5th Blog Entry – October 13,2018

 

ENGLISH We have completed the reading of the novel ‘My Family and Other Animals’.

We watched a video clip of one of the episodes from the movie adaptation of the book. We compared and contrasted how the author and the director create humor in both text types using the tools available to them. As part of descriptive writing skill, we annotated the words and phrases used by the author that create vivid images in the minds of the readers. We practiced writing several short descriptive passages.

SCIENCE Physics:

In the last two weeks, we wrapped up our group presentations and revised the concepts on the three laws of pressure in gases. We started a new topic – specific heat and latent heat. We performed an activity where we were in the groups and we had to come up with the explanation on specific and latent heat by using internet as a source, but the definitions had to come up with our understanding. We discussed our homework, which was on planning an investigation.

Chemistry:

We had our formative assessment on the energy changes in the chemical reactions and alternatives to fossil fuels. We also discussed the homework assignment and clarified our doubts. We had an engaging think-pair-share activity on energy changes in various chemical reactions happening in our daily life. This was done to reinforce the concept and for error correction in our last assessment.

Biology:

We discussed homeostasis, various glands, hormones and their roles in our body. We tested the presence of nutrients like starch, reducing sugars, lipids and proteins in various samples of food using different reagents. We concluded our first unit by a formative assessment.

INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES Last two weeks we have practiced our understanding of Criterion B and the expectations that ensue. We conducted a guided research and framed focused research questions. As we are about to begin the new unit of ‘Food and Health’, we brainstormed the key and related concepts that we will cover during the unit.
MATHEMATICS In the last two weeks, we started our new topic of linear equations and gradient. We also had one formative based on linear equations on AssessPrep and understood the topics of gradient better by watching a few videos on Khan Academy. Thereafter, we practiced it by solving questions online.
FRENCH We explored the advantages and disadvantages of the Internet as well as made posters to mark an end to the current unit. In grammar, we revised the tenses that we have studied previously and learnt how to give commands, suggestions and advice by using “L’Imperatif”. Using the grammar book resources, we read dialogues and understood the usage and formation of imperatives in affirmative and negative forms for regular and irregular verbs. We practiced some exercises and this also helped us revise the present tense, since it is crucial in learning other grammatical concepts too.
SPANISH We appeared for a formative assessment of criteria C and D.  We practiced pictures descriptions in class.  We explored how people used to communicate in past and the evolution changed the ways of communication.”
HINDI Phase 2

We had a story telling session of a Rajasthani folktale ‘Kavya aur baagh’.  We had a discussion about human values and ethics based on this story. We also watched a short film ‘Dar’ (Swami aur uske dost) in class. We wrote articles to discuss and answer the question whether the humanity is becoming completely selfish in present time. We read many other stories during class reading sessions.

Phase 3

We watched Hindi feature film ‘Pankh’ which tells the story of a anonymous travellers arrival in a village and how he develops good connections there and then disappears. We also had Criterion A practice based on the same. We watched another short movie also named ‘The joy of giving’. We read a travelogue article ‘Ek path ke liye ek shahar ki khoj’ and discussed how travelling different places gives us opportunity to explore about History and old cultures. We read an story by Mukesh Nautiyal ‘Ek boodhi kahani’ after which we discussed the challenges in life. We also write an article on – ‘Can we say life is a journey?’ and discuss the various points in the class.

DIGITAL DESIGN We were introduced to Criterion B: Developing ideas. We have outlined the design specification for our website and are in process of creating prototypes for the web pages in wireframe.cc. We will, in coming weeks, select and justify one design idea from the prototypes created.
ART As our practical work is nearing completion. we tried to analyze ways of creating colour perspectives as well as new language in art by symbolic representation of colours. Through our final art work we are trying to include the concepts of different artists and the ways they can be applied to contemporary forms. We also started writing our reflections on the unit.
PRODUCT DESIGN We learnt about various wooden joints and their uses. The intent of the unit was to understand the wooden joint and its application while creating products. We researched and analysed a range of wooden joints suitable to create our end products. Since it was a group activity, it was fun to collaborate with our group members.

Jahnavi Goriyaan

PHE We practiced a “6-minute walk test” for aerobic endurance. We also discussed the purpose and procedure of this test. Also, we practiced the skills of different sports of our choice during sports EDGE.
MUSIC We did an aural exercise in which the teacher played random chords on the keyboard and we had to identify the type and character of that chord.

 

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4th Blog Entry-30.09.18

ENGLISH We read part 2 of the book My Family and Other Animals and analysed the characters as well as the animals from the book. With the help of the book we understood proposal letters and wrote them for practice. In class we also had some revision of our existing writing skills, such as internal monologues.
SCIENCE  

Physics:

In the last 2 weeks, we were divided into groups and made presentations on force, pressure in solids, pressure in liquids and pressure in gases. Through presenting, we learned more about the topic. Then we were again divided into groups where we made posters on these topics. We were also given task sheets for better understanding of the concepts. We then had a formative assessment based on pressure in fluids.
-Parijat S.B.

 

Chemistry:

In the chemistry classes we learned about the fuels. It was a great topic, as we understood how we can save our environment by using various alternative fuels instead of fossil fuels. We also learnt about the characteristics of good fuel. We watched an interesting video on collision theory and further discussed the factors required for effective collision-like orientation of the particles and energy contained by them.

By Shorya

 

 

Biology:

We concluded our first formative assessment by giving group presentations on the topics allotted to us. We discussed our homework posted on ManageBac. We started studying about the endocrine system, the last topic of our first unit. We compared catalysts, enzymes and hormones, exocrine and endocrine glands. We explored hypothalamus and homeostasis in detail. Thereafter, we discussed our curriculum overview.  We were introduced to the practical assessment criteria and theory about food tests to be performed next week.

Arshia

 

INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES We started the week with political cartoon analysis. We made cartoons on the 19th century colonialism which will be peer assessed. This helped us to explore the creative side of our learning, wherein we discovered that even the smallest amount of text in a cartoon is extremely meaningful and conveys our understanding of the colonial era.

 

MATHEMATICS We have taken our first summative assessment and clarified the lingering doubts afterwards. We started with the new unit ‘Linear Equations’ and revised solving linear equations in one variable by balancing the equation. We started using AssessPrep in class and used it to solve questions. We will take our first formative assessment on AssessPrep for the unit ‘Linear Equations’ in the coming week and will practice during the weekend.

 

FRENCH We were given our Formative Assessment (Criterion B) marks as well as feedback on our performance. We revisited the home task sheets and graded them in class using peer feedback and evaluation. We revised the grammatical structures and explored the advantages and disadvantages of Internet after seeing the interactive videos of “Vinz et Lou”- these official characters are responsible for creating awareness among youngsters on safe use of Internet. We learnt French colloquial expressions from these videos too.

 

SPANISH We created Internet usage policy in Spanish.  We discussed what should be restricted and what should be permitted in terms of using Internet in school.  We watched a video on the risks involved in cybernetics and discussed them.

 

HINDI Phase 2

We practiced paragraph writing on the topic ‘How many factors, including friends, family, relatives, nature and society, contribute to our growth and overall development as humans’. We watched a Hindi feature film ‘School Bag’ which tells the story of a child and a mother and had Criterion A practice based on the film. This week we also had our formative assessments based on criteria B, C & D.

 

Phase 3

We watched a Hindi feature film ‘Pankh’ which tells the story of an anonymous traveler’s arrival to a village, how he develops good connections there and disappears afterwards. We also had Criterion A practice based on the film. We watched another short movie named ‘The Joy of Giving’. We read a travelogue article ‘Ek path ke liye ek shahar ki khoj’ and discussed how travelling to different places gives us the opportunity to explore history and old cultures.

This week we also had our Formative assessments based on criteria B, C & D.

 

DIGITAL DESIGN We completed criterion A and have submitted the presentations for assessment after a feedback session. We will be starting with criterion B to create different designs for our project.
ART We completed our research, layouts and proposals for our final paintings. We started investigating into different abstract artists and trying to understand colour perspective, symbolic representation and ways in which these artists create language through their art work. For our final work we chose acrylic colours and poster colours on A3 size paper.
PRODUCT DESIGN We are working on the Inquiring and Analyzing stage of the design cycle. Most of us have completed our assessment, whereas others are still working on it
PHE We practiced ‘planks’ in order to enhance our core strength and understand how this exercise improves the physical fitness of an individual.  Also we practiced the skills of different sports of our choice during sports EDGE.
MUSIC

 

We revised all theoretical concepts covered in class. We had our first formative assessment based on chord identification.

 

3rd Blog Entry-15.09.18

ENGLISH Having read part 2 of the novel My Family and Other Animals, we revisited our primary characters and determined if they had shown any dynamism or had maintained status quo in characterization. We also analysed some new characters, including animals that were introduced by the author during his time in Corfu.

Using Larry’s persuasive techniques as an example, we understood the elements of a proposal letter and practiced the skill by writing one such letter. We are also revising the skill of writing internal monologues.

Our reading tasks continue on a daily basis where we annotate the use of language that lends itself to vivid description and humour.

 

SCIENCE Physics:     We continued our group presentations and learned about pressure in liquids through simple activities. We also learned about gas laws with the help of a simulation. We solved numericals using the formula for pressure. We discussed our homework.

Chemistry:  We completed our peer-assessed group presentations on fuels like hydrogen, ethanol, natural gas and nuclear fuels. This group presentation was a part of our formative assessment. It was a fun experience and we learned about various types and aspects of fuels. Through the demonstration of various chemical reactions occurring at different speed, the topic of rate of reaction was introduced.

Biology:  We watched a video about respiratory system in humans and summarized it.

We were introduced to exocrine and endocrine glands in our body. Our formative assessment helped us enhance our social skills by working in a group and develop communication by presenting our research, expressing ideas artistically on paper and speaking about the topic allotted to us.

 

INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES This week we delved into positive and negative attributes of multinational companies as economic power. One of the debatable question explored by all of us was whether countries are run by governments or corporations. Now we will prepare for the upcoming summative assessment.

 

MATHEMATICS We understood the meaning of factorization and solved factorization-based questions in different ways including taking common factors, using identities and splitting the middle term. We used grids to apply identities in given expression logically by simple multiplication. We have taken our second formative assessment and at the moment are seeking clarification to some lingering questions and practicing applications of algebra to prepare for summative assessment.

 

FRENCH This week we continued the current unit of “World Wide Web” and were exposed to a very informational site “Surfer Prudent”. This site consists of all the underlying themes to be explored in this unit. We started by identifying the advantages and disadvantages of being connected on Social Networks as well as learnt the vocabulary of creating a social account. We made phrases to explore the activities that Internet has made possible for us to perform. We discussed the role Internet plays in our lives and whether it has been a boon or a bane. In grammar, we learnt the Present Progressive tense and practiced it with worksheets. We also revised the conjugation of irregular verbs such as “savoir” and “connaitre” and identified their usage. Finally, we started with the first round of an activity called “Fishing the French” in which we had to capture as many subject pronouns, auxiliary verbs (etre), and verbs and had to make as my phrases as we could in the allotted time. We are going to continue this activity to help us recognize different tenses.

 

 

SPANISH We learnt to give instructions in Spanish. We practiced imperatives with the help of a learning activity and learnt to create a social media account (Instagram) in Spanish. We discussed restrictive and advanced uses of internet in school and created internet usage policy in Spanish.

 

HINDI Phase 2

We had a discussion about the reasons we celebrate Hindi Diwas. We made and wrote our messages for Hindi Diwas. We also had paragraph writing practice and shared our work with our peers. We discussed a number of things affecting our personal growth and social grooming, such as friends, family, environment and many more. We expressed our views by writing a paragraph.

Phase 3

We had a discussion about the reasons we celebrate Hindi Diwas. We made and wrote our messages for Hindi Diwas. We also had paragraph writing practice and shared our work with our peers. We discussed grammar concepts like ling, vachan and Kaal and how these concepts affect sentence structure.

 

DIGITAL DESIGN We have started working individually on describing and explaining our problem statement. We have identified our client and the research questions for designing our solution. We will now prepare questionnaires for the clients and visit the websites to analyse essential and necessary features for our solution.

 

ART We completed our research work, layouts and proposals for our final paintings. We started investigating the work of different abstract artists trying to understand colour perspectives, symbolic representation and ways in which they create language through their art work. For our final project we have chosen acrylic colours and poster colours on A3 size paper.

 

PRODUCT DESIGN We are busy in constructing a research plan by using various tables. These research tables will help us state the main findings of the relevant research.
PHE We researched the “sit and reach” test and discussed how it helps in improving body flexibility.  During sports EDGE, we practiced the skills related to different sports of our choice.

 

 

THEATRE

 

We developed group mime tasks using our body movement, emotions, and gestures. We discussed the elements of a mime performance in detail and worked on developing the connection between a performer and the audience. We shared our viewpoints on the role of the audience in a performance.

 

MUSIC We identified various songs based on different intervals and played them in the class.

We also learnt the derivation of major and minor scales using the formulas on the grand staff which led to understanding the ability to know and recall relationships between notes and how different scales can set the mood and convey emotions.

 

2nd Blog Entry- 25 August 2018

 

ENGLISH This week we were introduced to the concept of migration and its reasons. We made the connection with the Durrell family’s impulsive decision to move to Corfu and determined whether it was a good move for them. Having read the first few chapters, we are gradually developing the character sketch of each of the family members and Spiro. We performed a group task for justifying our opinions on these characters by citing evidence from the text and slotting it as direct and indirect reference.

Pathetic fallacy has been introduced to our vocabulary – an interesting literary device that enhances our emotional understanding.

SCIENCE Physics:   We planned a practical activity to find the density of a given block and performed the practical to get the value of the density. In teams and with the teacher’s guidance, we researched to make PPTs on the assigned topic.

Chemistry:   We took the benchmarking assessment, following which we watched a video to understand the concept of complete and incomplete combustion. This topic helped reinforce the concept of activation energy. We were given a daily life situation which we discussed with relation to activation energy as well as combustion and then presented our explanation in the class.

Biology:  We took the benchmarking test and discussed the difficulty level in class. We understood chemical digestion of the three major components of food. We analysed the role of pH levels in different parts of the alimentary canal for the activation of proteolytic enzymes. We discussed the role that various glands and their secretions play in digestion.

INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES This week we dedicated ourselves to strengthen our response in writing tasks. We brainstormed the expectations of each strand of Criteria A and C. Most of the writing tasks were designed around economic power created due to colonialism and imperialism.
MATHEMATICS We have taken our first formative assessment on exponents and developed our communication skills while arranging and depicting given information logically to solve the puzzle. We learned to apply the distributive law and practiced questions based on it. We then discovered the method to find the product of two brackets and applied it to find square of (a + b) and (a – b).
FRENCH Bienvenue!

Finally, the benchmarking assessment results were announced this week. The results demonstrated that as foreign language learners, we have to start preparing ourselves for the next phase level and acquire the necessary skills. After the announcement of the results, we started this academic year’s first unit “World Wide web” and had a preliminary discussion on the unit’s statement of inquiry. Moreover, we discussed the advantages and disadvantages of internet as well as the uses of Internet and watched interactive videos on the topic. With the help of videos, we participated in speaking exercises using the vocabulary of technology and internet and did some classwork on task sheets too. In grammar, we learnt the usage of recent past tense and forms of negation using the transcription of the videos that we had watched.

SPANISH We appeared for the Benchmarking assessment and received the feedback.  We started our unit “World Wide Web”, discussed the statement of inquiry and brainstormed the inquiry questions for the unit.
HINDI Phase 2

We had a discussion on the topic of our unit ‘Me, My Family and Friends’. We discussed various concepts of family and extended family and participated in a writing activity based on those. We read the Hindi story ‘mere padosi ka jaana’ and had vocabulary-building activities in the class.

Phase 3

We had a discussion on the topic of our unit ‘Travel and Tourism’. We discussed various benefits of traveling to different places and participated in writing activities based on the discussion. We read a travelogue ‘kothi banaal’ which talks about the journey to a remote Uttarakhand village. We also had vocabulary-building activities in the class.

DIGITAL DESIGN We collaborated and presented our understanding of different stages of Design Cycle. We worked on padlet.com to share our understanding of different command terms in Design.  This will help us in delving deeply into the Design cycle to create our website as a solution to a problem in our city/subcity/society.
ART We tried to understand the difference between abstract art and other forms of art by participating in various activities and discussions. We explored the significance of various elements involved in creation of abstract art and the ways in which abstract art impacts society in changing times and space. Based on our research we have made mind maps and started making layouts and selecting mediums to be used for our practical work.
PRODUCT DESIGN We are exploring Autodesk Revit design software. Simultaneously we started jotting down our understanding of the unit as per design cycle by using various presentation tools.
PHE We discussed the importance of fitness tests in sports. We researched the activities which can increase aerobic capacity during sports training.
 

THEATRE

 

We explored mime situations and scenarios. We explored individual scenario building through improvisation. We reflected on each individual performance based on the core principles of a mime performance. We started developing group mime tasks using our body movement, emotions and gestures.
MUSIC We learnt about the relationships between all the notes and the names of different musical intervals. We did an ear-training exercise called interval dictation, wherein a pair of notes was played on the keyboard and we had to recognize the interval and know how far apart the notes were in semitones.

We also watched a video that described the importance of learning this concept and demonstrated jingles based on different intervals in order for us to recognize them easier.

 

1st Blog Entry- 11 August, 2018

Language and Literature

We started this year with a brief recap of the key concepts, related concepts and global context. Thereafter, we revisited the command terms and assessment criteria. Following this we started working on our first unit, ‘My Family and Other Animals’. We analysed the cover and the title of the book predicting what the story might be about. We started reading the text and analyzing the characters.

Maths

We started the academic session by finding the connection between learner profile and mathematics and justified our views with reasoning. We revisited the concept of BEDMAS and enhanced our thinking skills by conducting a ‘Birthday BEDMAS Activity’ with subsequent ice-cream sticks flow chart making to reinforce the concept. We have started the unit ‘Exponents’, learned about the derivation of different laws of exponents and practiced their application.

Visual Arts

We have tried to understand the difference between abstract art and other forms of art by participating in various activities and discussions. We have tried to understand the significance of the various elements involved in creation of abstract art and the ways in which abstract art impacts society in changing times and space. Based on our research we have made mind maps and started making layouts and selecting mediums to be used for our practical work.

Physics

We enhanced our graphical interpretations and graph plotting skills during skill building week. We discussed inquiry and purpose of our first unit. We worked in teams to come up with similarities and differences in the blocks given to us and presented our findings on colored A4 sheets. We learned that each block had a different density.

Chemistry

We discussed the command terms in science and used them in framing as well as answering questions.  We brainstormed the first twenty elements in the periodic table and tabulated them with their symbols and atomic numbers. The concept was reinforced through the periodic table song. We performed a lab activity on exothermic and endothermic reactions and reflected on the observations which introduced us to the new unit.

Biology

We participated in a skill development activity – ‘design your question paper.’ It helped us enhance our understanding of command terms and assessment criteria. We compared the structure of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, inquired into and discussed the complexity of unicellular organisms over multicellular organisms. We learned the hierarchy of cellular organization through examples. We watched a video on digestive system and observed the dental model to understand the structure of teeth in humans.

Individuals and Societies

Classroom learning began with activities, discussions and doubt-clearing sessions related to skills required to understand the expectations of each criterion and understanding of command terms. Students explored the connection between an individual and the society by creating mind maps, which in turn helped them to bring connections between various concepts. An interactive session on types of existing power was conducted, where students extended their learning to the Industrial Revolution and its social and economic impact.

Music

We started the lesson with some interactive and fun activities that helped us to know about each other in terms of our personal interests, unique talents and things we have in common.

We reviewed a few concepts covered last year – staff, pitch names, treble clef, bass clef. We also studied the relationships between pitch, frequency, wavelength and tension.

Digital design

This year in design we are focusing on sustainable development goals. Our first unit explores the ways we can identify innovative solutions and present them through a website. We will brainstorm the issues Gurgaon is grappled with and think of solutions to resolve those issues. We used coggle.it to create mind maps in groups to understand what is sustainability and innovation.

Product design

Beginning of a new unit “Wooden Joints Factory” was quite exciting. We are exploring types of wooden joints in order to later understand the application of these joints.

We collaborated to develop essential agreements which we believe will create a better learning environment.

Theater

We explored the theatrical genre of ‘mime’ and its essential elements using mind mapping. We watched videos of famous mime artists and recorded our observation in our theater journals.

French

French, considered to be one of the most important international languages of diplomacy, has attracted many towards learning it. And this is what has kept our motivation going for continuing to learn French in MYP Year 3. Over this week, our interest was again renewed by participating in a number of activities that have really helped us recapitulate our previous concepts such as “A quoi je pense?”, ”What do I think of?” “Les virelangues en Français”, “Acting the context”. In grammar, we revised present tense and near future tense with the help of texts and related exercises. Moreover, we watched French interactive videos and learnt useful French expressions to help us prepare for the benchmarking assessment.

Spanish

Brainstorming and scaffolding activities were conducted in the class. We had a discussion on benchmarking assessment which will be conducted next week. We revised the conjugation of verbs used to describe vacations.

Hindi

We shared our summer vacation experiences and discussed our improvement areas for the new term in terms of language and ATL skills.  We discussed the essential agreements of our class and participated in various activities, for example Just a Minute, Pahchan kaun in our class, which were helpful in further developing our communication and collaboration skills. We also read various stories and articles during group reading activities.

Under SEL (Social Emotional Learning) we made cards for our peers, which helped us in understanding each other’s skills and positive aspects of personality.

Furthermore, this week we had our benchmarking assessment.

PHE

We were introduced to our first unit ‘Fitness testing in the class. We were briefed about the importance of exercise in our daily routine. We also discussed the aerobic and anaerobic activities which affect sports training.