Updates from grade 2A

UOI
Students displayed their prior knowledge on petroleum, natural gas and minerals using KWL (What I Know, Want to Know, and What I Learned) strategy, where they elaborated upon their understanding and put forth questions that they would like to explore. Students expressed their understanding post viewing of various audio visuals to jot down their new learning on KWL chart.

Uses of Petroleum: 6 Main Uses of Petroleum – Discussed!

Uses of Petroleum: 6 Main Uses of Petroleum – Discussed!

5 Uses of Natural Gas in Your Home Other Than Heating


Students also enhanced their map marking skills by highlighting various states of India recognized for highest production of coal. They also highlighted highest petroleum and natural gas producing countries of the world.
Students were shown the pictures of scenarios that affect the natural resources of the world. They brainstormed and jotted down their perspective on the pictures.
Students brainstormed about the renewable natural resources – solar energy, water and wind by viewing an audio visual presentation.

Solar cooker experiment was conducted to understand how solar energy is used. Students recorded their findings in their journals and also reflected on the uses of solar energy.
A guest speaker session was conducted by the art teacher Ms. Annapurna Bhalekar together with the students of grade 4, wherein they discussed about recreating art pieces with waste material. The session was interactive and thoroughly enjoyed by students.
Students also attempted a formative assessment on 2nd and 3rd line of inquiry wherein they showcased their understanding of uses of natural resources and the ways to conserve them, using illustrations.
Students were assessed on their knowledge of natural resources with a Summative assessment.


English
Reading assessment: Students read ORT books according to their level and were assessed by their peers through a rubric.
Students were assessed on their spellings with a spell bee activity.
Tuning into alliterations was achieved with an audio visual. Further strengthening of understanding was done by creating sentences using alliteration Legos wherein students stacked similar sounding words together.

Students revisited the concepts of nouns, verbs and adjectives through an online story ‘A cloud of trash’ by Karnjeet Kaur. They comprehended the story and categorized words under different parts of speech from the story.
Unit Integration was done where in the students punctuated a passage on 3R’s


Math
Students were tuned into fractions through a discussion where the facilitator asked few thought provoking questions like, ‘what do you mean my term whole? , what do you understand by word part? They were given cutouts of squares to make the fraction of their own choice .Students also acquired knowledge about terms like whole, half, quarter, numerator and denominator. Students further strengthened their understanding of fractions by watching a power point presentation, thereby making real life connections. Students penned down their understanding of fractions in process journals.
To better understand the concept of fraction students played various online games.
http://www.softschools.com/quiz_time/math/fractions/theme150.html
http://www.mathplusfun.com/Content/Examples/Fractions.aspx
Multiplication was introduced with a discussion which was followed by an audio visual.
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/arith-review-multiply-divide/arith-review-mult-intro/v/multiplication-intro
Students were also introduced to the properties of multiplication:
Commutative property: When two numbers are multiplied together, the product is the same regardless of the order of the multiplicands.
Multiplicative Identity Property: The product of any number and one is the number itself.
Zero property: The product of any number and zero is zero.
Students practiced multiplication as repeated addition in their process journals.


Hindi
During their Hindi lessons, students watched story लालची दूधवाला https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1MZtZ-FU3A attempted ‘Listen and tell’ activity. They enhanced their verbal skills and thinking skills by retelling a story. They also practised writing अनुच्छेद (passage) on various topics using mind maps. They revisited grammar concepts like संज्ञा, क्रिया,विशेषण too.

ICT
ICT was integrated with UOI where students made an infograph based on 3rd line of inquiry ‘conservation of natural resources’ using Canva app. They brainstormed and chose the conservation topics like saving of electricity, water and spreading awareness on the various ways of using solar energy.

P.E
Introduction to the yoga at an early age can help students learn healthy lifestyle habits, set the foundation for a fit future with practice of some basic poses like
 Mountain pose – Tadasana
 Tree pose – Vrksasana
 Cobra pose – Bhujangasana
 Bridge pose
 Bow pose – Dhanurasana
 Easy pose – Sukhasana

Dance
Dance lessons were focused on cleaning posture and movement during dance routine. Spilt core workout with combination of pencil turn were practiced.

Music
The students sang the song “21 Guns” and played it on the drums.


Library
To imbibe a love for books, we have been encouraging our students to become avid readers. May21, 2019 was the day when we celebrated their year-long effort by crowning all students who had read more than 70 books in the academic year.
Students came prepared for their pyjama party, enjoyed a puppet show in the library while savoring their favourite ice cream.

 

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Updates from grade 2A

UOI
This fortnight students were engaged in an activity wherein they understood the difference between renewable and non-renewable resources. The main idea of the activity was to convey the meaning of renewable and non-renewable resources. Later, they penned down their understanding through a t chart.

Students were assessed on their understanding of renewable and non-renewable resources during a formative assessment. They pasted pictures under appropriate categories of renewable, non-renewable and inexhaustible resources in their process journals.

https://www.tes.com/lessons/CJaeStQDB-8U9A/renewable-and-non-renewable-resources.

Students inquired about coal during brainstorming and a class discussion that was followed by few audio visual presentations. They reflected upon the formation of coal and its uses in the journal.
Students researched about largest coal producing states of India and marked the same on the map.

Students inquired into the formation of petroleum and natural gas and its uses through a KWL chart.

Uses of Petroleum: 6 Main Uses of Petroleum – Discussed!

Uses of Petroleum: 6 Main Uses of Petroleum – Discussed!

5 Uses of Natural Gas in Your Home Other Than Heating


English
Students were read a story ‘Unhelpful Rinu’ and they predicted the effect at various places in the story through a story board.
Students attempted a reading comprehension on ‘save water’ by answering the given questions.

Unit Integration-Poem on 3Rs was recited in the class. Later students created their own acrostic poem of R’s on environment.
Students attempted a summative task on parts of speech namely pronoun and adjective.
Students were tuned into Onomatopoeia through various audio visuals.


Math
Students were introduced to the concept of ordinal numbers by giving  some real life examples. They wrote their understanding of ordinal numbers and cardinal numbers in their journals.
To better understand the concept of shapes, students played online games related to 2D and 3D shapes.
Resource:
http://www.ezschool.com/Grade2/Math/Shapes/
Their knowledge about shapes was assessed with a formative task where they compared and contrasted 2D and 3D shapes using a Venn diagram and wrote about attributes of their shapes too.
Students gained knowledge about the concept of pictograph and bar graph. They engaged in a ‘Think Pair Share’ activity and shared their understanding on a bar graph. Various videos were shown to enhance their understanding of the concept. Unit was integrated with math where students created their own bar graph for natural resources and framed questions on their own.

Tuning into patterns was done by students displaying some repetitive actions and positions. Student wrote their understanding of pattern related to shapes, letters, numbers etc.

ICT

UOI is integrated with ICT where students were introduced to Canva. It’s a beautiful graphic designs app which is easy to work. It is an all-in-one design app that allows students to produce eye- catching posters and graphics.

For this unit, students will be creating an Infographics on ‘conservation of natural resources’. They were shown basic tools in canva for adding images and text which they explored later for broadening their understanding.

They also enhanced their research skills while finding the facts on natural, manmade , renewable and non-renewable resources. They found appropriate images related to it and arranged it using MS-Word.


Art
Students explored the impact of human urbanisation on nature. The worked on team compositions exploring the theme by creating a mixed media poster that involved drawing, colouring and painting. The children drew house, roads and other images of urbanisation and contraposed them with images of endangered animals and nature landscapes. It was an ‘instructed activity’ to involve elements of composition and poetry in their works.

P.E
In continuation, students practiced gymnastic skills.
They practiced basketball right lay up shots
> Dribble close to the basket with your right hand
>Step toward the basket with your right foot
>Jump off of your left foot.
> Shoot with your right arm as you lift with your right leg
> Aim for the sweet spot on the backboard.


Dance
Students created independent solo routine with music of their choice. Core workout was introduced.


Music
The students sang ‘21 Guns’. They also played a game called ‘pass the beat around the room’ and strengthened their rhythmic skills while having fun.


Library
As the crowned owl ceremony day approaches, students seem excited as they eagerly await the felicitation. Student’s reading log are being assessed by asking a few questions about the stories they have read and documented on the log.
The final count of the books read by them is being checked and the ‘pyjama party’ will follow soon.

Assembly on International Dance Day

 

Updates from grade 2A

UOI
Students went for a field trip to the butterfly park where they observed life cycle of a butterfly. They gained knowledge about each step in the life cycle and gained information that they wrote in their process journals.
Students were assessed on their knowledge about the unit life cycle with a summative task sheet.
Students tuned into the new unit on ‘Natural resources’ where they watched a story
‘The Giving Tree’ by Shel Silverstein.
They jotted down their view point from the story on the circle of view point chart.
Resource:

Students further discussed the Transdisciplinary theme and highlighted key words in the central idea, post the discussion. They also discussed the key concepts of the unit.

 

English
Students were shown pictures of scenarios that affect the lifecycle of living things. They researched about the lifecycle being affected in that scenario and also what measures could be taken to preserve the lifecycle. A take and talk allowed them to communicate their understanding with the use of specific vocabulary.
A cause and effect story was read to the students and a discussion was undertaken about what they thought could happen next ( effect prediction). Students created a storyboard with effects mentioned by them.
Students were assessed on their spellings with a spell bee activity.


Math
Students were introduced to the new concept of ‘Shapes’ where they observed shapes in their surrounding sand wrote their understanding in their process journals.
Further students were engaged in cutting and pasting different 2D and 3D shapes and noted their properties.
Students also watched a story of ‘The greedy triangle’ and discussed it with their partners.

Hindi
During their Hindi lessons, students watched the story एक्की-दोक्की (ekkee-dokkee) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbE3ZfqkAXY . Students then read this story and honed their reading skills. They picked up new vocabulary from the story and were able to form simple and meaningful sentences with them. They also practiced अनुच्छेद लेखन (paragraph writing) on various topics.

ICT
During ICT lessons , students were introduced to a physical bot called the Bee-Bot. They learned how to move the bot in the forward, backward, left, right direction and clear the previous instructions using command buttons. They recapitulated the concept of addition word problems by engaging in an online activity.

Dance
Students created an independent solo routine with music of their choice. They also learned about split and core workout and tried balancing on their toes. They discussed how Jazz dance form evolved over time.


Music
A formative assessment was conducted where students created and played a small groove on the drums using different time signatures.
They also sang “21 Guns” by Green Day.


PE
Introduction to the Gymnastics routine allowed students to experience the front roll and beam walk.
Front roll-squat with feet together, bend knees, hands on the ground and pike the body forward, drop the head between the arms, hips up and roll forward.
Beam walk-arms should be either out like airplanes or hands on hips. Stomach in, body tall, chin up, focus forward. Same as walking across the beam with flat feet and legs tighter.

Assembly on Equinox

Assembly on Art

Updates from grade 2 A

UOI
This fortnight, students created small booklets to write their understanding of living and non-living things.
They identified and sequenced pictures to represent the lifecycle of a bat in their process journals.
Students created a schema chart to first write what they already seemed to know (prior knowledge) and about bats followed it up by gathering information using their research skills.
Students were also assessed on the first line of inquiry ‘difference between living and non – living things’. They were introduced to the lifecycle of a bird through guided discovery wherein they researched inquiry questions in groups and illustrated their understanding in process journals.
Students also found out the cause and effect of environmental changes on animal life cycles using their research skills.

Language

For English lessons, listening and comprehension skills were enhanced when students recited the poem, ‘A plant will grow from a tiny seed’ by Risa Jordan and followed that up with a picture sequencing activity to represent the lifecycle of a plant.
Students were assessed on their spellings with a spell bee.They were asked to choose five words from the list to make sentences with and underline pronouns using a purple colour code.

Numeracy
Students applied their understanding of the concept of subtraction to problem sums by using the RUCSAC strategy.
Students recapitulated the concepts of number system and place value with drill sheets. Later, they attempted a formative assessment on subtraction too.

Hindi
During their Hindi lessons, students learned synonyms from the poem ‘तितली और कली’. Through this exercise, they enhanced their vocabulary. They applied their learning to make sentences and wrote couplets. They also learned the process of paragraph writing and discussed various topics with mind map.
ICT
During ICT lessons, students made the life cycle of a butterfly using Book creator app. They learned how to add pictures, shapes and text. They recapitulated the life cycle and wrote few sentences stating the entire process.


Art
During art lessons, students explored the visual characteristics of X-ray images. They drew the human skeletal system based on this observation while also employing cross hatching technique in their drawings. Crosshatching is the drawing of two layers of parallel lines at right-angles to create a mesh-like pattern.


Dance
Students created an independent solo routine using music of their choice. Split and core workout was undertaken while they balanced on toes. They learned Jazz dance form during combination practice.
Students were also introduced to the concept of observing and physical theatre.

Music
The students learned and played a groove on the drums using different orchestration.

 

Physical Education
Students practised V break skill during skating lessons. They were also briefed about proper use of body action to enhance their speed.


Library
Students were given a variety of picture books to read and find out the learner profile attributes from the story of their choice. Children discussed their stories and shared their understanding about the learner profile from the book.

Updates from grade 2A

UOI
This fortnight, students tuned into the new Unit of Inquiry on ‘Lifecycle’ with the story of a very hungry caterpillar.  They reflected their understanding through role play.
Students brainstormed about the central idea during a class discussion and later wrote their understanding on a graphic organizer.
Students were tuned into the first line of inquiry where they listed the similarities and differences between living and non-living things on a Venn diagram.


Language
For English lessons, listening and comprehension skills were enhanced through the online story ‘The Prince and the Insect Queen’ where students identified pronouns in the story and framed sentences with them.

Students reflected on adjectives in their process journals too.
Students were assessed on their spellings with a spell bee. They also chose 5 words from the list to make sentences and underlined nouns and adjectives using the black and blue colour codes respectively.
Students also practiced articles on a drill sheet.
Unit Integration- Students illustrated the lifecycle of a butterfly and wrote relevant adjectives for each stage of its life.


Numeracy

A video showing subtraction with regrouping was shared with them to enhance their understanding.

Video source:https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/arith-review-add-subtract/arith-review-subtract-within-100/v/introduction-to-regrouping-borrowing

The practice of subtraction allowed students to solve two and three digit subtraction sums in their process journals. Furthermore, they applied their understanding of the concept to problem solving using the RUCSAC strategy.
Students also created their own word problems in their process journals.


Hindi
For their Hindi lessons, students watched तितली का जीवन चक्र (life cycle of a butterfly). They recalled relevant vocabulary words, drew and wrote the lifecycle individually. After completing the task they explained it orally too thereby enhancing their speaking skills. Students also watched a story on the festival of Holi celebrated in India.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmG7zQ9Hv-w . Through this, they strengthened their morals and values.


ICT
Students enjoyed and recollected the highs and lows of ICT tasks and shared favourite moments with the use of apps. They also discussed the unit they have taken for their Student Led Conference and gave a final touch to their SLC portfolio.

Art
This week grade 2 students explored the technique of cross-hatching by using pencil on paper. They also explored the Warli tradition of painting both in terms of style and use of material. Outcomes include new compositions that explored varied topics like animals, health, landforms etc.

Dance
Students created an independent solo routine with the music of their choice. Split and core workout was undertaken while they balanced on their toes. They learned Jazz dance form during combination practice.
Students were also introduced to concept observing and physical theatre.
Music
Students sang “We Will Rock You” as they clapped and tapped along with the song. They also played the Congo and learned what the different parts of the drums are called by name.
Physical Education
Students are practicing different manipulative skills in basketball. They are working on their footwork and hand placement while executing the skill which will help them to improve coordination during game practice.


Library
Students listened to the story of ‘Khichadi- Ek Lok Katha’ by Jitender Kumar, where a man Birju ate Khichadi at his in-laws’ place and liked it very much. He decided to eat khichadi at his house too in the tale written in Hindi language. On the way back home he forgot the name of the dish and got beaten up. His mom said that people made Birju’s khichadi by beating him up and he thus recalled what he wanted to eat.
The other Hindi book read to students was called ‘Billi Ke Teen Bacche’, where the three naughty kittens turn all white while chasing the mouse, black while chasing the frog and finally they jump into a pond to catch fish but get back their original colour. Both the stories had a few repeated words that helped to add a few Hindi words to the student’s vocabulary. They absolutely loved listening to the two the stories that were full of humour.

Updates from grade 2A

UOI
Students continuedto understand how foods are processed while writing their reflection about the different processes –fermentation,salting/pickling,drying,curdling etc. Students were asked to bring empty food packets in order to observe different labels on them for information about date of manufacture, expiry date, price, etc. They were made familiar with words like preservatives, additives, green dot, red dot.Students watched a video related to the concept where they observed how different food packets are marked.
Video source:
https://www.webmd.com/diet/video/kid-food-labels
Students were shown a news clipping showing the increasing demand of organic food. After watching the video, they discussed why organic farming is gaining popularity and wrote their understanding in their process journals.
Students learned the importance of certification and how it helps us in choosing our food items.
Students discussed about different professions related to food-organic farmers, etc.
Video source:

https://www.dw.com/en/organic-food-catching-on-in-india/av-40828802

English
Reading assessment: Students read ORT books according to their level and were assessed through a rubric.Further students drew pictures and described themselves using t adjectives.Students were assessed on their spellings through a spell bee; they were divided into groups of 5 and were provided with three pronouns. They arranged the correct image to the pronoun and created meaningful sentences using them.

Math
Students were introduced to subtraction with regrouping through the use of manipulatives.
Students practiced regrouping strategy  in their journals. Followed by solving re grouping equations .They created their own subtraction word problems related to real life situation.

A day well spent
Students went out for a day camp to Dhauj where they experienced many activities such as zipline, obstacle race, hurdle cross, etc.Students showcased variety of attributes during their day trip for they were seen to be courageous, principled, caring, etc.
They got an opportunity to develop their social and communication skills by working in groups and meeting new people.


Hindi
During their Hindi lessons, students watched a story इल्ली के जूते (illee kee joote) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mmw5XuVX8ec and also watched a video on ‘तितली का जीवन चक्र’ (Titalee kaa jeevan chakra) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1S8WzwLPlM .They picked up new vocabulary from the story and were able to form simple and meaningful sentences.
Students enhanced their listening skills through the story ’चार मित्र’ (Chaar mitra) and enjoyed sequencing of sentences. They also revisited the grammar concept like विशेषण (visheshan) by picking up the coupons and writing visheshan (adjectives) from the poem ‘तितली और कली’ (Titalee aur kale).

Physical education
Children practiced Skating focusing more on technique like:
Ø Correct use of body positioning and body weight
Ø Weight transfer or getting most power out of push
Ø Beginning forward stroke showing correct use of blade
Ø Two-foot turns from forward to backward in place — clockwise and counterclockwise
Ø Beginning backward one-foot glides — focus on balance
Ø Backward stroking
Ø Beginning one-foot spin — 2–4 revolutions, optional free leg position and entry.

ICT
Students were assessed on the flowchart that they made on “Farm to Table”. They were assessed on the use of MS-Word tools like adding text, page colour, border, shapes and shortcut for copying and pasting of data.


Assembly on Marine life

Dance
Students created independent solo routine with music of their choice. Split and core workout was undertaken while they balanced on toes. They learnt Jazz dance form during combination practice.

 

Music
The students were assessed on their understanding of note values and each student was asked to play different beats on the congos.

Updates from grade 2 A

UOI
This fortnight, students continued to gain knowledge about their current unit on
food. As part of the unit related field trip, students visited Devyani Industries limited to observe the processing of raw material into the finished product that finds its way on our plate.

Students inquired and discussed about why foods are processed? They sorted various pictures of processed and unprocessed food to differentiate between raw ingredients and their changed look. They wrote their understanding in the journal as part of the second line of inquiry on why foods need to be processed.

Students further inquired into different types of processing. To strengthen their understanding, the facilitator showed different process like fermentation, salting, sugaring, drying and curdling.