Updates from grade 2B

UOI
Students attempted a formative assessment on the third line of inquiry (homes reflect personal identities), wherein they gathered information by interviewing their parents and drew inference from the collected data using a compare and contrast strategy.
Students were given layout of a house and they were asked to decorate their house thereby displaying spatial awareness.
Students reflected on the unit ‘Homes’ by attempting a task sheet as a part of a summative assessment.
Students revisited the transdisciplinary theme ‘where we are in place and time,’ using ‘remote control strategy’ wherein they reflected on their understanding of the unit and solved a crossword to display their understanding about different types of homes.
They have begun to delve into the new unit of inquiry about ‘body systems’ under the trans disciplinary theme ‘who we are’ where students compared a machine with the human body.
Students (in groups) first guessed the meanings and then browsed the dictionary to find out the meanings of key words in the central idea (The functioning of our body systems contributes to our well being).
Students sorted out the cut outs of internal and external body organs, after a class discussion and watched an audio visual presentation on the same.
Students illustrated their understanding of the digestive system and were interested to find the path taken by the food once it enters the mouth.

Later, a flowchart summed up their understanding and students made a diagram of digestive system too.
Students gained information about the organs of the respiratory system by conducting an experiment on the ‘fogging of the mirror’.
An activity to check lung capacity or efficiency was undertaken, wherein students and tutors blew a balloon each till they ran out of breath and measured the individual circumference of each balloon with a string. Strings were then pasted on a chart to compare the lung capacity (visual representation of data) thereby integrating math with the unit.

Language
For English lessons, students were read an online story ‘A House is a House for me’ by Mary Ann Hoberman.
They penned their understanding in their journals. (Unit Integration)

Students were introduced to the concept of rhyming words through a poem. They were asked to read the poem, identify similar sounding words and extend the poem by ending the sentences with rhyming words.
Students attempted spell bee through a fill in the blank sheet.
In conjunction with their ongoing unit on ‘Homes’, students read a poem ‘The home I love’ by Kay Hoffman and identified unfamiliar words. They found out the meanings of the words using a dictionary. They also listed out the verbs in the poem.
Students read a comic strip and predicted what will happen next. They enhanced their listening skills by watching a role play by their mentors and answered questions related to it.
Students revisited consonants and vowels through a video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t6Buu9a0KM
Prior knowledge assessment on articles was done using the ‘letter box strategy.’
Students read age appropriate ORT books and were assessed through a rubric too.
Unit integration Students were engaged in a listening activity on ‘foods that look like body parts’. Students attempted a spell bee on body parts with a cross word.

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Math
To further enhance their understanding on measurement, students used graph papers to draw lines segments, parallel lines and perpendicular lines.
Students also used graph paper to draw various shapes like rectangle, square, triangle. They used the ruler to measure the sides in centimeters.
Students revisited estimation with a learning engagement of measurement.
Introduction of units ‘metres’, ‘centimetres’ and ‘kilometres’ was discussed by the facilitator. As a reflection, students sorted out the cues according to the appropriate unit of measurement.
Prior knowledge assessment of the concept of time was done through an online game. http://www.visnos.com/demos/clock
Students learned about quarter past, half past and quarter to through discussion and audio visuals:
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/earlymath/on_time_game1.htm
http://www.teachingtime.co.uk/clock/clockres.html
http://www.homeschoolmath.net/interactives/telling_time.php
Students practiced drawing analog clocks in their process journals.
A worksheet on ‘quarter past’ and ‘quarter to’ was attempted to better understand the concept of time.


Hindi
During their Hindi lessons, students practiced सर्वनाम और समानार्थी शब्द (Pronouns and synonyms). They enhanced their reading, writing and self-management skills. They watched a video ‘कुऐं का पानी’ (kuyein Kaa paanee) and took part in the Chalk-Talk activity based on the visible thinking routine. They made questions from the story and discussed the same in class. Through this, they developed their thinking and communication skills.
ICT
Students continued working on MS Photostory and gave final touches to their stories on different types of homes from countries around the world. They also started creating posters on MS paint in order to spread awareness about pollution.


Arts
After finishing their compositions on the unit of ‘homes’, students wrote their reflections. They then discussed how one body part can be measured with the other so as to draw a proportionate human figure easily.
Music
Students learned how to play ‘Old Mac Donald’ using the black keys on the piano. They also created and clapped a beat using the different types of notes.


Physical Education

Athletics is a collection of sporting events that involves competitive running, jumping, throwing and walking. It is an individual sport, with the exception of relay races. Students practiced start and finish of races with command.


Library
Students exchanged their books and shared the story of books they had read with their peer. A book on environmental disaster was read. Some of the biggest disasters that have left a long term impact on the environment like Bhopal gas tragedy, Chernobyl nuclear disaster were discussed.

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Updates from grade 2B

UOI

This fortnight, students continued to gain knowledge about their current unit on homes. Students marked different types of houses found across the country based on the climatic condition as an indication of their understanding of form. The formative assessment allowed students to display their understanding.

Students used recycled materials and created models of different types of houses (Pagoda, stilt house, tepee, igloo, chalet, and yurt). They attended a guest speaker session with an architect, Mr. Nishant Sood and later engaged in a reflection using Y chart graphic organiser which was followed by picture sequencing activity on steps of constructing a house.

Tuning in to the third line of inquiry was done where students conducted an interview to collect information about what guides the choices people make while selecting a house.

 

Update from grade 2B

UOI

Students attended a Skype session with Ms. Josephine in England (United Kingdom). They discussed about different kinds of houses found there. Later they wrote their reflection in their process journals using a concept map. A map marking activity allowed students to mark different kinds of homes found around the world. They also researched about different homes and materials used to build them as an integration activity with ICT.

Resource link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-casfzsV8p4

Math

Students practiced carry over addition sums by creating their own word problems through an activity. They were introduced to the concept of rounding off of numbers through a video presentation.An activity on the number line was undertaken to understand the concept of rounding off . Prior knowledge assessment of measurement was taken while the Formative assessment on probability completed their learning this fortnight.

Resource link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMdck80SHnw

English

Students were introduced to the use of a dictionary with a  pairing activity where they were given some unit related words and were asked to find the meanings. Students engaged in a spell bee through a word meaning activity. Further to enhance their understanding about the concept of verbs, students read an online story- more or less, need to guess thereby understanding the concept of estimation (math).

Resource link: https://storyweaver.org.in/stories/10730-more-or-less-need-to-guess

 

Hindi

During their Hindi lessons, students read the story ‘Rohan kaa ghar’. They found ‘sanyuktaakshar’ and made a list from the story. They picked up new vocabulary from the story and were able to form simple and meaningful sentences. They participated in the activity ‘Bas Ek Pal’ and expressed their thoughts on the unit related topics.    

Ab initio

Students were introduced to maatras where they practiced writing simple words. They also watched stories and illustrated their understanding in their process journals.

 

Physical Education

Introduction of stance, balance and dribbling of the basketball was undertaken.

Stance-feet apart, flex the legs on the knees, maintain  upper body in an upright position, with head facing in front and parallel to the ground, and flex their arms on their sides. 

Dribbling- Hold the ball in both hands. Fingertips should be spread on each side of the ball to prevent it from slipping off the hands.

 

 Music

Students sang ‘Heal the world’ individually and  as a group on the microphone where each student was assessed on their singing. Students also had an session with the piano and  learned the names of the keys  to distinguish between natural, sharp and flat notes.

Dance

Students stressed on observation and analysis skills when they were given a task of creating an impromptu symmetrical movement.

 

ICT

Students were taught  to create stories on ‘Homes’ unit using photo story. They have learned  to insert pictures, text and audio into the story. They have started adding pictures in  apps to create stories.

 

 

 

 

 

Update from grade 2B

Unit of Inquiry

Students displayed their prior knowledge using an AQUA strategy where they elaborated upon their understanding about the unit on homes and put forth numerous questions related to the unit that they’d like to explore. Moreover, students elicited their understanding through an engaging group activity in which they made a picture collage differentiating between needs and wants, and wrote their learning about the same on a T-chart.

Students also sorted out different needs and wants on a pyramid inspired by Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. Furthermore, they illustrated the house they reside in and discussed different types of houses.

English

During language acquisition lessons, students watched an audio-visual story of the ‘Three Little Pigs,’ as a part of integration with Unit of Inquiry related to homes. They also exhibited their presentation and communication skills while enacting the story using dialogues.

Students attempted spell bee crossword puzzle to enhance their vocabulary development. Furthermore, students were given a listening activity in which they got to listen to the audio story of ‘Peggy’s talking Pets’. They used listening skills development strategies that were followed by a questions based task.

During lessons, students were led into the concept of verbs through prior knowledge assessment for which they wrote their daily chores and tried to identify action words in the written sentences. Students were next shown a picture and were asked to frame sentences to describe the actions demonstrated in the picture. Later, they watched another audio-visual on verbs to promote a pronunciation drill that exposed them to a variety of verbs.

Recapitulation of homophones was undertaken with a poem ‘I’m all mixed up’ and sentences were framed with homophones in the process journal.

 

Math

Students gained knowledge about probability by participating in a vocabulary based engagement. They were shown a scenario based audio-visual on probability for clarity. In addition to this, they attempted an interesting task sheet on probability.

They practiced 3 digit addition sums in their process journals. Furthermore, they applied their understanding of the concept to problem sums by using the RUCSAC strategy.

Hindi

During their Hindi lessons, students attempted a visual imagery activity. They watched the picture and enhanced their verbal skills by retelling the story. The students honed their creative writing skills by weaving their thoughts into characterization of the main character of the story using graphic organizers. They were introduced to the grammar concepts like ‘sanyukat vyanjan’ (क्ष, त्र  ज्ञ, श्र) through the story of ‘vichitraa baannsuree waala’. They found words like  कक्षा, पत्र (kaksha,patra) etc and framed sentences using the same.

 

ICT

Students were divided into groups according to the country of their choice and researched on the types of homes peculiar to that particular country. They have begun learning to save pictures in the folder created in their name on the desktop. They are developing their research skills and collecting unit related pictures to soon create a story on homes.

 

Art

In the past two weeks, the students of Grade 2 continued exploring the cubist style of art. They were encouraged to draw and discuss various elements and techniques of cubism. Students have demonstrated their drawing skills through a final art composition inspired by the same style.

Dance

Students stressed on cleaning up posture in dance routine, starting from head to toe. Apart from that, students have been practicing and adding steps to their jazz dance routine.

Music

The students learned how to sing ‘Heal the World’. They were also assessed on their singing for which each student came up and sang individually on the microphone.

Physical Education

Students were introduced to the concept of stance, balance and basketball dribbling. Stance has been taught with a technique of feet apart, flexing the legs on the knees, maintaining the upper body in an upright position with head facing the front and parallel to the ground, flexing the arms on the sides simultaneously.

Furthermore, Balance has been inculcated to enable them to maintain the body balance.

Dribbling has been taught with a technique of holding the ball in both hands and fingertips to be spread on each side of the ball to prevent it from slipping off the hands.

 

 

Library

Grade 2 visited the library and exchanged books from last week with one Hindi and one English selection. In addition they were introduced to magazines like Magic Pot and Primary Plus. Each one was given two magazines to browse and read. After browsing the difference between a magazine and a regular book was discussed and the frequency of publication of these magazines, the activities enlisted in their pages were highlighted.

Updates from grade 2B

Unit of Inquiry

Students displayed their prior knowledge using an AQUA strategy where they elaborated upon their understanding about the unit on homes and put forth numerous questions related to the unit that they’d like to explore. Moreover, students elicited their understanding through an engaging group activity in which they made a picture collage differentiating between needs and wants, and wrote their learning about the same on a T-chart.

Students also sorted out different needs and wants on a pyramid inspired by Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. Furthermore, they illustrated the house they reside in and discussed different types of houses.

 

English

During language acquisition lessons, students watched an audio-visual story of the ‘Three Little Pigs,’ as a part of integration with Unit of Inquiry related to homes. They also exhibited their presentation and communication skills while enacting the story using dialogues.

Students attempted spell bee crossword puzzle to enhance their vocabulary development. Furthermore, students were given a listening activity in which they got to listen to the audio story of ‘Peggy’s talking Pets’. They used listening skills development strategies that were followed by a questions based task.

During lessons, students were led into the concept of verbs through prior knowledge assessment for which they wrote their daily chores and tried to identify action words in the written sentences. Students were next shown a picture and were asked to frame sentences to describe the actions demonstrated in the picture. Later, they watched another audio-visual on verbs to promote a pronunciation drill that exposed them to a variety of verbs.

Recapitulation of homophones was undertaken with a poem ‘I’m all mixed up’ and sentences were framed with homophones in the process journal.

 

Math

Students gained knowledge about probability by participating in a vocabulary based engagement. They were shown a scenario based audio-visual on probability for clarity. In addition to this, they attempted an interesting task sheet on probability.

They practiced 3 digit addition sums in their process journals. Furthermore, they applied their understanding of the concept to problem sums by using the RUCSAC strategy.

Hindi

During their Hindi lessons, students attempted a visual imagery activity. They watched the picture and enhanced their verbal skills by retelling the story. The students honed their creative writing skills by weaving their thoughts into characterization of the main character of the story using graphic organizers. They were introduced to the grammar concepts like ‘sanyukat vyanjan’ (क्ष, त्र  ज्ञ, श्र) through the story of ‘vichitraa baannsuree waala’. They found words like  कक्षा, पत्र (kaksha,patra) etc and framed sentences using the same.

 

ICT

Students were divided into groups according to the country of their choice and researched on the types of homes peculiar to that particular country. They have begun learning to save pictures in the folder created in their name on the desktop. They are developing their research skills and collecting unit related pictures to soon create a story on homes.

 

Art

In the past two weeks, the students of Grade 2 continued exploring the cubist style of art. They were encouraged to draw and discuss various elements and techniques of cubism. Students have demonstrated their drawing skills through a final art composition inspired by the same style.

Dance

Students stressed on cleaning up posture in dance routine, starting from head to toe. Apart from that, students have been practicing and adding steps to their jazz dance routine.

Music

The students learned how to sing ‘Heal the World’. They were also assessed on their singing for which each student came up and sang individually on the microphone.

Physical Education

Students were introduced to the concept of stance, balance and basketball dribbling. Stance has been taught with a technique of feet apart, flexing the legs on the knees, maintaining the upper body in an upright position with head facing the front and parallel to the ground, flexing the arms on the sides simultaneously.

Furthermore, Balance has been inculcated to enable them to maintain the body balance.

Dribbling has been taught with a technique of holding the ball in both hands and fingertips to be spread on each side of the ball to prevent it from slipping off the hands.

 

 

Library

Grade 2 visited the library and exchanged books from last week with one Hindi and one English selection. In addition they were introduced to magazines like Magic Pot and Primary Plus. Each one was given two magazines to browse and read. After browsing the difference between a magazine and a regular book was discussed and the frequency of publication of these magazines, the activities enlisted in their pages were highlighted.

using an AQUA strategy where they elaborated upon their understanding about the unit on homes and put forth numerous questions related to the unit that they’d like to explore. Moreover, students elicited their understanding through an engaging group activity in which they made a picture collage differentiating between needs and wants, and wrote their learning about the same on a T-chart.

Students also sorted out different needs and wants on a pyramid inspired by Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. Furthermore, they illustrated the house they reside in and discussed different types of houses.

 

English

During language acquisition lessons, students watched an audio-visual story of the ‘Three Little Pigs,’ as a part of integration with Unit of Inquiry related to homes. They also exhibited their presentation and communication skills while enacting the story using dialogues.

Students attempted spell bee crossword puzzle to enhance their vocabulary development. Furthermore, students were given a listening activity in which they got to listen to the audio story of ‘Peggy’s talking Pets’. They used listening skills development strategies that were followed by a questions based task.

During lessons, students were led into the concept of verbs through prior knowledge assessment for which they wrote their daily chores and tried to identify action words in the written sentences. Students were next shown a picture and were asked to frame sentences to describe the actions demonstrated in the picture. Later, they watched another audio-visual on verbs to promote a pronunciation drill that exposed them to a variety of verbs.

Recapitulation of homophones was undertaken with a poem ‘I’m all mixed up’ and sentences were framed with homophones in the process journal.

 

Math

Students gained knowledge about probability by participating in a vocabulary based engagement. They were shown a scenario based audio-visual on probability for clarity. In addition to this, they attempted an interesting task sheet on probability.

They practiced 3 digit addition sums in their process journals. Furthermore, they applied their understanding of the concept to problem sums by using the RUCSAC strategy.

Hindi

During their Hindi lessons, students attempted a visual imagery activity. They watched the picture and enhanced their verbal skills by retelling the story. The students honed their creative writing skills by weaving their thoughts into characterization of the main character of the story using graphic organizers. They were introduced to the grammar concepts like ‘sanyukat vyanjan’ (क्ष, त्र  ज्ञ, श्र) through the story of ‘vichitraa baannsuree waala’. They found words like  कक्षा, पत्र (kaksha,patra) etc and framed sentences using the same.

 

ICT

Students were divided into groups according to the country of their choice and researched on the types of homes peculiar to that particular country. They have begun learning to save pictures in the folder created in their name on the desktop. They are developing their research skills and collecting unit related pictures to soon create a story on homes.

 

Art

In the past two weeks, the students of Grade 2 continued exploring the cubist style of art. They were encouraged to draw and discuss various elements and techniques of cubism. Students have demonstrated their drawing skills through a final art composition inspired by the same style.

Dance

Students stressed on cleaning up posture in dance routine, starting from head to toe. Apart from that, students have been practicing and adding steps to their jazz dance routine.

Music

The students learned how to sing ‘Heal the World’. They were also assessed on their singing for which each student came up and sang individually on the microphone.

Physical Education

Students were introduced to the concept of stance, balance and basketball dribbling. Stance has been taught with a technique of feet apart, flexing the legs on the knees, maintaining the upper body in an upright position with head facing the front and parallel to the ground, flexing the arms on the sides simultaneously.

Furthermore, Balance has been inculcated to enable them to maintain the body balance.

Dribbling has been taught with a technique of holding the ball in both hands and fingertips to be spread on each side of the ball to prevent it from slipping off the hands.

 

 

Library

Grade 2 visited the library and exchanged books from last week with one Hindi and one English selection. In addition they were introduced to magazines like Magic Pot and Primary Plus. Each one was given two magazines to browse and read. After browsing the difference between a magazine and a regular book was discussed and the frequency of publication of these magazines, the activities enlisted in their pages were highlighted.

Update from 2B

UOI

To further enhance the understanding of communicating ideas and feelings, the students were shown TV commercials and print advertisements that created awareness about pollution. Students attempted formative assessment and a summative task on their Unit of Inquiry.

Students were tuned into the new Unit of Inquiry ‘Homes’ through a visual presentation . The focus  on homeless people allowed them to explore the basic needs of human beings. The students understood the difference between a need and a want. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqxZsdwpLC4

 

English

During their English classes, students were shown an audio visual of words with phonogram sounds –‘tion’, ‘ture’ and ‘unk’. They identified words and their meanings with the phonogram sounds and together with the facilitator constructed sentences in their process journals.  

Students read an online reading story without pictures and visualized as well as illustrated events in a graphic organizer. They were assessed on their spellings through a spell bee where they also chose 2-3 words from the list to make sentences.

Students attempted a summative assessment on nouns and punctuation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZziq5WvUog

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAp8naS0yXI

https://freestoriesforkids.com/children/stories-and-tales/perfect-face

Math

Prior knowledge assessment on addition was undertaken where students demonstrated different ways to add numbers.  Practice of addition allowed  students to create a number line  and solve 2 digit addition sums in their process journals, using the line.

Students used place value counters to understand the commutative property of addition.

 

Hindi

During their Hindi classes, students enhanced their speaking skills through tongue twisters, songs, poem and  stories . They also practiced writing sentences ‘धन्यवाद संदेश’ (Thankyou message) for their parents. They celebrated Hindi Diwas with  passion and enthusiasm. The key message was ‘नर हो, न निराश करो मन को’(Nar ho, na niraash karo man ko) which inspired the students to always be optimistic in life.

ICT

Students explored audio tools in MS-OneNote and recorded their reflection on communication and OneNote, using those tools. They were introduced to AI (Artificial Intelligence) through a video and briefed on how it is helping to change  lives. They explored an online tool based on AI, where whatever they drew automatically got converted into a beautiful illustration.

Art

For this period, students  have explored the artworks of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. They were introduced to  Cubism and the use of geometrical shapes, multi-perspectives and colour to communicate different messages and feelings. The students concentrated on a couple of Picasso works and after preliminary drawings, they executed an original composition applying the cubist style and techniques.

 

Dance

Students stressed basic full body workout, starting from head to toe. Apart from that, they have been practicing and adding steps to jazz dance routine.

Music

The students watched a presentation on how musicians have communicated their ideas and feelings through music. They were also introduced to Michael Jackson’s ‘Heal the World’ and sang it in class.

Library

Grade 2 visited library to exchange their books.This week they issued books from picture books and oxford reading categories.

Students were asked to share  stories from the books they had taken in the last week.

Physical Education

Students practiced skating like sit and stand up, march forward, forward two-foot glide, bonus skill: two-foot hop in place and two-foot turns from forward to backward in place — clockwise and counterclockwise.

 

 

 

 

Update from 2B

UOI

This fortnight, students continued to gain knowledge about the current unit of communication. The highlight was an audio-visual on the evolution of communication. They explored how communication systems have changed from the past to the present. Later, students reflected by creating a timeline on the evolution of books in their process journals.

As part of an assessment, students did a task sheet, where they had to elucidate the advantages and disadvantages of various communication systems.

Students went for a gallery walk to observe different paintings in school. Later, they discussed their perspectives about the paintings during class time.

Students attended a guest speaker session to reiterate their understanding of different ways to communicate their feelings and ideas.

 

 

English

During their English classes, students attempted to identify appropriate punctuation marks for sentences and practiced punctuation in their process journals. Students enhanced their understanding of words with phonogram sounds – ‘ck’, ‘ick’ and ‘ack’.They attempted a task sheet on phonograms where they identified the picture and wrote the words on a flower foldable.

Students read a poem on emotions and shared their perspective on the poem through illustrations. They were assessed on their spellings through a spelling bee where they also chose 2-3 words from the list to make sentences.

Students attempted a formative assessment on punctuation where they used appropriate punctuation marks at the end of each sentence.

 

NUMERACY

During their Math classes, students  further expanded their understanding  of odd/even numbers through online games and they practiced solving related problems in their journals. They also represented the numbers on an abacus with colour coding.Later they  revisited the concept of place value through a dice activity.Students attempted a summative assessment on the  number system through a task sheet.

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HINDI

 During their Hindi lessons, students discussed  ‘संचार के प्राचीन और आधुनिक साधन’ (Communication systems used in the past and present) and watched a video on it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ay2Qy3wBe8). They watched the story  ‘विचित्र बांसुरीवाला’

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ_vtUYDVs8 ). They  identified  new vocabulary from the story and made sentences.

Music

During the music classes the studentsdiscussed how to  communicate their ideas and feelings effectively through instruments. They also wrote songs about how they feel and shared these songs with their classmates.

ICT

During the ICT classes student-made beautiful posters using Pic Collage on communication. They continued with their work on MS-OneNote and further explored drawing tools. They made freehand illustrations to hone their creative skills.

Dance

During dance classes students explored  jazz walk preparations with  feet positions which corresponded to style and technique. Further they concentrated on spotting and demonstration of different techniques used during the dance routine. Students participated in a jazz choreography dance routine too.

Art

Students inquired about cubism. They also discussed about the cubic artist Pablo Picasso and observed some artwork done by him and other artists on the style.

Library

With the belief that there is nothing as powerful as education, the world celebrates Literacy Day every year on September 8.  Students were made aware about the importance of  literacy to individuals, society, and communities  to know their social and individual rights. Literacy is required for  social and personal development.

Physical Education

Students tuned into sport signals and signs which are used on the field. Further, students explored signal indication with flags and hand gestures.