" The mind is like a parachute. It works best when it is open."
- Dalai Lama
No BLOG for the month of September on account of Half-yearly examination.
“What you think you become
What you feel you attract
What you imagine you create.”
"Awesome 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- I.
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.
LINES AND ANGLES:
A prior knowledge of types of Angles, pair of Angles and Adjacent Angles was discussed with the help of Geogebra Software. With practice, students understood the concept of Vertically Opposite Angles and Parallel Lines Properties and where to apply this.
Students also practiced the following concepts:
INTEGRATION WITH ICT:
Geogebra / GSP software was introduced, where Vertically Opposite Angles and Parallel Lines Properties were explained. Students enjoyed working on this software and created their shapes to find unknown angles.
Students also INVESTIGATE themselves that the sum of all angles of a triangle is using Geogebra / GSP software. The Practice exercises from the textbook and Case Study Questions worksheets were done which strengthened their conceptual knowledge.
TRIANGLES: The mathematics session began by sharing the previous knowledge of triangles and the meaning of Congruency and its various criteria. An explanation was given on various congruence criteria with proofs.
Students also enjoyed understanding the following concepts:
INTEGRATION WITH ART:
Criteria for congruency of triangles was understood using triangle cut-outs besides some other properties of isosceles triangles. The practice exercises from the textbook and theorems with their proof were done which strengthened their conceptual knowledge.
“The best tool available today for exploring real-life questions of quantity and change is the spreadsheet.”
The students learnt Excel Software. They learnt different features available in Excel like creating a spreadsheet, entering data, formatting data etc. They learnt different functions like sum, Min, Max, Average, If, percentage and cell reference.
Integration of / ART/ ICT:
Students explored musical Instruments across the world and created pixel art using formatting features in a spreadsheet (Excel). They collated their work in the Wakelet collection.
Link of Wakelet:
Forces and Laws of Motion:
With the help of a discussion, certain real-life examples and application-based questions, students were able to conclude that “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction” – Newton’s Third Law of Motion. In addition, students also derived a mathematical expression for Newton’s Third Law of Motion.
After their understanding of the above, students were able to explain some application-based inquires like:
After understanding the above law, students posed these questions: -
After revisiting Newton’s second law and third law of motion, students were able to understand the answers to their queries and concluded that “Momentum of a system of objects is always conserved” – LAW OF CONSERVATION OF LINEAR MOMENTUM.
In addition, using the application of newton’s second law and third law of motion, students derived the mathematical expression for conservation of momentum.
To enhance students’ knowledge of tissues, they were engaged in numerous activities like Think-Pair-Share making them observe, listen and predict to tell the type of simple and permanent tissues. The topic Complex Tissues was introduced to them with the help of ‘Conduction Activity’ where they dipped celery sticks in yellow-coloured water for 24 hrs. and observed that their leaves also become yellow-coloured by the conduction of yellow water through the xylem.
Further, various slides of xylem tracheid’s, vessels, parenchyma, sieve tubes, companion cells, and various types of epithelial tissues were shown to them to observe and record their observations. They were also assessed through MS forms Animated Quiz. For the topic - conduction of water, minerals and food by xylem & phloem. The topic ‘protective tissue’ was discussed with them with the help of an informative video followed by an MS form Quiz.
Students were introduced to ‘Separation techniques’ used for the separation of heterogeneous mixtures with the help of a live worksheet. They explored the various separation techniques through Hands-On simulations.
They learnt various separation techniques like separating funnel, centrifugation, evaporation, distillation and fractional distillation through simulations commonly known as Virtual Practical Labs where they separated the mixture samples using the listed methods. They also brainstormed together to think of the situations where they generally use these techniques in their daily lives.
Further, the topic ‘Fractional Distillation of Air and Crystallization’ was discussed with the help of video tutorials.
PHYSICAL DIVISIONS OF INDIA:
In the journey to understand the Physical divisions of India and to analyze and think of solutions to solve the flood situation in the Northern Plains, the students became peer evaluators and based on the rubric gave scores to their classmates to conclude the project –VUCA and Floods in Northern India.
With the new CBSE guidelines regarding the change in the assessment pattern, the children were briefed and empowered to create a question bank for the portion of the chapter relevant to the Desert region and the Coastal Plains.
The portions were allocated and the group went into BREAK OUT ROOMS to pull out their set of questions. This collaborative effort was done in a jiffy with excited students carving out questions. They not only learnt about the art of collaboration and creation, but they also ended up know about the text by default.
To recap the physiographic division –The Peninsular Plateau, the students attempted a quiz on Quizziz.com All in all a month of varied skill and content learning.
People as a Resource:
Students continued their journey of learning in the recap sessions of the concept learnt in July with the help of a live quiz on quizizz.com. The topic- Quality of Population which depends on two pillars, health and education – was well integrated with Mathematics.
They interpreted various graphs and compared the literacy rate, the number of colleges, percentage increase in dispensaries, teachers-students ratio, number of Doctors and hospital beds etc. over the years.
They discussed the efforts of the government in the health sector particularly during Covid-19. They used the Collaboration Space in the Class Notebook to explain the terminologies like IMR, Birth Rate, Death Rate, Gross Enrolment Ratio, Literacy rate etc.
The topic unemployment was integrated with SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, wherein the students suggested different measures to create more employment in the country. A video was played at the end through which they reflected upon the whole chapter.
Links: People as Resource
POLITICAL SCIENCE :
“The constitution is not a mere lawyer’s document, it is a vehicle of life, and its spirit is always the spirit of the age.”
--Dr B. R. Ambedkar
Effortlessly scaling the next step of the ladder, some source-based questions on the Indian Constitution were asked to check the prior knowledge. Students watched a video on the need and importance of the constitution wherein they shared their views.
The path of the Indian constitution-making and the efforts of the constitution-makers were explained with the help of a mind map and class notebook. A mini-quiz – Guess Who Am I?- was conducted by the students themselves where they checked each other’s knowledge on various Constituent Assembly members. They were able to understand the guiding philosophy of the constitution and all the key terms of the Preamble in detail with the help of a PPT.
The chapter was concluded with a Mixed Bag worksheet which helped the students to comprehend the chapter effectively.
A recapitulation activity in the form of a live quiz (Quizziz.com) was conducted in the class to check the prior knowledge of the students. They were applauded for their active participation in the quiz.
Revision sessions for the upcoming Term-1 exams were held where students’ doubts were cleared and map practice was done. A brainstorming revision worksheet with crossword puzzles and cartoon-based questions was given for a better conceptual understanding of the chapter.
Link: The French Revolution
The skill of collaboration was in focus in August wherein students came prepared with the synopsis of different paragraphs for literature topics (A Truly Beautiful Mind and My Childhood). These excerpts of Biographies of Albert Einstein & Dr Kalam inspired the students which also led the class to talk about other scientists who have been statesmen.
SDG 13-Climate Action was touched upon while reading about atomic bombs in the biography of Albert Einstein.
Games like Rapid Fire Round enabled the students to stay alert and respond while studying poems – A Legend of the Northland & Rain on the Roof. While knowing more about the poems, the students discussed myriad aspects such as their feelings about rain, motherly love, nostalgia, vices such as greed and mythology etc.
Taking it forward, the students found it relatable when they learnt more about different types of writing stories, especially as per the examination format. They recapitulated the topic of tenses via Mindmap on Coggle & Bubbl.us which was further strengthen through practice sheets.
They honed their communication skills too by doing Listening and Speaking Activities.
छात्रों को रहीम जी का परिचय देते हुए उनके द्वारा रचित दोहे पढ़ाए गए | दोहों को कराने का मुख्य उद्देश्य छात्रों को नैतिकता की सीख देना है | रहीम जी का प्रत्येक दोहा हमें कुछ न कुछ सीख अवश्य देता है | छात्रों को दोहे पढ़ाने के पश्चात उनके शब्दार्थ , विलोम शब्द , श्रुतिसम भिन्नार्थक शब्द और पर्यायवाची शब्द कराए गए | रहीम के दोहे के प्रश्नोत्तर कराए गए | इसे कराने के पश्चात दोहों का सस्वर गायन कराया गया | इसके पश्चात व्याकरणिक विषय अर्थ के आधार पर वाक्य – भेद कराए गए | छात्रों की लिखित और मौखिक परीक्षा भी ली गई | अपठित गद्यांश को हल करने का तरीका 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 | छात्रों ने सतत विकास लक्ष्य -१३ जलवायु और कार्यवाही से एकीकृत करते हुए अपने अलग – अलग समाचार चैनल बनाए | इसके माध्यम से उन्होंने विभिन्न स्थानों की जलवायु और वातावरण के बारें में जानकारी दी | इस गतिविधि को कराने का उद्देश्य छात्रों के अंदर छिपी हुई प्रतिभा को बाहर निकालना है | इस गतिविधि के माध्यम से छात्रों क मंच भय से मुक्ति मिली |
भाषासप्ताह में संस्कृत प्रस्तुति के लिए छात्रों ने श्लोकगायन प्रस्तुति दी । अंतर्विषयक- वाचन- पठन-और गायन कराते हुए संगीत से समन्वयीकरण कर छात्रों का अंतर्विषयक परिचय कराया गया । परियोजनात्मक शिक्षण (Project base learning)
के रूप में दृश्य श्रव्य सामाग्री के माध्यम से छात्रों ने परोपकार , मित्रता उत्तम धन और चरित्र के मानकों को समझते हुए श्लोक संबंधी सचित्र भित्तिपत्र बनाकर अपनी क्षमता अनुसार विचारभिव्यक्ति प्रस्तुतीकरण किया ।
गायन , अभिनय , संगीत और नाट्यकला से समन्वयीकरण आदि का अभ्यास कराया गया ।
व्याकरण के अंतर्गत आत्मनेपदी लट् और लृट् के धातुरूपों का नियमपूर्वक परिचय और अनुप्रयोग सिखाया गया ।
तालिका के माध्यम से छात्रों को स्वरसंधि , उपसर्ग , उकारांत और तकारांत शब्दरूपों का परिचय , कारक और विभक्ति ज्ञान का
अनुप्रयोगात्मक अभ्यासकार्य करते हुए संस्कृत भाषा में वाक्यरचना व 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 ।
August started with a new concept - Culture & Civilisation of lessons 4,5 which was completed along with textbook reading. Another topic - Imparfait was also introduced with supportive documents. Recap of future tense, imperative tense, past tense was done in the lessons. As a part of the Language and Performing Arts Integration Week, students presented a script in French prepared by them.
After completion of the first two chapters, Lektion-1 and Lektion-2 from the course book and the practice book, the students were introduced to the lection-3 (Das würde ich nie tun) in which they covered topics like Wo+präpositionen, da+präpositionen.
The students integrated their communication skills and presentation skills with ICT by preparing a PPT on another important grammar topic- KII (Konjunktiv II). The students shall be continuing with the further topics after our half-yearly examinations. They thoroughly enjoyed creating a digital fictional character and presented it in the class, as a part of their Language & Arts Performing Week activity.
अगस्त माह छात्र छात्राओं द्वारा की गई गतिविधियाँ:
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।
WESTERN MUSIC :
The lessons commenced with vocal warm-up exercises.
The students worked upon the following:
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 too.
Instruments: Taught about guitar parts and function.
Techniques: Techniques to sing softly from stomach.
During the lessons, the students learnt the following:
Dance: Krishna dance and Asamyukta hasta mudras
Dance form: Semi classical/ classical (Kathak)
The students celebrated lord Krishna’s birthday by learning a beautiful choreography on a Krishna song.
Samyukta hasta Mudras (single hand gestures) were also taught.
Navras- Hasya and sringaar
During the lessons, the students learnt:
Forms of Acting :
Students learnt about role play, one act, mono act and skit. (Comedy, Tragedy, Melodrama)
Application of their learning :
During the art lessons, students learnt:
Week 1: Drawing monuments of India using different geometrical
Week 2: Poster- Rising India
Week 3: Rakhi Card
Week 4: Assembly Backdrop
Composition: Creative & freehand
Art Technique: Free hand, colouring, outlining
Art tools: Pencil, sketch pen, crayons, oil pastels
PHYSICAL EDUCATION :
During the PE lessons, students worked upon:
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
Tips for self-reliance were given to students in continuation with last month’s topic such as assuming responsibilities, making your own decisions, staying informed about the resources, learning
practical skills and knowing where you are going. A crisis is an emotional and physical response to some precipitating event that disrupts our normal, day to day functioning. Therefore, “Crisis Management” was the topic of the month as it is important to understand how to deal with different
Students learnt that in a time of crisis, we all have the potential to morph up to a new level and do things we never thought possible. Managing crisis is possible with planning and then action. Tips and techniques were given to the students on managing crisis. Brain storming questions and relevant videos helped students understand the concept in depth.
LANGUAGE & PERFORMING ARTS INTEGRATION WEEK:
Week 2, 9th to 13th August, was observed as the Language and Performing Arts Week 2021 at Suncity School 37 D which brought to the fore diverse flavours of acts and presentations wherein the 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 3 onwards participated in an Inter-House 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 - 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 to the students ability to calculate mentally faster.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION :
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 in 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 prefect 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 the 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.
CLASS EDUCATOR- MS SWATI NAITHANI
“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 learning and students continuing 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 script, 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.
A prior knowledge of the Area of the triangle, the terms related to sides, base and height were discussed with the help of Geoboard and rubber bands. With practice, students understood the concept of Heron’s Formula and its application. They also practiced the following concepts:
LINEAR EQUATIONS IN TWO VARIABLES:
The mathematics session began with the recapitulation of the basic topics such as linear equations, variables, solving linear equations. An explanation was given on linear equations with two variables.
Students also enjoyed understanding the following concepts:
INTEGRATION WITH ICT:
Geogebra / GSP software was introduced, where the graphical representation of linear equations with two variables was explained. Students enjoyed working on this software and created their equations.
Students also INVESTIGATED the equation of a line that is parallel to the x-axis and parallel to the y-axis using Geogebra / GSP software. The students attempted the practice exercises from the textbook and worksheets which strengthened their conceptual knowledge.
The students in ICT classes learnt about the Internet, E-mail and Social media. They also learnt about Email Etiquette and exchanged emails with each other on the topic “Global Warming”.
Forces and Laws of Motion:Students were asked to move several objects like a table, chair, bed and a cupboard etc. and note down their observations. After this activity, students were able to understand the following:
In addition, students were shown some pictures to discuss and describe
the output in several situations, whereby they students were able to understand the
significance of “Inertia”.
After understanding the concept of inertia and discussions held in class,
students were able to answer the following types of questions like
Also, with the help of real-life examples and mathematical concepts,
students understood the concept and significance of momentum and force.
Hence students were able to state and understand Newton’s 2nd Law of
Motion and derived formulae for force.
Based on their understanding of change in momentum, students could
relate with real-life activities like:
The learners of Grade IX turned their virtual classrooms into real chemistry laboratories.
They conducted experiments at home to understand the properties of a true solution, suspension and colloidal solution by preparing these solutions from simple materials like flour, milk, chalk and turmeric. The learners enthusiastically participated in the practical which helped them to relate the concept to real-life examples which in turn proved beneficial in understanding the concepts clearly.
They learnt to distinguish between the solutions, suspensions and colloids by observing their properties like transparency, nature, Tyndall effect and stability. They also learnt different types of solutions-saturated, unsaturated and supersaturated by dissolving salt in normal and hot water. The students attempted a quiz on MS Forms to assess their conceptual understanding. Their curiosity to learn about different types of solutions was evident while performing the experiments.
To upgrade students’ knowledge of tissues, they were engaged in numerous activities like Think, Pair and Share, observing the slides and predict the type of simple permanent tissue and the skill of listening and answering questions with clarity.
Various slides of parenchyma, collenchyma and sclerenchyma tissues were shown to them to observe and record their observations.
To connect meristematic tissue with collenchyma, sclerenchyma and parenchyma tissues, they researched on ‘’What changes during the division of Meristematic cells?
They came up with wonderful conclusions that enabled them to study the structure and functions of simple permanent tissues better. Further, to assess their understanding of plant tissues, an MS Forms quiz was conducted during the lesson.
India’s Northern Plains :
An in-depth understanding of India’s most fertile physiographic division was taken up, wherein based on the previous knowledge, the students were quizzed on the course of the river, the major rivers that form the Northern plains, the reason for its dense population.
A detailed presentation was shared with the students to explain the various geographical features that emerge out of the river once it hits the plains and deposits silt They were further apprised with the increased inflow of water during monsoons and consequent flooding. A VUCA situation was given to enable the children to come up with solutions. The task was designed using De Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats strategy.
The purpose of this task was to give students a platform to describe or to reflect on the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of general conditions and situations.
1. Anticipate the Issues that Shape the situation
2. Understand the Consequences of Issues and Actions
3. Appreciate the Interdependence of Variables
4. Prepare for Alternative Realities and Challenges
5. Interpret and Address Relevant Opportunities
The month started with a lot of vigor and excitement. Students were given a recap of the UT syllabus with the help of a live quiz on Quizizz.com. MS Form comprising a variety of questions was also attempted by the students to strengthen their learning.
People as a Resource:
The topic was introduced with the aid of a video and children were told to make their creative mind maps based on their understanding. Their artistic and comprehension skills were reflected in these concept maps as they used tools like bubbl.us/ MS-Word/ Graphic organisers. A debate the topic- “Population is an asset or a liability for the government” was conducted in the class and children came up with many logical points. The Class Notebook feature of Microsoft was used to explain the key terms of the chapter. The role of education and health in human capital formation was integrated with SDG 3 & 4 (Good Health and Quality Education) and the students gained knowledge about different policies launched by the government of India in the field of health and education.
It was great catching up with all students after the summer break. The previously taught topic- The French Revolution was revised with the help of a live quiz on Quizizz.com followed by a brainstorming worksheet.
Nazism and Rise of Hitler:
A new topic was introduced by showing students selected scenes from Oscar Award-winning film Schindler’s List (Hitler’s Concentration Camp and A girl in Red) to make them understand the conditions of Germany during Hitler’s reign. Map reading was done in the class where children gained knowledge about the location of Germany on the world map and they were able to identify the countries of Allied and the Central powers involved in World War I & II.
The storytelling method was used to explain the situation of Nazis after the defeat of Germany in the Second World War. A detailed presentation was shared with the students to explain the Birth of the Weimar Republic and the humiliating terms of the Treaty of Versailles.
They were further given a worksheet to reflect their ideas on the prevailing conditions of Germany which led to the rise of a great dictator- Hitler.
After the summer break, the first session began with an informal interaction with the students wherein they shared how they spent their holidays. They talked about new habits, skills acquired and a lot more. The first literature topic began with a team task given on Jamboard where students in small groups reflected upon their relationship with their parents, how well they understand them now and the same in context with the story - “The Little Girl.” The students referred to the PPT for paragraph wise explanation, glossary and discussion. The students took notes simultaneously. The lesson was consolidated wherein the students took an MCQ test on MS Forms on completion of the topic.
The students had a lot of fun while attempting the Pre-Reading exercise in Breakout Rooms where they thought of a short story using a few words given to them. Each team came up with quite varied ideas and plots. This led them to enjoy the story – “Snake and the Mirror."
The students talked about the various elements of these stories, qualities of a good storyteller and compared and contrasted their themes and genres. They predicted different endings besides attempting the HOTS questions.
Besides prose, the students studied the poem- “Wind” which commenced with team tasks on Class Notebook having students think and write about symbols in varied contexts. Other sub-topics such as probing questions, figures of speech from the poem and meaning of phrases were also delegated among the students. The students understood the analysis of the poem using class explanation, referring to the PPT and a self-check with an MCQ test on MS Forms.
The students explored the digital tool “Pixton” to create their comic strips and integrate it with the grammar topic -Reported Speech. After the basic recapitulation of the rules of conversion, the students delved deeper into the conversion of the types of sentences from direct to reported speech.
As an extension, the topic of Story Telling would be carried forward the next month. Beyond the regular, the students attempted MCQ quizzes, crosswords, word games related to figures of speech, read out the news update and thought of the day with the focus on skills enhancement.
ग्रीष्मावकाश के बाद छात्रों से सामान्य चर्चा करते हुए उन्हें स्पर्श पाठ्य – पुस्तक भाग-१ का पाठ -३ एवरेस्ट मेरी शिखर यात्रा पूरा कराया गया | इस पाठ को कराने का मुख्य उद्देश्य छात्रों को भारत की पहली पर्वतारोही जिसने माउंट एवरेस्ट की चढ़ाई की थी , उसका जीवन परिचय , उसकी यात्रा और यात्रा में आने वाली कठिनाइयों , किस – किस की भागीदारी रही , किससे प्रेरणा मिली आदि तथ्यों के बारें में जानकारी देना है | सतत् विकास लक्ष्य -१३ जलवायु कार्यवाही से एकीकृत करते हुए पाठ से संबंधित गतिविधि भी कराई गई | इसके पश्चात छात्रों को इकाई परीक्षा -१ में आने वाले प्रत्येक विषय की मौखिक और लिखित रूप से तैयारी कराई गई |
इकाई परीक्षा -१ हो जाने के पश्चात रैदास जी द्वारा रचित पद कराए गए , जिसमें रैदास जी ने अपने निर्गुण और निराकार प्रभु के साथ अपनी तुलना की है और यह भी बताया है कि उसके प्रभु हमेशा ही दीनों पर दया दिखाते हैं | इन पदों की शब्दार्थ सहित संपूर्ण व्याख्या करने के बाद इसकी प्रश्नोत्तरी कराई गई | कला , संगीत और धर्मशास्त्र से एकीकृत करते हुए उन्हें पाठ से संबंधित गतिविधि कराई गई | वर्तमान समय में सन्देश को भूलती जा रही युवा पीढ़ी को सन्देश लेखन का महत्त्व और उसका प्रारूप स्पष्ट किया गया | संदेश लेखन के अन्य उदाहरण भी छात्रों को कराए गए |
पाठ- सूक्तिमौक्तिकम्’ के माध्यम से छात्रों को ऋषियों- मुनियों की संक्षिप्त जानकारी प्रदान कर विभिन्न विभिन्न अनुकरणीय विषयों पर चर्चा करते हुए छात्रों को सुविचारों को समझने के प्रति प्रोत्साहित किया गया । अन्वय-भावार्थ- भाषिककार्य संबंधी बिन्दुओं पर क्रमश: चर्चा करते हुए ओआथ समझाया गया।
अंतर्विषयक- वाचन-पठन-और गायन कराते हुए संगीत से समन्वयीकरण कर छात्रों का अंतर्विषयक परिचय कराया गया । परियोजनात्मक शिक्षण (Project base learning) के रूप में दृश्य श्रव्य सामाग्री के माध्यम से छात्रों ने विद्या, व्यवहार, सुख-दुख, धन और चरित्र मे मानकों को समझते हुए श्लोक संबंधी सचित्र भित्तिपत्र बनाकर अपनी क्षमता अनुसार विचारभिव्यक्ति प्रस्तुतीकरण किया । पद्यांशावबोधन के द्वारा संस्कृत पठन-श्रवण का अभ्यास किया ।
अस्मद् , युष्मद् , अव्ययशब्द , इकारान्त , आकारान्त , ऋकारान्त शब्दरूप- मातृ-पितृ पदपरिचय सहित अभ्यासकार्य करते हुए संस्कृत भाषा में वाक्यरचना व 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 ।
Post vacations, the students were eager to meet their friends and teachers, though virtually. The class tuned into new topics like simple future tense. An extensive recap of the past tense was also done along with imperative tense. They also learnt to write a postcard in an informal style and invitation/message and how to accept/turn down an invitation. All topics were taught with supportive study materials like word documents, PPT and relevant pages from the workbook.
After coming back from the holidays, the class continued with the second chapter i.e. Wir kaufen nichts, and had a deeper understanding of grammar topics like, um…zu Nebensatz, damit .
They also learnt how to express their opinion. The students implemented
all the topics in writing the arguments for or against a particular topic. The students were helped to study the reading comprehensions and grammar topics also from Get Ready Book.
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
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
Learnt the Song: (Recap Session) Count on me by Bruno Mars
Instruments used: Ukulele
Techniques: Basic techniques of practicing vocal music
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
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 Visual Art lessons, students learnt:
Inset-Picture in a picture- How I spent my holidays
Poster on ‘Conservation of Electricity/ Water
Composition: Creative & freehand
Art Technique: Free hand, colouring, outlining
Art tools: Pencil, Sketch pen, crayons, oil pastels
In their Physical Education lessons, students performed:
Introduction to Chess:
We have a social responsibility, a constitutional opportunity and a moral obligation to help others. This month students learnt the importance of being socially responsible. They understood the
meaning of social responsibility; people must behave ethically and with sensitivity towards social, cultural, economic and environmental issues. Various points were discussed to understand what one can do to become a socially responsible person.
Another important topic, self-reliance was explained to the students. They learnt that self-reliance is a strong belief in your own capabilities to successfully deal with the challenges that life throws at you. With the help of videos and activities students enjoyed the concepts.
POLYNOMIALS: With a quick recap of prior knowledge of Terms- variables, monomials, binomials, trinomials, the students understood the meaning of Polynomials.
Students also practiced the following concepts:
COORDINATE GEOMETRY: The mathematics session began by sharing the previous knowledge of Graphs using Graph Paper, where the students were able to identify different terms like – X-axis, Y-axis, Origin, writing positive and negative numbers on both axes.
Students also enjoyed understanding the following concepts using graph paper:
Students further INVESTIGATED how find the fourth vertex of a rectangle/square if three vertices are given. Then they derived the distance between each vertex. Later they concluded that they can also find Area and Perimeter only with the Cartesian products . The Practice exercises from the textbook and worksheets were done which strengthened their conceptual knowledge.
Motion - With the help of several examples and discussion on real-life situations, students understood the significance of accelerated motion. In addition, they understood the meaning and the physical significance of retardation .
They understood and explained the representation of motion using the following types of graphs:
Note: In addition to their conceptual understanding of the above said topics, students also practiced numerical on all topics to understand the application of all topics in real life.
To facilitate the student-centered approach, the pedagogy of Flipped classroom was followed with the objectives of involving higher levels of concept understanding, deeper thinking and application. Pre-reading material and video links on evaporation were shared with the class in advance followed by a group discussion and MS forms quiz to make their understanding deeper regarding the concept.
In addition to this, video tutorials, listening and summarizing activity on Plasma and Bohr Einstein Condensate was designed where the students summarized the facts in their notebooks while watching the video and later presented in the class thus enhancing their listening skills & presentation skills. Online assessments were also conducted as a part of the learning process to enhance student motivation and to track the progress of the students.
The assessments held helped to augment students’ engagement and ensured continuous improvement by providing relevant information about comprehension throughout the learning process. An end review assessment of the topic - Matter in Our Surroundings was also designed through MS form Quiz to track their progress.
To upgrade knowledge on cell division and understand the terms such as diploid and haploid and the key stages in the cell cycle, video tutorials were shared with students followed by a set of questions. After watching the video, through the “Think, Pair and Share” model, they actively discussed the questions based on cell haploid and diploid cells.
To summarize the chapter, Fundamental Unit of Life, Quizlets were played with the help of flashcards in the class where they actively participated and attempted the maximum number of questions.
The Mighty Himalayas and the Northern Plains:
As a re-cap activity, the students were reminded of the Theory of Continental Drift given by Alfred Wegener. The Plate Tectonic Theory was further depicted with slides to get the students to clearly understand the reason and origin of The Himalayas.
The PBL project on Mt Everest – the ecological impact of trash getting thrown by trekkers directly linking it to SDG-Life on Land was discussed and the home assignment was given.
A Himalayan Mess: Growing garbage pile a threat to mountain ecosystem
The class began with a Picture Reading session where children were asked to interpret the cartoon while keeping democratic rights in their mind. The features of democracy were explained by showing case studies of different countries like Pakistan, China, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia etc. with the help of a video.
The students gained knowledge about the kind of democratic practices followed in the above countries and compared them with the democratic rights enshrined in our constitution. An interesting debate on the merits and demerits of democracy was held in the class where children were divided into two groups and each group cross-questioned another group. The role and accountability of our democratic government was related to the availability of the Covid-19 vaccines and the way it is trying to combat the pandemic. The chapter was concluded with a mini quiz prepared by Yashraj.
A recapitulation activity in the form of a live quiz (Quizziz.com) was conducted in the class to access the prior knowledge of the topic – The French Revolution . They were applauded for their active participation in the quiz. A revision class for the upcoming UT was held where their doubts were cleared and map practice was done.
The students, in IT classes, learnt about https://www.mural.co/ and collated details of Input, Output and Storage Devices. They created a presentation on Basic Computer Operations in Collaboration. They also learnt how to check the last editing of the shared file of O365. They typed their responses about basic Computer Operations and Operating System in the chatbox. Internet topic was also introduced.
IT lessons were concluded with International Collaboration with Kiki Xynta from Foreign Languages School, Greece. The students played mystery country game and exchanged cultural information. The students presented ICT topics – Creating a Binary Calculator in Python and differentiated between Cores and Thread. The partner country presented greetings around the world on #wakelet and gave instructions about greeting.
“Music is the soul of life.”
The English lessons were musically inclined this month as the two chapters of literature – Sound of Music & The Shehnai of Bismillah Khan took the students on a historical musical journey. The introductory lesson got the students hooked on to the video showing the legendary classical music percussionists of India as they tried to identify their names and instruments used by them. The same was extended in the music lessons seamlessly enabling the students to build on their knowledge and share their ideas about music in general. ( Music Integration )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzQKI2gATrY - Desh Raag
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZeASaQZhPM – Bismillah Khan Shehnai recital
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMZeBJJ5JJc – Evelyn Glennie
Daksh played a piece on Casio in the CT lesson. The students talked about their favourite instruments too.
The MI of students being musically inclined and auditory learners was tapped during the execution of the lesson wherein students expressed their idea about rhythm, beat and feeling. While learning about the percussionist Evelyn Glennie, students were sensitized about people with different needs and their uniqueness too. It led them to work on their Monthly Project – Celebrities With a Difference wherein three teams researched about five celebrities each, who had disabilities and had still made their mark. The students shared their presentations in the class – Buncee, Google Slides & a SWAY presentation. ( ICT Integration )
The students strengthened their conceptual knowledge about nuances of biographies. Besides they, they continued to practice article writing. This time the topic was in sync with SDG -Gender Equality. The lessons concluded with a UT revision pen & paper class test. All lessons had sections where students shared the Word of the Day & sentences with the class , Caption Contests, NIE reading and Thought of the Day.
छात्रों को भाषिक ज्ञान देते हुए व्याकरणिक विषयों का ही ज्ञान प्रदान किया गया | मजदूर दिवस और मातृदिवस से संबंधित नारा – लेखन कराया गया , जिसके माध्यम से छात्रों ने अपने भाव प्रकट किए | उपसर्ग और प्रत्यय का अर्थ समझाते हुए उनका प्रयोग कहाँ और कैसे किया जाता है , उससे परिचित कराया गया | शब्द कैसे बनते हैं और शब्द पद में कैसे बदल जाते हैं इस जानकारी को छात्रों के साथ साझा किया गया | पत्रों का हमारे जीवन में क्या महत्त्व है और हम पत्र – विधा को कैसे सँभालकर रख सकते हैं , इन बातों की जानकारी देते हुए अनौपचारिक पत्र का प्रारूप कराया गया |
विभिन्न उदाहरणों के माध्यम से पत्रों का लिखित अभ्यास कराया गया | उपसर्ग – प्रत्यय , शब्द और पद की लिखित पुनरावृत्ति कराई गई | रचनात्मक विषयों के अभ्यास द्वारा छात्रों में रचनात्मकता का विकास हुआ |
व्याकरणिक विषयों द्वारा उनके भाषायी ज्ञान में वृद्धि हुई | महीने के तीसरे सप्ताह में उन्हें ‘ एवरेस्ट मेरी शिखर यात्रा ‘पाठ जो कि पहली भारतीय महिला जिन्होंने भारत की सबसे ऊँची पर्वत चोटी माउंट एवरेस्ट की चढ़ाई की थी , द्वारा लिखा गया है | यह पाठ उन्हीं की एवरेस्ट की यात्रा पर आधारित है |
छात्रों को पाठ से संबंधित एक वीडियो दिखाई गई और पाठ की व्याख्या की गई | सतत् विकास लक्ष्य -१७ लक्ष्य हेतु भागीदारी से एकीकृत करते हुए उन्हें बताया गया कि किस तरह लक्ष्य को प्राप्त करने हेतु हम हर तरह की चुनौतियों का सामना करना चाहिए |
“सोऽहम् ” की भावना को शिक्षा का महत्वपूर्ण अंग स्वीकार कर ‘सभी को शिक्षा के माध्यम से स्वस्थ जीवन देना और सभी के जीवन स्तर में सुधार लाना’ की भावना को स्वीकारते हुए ‘’परोपकार ही जीवन का सर्वोत्कृष्ट और चिरस्थायी तत्व है’’ विषय का मनोरंजक और आश्चर्यजनक घटनाओं के माध्यम से जीवनमूल्यों का निरूपण करता पाठ २ –‘कल्पवृक्ष:’ के माध्यम से नाट्यांशावबोधन विधा और संवाद विधा से परिचित कराया गया । भाव पक्ष के साथ- साथ छात्रों ने स्वजीवन में कहानियों से सामंजस्यीकरण करते हुए मूल्यपरक प्रश्नों पर चर्चा की ।
साहित्यिक कल्पनाशीलता और सृजनात्मकता की योग्यता का विकास का मौलिक ज्ञान प्रदान किया गया । शब्दकोश में वृद्धि करते हुए , वाक्यों में कारक-विभक्ति – उपपद विभक्ति का सम्यक ज्ञान प्राप्त कर पदपरिचय में निपुणता प्राप्त करना । रचनात्मक विधा के अंतर्गत अनुप्रयोगात्मक रूप में अभ्यास कराते हुए स्पष्ट कराया गया । पाठवाचन , श्रवण कौशल , भाषिक कार्य और गद्यांशावबोधन कार्य करने की योग्यता प्रदान की गई । PBL- शतृ प्रत्यय का तीनों लिङ्गों में अनुप्रयोगात्मक अभ्यास कराया गया । उपपद विभक्ति आधारित तालिका कराते हुए भित्तिपत्र तैयार कराना । अंतर्विषयक- (नैतिक शिक्षा और साहित्य)
The students actively participated during the class. They topics covered were : Recap of contracted articles, Partitive articles, Reflexive verbs, Textbook reading, Message writing. All topics were taught with supportive study materials like word documents and PPT. Additional worksheets were solved during the online classes to enhance their knowledge and understanding.
After the completion of the Lektion-1 (Allein zu Hause) from Beste Freunde B1.1, the lessons began with a deeper, detailed understanding of the grammar topics like zu+infinitive, brauchen zu+infinitive, Genetiv, preposition während, covered in the first chapter, from Get Ready Book, in which reading comprehension, writing E-mails and grammar exercises were done. The students were also introduced to Lektion-2 (Wir kaufen Nichts) through a video on Kauf- nix Tag (Buy nothing Day!)
https://youtu.be/D_1l7at0UGI -- Buy nothing day (Kauf nix Tag)
https://youtu.be/MG6xavgvzZQ -- - Buy nothing day
In their PE lessons, the students worked on:
In the Indian Dance lessons, students learnt about the Lord of Dance-Natraja through Shiv Vandana and an open discussion about the story behind.
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’.
Dance form: Kathak
Song: Jai Jai Kedara
Video link : https://youtu.be/LRZMKXQ40YE
In the Western Dance lessons, the students learnt :
Dance Form: Hip Hop
The emphasis was laid upon basic hand positions.
DRAMA & THEATRE
Drama lessons included:
In Indian Music lessons, the students learnt:
Reference video link for the song: https://youtu.be/hYiDSPB1hlI
In their Western Music lessons, the students worked on:
In their Visual Art lessons, students learnt:
The classes continued with the topic Emotional quotient and the importance of having a high EQ. Along with the concept of EQ, emphasis was laid on Social Quotient, understanding social intelligence, and what happens when social intelligence breaks down . Students solved a checklist and self-assessment inventory on SQ to check their social behaviour. As a consequence of their lessons, students learnt “How to connect with people” with the proper understanding of different social roles.