Unit of Inquiry
Kindergarteners commenced their 1st unit under the Transdisciplinary Theme: How the world works
Central Idea: The Earth’s natural cycles influence the activities of living things
Lines of Inquiry:
- Natural cycles go through a process of change
- The effects of natural cycles on living things
- Human impact on the Earth’s natural cycles
The students were engaged in a thought provoking discussion on the things that are present in the solar system (sun, moon and planets).
They were shown an online video on solar system
The students also loved singing the ‘Solar system song’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ-qLUIj_A0 (
They were read a book called ‘The planets’ which provided a further insight into the solar system; the number of planets, their position in the solar system, and their characteristics etc.
Students reinforced the phonic sounds through various activities using the Montessori Large movable box material. They were asked to pick up random objects from the class and identify the initial and the final sound for the same. As a follow up, they were given slates and asked to write the letters on the slate. They loved pasting pictures of different objects in their journals and practiced writing the initial and final sound next to each picture.
Reinforcement of vyanjan ‘घ’, ‘र’, ‘ल’ was done through flash cards/objects/toys. Initial sound of the objects and recitation of vyanjan was undertaken. Students also practiced the formation of the vyanjan ‘घ’ through rainbow tracing.
They played a ‘mystery bag’ game in which they were asked to collect object and guess the initial vyanjan for each. Subsequently they practiced writing the vyanjanon their slate.
Students enjoyed learning a new Hindi rhyme ‘Ginti – ek, do, teen’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QQ9o_wLCU8
Students were shown flash cards for Subitising from (1-10). They estimated the numbers and wrote on the slate. They were shown beads in a tray and were asked to estimate the numbers and count to compare how accurately they had managed to estimate.
They wrote numbers from (1-10) on the given place value lines. i.e ones on green and tens on blue lines.
To further strengthen their concept of odd/even, they were read a book titled ‘Missing mittens’ by Stuart Murphy.
Students extended their learning of the unit through an iPad app ‘Marco Polo Weather’. They used the app to explore different seasons, weather, the changes in the environment and their effect on human beings.
Students were introduced to warm and cool colours. They also inquired about the colour wheel. They loved using stencils of different geometric shapes for their drawing thereby enhancing their fine motor skills.
Basic routine was undertaken and students concentrated on mobility and flexibility regimes.
Students have begun practicing different modes of stretching exercise to develop body co-ordination to improve the flexibility and strength.
The students were read author Giles Andreae’s wonderful book named ‘Mad about dinosaurs’.The book comprised of lovely illustrations on dinosaurs and some relevant information on various carnivorous and herbivorous species in a perfectly rhyming style. The story kept students thoroughly engaged during their library class.