Grade 3B Blog

  • September 19 – October 1, 2022

    UOI:

    Learners were introduced to the transdisciplinary theme, ‘How the world works’ through an audio-visual presentation.

    Transdisciplinary theme: How the world works

    Central idea: Space exploration and discoveries can guide us in understanding the universe.

    Lines of inquiry and key concepts:

    • Earth and celestial bodies (Form)
    • Discoveries due to space exploration (Connection)
    • Different points of view on space exploration (Perspective)

    A facilitator donned an astronaut suit and walked into the classes to stoke the students’ imagination and curiosity about the upcoming unit. Their interest was aroused, and they used the visible thinking routine ‘See-Think-Wonder’ to decipher the reasons behind the astronaut’s visit. Students then became explorers and searched for keywords to help them frame the central idea. Next, they dove deeper into inquiry by understanding the conceptual lens of ‘Exploration’.

    Once students affirmed that they would be probing into space exploration, they began researching about celestial bodies. They enhanced their knowledge of the origin of space and watched a video on the Big Bang Theory. They created their own booklets on celestial bodies through research work and proudly placed it in the class library.

    As part of the unit on space exploration, students and teachers of Grade 3 visited the Nehru Planetarium on September 28, 2022.  A great learning experience for all, students enjoyed the exhibits and read information displayed on Indian astronomy, planetary movements, telescopes, Indian astronauts, Big Bang theory, etc. They were able to make connections with the learning engagements done in class. Students were curious to enter the sky theatre where the show ‘Exploring the Universe’ provided meaningful insight. Student understanding of the galaxies, birth and death of stars, planets in the solar system, and other celestial bodies was enhanced further. It was an informative and enjoyable trip.

    English:

    Learners gained insight into the art of note-taking. They listened to audio-video presentations, interviews, read books, and more while jotting down important points through lists, concept maps, and sketch notes. In addition, they understood the concept of articles. The NIE student newspaper was used extensively for activities related to note-taking and articles.

    Math:

    As they advanced in their understanding of addition, students practiced adding 3 to 4-digit numbers with and without regrouping. The place value mat was used to practice addition with carryover. The introduction of various mental math strategies helped students calculate faster and more accurately. Students practiced solving addition word problems using the CUBES strategy. They enhanced their critical thinking and analytical skills by attempting magic squares, number grids, and riddles.

    SEL:

    Students brainstormed on World Mental Health Day and discussed ways to keep one’s mind healthy. They developed and shared ideas after watching an audio-visual on expressing gratitude. They thought of ways in which mood can be enhanced. They wrote their observations using ‘see-think-wonder’ visible thinking routine.

    Library:

    “There is no ‘way to peace’, there is only peace.” -Mahatma Gandhi

    Mahatma Gandhi was remembered for liberating and shaping our nation. The class discussed his ideals of truth (satya) and non-violence (ahinsa). International Peace Day and International Non-Violence Day were marked to promote peace among all people of all countries. Students recognized the importance of establishing and maintaining peace amongst themselves. As an extension activity, students used the digital tool MindMeister to participate, reflect, and share their perspectives on kindness and peace.

    Art:

    After the introduction to the basics of portraits, students drew portraits using a graph method to locate the position of eye level, nose level, and lips level and went on to learn how to draw eyes, nose, and lips.

    ICT:

    During ICT classes, students were introduced to repeat loops while coding. Furthermore, they discussed safe and ethical behaviour, online and in person. They brainstormed on courteous behaviour, and ways to respond to and resolve online meanness.

    PHE:

    Students performed speed and agility drills. Later they played football while applying the techniques learned in the previous lessons.

    During swimming lessons, students worked on correcting their strokes.

    During tennis lessons, students worked on their forehand as well as backhand.

    French:

    Students learned how to present themselves by talking about their name, age, nationality, the city where they live, languages spoken, etc. The learners enhanced their oral communication skills while presenting in class. In the subsequent lesson, they learned the phonic sound of ‘an’ with examples to up-skill the pronunciation like- blanc, français, mange, chantez, dansez, anglais, etc. They recapitulated days of the week and months of the year in class. They displayed their understanding of greetings and numbers (0-20) by attempting an assessment.

    Spanish:

    Learners were introduced to the concept of la familia. They made a family tree to reinforce the vocabulary related to la familia. They worked on their pronunciation skills and spelling in class. The students practiced speaking and writing short sentences related to la familia in their journals. 

    Hindi:

    During their Hindi classes, students read the story ‘सुगंध और खनखनाहट’, learned new words, and wrote sentences with the same. They reflected on the story. Students were introduced to the grammar concept of (विराम चिह्न) punctuations. They wrote sentences using appropriate punctuation.

    Hindi ab-initio:

    During their Hindi lesson, Students recapitulated इ और ई matra shabad and tried to make sentences using them. They listened to the story ‘रानी का हीरा’ to enhance their listening skilla. They read and recited the poem‘चिड़िया रानी’ to enhance their vocabulary and hone their reading skills.

    Dance:

    Students commenced with basic warm-up routines focussing on their joint rotations. Students practiced and performed a freestyle dance routine in small groups in front of their peers on the song, Million Dreams. They were also introduced to Jazz walk on different types of music.

    Music:

    Students learned to compose songs wherein they were divided into groups and were asked to compose a song depicting a story. They used different instruments and lyrics to create and showcase the same.

    Gandhi Jayanti & Dusshera celebrations:

  • 5th – 16th August, 2022

    UOI

    Taking their learning further, students were introduced to the story mountain strategy to analyse stories. Thereafter, facilitators narrated the story ‘Princess Bahati’, and students plotted details on the story mountain template.

    To reinforce the concept, students watched the story ‘Guji Guji’ and plotted the main events of the story on the story mountain. They also gave their perspective on the IB learner profile attributes exhibited by the protagonist.

    Students reflected on their understanding of the unit by using the 3-2-1 strategy, wherein they wrote 3 new things they learned, 2 activities that they enjoyed, and 1 question they would like to ask.

    English:

    Learners watched a wordless story ‘Umbrella’ and reflected upon it using De Bono’s thinking hats.

    Students were introduced to paragraph writing using the hamburger strategy. As a pre-writing activity, a few exemplars and a list of transition words were shared with the students. Thereafter, they created a checklist for paragraph writing. Henceforth, students practiced paragraph writing on various topics.

    Students researched on collective nouns in groups and presented their work.

    Math:

    Associative property of addition was introduced in class and reinforcement of identity and commutative property was undertaken.

    Students were assessed for their prior knowledge of addition without regrouping. Learners learned how to add numbers horizontally using expanded form strategy.

    Addition without regrouping was also explained using place value mat and manipulatives. Thereafter, using the knowledge of expanded form strategy, students were able to demonstrate the concept of regrouping numbers for addition.

      Hindi:

    On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, students celebrated Hindi week (हिंदी सप्ताह) by indulging in different activities like creating a story (बुनो कहानी), शब्द-सीढ़ी, व्याकरण खेल, word search (वर्ग-पहेली), etc.  During buno kahanee (बुनो कहानी) activity, students displayed agency as they created a story on their own and presented it as per their choice like role play and puppets. Students enthusiastically participated in all the activities and enhanced their communication skills, organization skills, and ability to collaborate.

    French:

    Students learned numbers from 0-20 and did an activity wherein they counted various objects in the classroom like notebooks, chairs, tables, windows, bottle caps, etc. In the subsequent week, they learned the days of the week and recapitulated the months of the year. They sang songs together and memorized the same.

    Spanish:

    The week began with the recapitulation of classroom instructions and norms. To enhance their speaking skills, students instructed their peers in the target language. In the subsequent week, they learned days of the week and created their timetable to apply their understanding of the same.

    ICT:

    During ICT classes, students created visually engaging stories using a digital storytelling application. They created a story of their choice using the elements of the application by adding a title, description, background, characters, and speech bubbles.

    PHE:

    Technique development in cricket was taken up with students. Some drills on agility to improve their reflexes were done.

    During swimming lessons, the students learned to float and kick in water as part of their stroke correction.

    During tennis lessons, the students worked on their front-hand drive and receiving.

    Music:

    Students learned about flats and sharps in musical notes to enhance their understanding of the music scales. Later each one was asked to play the C major scale on the piano. They also sang the DPSI school song in their class.

    Art:

    Continuing from the previous class, students completed their work of Saura Art. Later, students were introduced to the basics of portraits and saw a video on how to draw a proportionate portrait using graph paper.

    Dance:

    Students started their classes with basic warm-up routines focussing on their joint rotations. They also explored different bodily movements to hone their motor skills. 

    Students also practiced 21 rotations of Surya Namaskar. A new freestyle dance routine was introduced on the song ‘Uptown funk’. 

    SEL:

    In continuation with the National Nutrition week celebration, students gained insight into the skill of self-awareness. They students brainstormed on mindful eating. After watching an audio-visual, they explored the importance of eating healthy and identifying the body signals of thirst, hunger and fullness. They understood the importance of being aware of their needs and taking care of themselves. They were also introduced to guidelines for making balanced food choices. Later they reflected on their understanding.

    Library:

     “One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” -Malala Yousafzai

    With the belief that there is nothing as powerful as education, the world celebrates Literacy Day every year on the 8th of September. Students of grade 3 were made aware of the importance of literacy to individuals, society, and communities. It helped everyone to know social and individual rights. Literacy is required for one’s social and personal development.

    Students also took part in a book bingo activity, a fun way to inspire them to read a range of books and foster a love of reading. Each square had a book or activity that drew students to the library’s resources and exposed them to a genre or literary work of fiction they might not have otherwise explored. Through this engagement, they acted as library detectives and developed their literacy skills.

    National Nutrition week celebration:

  •          August 22 – September 2, 2022

    UOI:

    Taking their learning further, the story of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ was discussed by students and this was followed by identifying its genre. The learners used visible thinking routine, ‘circle of viewpoints’ to analyse the perspective of all main characters. They also read the alternate version of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ from the wolf’s perspective and reflected on whether this perspective changed the way they think.

    In groups, the students analysed various stories using De Bono’s thinking hats.

    Students enhanced their creative thinking skills as they watched a wordless story and built different perspectives, sharing what they think happened and why. They also created a comic strip on a story of their choice.

    English:

    Character sketch and its key elements were introduced to the learners. They chose a character from the story, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and analysed the physical appearance and personality traits. Furthermore, they identified adjectives in their description.

    To enhance their critical thinking skills, students were asked to give an alternate ending and create a new character for the story they have read in class. They made a character sketch and wrote about changes in events of the story brought about by the character.

    Spell bee was conducted and peer-assessed by students.

    Math

    Reinforcement of number concepts (predecessor/successor, ascending/descending order, and comparison of numbers) was done with various activities.

    Learners learned how to round off numbers to the nearest hundreds using the number line and number hill strategy. They learned to represent the number line on graph paper.

    Identity and Commutative properties of addition were introduced and practiced in the class.

      Hindi:

    During their Hindi classes, students enhanced their reading and speaking skills by reciting the poem ‘कोयल’ by ‘सुभद्रा कुमारी चौहान’ and shared their interpretation. They wrote new words and their meanings from the poem. Students honed their creative thinking skills by writing stories based on pictures.

    Hindi: (An initio)

    Students made 2 and 3-letter words by using different vyanjan cards and wrote in their journals to enhance their thinking and writing skills.  They also read words without matra to enhance their reading skills.  Their listening skills were enhanced by paying attention to details in the story ‘चींटी और कबूतर’.

    French:

    Students learned the Alphabet and recognized the difference between the English sound and the French sound of the Alphabet. They also learned how to tell their names and spell them. They had a short conversation with peers asking about their names and how they spell them. ex- Comment tu t’appelles?, Je m’appelle Ron, Comment ça s’écrit?

    Spanish:

    The students learned numbers and names of the months. They made their flashcards and matched them with festivals that are celebrated in a particular month. Later, the teacher reinforced the concept by playing an online quiz in which the students guessed the correct month. They also worked on their spelling and pronunciation in class.

    ICT:

    During ICT classes, students continued to create documents on Microsoft Word. They learned to add watermark, bullets, and numbering on the document. Furthermore, they were introduced to a digital story creation app ‘Storyboard that’, wherein they learned to add scenes, characters, text, and items to the cells. They also learned to add and delete cells.

    PHE:

    Students improvised their technique development in cricket. They also did some drills on agility to improve their reflexes. During swimming lessons, the students learned to float and kick in water which is part of their stroke correction. During tennis lessons, the students worked on their front-hand drive and receiving.

    Music:

    Students learned the concept of music scales wherein they focused on major scales i.e., C, D, E, F, and their usage. They also sang the school song maintaining intonation.

    Art:  

    Students continued to learn how to draw borders using various patterns of Saura art and coloured them in their own was. They highlighted the patterns to give finishing to it and enhanced their drawing skills. 

    Dance:

    Students commenced complete body exercises with changing rhythm patterns. This was followed by a presentation of a freestyle dance routine to the song, ‘Dance Monkey’.  They identified commonalities between rhythm patterns and breathing patterns. Facial expressions and gestures were also rehearsed to convey feelings.

    SEL:

    The students revisited the learning from the last SEL session on compassion and reflected on their understanding of the same. The facilitator discussed the life of army officers and the challenges faced by their families while they are away on duty. Going further the students wrote a letter of compassion to the army children, sharing their feelings and showing empathy/compassion towards them.

    Library:

    Students explored different fiction genres in the library and read popular series by Bear Grills, and The Magic Tree House, Rainbow Fairies, Usborne series, to name a few of many other titles. They immersed themselves in reading and explored many different authors from this genre.

    Celebrations:

    The learners expressed their gratitude towards their teachers through a melodious dance performance celebrating Teacher’s Day.

    The beginning of the National Nutrition Week celebration was marked with an analysis of data collected on food wastage at home.

  • 8th – 18th August, 2022

    UOI:

    Taking their learning further, students explored how stories can be shared in a variety of ways like mime, comic strips, nukkad natak, puppetry, artwork, dance, etc. Later they reflected on their understanding.

    Students discussed the story, ‘The Thirsty Crow’ and selected their own way of representing it. They also discussed the story, ‘The Giving Tree’ and this was followed by reading its alternate version. This gave them an insight into how folktales/fairy tales are changing according to the changing times.

    Through a group activity, students understood the difference between fiction and non-fiction stories and later sorted the class library books into fiction and non-fiction.

    English:

    Students sorted common and proper nouns from a box of mixed nouns given to them. 

    Adjectives were introduced through the story, ‘The Thirsty Crow’. The students identified and explained the learner profile attributes displayed by the crow.

    Spell bee was conducted and self-assessed by the students.

    Math:

    Reinforcement of number concepts (predecessor/successor, ascending/descending order, and comparison of numbers) was done through various activities.

    Students learned how to round off numbers to the nearest tens using the number line and number hill strategy.

    Hindi:

    During the Hindi classes, students enhanced their reading skills by reading the story ‘नन्हा बादल’ and did a ‘listen and answer’ activity. They also identified nouns from the story. They wrote new words from the story and framed sentences using the same. They also revised all maatraas by writing words.

    Hindi: (ab initio)

    Students identified given vyanjans with an alphabet box. They were given a word, ‘ताला’. They came up with related words like चाबी, दरवाज़ा, etc. to enhance their thinking skills.  Students listened to the poem ‘हम्टी ट्रेन’ to enhance their listening skills.

    French:

    Students revised the greetings and wrote them in their journals. They practiced pronunciation with their peers and teachers. They explored more about the culture of France.

    Spanish:

    The week began with the recapitulation of the Spanish alphabet. Students played a game ‘Burst the balloon’ where they pronounced all the Spanish letters to enhance their speaking skills. In the subsequent week, they learned to write and speak numbers from 1 to 20 and played bingo to apply their understanding.

    ICT:

    During ICT classes, students were introduced to the page formatting options of Microsoft Word. They learned to add page colour, page borders, and watermark. Furthermore, they learned to add pictures and shapes.

    PHE:

     During swimming lessons, students were introduced to floating and walking in shallow water.

      During tennis lessons, students learned to execute forehand hitting and receiving. 

    Music:

    Students learned about musical scales and their usage in different melodies wherein they all sang the C major scale in an ascending and descending order.

    Art:  

    Students learned how to draw different patterns of Saura art and created four patterns on their own. Furthermore, they learned how to draw borders using patterns from the traditional Saura art.

    Dance:

    Students commenced complete body exercises with different rhythm patterns. This was followed by a continuation of a freestyle dance routine to the song, ‘Dance Monkey’.  They found commonalities between rhythm patterns and breathing patterns. Facial expressions and gestures were also rehearsed.

     SEL:

     Students learned about the role of compassion in their day-to-day lives. They discussed the importance of self-compassion, and compassion towards society, peers, parents, and teachers. They also reflected on their understanding. They understood how their words of compassion towards others can work as a healing power for them. 

    Library:

    Students were given a quick introduction to the two main book genres, fiction and nonfiction. Through exploration, students discovered the characteristics of the fiction and nonfiction genres.

    They immersed themselves in reading and discovered many genre books available in the school library.

    Class senate process: Students had an opportunity to participate in the class senate election this academic year. The entire process empowered them to understand the inner workings of the process, which started with self-nomination, and articulation of learner profiles/qualities required to become an efficient leader. Thereafter, shortlisted candidates enhanced their thinking and communication skills by presenting a speech to their peers. Students understood the importance of voting and how every vote counts. The right to vote modelled to the young learners that they have an agency to shape the future as they put their votes in the secret ballot. This served as a platform to foster social-emotional learning as students experienced a wide range of emotions regarding the outcome of the election instilling in them the characteristic of being resilient.

    Celebrations: Students witnessed special assemblies on Independence Day and Janamasthami, wherein they gained information about their significance.

  • 1st – 5th August, 2022

    UOI:

    The students tuned into the new unit under the transdisciplinary theme ‘How we express ourselves’, with the central idea ‘Stories communicate meaning and can be shared in many ways’. They observed pictures of people displaying different expressions and shared their thoughts.

    Students understood the conceptual lens ‘expressions’ with a ‘spin the wheel’ activity. Going further, in small groups, students wrote about various ways in which we can express ourselves using the placemat strategy.

    Students listened to the story ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘The Gruffalo’s child’ and analyzed the characters with  Learner Profile attributes.

    English:

    Students recapitulated nouns with a ‘travelling with nouns’ game. Thereafter a discussion was done on the nouns and their importance in English language.

    The students scanned their newspapers and selected an article of their interest. They listed common and proper nouns from the same.

    Math:

    A recap of place, place value, and face value was done. The students displayed the given numbers on the place value mat using the place value blocks to strengthen their understanding.

    Recap of number concepts like predecessor/successor, odd/even and comparison of numbers was also undertaken.

    Hindi:

     During their Hindi classes, students introduced themselves through an activity ‘मेरा परिचय’. They enhanced their speaking skills by talking about their hobbies. Students also discussed essential agreements for class. They engaged in an ice-breaking activity. They did ‘बूझो तो जाने’ (dumb charades) activity which helped to enhance their verbal skills and vocabulary. Students also revisited varnmala (वर्णमाला) and matraa (मात्रा) .

    French:

    The session began with the ice-breaking activities in French language. Students explored culture and traditions of France by telling what they liked the most and pairing up in chains. They enhanced their understanding of two foreign languages to choose one language that they wanted to learn. They located France on a world map and identified its neighbouring countries. They experienced and understood different types of greetings exchanged in France and India. Ex- Bonjour, Au revoir, enchanté(e).

    Spanish:

    The students were introduced to the Spanish sounds and alphabet. They listened to the sounds of the Spanish alphabet. The students worked on their pronunciation skills by repeating the alphabet with their peers and teacher. They also practiced the question como se escribe tu nombre? The students learned how to spell their names using Spanish sounds.

    ICT:

    During ICT lessons, students set essential agreements to be followed during the classes.

    They were introduced to Microsoft Word wherein they learned to open, save and close a document. They learned to add text and the different text formatting options like bold, italics, underline, highlighting the text, and changing the text colour.  They also learned the alignment of the text, adding page colour, page borders, watermark, and inserting images.

    PHE:

    Students were introduced to dynamic stretching for warm up followed by modified hurdle relays. They performed static cool-down exercises too.

    Music:

    The students learned the DPSI school anthem in their music lesson wherein they focused on intonation and enunciation to improve their performance.

    They also did some vocal warm-ups to improve their voice quality.

    Art:

    Students discussed essential agreements while working in the art room. Students discussed International Tiger Day and made tiger skin patterns to understand texture and form.

    Students were introduced to traditional art form Saura art from Odisa. Students explored and drew different patterns of Saura art. 

    Dance:

    Students commenced basic exercises and different types of rhythm patterns which were followed by an introduction to a freestyle dance routine on a song, ‘Dance Monkey’.  Students discussed similarities and differences in breathing and rhythm pattern. The importance of facial expressions and gestures was also discussed.

    Library:

    The ‘taste a plate’ activity was performed by third graders, which opened up the library collection to them. At the same time, students were presented with a variety of genres and subgenres available in the library. They did a hands-on activity where they arranged the books under the right genre. This activity helped students to discover reading genres that interest them. They were acquainted with various genres of fiction such as mystery, fantasy, humour, realistic, and some non-fiction genres like – history, science, geography, art, and music. Students extended this activity by learning more about the subgenre, ‘folktales’. They listened to the folktale ‘True Friendship’ and learned about its characteristics. 

    They will be learning about different genres in-depth during the coming library classes.

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