Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Summative time

We were given the task of taking the information we had collected in the form of a radio announcement. We heard different radio announcements to understand what  are the different things that go into making an effective radio announcement. 

We worked together to formulate the radio announcement and then set out to record them using the online voice recorder

Action time!!!

We set out and played one radio announcement we had created everyday on our school PA system to create awareness for the need to save water. Through our radio announcements we also gave simple  tips to the school community on how to save water.

Summative time

For our summative time we were given the task of creating a presentation for different audiences in the school. We had to educate them about the need for conserving water. Along with that we also had to persuade them to use the simple tips in order to save water.

Presentation time

Audience 1 : Parents

Audience 2: House keeping staff and class didi's

Audience 3 : Management staff

Audience 4 : PYP students

In Language,  we completed our persuasive write up to convince our parents to buy us unique pets.

To wrap up the persuasive writing , on the basis of our surveys done earlier we  had to suggest ways of how they could contribute towards water conservation and persuade our parents to make changes at home.

In Math,  we continued to collect data and graph the results of our findings.
We went around the school to collect data to find out what everyone did with the water that is left int hero bottles at the end of the day. We collectively then made a bar and pictograph to show the data.

We played scoot to practice place value and addition

We continued to work on addition and subtraction

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Going Further

Here is a peek into our presentations on the water cycle -

PPT presentation on water cycle by group 1 

Animation on water cycle by group 2 

Diorama on water cycle by group 3 

Poster on water cycle by group 4 

Explaining the live models we made - 

Digging deeper ...........How does the water get to our faucets??

We began by inquiring about the water bodies found in Mumbai
Tracing the map of Mumbai and marking out the different water bodies that supply water to us.

We read the book  - The Magic School bus at the waterworks.
This helped us understand the movement of water  from evaporation to the faucet.

We further watched a video to understand the water purification process.

We were presented with a challenge of creating our own water filters to clean water. 
We were given the following materials

We set out on experimenting and making our filters

Here is a peak into our final products - 

Post the experiment we reflected on the whole process.

As part of our assessment we had to create a flow chart to show how the water gets to our faucet

We then played a game of water watchers. This helped us understand the different ways people waster water and how simply we can save water

We had a Guest speaker - Ms. Sukrtiti from Academy of Earth Sustainability. to speak to us about  importance of conserving water and  ways we can do it.

Reflecting on what we learnt

Inspired from what Ms. Sukriti taught us we set out to research on finding ways we can conserve water in different areas in our community

Stay tuned to know how we present our research findings.......

In Language, we published our final drafts of our reviews we had been working on.

We continued on our journey of opinion writing by reading the book

We read another book - 
Stay tuned to know what we want to keep as pets.

In Math, we have been looking at reading and creating graphs.

We began by brainstorming the different ways living things use water.  We used this information to create a bar graph.

We went around to our neighbors and collected data - How many bottles of bottled water does each family consume in a week . We took that data and created a bar graph from the same.

                         We have also been working at honing our addition and subtraction skills.

We put up our first PYP Music assembly. Thank you Ms. Sara, Mr. Ronnie and Mr. Madhav for the melodious 40 minutes.

Our class singing a song related to our Unit of Inquiry

 We also reflected on our own assembly on learner profile . We wrote down how we would display the learner profile in our classroom.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

3 Short weeks

Three short eventful weeks

The second week brought with it a journey into the water world. We began our inquiry to learn about the precious resource - WATER

Tuning In

Day 1: We started our tuning in by using a pictorial provocation. Each table had a different picture and question to trigger the thinking of the students.

Day 2: Each group was given a newspaper article related to the monsoon season.

We read the newspaper and discussed - *What is the newspaper reporter trying to tell us?
* How far do you think this article is true?
* Do you agree with what the person is trying to say - Why or why not?
* Write down one fact that you gathered from the article?


To tune in to the theme of our unit - 'Sharing the Planet' and central idea - 'Water is one of the main natural resources and we must preserve it ', we took the water bottles of students away for the day. They were provided limited amount of water in a water dispenser. The water in the dispenser was the only water they had access to for the day.

Some of their reactions and thoughts.......

Mystery Text Quotes

Technology is most certainly the future, so it would be best to introduce it to elementary children and get the familiar with programs and skills they will need in their near future. Using technology in the classroom also sparks interests withing the students, it's different than the teacher writing everything on the white board.

Day 3: We looked at the video  - Nature talkingPost the video we discusses what message was nature trying to give us. We then unfolded our central idea and the key concepts of our unit. 

Post the discussion we began wondering what were the things that we wanted to learn more about under this unit.

Finding out

To find out more about how the water  is distributed on Earth we first found out what are the different forms of water on Earth.

Sharing our ideas using the Think link share strategy.

We were given QR codes and we went on different sites to find out the different forms of water.

Sorting Out 

To assess the prior knowledge of capacity we began by estimating the amount of water the different containers can hold. 
 We measured to see if our estimations were accurate.

We took up measuring water to understand the connection between liter and milliliter.

We took on the task of exploring how was the fresh water distributed on the Earth. 
We stated - If all the water on the Earth was equal to one liter, how much of fresh water is available to humans for use?

We realized that of all the water present on the Earth, there is only 3% of fresh water that can be really used by humans.

Do we really have all of the 3% of fresh water to use??????
We used our understanding of  milliliter and liter to measure and experiment the different amounts of each form of water found on the Earth.

Our findings

We were posed with another essential question - How does this 3% of fresh water get distributed over the Earth.

Before we dwelled further into this we did some experiments to understand the terms -



Water cycle Stimulation game 
The students became water molecules and rotated between different station depending on the instruction son each station. This game made us realize that  the same water molecule moves from one state to another.

Post this we used the picture priority strategy to see what we had understood through the water cycle stimulation game.

Take a peek at how we figured out the water cycle -

Once we were familiar with these terms we were given a project to work on to understand the water cycle i.e. - How does water move ?

Take a peek at our task here.

Working hard to get the projects complete

Using QR codes to gain access to sites

Stay tuned for our presentations next week........

In language, we are learning to write reviews.

We our working our way around the concept of Place value. 

To activate our previous understanding of place value we played the silent game. 

We are working with different manipulative and strategies to understand the connection of the value and place of the digit. 

B.U.I.L.D. time

We created our accounts on Khan Academy. We will be using this to learn and make our understanding of  math concepts stronger.

This year we had a PYP elections to select a candidate to represent the PYP in the student council.
We even got our fingers inked to ensure there was fair voting!!!

Once we had our PYP representatives elected it was now time to vote for the EIS student council for 2017-18.

Independence Day celebration

We played a short quiz on Independence day to refresh ourselves about India.

Our Independence day celebration began with Ms.Chantele our youngest staff member hoisting the flag. 
Some of our friends gave inspiring speeches in Hindi. 

Along with us some of our other friends from different grades too sang some patriotic songs to entice the spirit of freedom. a peek into into our performance - 

Our celebration ended with the felicitation of the Student council members.

Our First class assembly

We put up our first assembly of Grade 3.
We began with going to all the PYP classrooms and read them stories based on different learner profile. Post the story we brainstormed the learner profile the story was about.

Post the discussion we asked all the classes to put together a skit that showed how we display the learner profile at EIS.

A sneak peek into some of the performances of the day -

We would like to thank the entire PYP  family for the whole hearted participation and success of our assembly.