The tuning in part of the inquiry cycle was done by discussing the importance of maintaining personal hygiene, keeping surroundings clean, and various ways by which this can be achieved. The activity was followed by a class discussion and later the students illustrated the same in their journals. They reflected on their daily routine and habits and made personal connections by talking about the healthy and unhealthy practices seen during a day. This was represented on a T- chart.
Students were engaged in an interesting classroom activity where they did exercises like knee ups, toe touches, jumping jacks to name a few. They observed how they felt after doing these exercises. They were then asked to note down their thoughts, feelings and understanding about the importance of daily exercise. The same was reiterated to them through a guest speaker session.
Learnings from this activity were integrated with the inquiry cycle with the help of a discussion on the importance of post-exercise rest. Students were asked to note down their experience using some keywords. Little learners understood why it is important to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
To reiterate the concept of numbers, students began their week with an activity wherein they were paired with a partner . They wrote a number and their partner’s number in the journal to make a 2-digit number from it.
They attempted another task where they wrote numbers 1-10 and quantified the corresponding hierarchies using blue and green colour. They further marked the number as odd or even.
• Students were tuned into the concept of place value through bundling and grouping strategy.
Students started their week by reiterating CVC words with medial sounds like a, e, i, o, u and wrote them in their journals.
Learning from the unit was integrated by watching an audio-visual story ‘Goodnight IPAD’ where they discussed the importance of sleeping without the presence of an electronic screen .
A reading assessment rubric allowed to understand reading levels among students.A spell bee was attempted while a bingo game on sight words was also played in their journals .
UOI Integration– They watched an online video on healthy/ unhealthy habits and further wrote their understanding in the journals. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMrdXaMfhNI
During a bus stop activity, students moved to different stations in the class that had blends written on them. They illustrated words beginning with those blends.
Students enthusiastically participated in reciting the poem ‘सभी फलों में सेब है न्यारा’. This was followed by identifying the names of vegetables and fruits, and by writing their initial letters in the journals. To enhance their communication skills, they did ‘show and tell’ activity in which they described their favourite fruits. They learned about alphabets and made two to three letter words using the knowledge acquired. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDEGgbTUupQ
Students are further exploring MS-Paint where they are learning how to add shapes, colours and the pencil tool to the work pane. Young learners are still learning to handle the mouse with their tiny hands while coordinating their eyes on the screen simultaneously. Students also gained knowledge on about social media(YouTube, Facebook, Skype etc). They enhanced their fine motor skills by working on an online tool on mouse program, where they gained knowledge on how to click with left and right button, scrolling of the mouse up and down to see the content of the page.
Dance lessons focused on the development of posture and flexibility. Solitary performance was also introduced.
Students learned how to use a ruler to take measurements and draw straight, standing and sleeping lines. Later they created free expressions and gave their reflections.
The students learned about note values. They also learned how to count and clap these notes.
Social Emotional Learning
The students gained knowledge about Self – Awareness as a part of their SEL sessions. They were introduced to emotions and feelings through various interactive and self-reflective sessions wherein, they were encouraged to explore their self.
Students continued with their unit in athletics where they developed their basic skills with the help of equipment and callisthenic exercises. Skating Students learned balancing on their skates to grow in confidence.
The birthday of one of the most popular bestselling fiction authors of all times, ‘Enid Blyton’ was celebrated. She as per the UNESCO, is the most translated children’s author in the world having sold more than 600 million copies. The children were given a brief introduction about the author and the popular series written by her namely Noddy , Famous Five, The secret seven, Amelia Jane etc.