Sunday, 30 November 2014

Understanding the organisation of the school

This week we began by understanding what is the common mission that Edubridge International and its team is trying to achieve. We looked at the school mission statement to understand what the school goal is.

We had Ms. Pramila come in as a guest speaker and explain to us what the IB mission statement is and how our school mission is also aligned with the IB mission statement.

  We then looked at the two statements together and tried to highlight the similarities in the two.

While we were looking at the mission statement our inquirers began wondering as to why we have a 'diya' in our school logo. The sparked curiosity got us to invite Mick sir to class to  inquire why we had the 'diya' in our school logo.

Mr. Mick explained that the school wanted to find a symbol that would represent India and education. So they froze on the symbol of  the 'diya' as it spreads light and enlightens its surrounding out of darkness. Similarly, the school envisions to take its students away from ignorance and towards the fountain of knowledge. The wanted a symbol that associates itself with giving light which is knowledge. At Edubridge, we want to enlighten i.e. open the light in the minds of the students.

We then brainstormed of what are the different things that need to be done in order to organize a school.

Taking it forward from there we went on to meet Ms. Nirmala our school librarian to learn how she organised our school library that has made it so easy for all of us to find books we need so easily. We also wanted to know how the library contributes to help attaining the school mission. Thank you for all the time and information you gave us Ms. Nirmala. Thank you to Prashant Sir too to help us go through the process a book is put through before putting it on the shelves of the library.

In Language,  we continued to look at rhyming poems. We read a number of rhyming poems and identified the rhyming words in them. 

One of the poems we read was  - 


 One little ant in such a good mood,                    
Came outside to search for the food,                
  She had to get some food to store,
Got a little bit and wanted some more,

 Little ant found a big piece of bread,  
Tried so hard to push it by head,                                                    
  But she left it in the mid way,      
Poor thing turned back and ran away,

Little ant could not make it up?
Did she lose it and gave up ?
  Oh no! she is back with a bang,
Look , she comes with big ants' gang,                                                 

Task that  looked so hard and tricky,
Effort and teamwork made it easy.                     

Once we were confident we understood rhyme in poems, we began writing a rhyming poem as a class. We went through the steps that a good writer goes through . We brainstormed words for the chosen topic. Then we planned our writing. Once we were done we finally got to writing our poem.

Here is a peek at the process and the poem that we wrote -

We attempted to write poems on 2D shapes after reading a few. This is what we wrote -
I am Penny Pentagon 
 Subtract 5 sides
        And I’m gone                 
 I’m your house,
           in which no one can hide.

I am Howard the Hexagon,
Make me up with sides six
Join 2 triangles and a rectangle
and me you will fix.

Harry Heptagon is my name
I have seven sides to tame
Happy Shapes_Maroon Octagon.png Don't get confused
because hexagon and I look the same!!
When you see an octagon
     You stop and then go on
the shape of a stop sign is the same
I’m the 8 sided,Olive the Octagon

After working as a class we got to writing a rhyming poem independently. 
It was challenging but we came through with rhyming colors!!!!

In Math, we began with reviewing the properties and names of 2D shapes. We made a poster for the same.

We moved on to look at symmetry in 2D shapes. We began by understanding what a line of symmetry is. We understood that symmetry is when both sides are exactly  the same when split in half. The two sides are the mirror images of each other.

To explore the same we used mirrors to understand symmetry and line of symmetry better.

As our understanding got stronger we went on to explore how many lines of symmetry can a shape have. We folded and unfolded shapes to see how many lines of symmetry we could find.

Here is a glimpse into how we found out how many lines of symmetry does a square have -

We then built symmetrical figures using tangrams. We kept in mind that whatever we put on one side of the line, we had to put in the other side to so that the figure was symmetrical.

B.U.I.L.D. time

This week our little friends from Skg put up an assembly on friends and family. They taught us how our harsh words can hurt a heart and no matter what a crushed heart cannot be restored to its original condition. You have truly inspired us to use our kind words. Thank you Skg , Ms.Tapaswini and Ms. Saloni for the lovely message.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

How we organise ourselves

We began our week with a team game. We were given a ring tied with four strings. Our team of 4 had to carry the ball on the ring from one end of the ground to the other end.

Phew! It is not as easy as it sounds.....
Take a look at how we fared....

Post the game, we came back to class and reflected on our performance. We penned our thoughts down and then shared our thoughts with our friends. Together we identified the key words that helped us achieve our tasks successfully.

The story of the hare and the tortoise has a lot to teach us. 

This is what we took away from the story....

The next day, when we entered class and found these disassembled things on our tables, our curious minds set to work to put them together. We soon realized that they are not working as they should. The torch didn't have the battery and the spring pen didn't have the spring. When we found the missing parts and put it together we realized how important every part was in order for things to work.

We reflected on this activity and this is what we thought......

We brainstormed where we had seen teams working together. From that we identified what are the workplaces of these teams.

Lastly, we sat with our friends and tried to come up with a statement that showed what they thought they would be learning over the next five weeks. 

The key words that they were given members, share, work together, workplace, towards, common task.

In the story 'The Hare and the Tortoise', we came across a  new word ...'trundled'. We looked it up in the dictionary and learnt that it means to move and roll slowly.

Taking our learning forward we read a poem  - Walking woes.

We identified all the synonyms of walk from the poem and added the new words to our synonyms word wall.
We also identified that this was a rhyming poem. We identified that the last word of every other sentence sounded the same.

 Soon, we got engrossed in searching for synonyms of walk. We came up with quite a few words and added them to our synonym wall.

S.P.E.L.L. time

In Math , we are exploring 2D shapes. We began by making a robot with the given shapes cutouts and then identifying which ones we already knew.

We went on to learn the names of the different shapes.

B.U.I.L.D. time

This week Grades 1 and 5 shared their learning of their previous units with us. It was truly amazing to see how they had learnt about self history and the history of others. They explained to us how a persons life changes when faced with risks, challenges and opportunities. Thank you Ms Jessica and Ms, Cecilia for inviting us for the lovely exhibition . Grades 1 and 5 awesome show !!!!!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Summative week!!

This week we wrapped our second UOI. We worked on the sumamtive Tic Tac Toe. 

Creating an imaginary plant/animal.

We had to create an imaginary plant/animal..... name it, think what will be their needs, their food habits, where in the food chain are they found, their habitat, their adaptation skills.

Cool clicks!!

We had to find a Cool Click video that we like and share 3 survival facts about the chosen animal.

We took time to reflect on which learner profiles we had developed through this unit of inquiry.

In Math, we are learning about equal distribution and equal grouping in division.

B.U.I.L.D time

This week we had the PYP music assembly. Thank you to all the parents for coming and encouraging us. This musical morning could not have been possible without Ms. Amanda. Thank you for honing our musical skills .....we truly enjoy music class!!

A sneak peek into two of the many super performances.

Count on me sung by grades 3, 4, & 5

Touch the sky from the movie Brave sung by grades 1-5.

And last but not the least.......

We celebrated children's day with our grade 1 & 5 friends. We had loads of fun making our own totems, clay magnets and turtle cups. Thank you Ms. Cecilia and Ms. Jessica for helping us make this special day so memorable.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Week 13

This week we have been busy learning about food chains and food webs. We saw videos and read books to understand a food chain. We then saw how a single food chain can get complex with other food chains joining in to make it a food web.

We compared a food chain and a food web using a Venn diagram.

We researched and wrote a report on one animal of our choice.

In Math,we are beginning to understand multiplication as repeated addition and arrays.

B.U.I.L.D. time

As we near the end of our second UOI , we have began working on our summative tasks. We were given a tic tac toe of 9 activities of which we had to choose any three. 

We have began working on our first task.