29th September – Sharing the planet

Unit of Inquiry

This fortnight, students embarked on a new unit of inquiry- ‘Human behavior has an impact on animal survival’.Provocation of the unit was done through an ‘I see I think I wonder’ activity where students watched a video and wrote down their observations and understanding.


Students further identified the key words from the central idea and illustrated their understanding of the same.

To further enhance the understanding of the unit students used the strategy ‘Think-Pair-Share’, were engaged in a class discussion and brainstormed about the things that are essential for humans and animals to survive. The students were also familiarized with the term ‘habitat’ and understood its relevance in the context of animals.





Students also inquired into the types of habitats and how animals have adapted to their natural surroundings. Example: camel has vacuumed feet that help it to walk in the desert, fish have gills to help them breathe underwater, polar bears have thick fur to keep them warm in the extreme cold.



Students began the first line of inquiry, through a story ‘A tailor and an elephant’. They discussed the relationship between humans and animals and presented their understanding by creating a mind map.


They further extended their knowledge by discussing what products one gets from animals like food, fur, leather etc. Knowledge was further extended by contemplating on some unique ways in which animals help man.

Examples: How sniffer dogs help the police?

Summative assessment on the unit of ‘Health’ was taken when student was given scenarios where they had to identify the problem, analyze cause and find the solution. Unit reflection was done in class; students wrote about things they learned from the unit, one thing that they would like to change in their daily routine and one habit that they would like to imbibe.


During their English classes, students enriched their vocabulary by reading a passage.

Students were given two pictures to discover and shared the differences between them with their peer.

A Formative assessment was attempted on nouns where they observed their classroom environment, identified the naming words and wrote them under correct categories (name, place, animal and thing.

Students were assessed on their spellings with a spell bee. They  were provided with the meanings and they wrote the words associated with them. The assessment was marked by the students on a graph attached in the journals.

To enhance their listening skills, students watched an online story titled “The Brown Bear”. They sequenced the events of the story by viewing illustrations and labelled them in their correct format in their journals.


Students further tuned into the concept of common and proper noun through a game ‘find my pair ‘where  students picked up pieces of paper, read them, identified and placed them under appropriate headings.


To assess their listening skills students were given an image. They had to listen and follow the instructions to complete the task.

To assess students’ prior knowledge ‘bingo’ game was played with sight and students had to listen and colour the sight word (For example, ‘there’, colour it red).


During their Math classes, students approached the concept of patterns through visual presentation like the ‘Pattern fish’ story and activities.


Students were familiarized with different types of patterns, such as geometric patterns, colour patterns, object patterns (e.g., leaf, flower, stick, leaf …),action patterns (e.g., clap,snap, clap, snap…),number patterns (odd numbers, even numbers) and letter pattern.


Formative assessment on ordinal numbers was done through a game- ‘Where is the orange cat?’ where children were made to stand in a line then the child with the mask took his/her position in the line and all other children tried to guess the position of the masked cat.




During their Hindi classes, students watched a video on ‘aalsi tidda’(आलसी टिड्डा)


and attempted ‘Listen and answer’ activity. They also learned (इ) matraa through video and wrote ‘i’ (इ) matraa words like गिलास,हिरन,किला,सितार and made sentences with the same.


During their music lessons students learned how to sing ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay (https://youtu.be/7PDUO3l8xiM).

They also did some vocal exercises to enhance their vocal quality.



Students have finished creating their fruit collage. Now they have started sketching preliminary compositions for their current unit on ‘Animals’.


During their dance classes, students revised the animal movements they had learned. They had planned and drew an illustration of a stage design in which they imagined they were performing the animal characters and tried enacting animal movements through dance.


Students are working on lower body agility and endurance by participating in dribbling skill for the sport- football.


Grade 1 was read a visually humorous picture book ‘A place to call home’ by Alexis Deacon. It is a comic book style tale of solidarity and bravery, where a band of brothers outgrows the dim confinement that was their birthplace; there is no other choice but to set out into the world on a grand adventure. Terrified at first, they soon cross a muddy sea, climb a discarded mountain, survive an appliance-like labyrinth, and finally reach the edge of the world. The story left every child giggling and cheering.



Healthy choices,15th September


This fortnight, students tuned into the third line of inquiry, ‘reflecting on choices and their consequences’. Empty packs and wrappers of food items like cornflakes, chocolate, chips were given to inquire about the terms ingredients and nutritional value. Students also interpreted the significance of the red or green dot on the packs.

Students understood the importance of drinking water with a ‘think before you drink’ experiment, where they investigated into variety of drinks available in the market (bottled water, cold drinks, juice, energy drinks) to find out and compare sugar content in each one of them. Later they sequenced bottles in order of the sugar content and concluded that water has no sugar content in it.

Through  a ‘head to toe’ activity, students explored and identified which food item is necessery for the well being of which body part. For example carrot, spinach are good for the eyes, ginger, honey are good for throat were discussed.


Following the second line of inquiry ‘food and its impact on our body’, a formative assessment was conducted in the class wherein   students were encouraged to draw ‘my healthy plate’. They had to choose any one meal from breakfast, lunch or dinner keeping in mind the food pyramid and plan their plate.


Students visited a popular super market to identify and distinguish between fresh food and processed food items. They were made aware of the variety of choices available in the market and the importance of making the right choice.

Later they displayed the learner profile of being reflective by writing their understanding about the field trip in their journal.IMG_20180913_110527_HDR


During their Math classes, students practiced writing number facts for any given number in their process journals. They revisited odd and even number concepts through an app on the iPad. The concept of place value, ascending  and descending order, more or  less concepts were reinforced.

Students were introduced to number names. They practiced reading and writing number names in their journals.Students tuned into the concept of ‘face value’ and gained knowledge about the difference between ‘place value’ and ‘face value’

Students tuned into the concept of ‘ordinal numbers’ through a race in the school ground. They understood the position of each other in the competition with respect to ordinal numbers.



During English lesson, students inquired about nouns through a gallery walk activity and kept writing names of things they saw and people they met around school. Later they segregated their list to write the words under various categories on  cut-outs appropriately.

Students  looked at the picture of ‘Balanced Diet for 30 seconds and then, they listed 10 things they saw in the picture in their journals.IMG_20180910_085003

Students also listened /read the unit related story ‘Food Fit’. It has explained the importance of different food items and nutrients they give us. Students reflected their understanding through writing/illustrations.



During their Hindi classes, students enhanced their communication skills verbalizing tongue twisters. They also revisited ‘aa’ matraa and wrote words.



During Music lessons, students learned and practiced how to sing ‘Doe a deer’. They gained knowledge about the impact of vocal exercises and how good eating habits play a role in preserving voice quality. Students understood the significance of music therapy and its positive impact on health.


During dance classes, students reflected their observation and understanding of different physical moments that augur health . They also learned to hone their listening and agility skills through a ‘dancing statue’ activity.


Physical Education

During Physical Education lessons, students learned the proper technique and fundamentals of basketball dribbling. Students are practising to improve their basics on ball handling, ball throwing, one hand ball dribble (right to left) to enhance their gross motor skills. Along with this practice, students also are developing their eye hand coordination, strengthening their fore arm and shoulders muscles.


With the belief that there is nothing as powerful as education, the world celebrates Literacy Day every year on  September 8 where children were made aware about the importance of literacy that forms the corner stone of  social and personal development. Students exchanged  books and opted for  two non- fiction books over the last fortnight.


During Art classes, students were assigned creative tasks to explore form and colour through an activity around creation of  fruit composition. They were introduced to basic colour theory. Later  the elements of a basic drawing composition consisting of a background and foreground were explained.

After a discussion on the benefits of consuming fruits for good health, they were assigned two compositional exercises. Drawing by observing a still life fruit composition and  drawing fruit composition using their own imagination and creativity were activities undertaken.

The outcomes included a self-review of their work as they presented it to their peers.

ICT unit integration was implemented through ‘dine decisions’ app where students had to choose healthy food items. They also used the app ‘Scribble’ to make a food pyramid and illustrated the food item under each group.


Students of Grade 1 also participated in the spell bee assembly held by Grade 1D. They shared their knowledge with their peers and enhanced their communication skills .

1st September

Unit of Inquiry

This fortnight, students tuned into the second line of inquiry, ‘food and its impact on our body’, through a ‘thumbs up’ and ‘thumbs down’ activity.

Students further inquired about the importance of different food groups, through a story, which was followed by a discussion.


They reflected upon their understanding by illustrating the different food groups. Later they made a list of healthy snacks which they could include in their daily diet.

The highlight of the past fortnight was the  guest speaker session by a nutritionist Ms. Anshupriya Bhatnagar. Students gained knowledge about the food pyramid, food groups and their role in keeping us healthy.


During their English lessons, students recapitulated blends cr, br, fr, dr, gr, tr through a ‘donut engagement’ game.

For further practice, students solved a  few blend drill sheets. Students were also assessed on their spellings through a spell bee. The assessment was marked by the students on a graph attached in their journals.

A visual imagery activity was attempted wherein students read poems and illustrated their understanding in their process journals. The poems were integrated with the unit of inquiry.

The students tuned in to phonograms ‘ar’ and ‘or’ through videos. Further, they brainstormed and wrote the words in their journals.





‘Take & Talk’ activity gave an opportunity to the students to choose and share their understanding on ‘5 factors of health’ or ‘the food pyramid.


Students practiced the concept of place value using Abacus and other manipulatives. Students attempted a formative assessment on place value and comparison of numbers.


During their Hindi classes, students watched a PPT on good habits (अच्छी आदतें) and attempted ‘listen and answer’ activity. They also practiced ‘secret song’ for Hindi Diwas.


During dance classes, students worked on the idea of using space to create their stories in groups. As a part of the prior knowledge assessment, the students discussed the relationship between dance and health.


The students created beats on the Congo and identified time signatures of their beats. They have also learned the Kodaly hand signs for different notes. They practiced singing songs like ‘Doe A Deer’ with these hand signs.


Students were briefed on all the drawing tools in MS-Paint. They designed their healthy plate using those tools. They included all the important elements of a healthy diet while  illustrating them.


Students participated in an assembly presented by grade 1C.They spoke about why, when and how Janmashtami is celebrated. They further shared some interesting facts about Lord Krishna on the festival that marks his birthday celebrations.



During library class, students exchanged their books. They participated in the summer assignment winner’s celebration day on  August 30, where the winner’s were felicitated for  their  work and were treated to a movie,  butter popcorn and ice-cream to complete the theatre experience.



During the art classes, the students were introduced to the concepts of colors. They were also explained about the significance of human emotions and how colors  express these emotions. The students were asked to color inside various shapes using  warm and cold colors and were asked to associate and explain why they choose a particular color to express an emotion. The shapes included the human face, geometric and anhromorphic shapes and a fruit composition.

Physical Education

Students  practiced loco motor and non-loco motor skills which enabled them  to maintain stability and control in different positions. The body remained in place and moved around its horizontal or vertical axis ass they practiced.


18th August- Healthy Us :-)

Unit of Inquiry

Students continued to gain knowledge about their current unit of inquiry on health. The highlight of the past fortnight was a group activity of making a picture collage. Students gained knowledge about various aspects of health while honing their social and self-management skills.

Students watched a story ‘I love to eat fruits and vegetables’ which was followed by a discussion on how to stay healthy. They wrote their understanding in their journals.


Students also associated objects found from ‘Mystery Box’ to the daily life and how it helps us to keep ourselves healthy.

Students further inquired about the importance of personal hygiene through a discussion. As a follow up activity, they illustrated ways to maintain hygiene. Students reflected about their daily routines and habits through a T-chart. They identified, sorted pictures and illustrated the healthy and unhealthy practices. Students were encouraged to think how they could replace unhealthy habits with healthier ones.

Students participated in a class discussion about how they spent their weekend shouldering various activities. Students interviewed peers and staff members at school to investigate various health factors, habits that individuals portrayed and discussed their findings in class.

Students watched a video on ‘healthy and unhealthy family’



During the English lessons students practiced writing CVC words with medial sounds ‘o’ and ‘u’ in their journals. They wrote a few sentences with these words. Students read ORT books and were assessed for their reading levels with a rubric. Spellings were assessed through a spelling bee. Sight words were recapitulated with a bingo game.

CVC Words

They also revisited few blends using the blend tree and practiced writing blend words in the journals.


During their Math classes, students practiced writing numbers in their process journals. They revisited number concepts like odd/even, quantity association, ascending/descending through ‘think, pair, share’ strategy.

The concept of place value was reinforced using manipulatives. They also represented few numbers in their journals using bars of tens and ones.


A few drill sheets were also attempted and quantity association was practiced using pencils and erasers to represent quantities.


During their Hindi classes, students recited the poem ‘सभी फलों में सेब है न्यारा. An activity helped them identify names of fruits and vegetables in Hindi. They also learnt vyanjan ह, च, द and wrote words with the same.


An assembly was conducted by the students of grade 1B on Independence Day, where they discussed the changes and development that the country has undergone in the last 71 years of freedom. Students mapped the areas under the British rule, analyzed what independence meant to them, how responsibilities go hand in hand with rights. They enjoyed singing songs and the national anthem gave closure to the event.


During the music classes, students were introduced to time signatures in music and they were able to identify the same for different beats played on the Congo. They sang Indian National Anthem. Students displayed International mindedness when they heard the South Korean, Japanese, Israeli and Chinese National Anthems and paid respect to the countries of their fellow classmates.


Students were introduced to research and its types. Later they were divided into two teams and were given examples to identify the types of research. They also learned about various browsers and the type of search engine associated with them. They were briefed on the keywords that they could use for the search. Some tried copy-pasting the image on the MS-Paint too.


During dance students were taught basic floor work through the imagery of starfish and baby. Loco motor skills were also enhanced alongside creative thinking through the theme of animal movements.


To mark India’s Independence Day, a quiz was undertaken. Questions about national tree, national marine animal, national reptile, India’s population, number of states, the national emblem and many more such questions were asked during the library lesson.


For this period the students were introduced to the concepts of color theory and various drawing forms. Activities included, drawing and coloring frontal and side view of a human face, geometric compositions and a fruit composition.

Physical Education

Students worked on motor development by doing relay races. They were involved in different recreational games using cones, small hurdles and ladders. They also worked on improving their flexibility through stretching exercises.



4th August- The journey begins..



The new academic session began with a lots of learning, growing, making new friends, interactive learning engagements and social emotional development.

Students easily settled into their new classes and enjoyed the first two days by introducing, interacting and sharing their vacation stories with their peers. They participated in many ice-breaking activities. They worked on formulating essential agreements and revisited the Learner Profile attributes, the inquiry cycle, concepts, skills and the importance of action in a Unit Of Inquiry.


Leading a balanced lifestyle can help us stay healthy was the central idea that motivated students to undertake inquiry within and outside the classrooms.

Tuning into the unit was done through a mystery box game, where the students used their senses to touch, feel, taste and smell the objects placed inside the mystery box. The objects were related to health and wellbeing for maintaining a balanced lifestyle.    

Students connected the word ‘balanced’ with the learner profile attribute. They further shared their understanding of a healthy lifestyle by emphasizing the five factors that promote good health e.g. recreation, hygiene, rest, food and exercise.

The students created a mind map by illustrating ” What healthy means to them ?” in their journals.


During their English classes, students were welcomed with a fun ice-breaking activity ‘colored gems’ in which they shared information about their favorite friend/family member/cuisine/hobby/place etc. 

They further enjoyed creating photo frames by sketching themselves on a coloured sheet and pasted the photo frames in their respective cubby holes to get a sense of belongingness.


Students played the game about their name where they identifying letter cut outs to form spellings for their names. They used their name cut outs to make name plates.

Students watched an online story ‘sharing a shell’ and shared their understanding of the importance of sharing with their friends.


 Letter recognition was done through a task sheet about a ‘secret message from their teacher.’ Their understanding of phonic sound & letter formation was done through a ‘fish bowl activity’. Students wrote upper and lower-case letters in their process journals. Their prior knowledge of blending sounds  was assessed through looping back sheet. They attempted to make CVC words using the medial sound of vowels (a,e,i ,o,u)  . Each group shared their words through a presentation.


 During their Math classes, students engaged themselves in various ice breaking activities where students counted and introduced themselves on every odd number by saying fizz buzz   

A looping back sheet as used to assess prior knowledge of number recognition, and quantity association using manipulative. Students also practiced arranging  numbers in ascending and descending order.


During their Hindi lessons, students watched the story ‘ Aalsee Brahmin’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-nagMCHrzs) and related different learner profile attributes from the same. They formulated essential agreements for maintaining an interactive learning environment in class. Students also revisited a few vernacular swar and vyanjans words through a bus stop activity.


The students learned how to sing ‘Here comes a Sun‘(https://youtu.be/bgiQD56eWDk) and ‘Little April Shower’ (https://youtu.be/saa98l0yDYQ).They also engaged in some vocal exercises.



Students were welcomed into the ICT  lessons post the summer with great interest .Essential agreements were made during the  introductory class in which they were made comfortable with their surrounding and taught  to handle  the  I Pad and laptop devices. Students were shown the input-output and all the other physical components of the computer.


Students have begun doing basic warm up, stretching and embarked on practicing hand & feet position as  a regular dance routine.


Students discussed warm and cool colours. They then observed front and profile faces and learned how to draw proportionate portraits .

Physical Education

Students developed their loco motor, non-locomotors skills by doing flexibility and strength building exercises.


Students were excited to visit the library after the long summer break. They were made aware of the fact that from grade 1 year, they would be choosing their books independently though  teachers would assist in guiding them  to make  age appropriate choices.

The summer reading log was assessed during library time to check the understanding of the books that each child had read during vacation time.

‘Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn’  Benjamin Franklin