A history of civilizations

Unit of Inquiry

Students continued their learning journey into ancient civilizations as they researched the Indus valley civilization. They focused on characteristics like town planning, art and architecture, religion, culture, trade, daily lives, inventions and the reasons for decline. They further inquired into different ancient civilizations around the world pertaining to their social, economic and cultural ethos thereby enhancing their knowledge and understanding. They collaborated and presented information about the Roman, Chinese, Inca, Greek and Persian civilizations using posters, PPT and book creator.

Students examined the influence of these civilizations on the modern world. They reflected upon the practices that have given rise to modern day systems like urban town planning, standardized weights and measures, trade, number system and calendars.

English

English lessons were integrated with the Unit of Inquiry when students presented their research work on chosen civilization as a ‘take and talk’ activity. A spell bee was conducted to strengthen vocabulary. They brainstormed the essentials of summary writing and used the ’big 5’ strategy to summarize their work. They also watched a video on summary writing which was followed by a classroom discussion and note taking. The link is given below:

Math

Progressing with the concept of measurement, students engaged in a discussion about the units of measurement used in past civilizations. They differentiated between standard and non-standard units of measurement through an activity which helped understand why non-standard units are not an accurate way to measure.

In groups, students measured the length of their table using their hand-span and the length of the classroom using their foot span. They observed the variations in their answers, thus concluding that this is not an accurate way of measuring.

Students got a glimpse into the advanced and standardized tools of measurement used in the Indus Valley Civilization which demonstrated the precision in measuring, even without the use of standard tools. Link below:

Ancient Indian units of length measurement

Students also expressed their prior knowledge about area and perimeter using the think-puzzle-explore strategy. Some guiding questions aided them

  • What do you think you know about area and perimeter?
  • What questions or doubts do you have? What would be interesting to find?
  • How would you explore these puzzles? Whom could you ask? Where would you get more information?

Hindi

Students read the mukhya samachar and presented in groups in class, thus enhancing their reading-speaking skills. To enhance their speaking skills they spoke about means of communication and the pros and cons of smart phones. To enhance their listening and writing skills they were givena spell bee.

  Ab initio

Phase -1:

Students discussed about the given picture and wrote words related to them, thus enhancing their critical thinking skills. They also revised vyanjans and few maatraa (आ,इ,ई)

Phase 2:

Students discussed the given pictures and wrote sentences, hence enhancing their critical thinking skills and speaking skills. They also revised vyanjans and maatraa. Their knowledge of spellings was assessed with a spell bee activity.

French

The objective of the French lesson was to self-assess work on grammar and vocabulary.  It encouraged learner involvement and participation as students discussed and reflected by correcting their own work under the supervision of the facilitator. They developed their thinking skills by applying their prior knowledge.

Spanish

Students recapitulated the concept of interrogative words and practiced presenting this to anothers in Spanish as a part of a class activity. They also watched a video based on the introduction of self and others while learning to ask and answer questions. They  reflected upon their learning and understanding so to correct their errors.

ICT

Students were introduced to Minecraft to enhance their creativity, problem-solving, self-direction, collaboration and key life skills. Minecraft allows players to build using a variety of different blocks in a 3D procedurally generated world that requires creativity from players. The other activities in Minecraft include exploration, resource gathering and crafting. Students used creative mode where players are given limitless resources to build whatever they can imagine. They learned the movements, breaking and placing of blocks, control of mouse and keyboard to build anything they could imagine.

Visual Art

Students are in the process of completing their print advertisement. They used the elements of advertisement and created their print advertisement in mixed media.  They also reflected on their artwork.

Music

In their music classes they researched about music genres and learned when and why each genre of music was developed. 

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