: https://youtu.be/hYiDSPB1hlI बहुत से छात्र-छात्राओं ने सदनीय देशभक्ति गीत गायन प्रतियोगिता मे बढ़ चढ़ कर हिस्सा लिया तथा १५ अगस्त एवंजन्माष्टमी की विशेष प्रार्थना सभा मे चुने गए प्रतिभागियों ने विशेष अतिथियों के सामने अपने गायन का सफल प्रदर्शन किया।
The students learnt:
Vocal warm-up exercises Practiced: Staff notation with 12 notes and scaled the vocal range Song learnt: You have made a difference (A song for teachers) by Brian Asselin, practiced solo Instruments: Taught about guitar parts and function Techniques: Techniques to sing softly from stomach
The students learnt: Week 1: Drawing monuments of India using different geometrical patterns Week 2: Poster- Rising India Week 3: Rakhi Card Week 4: VI-VII - Typography: Self expression name plate VIII – Assembly Backdrop Composition: Creative & freehand
Anger is a normal and a healthy emotion. But it is important to deal with it in a positive way. Students learnt that before reacting to a situation, one must be aware of the impact it will have. Students understood how to deal with anger in an effective way. Techniques like deep breathing, positive thinking, exercise, walk away, divert yourself, drinking water, listen to music or dance or draw, meditation, talk about your anger, respond and not react were taught to students with demo wherever required. Students got the chance to discuss about their anger in detail and all the sessions were very interactive. An activity “what are the situations that make you angry” was conducted. Situations were given and students were asked how they will react in a given situation. The activity helped them to think deeply about their anger and its consequences.
SUBJECT INTEGRATION WEEK - LANGUAGE & PERFORMING ARTS
Week 2, 9th to 13th August, was observed as the Language and Performing Arts Week 2021 in Suncity School 37 D which added diverse flavours of acts and presentations extending the learning of English, It was an amalgamation of creativity and subject integration wherein Middle school students participated in a plethora of activities with great zeal. In Foreign language lessons of French, German and Spanish, Grade VI learners donned the hats of different “Fictional and real-life characters” and talked about them in their style. The enthusiastic students of Grade VII enacted as “Weather Reporters” and Grade VIII students presented an act interviewing their “Favourite Celebrity.” The tech-savvy students of Grade IX presented a fictional “Digital Character” and penned a short script in their respective languages. In Sanskrit lessons, the students chanted “Shlokas” and conducted a “Quiz” in small teams. They incorporated the elements of music and drama into it. The English lesson activities aimed at developing creative, research and presentation skills across grades. Grade VI students made a better understanding of idioms and phrases coined by William Shakespeare followed by the enactment of a scene from his plays on Flipgrid. “Cinquain Poems” were the pick of the day for the VII Graders. A marine life “Press Conference” was organized in Grade VIII through which they raised pertinent issues such as the threat to the oceans. Grade IX students took the role of “News Reporters” and presented a cover story along with a report presentation. The Hindi lessons were adorned with student presentations of “Patriotic Songs” in Grade VI, dance performances as per seasons in Grade VII. The students of grade VIII enacted as “Endangered Species of Oceans” and pleaded for their protection. Creating “News Channels” buzzing with information about different climates was the creative task for the IX graders. The students learnt about voice modulation, body language, recitation and dialogue delivery as per their activities in the Drama lessons. All the activities were in sync with “SDG 14 - Life Under Water” which added value to the students’ learning and awareness, thereby contributing to the larger aim of sustainable goals.
INTER-HOUSE MENTAL MATH COMPETITION
Mathematics is a subject that the students should build upon and master throughout their educational experience, for it forms a strong foundation and aids in understanding how the world works and is a critical skill 21st century for learners, thereby allowing them to make important connections between these mathematical concepts that are being taught and the real world in which they live. Keeping this in mind the students from Grades III onwards participated in an InterHouse Mental Math competition held this month. The students from the 4 houses - Atlantic, Arctic, Pacific and Indian participated in a tough competition held on a virtual platform. There were 2 rounds - the selection round done on MS Form application and the Final round (fastest finger first) conducted on Kahoot. Amidst nail-biting finish, scores tied - the whole competition gave an insight into the students' ability to calculate mentally faster.
INDEPENDENCE DAY/ INVESTITURE CEREMONY/PATRIOTIC SONG COMPETITION
Suncity School 37D celebrated India's 75th Independence Day with unprecedented patriotic fervour. The gamut of celebration started with our Principal Ms Guneet Ohri hoisting the Tricolour with the national anthem echoing on the campus. The Independence Day Special Assembly was very well coordinated and conducted by our confident and enthusiastic 6th Graders virtually. It was a moment of great pride for the newly elected council members for whom their parents had the honour of pinning their perfect badges. The toppers of last year’s Olympiads, academic scholarship holders and winning houses were also felicitated for their excellent performance in the virtual presence of Maj. Gen. Kulpreet Singh (Retd), the Chief Guest for the occasion. Gen Kulpreet congratulated the students and encouraged them to take on the mantle of leadership seriously. "Ask not what your country can do for you ask what can you do for your country.” is what he quoted to motivate the council members. He also spoke about his fellow soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our country. He appreciated the Principal’s leadership under whose guidance the school is emerging to be one of the best in Gurgaon. Our talented students paid homage to the martyrs through their impeccable song and dance performances. The event concluded with the Inter-House Patriotic Song competition which was assessed by the eminent judges Mr Vikul Sharma & Ms Riya Maity Sinha. The mellifluous performances by the students were highly appreciated by the judges. The Principal, Ms Guneet Ohri, addressed the gathering by congratulating all students, staff and parents for enthusiastically uniting to celebrate and honour the nation despite the current tough and troubling times.
“Each day is a new beginning, the chance to do with it what should be done and not to be seen as simply another day to put in time” Catherine Pulsifer Jubilant July has seen an enthusiastic start after a refreshing summer break for everyone. We reflected on our students' learning by recollecting the exclusive experiences garnered during the fun-filled summer break. The month started with new learnings and students continued to enhance their knowledge by way of class discussions, videos, presentations and various class activities. The complete cycle of 1st Unit Test was conducted, doubt clearing sessions, revision, discussion of question papers, distribution of answer scripts….all completed with clockwork precision. The Universal Theme of the month ‘I am Honest’ was reiterated and inculcated in the Life Skill lessons and by way of stories and discussions.
Students started their learning journey after the summer break by displaying their project work on Shapes, in sync with the SDG 9 – Industry, Innovations and Infrastructure. Their creativity knew no bounds which was evident in some of the models that were shared. Students' understanding of numbers began with a prior knowledge of forming numbers in the Indian and International system of numeration with the help of the Place Value chart. The topic ‘Knowing Our Numbers’ and ‘Whole Numbers’ was conducted as a Student Led session where some students adorned the hat of a teacher and taught the concept to their peers. The concepts Indian and International place value system, rounding off numbers to 10s, 100s, 1000s, 10000s, estimation by rounding, roman numerals, properties of whole numbers were some topics that were taken up by students. In addition to taking up the role of a teacher, few other students were also given the responsibility of writing the report for the whole session. Taking photographs with a keen eye of capturing the activities . Students also revised for their upcoming unit test using different tools – worksheets, MS Forms, quizziz. An extra doubt clearing session was also conducted for students to clarify their doubts before the examination. As a regular activity in class, students enjoyed doing the SEP Edu activity, where they were able to complete the activities, especially an interesting activity on Coordinates.
Physics: Engaging young students with exciting material and experiences promotes lifelong learning. The children started the Concept of Electricity through hands-on activity to know what Static Electricity is all about. They performed the balloon-paper and paper-ruler activity by rubbing the balloon with fabric and ruler with their hairs to attract bits of paper. This activity did not only help them understand static electricity clearly but they also acquired the knowledge of types of charges present in any matter. They came up with their real life experiences of static charges through group discussions in the classroom. Further to understand the concept of current electricity, they were connected to virtual labs called simulations. These simulations clarified their misconceptions of electric current and enabled them to understand the term circuit. It was a joyful experience for them to learn more about electricity. https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/circuit-construction-kit-dc
Chemistry: In our attempt to make children creative and innovative, learners brainstorm through the Think,pair, and share model (in breakout rooms) where they collaboratively work to come up with solutions of how waste produced at home can besegregated and recycled by everyone. They also created small ‘blue’ and green' dustbins to segregate their room waste. They further researched about ‘sanitary landfills’ and were surprised to learn that these modern landfillsproduce methane gas that is used to produce electricity. They made presentations depicting the construction and working of sanitary landfills. https://www.dumpsters.com/blog/how-do-modern-landfills-work
Biology: “In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” The concept ‘Components of Food’ was introduced in the class by a recall activity on different types of nutrients present on the label of their favorite snack. To facilitate a student centered approach, ‘peer teaching’ wasintroduced in class where the children taught their peers about the functions ofcarbohydrates, proteins and fats using the ‘show and tell’ method. They presented the real sources of CPF (Carbohydrates, fats and proteins) and explained the functions of the same to their peers. In addition to this, a starch test was performed using raw potato and betadine solution (contains iodine). The students observed the change in color of solution from brown to blue-black. They also checked the presence of fats in peanuts, chips by using butter paper. Further, to prepare them for the online assessment a revision assessment on Sources of food were conducted on MS forms Quiz.
Civics: Government The topic was introduced with some basic questions like rules and regulations, administration etc. They gained knowledge about
What is government,
What are the levels of government,
Needs for government
The concept and hierarchy of government was categorized through flowcharts and mind maps. Examples of school investiture were given for better understanding. Students also studied about organs of government, types of government, suffragette movement & anti apartheid struggle. Students shared their views about decision making and participation in democracy. A debate was also conducted on democracy and rights of people and they enthusiastically participated.
The students learnt different functions in Excel Software. They were asked to create a record of On Screen timing they spent in one week-(date, timing, Application, Purpose, gadget used) and find the Sum, Max, Average time spent On screen in a week. They also learned Today function and different types of cell references. On the occasion of “National Parents' Day “they had written a poem for their parents and uploaded in to FlipGrid.
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“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin The class interaction began with a welcome note and a story weaving activity. The students understood the points of story narration and wrote their stories with different interesting conclusions on the basis of storytelling ideas in integration with the literature section of their GK book. Discussing on the structure of a sentence, we revised the subject, helping verbs, main verb and the object and thus going on to the Pronouns and their use in English language. The students learnt about the application of different kinds of pronouns in their day to day life. The same was followed by Note making in their notebook with the help of a PPT and a hand out. The students enjoyed attempting the exercises of their Grammar Plus Book. The students revised the syllabus for UT 1 using different tools like MS Forms, Quizziz, Flip Grid and participated enthusiastically in the doubt clarification sessions.
“The road you fear to go, holds the treasure you seek.” The chapter Treasure Seekers -1 began with a discussion about how the students would be earning money as Sixth graders. They came up with numerous creative answers. Each student was assigned a specific paragraph to explain and in this way, they were able to develop their speaking skills as well. They were made more engrossed in the story and strengthened their learning by doing word work in their notebooks.Treasure Seekers II was also discussed in continuation with the previous chapter. The students were able to correlate both the chapters. The causes of the problem along with the solutions were discussed in the class. The concept of diary entry was initiated with the discussion of various mediums to record our daily life happenings such as letter, slam book, diary entry, haiku poetry etc to further probe the form of diary writing.The students were probed about the format and content of a diary entry, its purpose and its elements. The sample along with a couple of practice questions was done.. The concept of Diary entry along with the instructions to follow while writing it was interestingly learnt and revised by the students. Following the format and the sample diary entry, the students were given a practice question based on a VUCA situation. They were able to employ pre reading, skimming and pre writing techniques during their classes. The students had successfully attempted the research a specific topic using valid sources. The students were able to identify and apply the techniques of Pronouns in their spoken and written English. The students also enjoyed the Revision and doubt clearing sessions for their UTs not only by asking their doubts but also by helping each other for a better understanding and clarity of concepts. The students displayed immense improvement in Note Taking Skills as was evident in their submissions. They also took numerous quizzes on MS Forms, Quizziz.com to revise the topics for their UT. https://youtu.be/9pJ-yEu4dt0 https://youtu.be/4wZgGkKSClY https://youtu.be/Pf7ywvfCJUo https://youtu.be/caK_mLx1Yrc
मास के प्रारंभ में छात्रों से ग्रीष्मावकाश के बारें में सामान्य चर्चा की गई | इसके पश्चात छात्रों को संज्ञा और सर्वनाम की परिभाषा देते हुए इसके भेदों से अगत कराया गया | इकाई परीक्षा -१ के प्रत्येक विषय की मौखिक और लिखित तैयारी कराई गई | पाठ्य-पुस्तक गुंजन की कविता कोई नहीं पराया के शीर्षक की सार्थकता सिद्ध करते हुए कविता का मूल भाव स्पष्ट किया गया | सतत् विकास लक्ष्य -४ गुणवत्तापूर्ण शिक्षा से एकीकृत करते हुए ‘कोई नहीं पराया’ कविता की संपूर्ण व्याख्या , शब्दार्थ और प्रश्नोत्तरी पर चर्चा की गई | कविता से संबंधित गतिविधि भी कराई गई , जिसके अनुसार प्रत्येक छात्र को कविता की कोई चार पंक्तियाँ लयताल और सहायक सामग्री (props) सहित कक्षा में प्रस्तुत की | कविता से संबंधित ही एक चित्र छात्रों को दिया गया और छात्रों से उस चित्र का वर्णन करनेको कहा गया | सभी छात्रों ने अपनी सोचसमझ के आधार पर चित्र का वर्णन किया | इस तरह से उनका बौद्धिक विकास हुआ और उनके शब्दकोश में भी वृद्धि हुई | सूरज का इंतज़ार पाठ के आधार पर छात्रों से अन्वेषण कार्य कराया गया , जिसमे छात्रों ने महात्मा गाँधी के चरित्र और उनके जैसे दृढ़ – प्रतिज्ञा करने वाले और अपनी माँ से अत्यधिक स्नेह करने वाले एक नए किरदार के बारें में जानकारी प्राप्त करते हुए एक आकर्षक कोलाज बनाया |
पाठ -४,५ आधारित अकारान्त – पुल्लिंग , नपुल्लिंग और आकारान्त – स्त्रीलिंग संज्ञा शब्दों का सर्वनाम शब्द तत् , एतत् और किम् आधारित अनुवाद कार्य का लट्लकार और लृट्लकार- में गम्, भू , पठ् , खाद् , चल् , पा , दा , स्था आदि धातुरुपों के साथ अनुप्रयोग और पदपरिचय सहित अभ्यासकार्य करते हुए संस्कृत भाषा में वाक्यरचना सिखाई गई । जिसमें छात्रों ने संभाषण करते हुए चित्रवर्णन करने की योग्यता अनुवाद के माध्यम से प्राप्त की । जिसमें छात्रों ने छोटे –छोटे वाक्यों में वार्तालाप करते हुए सामान्य संभाषण का अभ्यास किया । फलों , पशु-पक्षियों , रंगों और शरीर अंगों के संस्कृत नामों से छात्रों का परिचय कराते हुए शब्दकोश में वृद्धि की गई।
After refreshing holidays, children were eager to meet their friends and teachers, though virtually. We tuned into the topics-numbers [50-100], Nationalities and neighbouring countries along with famous monuments of European countries. The children learnt the actual meaning of integration through an activity like making a personal digital ID card in French. All topics were taught with supportive study materials like word documents, PPT and relevant worksheets.
The month begins with a video on Prepositions. The class learnt different objects from a room from the class book and how to describe the position of the same with prepositions. A revision for the UT 1 was done in class with the help of a Revision worksheet. The topic of Daily Routine with the subtopic Reflexive verbs was introduced with a PPT where the students have the opportunity to analyse and compare the same with previous verbs. The concept was strengthened, the students attempted several practice exercises. Activities after school and more reflexive verbs was discussed with the chapter “Por la tarde” In the afternoon. A video on SDG 3 Good health and well-being was watched in class followed by discussion. Video on prepositions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAVQtWeZ0t4 Video presentation, in Spanish language, on food and healthy habits.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQRcWuOEERE
After coming back from holidays, the students were thrilled to meet their friends and teachers, though virtually. We tuned into the Module-1, Lektion3 (Hast du Geschwister?) in which we learnt about siblings, their characteristics by learning different adjectives. The children learnt the actual meaning of integration through various activities like making a personal digital ID card in German
In their Physical Education lessons, students performed: Warm-up exercises: On the spot jogging, jumping and running Flexibility exercises: Standing Hamstring Stretch (Bending Forward), Piriformis Stretch (Hip Rotation), Lunge With Spinal Twist (Alternative toe-touch), Butterfly Stretch (Thigh muscle stretch), Side Bend Stretch (Waist Stretch), Lunging Hip Flexor Stretch (Hip and calf stretch). Introduction to Chess
Moves of each piece
Strategies of pieces on board
Registration for online chess
Playing online with friends
Additionally, Fit India and Sports Authority of India Quiz Competition were conducted.
In their Indian Dance lessons, students learnt: Patriotic dance and Kathak basics To express their feelings for the country and pay tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives. Hasta mudras used in the dance—pataka, ardh-pataka, chakra, mushthi, hansasya, etc. Navrasa—veer and karuna. Dance form: Freestyle (action and expression) Song : Teri Mitti Video link: https://youtu.be/wF_B_aagLfI
In their Western Dance lessons, the students learnt:
About Contemporary dance.
The basic feet positions of Contemporary dance.
Dance form: Contemporary Song: Skyscrapers Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiTJ0658WvE
In Drama lessons, students learnt: Forms of Acting: Through drama games, tongue twisters and role play, students learnt dialogue delivery and voice modulation. Application of their learning: Student understood Navarasa—the nine emotions and practised the same. Students learnt how to use question words in dialogue and performed using the nine emotions. Students garnered information about scene building (improvisation) and how to improvise on the spot.Additionally, they learnt how to maintain a tempo while performing They also did drama related warm up exercises.
In their Indian Music lessons, students :
Learnt Vocal warm-up exercises: Alankar practice, Balloon breathing. Practiced: Shudh swar Alankar. Song/s: Guru vandana, Apni Mati. Raag: Alaiya Bilawal, Yaman. Instruments Used: Tanpura Techniques: Singing style and vocal practices of Indian classical singers. Reference video link for the song: https://youtu.be/hTdZkPeIkhs https://youtu.be/VmOvwFvkVao
In their Western Music lessons, students learnt: Vocal warm-up exercises: Scale and 12 different notes Practiced: Staff notation with 12 notes and scaled the vocal range Song learnt: (Recap Session) Count on me by Bruno Mars Instruments used: Ukulele Techniques: Basic techniques of practicing vocal music
In their Visual Art lessons, students learnt : Picture in a picture- How I spent my holidays Van Gogh’s Sunflowers- warm colours Picture composition using warm colours Poster on ‘Conservation of Electricity/ Water’ Composition: Creative & freehand Art Technique: Free hand, colouring, outlining Art tools: Pencil, sketch pen, crayons, oil pastels, scale, compass/ circular object
Nowadays, children are around adults on a daily basis. Children as young as 6 years old can understand the basics of good touch and bad touch. These young children can also understand what sexual abuse is. Therefore, it becomes important to talk to children about “Bad touch”. This month students understood how to identify the difference between good touch and bad touch, and know how to react if they experience bad touch. It was an essential learning for students about their safety. The concept of “Managing Relations” was introduced as adolescence is the most crucial period of human lives; it carries an individual from childhood to being an adult. Most of our physical, mental and emotional development takes place during this period. In the lessons, students understood that a relationship contains many elements such as trust, honesty, communication, respect, time management, and all these play an essential role. If all these elements are managed effectively, it leads to a healthy relationship. Students showed interest and were able to clarify their doubts without hesitation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyklpT-uo_w
MATHEMATICS UNDERSTANDING ELEMENTARY SHAPES: The lesson began by checking students’ previous knowledge of line segment, how to measure line segments using different instruments. Students gave various examples of measuring line segments like using a thread, ruler, divider, hand span etc. Students enjoyed learning the revolution concept using the hands of a clock and directions. Students also practiced the following concepts:
Types of Angles
Measuring and Drawing of Angles using Protractor
Classification of Triangles based on its sides and angles
Quadrilaterals and their properties
Polygon and its types
Three Dimensional Shapes using wooden blocks and their properties
The class attempted an engaging MCQ Quiz to strengthen their mental and calculation skills. KNOWING OUR NUMBERS: Students started their learning of Mathematics through a recapitulation session. They were quizzed on the basic concepts of numbers learnt till now. They continued to enhance their understanding of the concepts of how to form numbers in the Indian and International system of Numeration with the help of the Place Value Chart. They understood that every number has a place – ones, tens, hundreds, thousands and so on. Taking their learning forward, they learnt the expanded form of the given numbers and how to write the place value of a digit in the place value chart. Students used their understanding and learned how to read large numbers in REAL LIFE. With great excitement, they explored the Sep-Edu Book and the Kit. Using the SEP Edu kit, they created different shapes using the 3D shape cubes and cuboids and showed their creativity at its best.
SCIENCE Physics -The learners explored new ways of measuring the length of a curved line by using a thread through a Hands-On Activity. They measured the lengths of circular objects like bangle, curved glass by using the standard as well as non-standard units like hand span, pace and cubit (arm's length). They learnt different types of motion through Let’s Move Activity by moving their body on a motion of any song. Links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic8ftzlmD_M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N0Phof9UXg Chemistry- Experiential learning engages students in critical thinking, problem-solving and decision making in contexts that are personally relevant to them. This always opens up opportunities for students to take the initiatives, make decisions, and be accountable for their actions. For understanding the concept of Solution: solute and solvent, saturated and unsaturated solution, a Hands-on Learning activity was designed for them in which they added sugar in cold water (saturated solution) and sugar in hot water (unsaturated solution). Further, to understand the process of Separation of insoluble solid substances from a liquid through sedimentation, decantation and loading using alum, they all prepared a heterogeneous (insoluble) mixture of mud and water, added alum to it so that all the impurities stick to the alum making the water clear. They also performed an experiment showing the process of evaporation to separate salt from water. This not only evoked their inquiry related to the topic but also stimulated their research and problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Biology- To evoke an inquiry about the topic of the food chain and food web, several images of the sun, plants and animals were shown to the students. They brainstormed and classified them into producers, consumers and decomposers. This small activity helped them to construct a food chain of three and four trophic levels. They also learnt the impact on the feeding habits of animals if one or more animals are removed from the food chain. In addition to this, the Think, Pair and Share modelon a virtual mode helped them to explore some easy ways to reduce food wastage like using specialized mobile apps, composting, and making a weekly food menu.
SOCIAL SCIENCE Civics- Understanding Diversity Students were asked to observe the diversity among their classmates, native state, food, language etc. Based on their shared thoughts, they gained knowledge about the diversity in India. The global effort to fight Covid -19 was an example to make students understand unity in diversity. Based on the video shown to them, students were able to comprehend and correlate the geographical, economic and religious diversities of India. An activity was given to students to understand the diversity of food. Students selected a dish belonging to their region or city and shared it with the class. They also investigated the chosen dish or meal and discovered its story. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFtzLWzGvIw
Geography-Globe, Latitudes and Longitudes Students described the details of a globe, latitudes & longitude with the help of a globe /ball/ muskmelon during the introductory lessons. A short video was shown to students for some clarification about latitudes, longitudes and grids. Few images were shown to students to understand heat zones. Based on a few calculations of Earth’s rotation and time calculation, students were able to understand the concept of time zones, GMT and IST.
Students also gained knowledge about the International Date Line with the help of a short video. A brainstorming worksheet on Daylight Saving Time (DST) and Time zones was given where students explored a new concept. The children researched DST and very effectively interpreted its benefits with class. On the basis of their understanding about DST which aims to ensure less use of artificial light, Children integrated the concept with SDG 7 (Clean And Affordable Energy).
ICT “The best tool available today for exploring real-life questions of quantity and change is the spreadsheet.”
The students, in ICT classes, learnt Excel Software. They learnt different features available in Excel like entering data, changing cell content, inserting & deleting rows, columns etc. On “Mother’s Day” they created a drawing in Excel. They also learnt different possibilities available in Excel to make any task easy, for instance, AutoFill and Flash Fill.
ENGLISH The grammar lessons set the tone of the month. A variety of probing questions enabled the students to recapitulate and classify the types of nouns, examples and their application. The sub-topic forming nouns was introduced to the students through the basic knowledge of abstract nouns and suffixes. They loved the interactive session of writing their responses in the chat box and sharing verbally too. The concept of all types of nouns was strengthened through a lot of practice in the grammar book, worksheets and notebook. Eliciting responses while reading the PPT about the types of letters was another interesting way to get their attention. The students not only shared their prior knowledge, relevance and application of letters in the current scenario but also minutely observed a sample to deduce the format of the letters- both Formal and Informal.The practice questions attempted by the students helped them work upon their style of writing and structure it.
The students displayed immense improvement in Note Taking Skills as was evident in their submissions. They also took a Class Test on MS Forms to recapitulate the Grammar topic- Sentences. For more practice, they enjoyed attempting short quizzes on the website Quizziz.com. The students continued to explore new words from the NIE and framed sentences in the English Channel.
HINDI मास का प्रारंभ में छात्रों को मजदूर दिवस मनाने का उद्देश्य बताया गया | मातृदिवस के अवसर पर नारा – लेखन करने को कहा गया और अपनी भावनाओं को काव्य – पंक्तियों के माध्यम से व्यक्त करने को कहा गया | इसके पश्चात व्याकरणिक विषयों लिंग , वचन , विलोम शब्द , पर्यायवाची शब्द को समझाते हुए उनका लिखित और मौखिक अभ्यास कराया गया | क्रिया – काल की परिभाषा , उनके भेद उदाहरण सहित कराए गए | इन व्याकरणिक विषयों को कराने का मुख्य उद्देश्य छात्रों के शब्द कोष में वृद्धि करना , वाक्य को सुंदरता प्रदान करने के लिए किस तरह से हम पर्यायवाची शब्दों का प्रयोग करते हैं , उससे परिचित कराना है | रचनात्मक – लेखन के विषय चित्र – लेखन द्वारा उनकी बुद्धि और प्रतिभा का विकास किया गया | मन के भावों की अभिव्यक्ति का माध्यम चित्र – वर्णन है , इससे अवगत कराया गया | पर्यायवाची शब्दों से संबंधित वीडियो दिखाकर विषय को स्पष्ट किया गया | सतत् विकास लक्ष्य -४ गुणवत्तापूर्ण शिक्षा से एकीकृत कराते हुए बहुमुखी प्रतिभा के अंतर्गत भाषायी योग्यता का विकास किया गया |
SANSKRIT सततविकासलक्ष्य – ‘’सभी को शिक्षा के माध्यम से स्वस्थ जीवन देना और सभी के जीवनस्तर में सुधार लाना ।‘’ नामक विषय पर संवाद्पूर्वक संभाषण का अभ्यास कराया गया । अकारान्त और आकारान्त शब्दावली का विभक्त्यानुसार अनुप्रयोग करते हुए मध्यम पुरुष और उत्तम पुरुष व्याकरणिक नियमों से परिचित कराते हुए पाठ सर्वनाम परिचय: और धातुपरिचाय: आधारित संस्कृत भाषा में बातचीत का अभ्यास कराया गया । लट् और लृट् लकार के क्रियापदों का पुरुषवचनानुसार अनुप्रयोग करते हुए दैनिक जीवन में संस्कृत भाषा ज्ञान प्राप्त करना उपर्युप्त पाठ्यवस्तु का मुख्योद्देश्य रहा । विभिन्न फलों के संस्कृत नामों से परिचित कराते हुए छात्रों के शब्दकोश में वृद्धि कराई गई । धातुपरिचय: मध्यम-पुरुष और मध्यम-पुरुष लट्लकार आधारित अनुवाद गतिविधि - (पी॰ पी॰ टी) पर "मत्स्य मानचित्र" के माध्यम से लिङ्ग वचनानुसार मध्यम पुरुष और उत्तम पुरुष व्याकरणिक नियमों अनुसार छात्रों को संवाद विधि से परिचित कराया गया ।
FRENCH The students are now comfortable with the language and therefore participate with lots of energy during the lessons. They were further taught more topics: French regions, Recap of Articles, Ordinal numbers, Understanding regular & irregular verbs. All topics were taught with supportive study materials like word documents and PPT. An activity was done during the class French Names Badge Making activity, which they thoroughly enjoyed!
SPANISH The month started with an exciting quiz to assess the previous topics. With a matching exercise, the students learnt the names of different rooms in a house taking turns to read the new vocabulary. The topic “Radical changing verbs” were introduced through a PowerPoint Presentation. The students actively participated in the discussion of the same and completed the exercises on the topic.
GERMAN After completion of the first chapter of Module 1, the students tuned into the next chapter of Module 1, “Das ist Meine Familie- This is my family”. In this chapter, they came across family relations, grammar topics like possessive pronouns. They were introduced to talking and writing about “Meine Familie- My Family”. They also made a detailed family tree with pictures labelled in German. The young learners were enthusiastic about writing an Email to a friend, giving details about their own family. Gute Ferien!!! ( Happy Holidays)
PE In their PE lessons, the students worked on:
Warm-up exercises: On the spot jogging, jumping and running Flexibility exercises: Standing Hamstring Stretch (Bending forward), Piriformis Stretch (Hip Rotation ), Lunge With Spinal Twist (Alternative toe-touch), Butterfly Stretch (Thigh muscle Stretch), Side Bend Stretch (Waist Stretch), Lunging Hip Flexor Stretch (Hip and calf stretch). Strength exercises: Lunges, Push-ups, Banana pose, Single leg toe-touch, Bodyweight squats
YOGA Surya namaskar and Gomukhasana: Steps to the perform pose and advantages of the pose.
INDIAN DANCE In the Indian Dance lessons, students learnt about the Lord of Dance- Natraja through Shiv Vandana and an open discussion about the story behind it. Through Asamyukta hasta mudra’s (single hand gestures) used in Shiv Vandana, students learnt about the hand gestures which describe Lord Shiva such as Trishula, Sarpashirsh, Katka, Chandrakala. After that, they danced to a beautiful song name- ‘Jai Jai Kedara’.
Western Dance In the Western Dance lessons, students learnt Dance form : Hip Hop (Beginners Level) – basic hand positions Song : Kidz Bop - Rockabye Video link : - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VDdP7lYiiI
DRAMA Drama lessons included:
Forms of Acting: Students played drama games, made posters related to mood and expression, recited poem and performed a role play based on the theme ‘mother’. Students also performed various warm-up exercises and attempted tongue twisters to enhance their drama skills.
Application of their learning: Students performed a role-play ‘Mamma and Son/ Daughter at the Hospital’ (a scene with three characters) through which they understood dialogue delivery, expressions, variations, improvisations and the importance of coordination.
Additionally, they learnt to recite a poem dramatically and made posters related to mood and expressions. They also prepared a PowerPoint Presentation on Indian Theatre and World Theatre.
INDIAN MUSIC In Indian Music lessons, the students learnt : Vocal warm-up exercises: Alankar practice, Balloon breathing. Practiced : Shudh Swar Alankar New song/s learnt: Mother’s day song (Ma).
WESTERN MUSIC In their Western Music lessons, the students worked on:
Vocal warm-up exercises, Scale and 12 notes Practiced: Staff notation with 12 notes and scaled the vocal range Song learnt: (Recap Session) Heal the World by Michael Jackson Instruments: Ukulele Techniques: Basic techniques of practicing vocal. Reference video link for the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWf-eARnf6U
VISUAL ART In their Visual Art lessons, students learnt:
Creative Composition- Mother and Child (Students were asked to depict their thoughts of mother and child in nature in any form, and compose it on the given visual space using any medium of their choice.)
Still Life - Drawing an Apple using Oil Pastels
Still life Study- My favourite fruit/ vegetable (Realistic Drawing with pencil), observation of grayscale (Integrated with Biology)
Composition: Creative and freehand Art Technique: Freehand, colouring, outlining Art tools: Pencil, Sketch pen, crayons, oil pastels, scale, compass/ circular object
LIFE SKILLS It is a known fact that peer pressure exists in all stages of life, but it is particularly common with teens. This month, in-depth discussions were conducted on handling negative and positive peer pressures, effects of the same, and ways of coping with peer pressure. Learners were made aware of the importance of a firm NO. Live examples were shared along with situations to get a real-life idea.