MYP 5 Blog October, 2018

ENGLISH

We wound up our last unit, Language and Power, with a summative assessment and moved onto the new unit based on the book Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.  The unit began with a discussion, that lasted over four lessons, wherein the students shared their thoughts on essential elements of a dystopian text. Thought provoking and mature ideas presented. Some students also shared their prior knowledge of the topic and how dystopia is visually presented in a movie. The class continues to move onto fruitful activities discussing the same.

SCIENCE Biology: We carried out some practical experiments and took assessments. We took a formative assessment on osmosis, after which, we moved onto the new unit ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. We studied about Gregor Mendel and his laws of heredity. We also learned about monohybrid crosses, dihybrid crosses, and how to use punnet square to find out the genotype and phenotype of the offspring.

We also investigated the presence of starch and glucose in food samples by performing the food tests using iodine and Benedict’s reagent. After completing the experiment, we analysed the data and concluded the investigation.

By-Mann Aswal

Chemistry: The last two weeks in Chemistry were extremely exciting and engaging as we were introduced to several new concepts. We concluded our active learning of IUPAC naming by sketching and rehearsing structural formulae and doing practice problems in class.

 

Furthermore, we were introduced to the formation of three distinct fossil fuels and methods of extracting crude oil such as fracking and fractional distillation and also cracking We also discussed how bio detergents work and are better alternatives to traditional detergents. We learnt how polymers are an inevitable part of our daily life.

 

Finally, with the aid of a presentation, we revised certain trends in the period table. – a concept we had initially done last year.  We took self- notes regarding specific terms to be used while writing the responses during assessment.

by:  Aryamoy Mitra

 

Physics: We learned in detail about transformers and solved numerical based on the same. We appeared for a formative assessment. We worked in groups to understand disadvantages of high voltage and high current and presented the same using a Venn diagram. We started our next unit ‘Radioactivity’. We discussed the structure of an atom, radioactive radiation and forces in the nucleus.

 

INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES During the past two weeks, we continued with our unit Sustainable Management by analyzing case studies and framing research questions(investigation). Analyzing different sources helped us get a better understanding of the expectations of Criterion B and prepared us for the summative assessment.

-by Neeharika Goel

 

MATHEMATICS (Standard) We completed an assessment on Probability of Events. We analysed real life examples on exponential functions. We were able to connect the function form of f(x) = ab raised to the power x as a growth and decay expression. We are now looking forward to your monthly tests.
MATHEMATICS (Extended) We completed the last concept in the Probabilities unit – Conditional probability. We also had an assessment on simple probability. After receiving our grades, we discussed the assessment and worked on our focus areas. We also started arithmetic and geometric progression. We learnt the general formula, sum formula and also practiced the word problems and real life applications of arithmetic and geometric progressions.

 

-by Ishaan Mohan Gupta

 

FRENCH Phase 2

We wrapped up this unit by making posters on Safe Internet Surfing. We watched videos on the do’s and don’ts of Social Networking as well as measures that have to be taken to protect our privacy on these platforms. A collage of picture was given and we had to write the dialogues and narrations as part of a Creative Writing exercise.

 

SPANISH We took a formative assessment on criteria C and D. We explored the evolution  of means of communication thorough a video and a text.

 

HINDI Phase 3

We watched a Hindi feature film titled ‘Pankh’ which tells the story of an anonymous traveller’s arrival in a village and how he develops good connections there before disappearing. We also practiced Criterion A 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 to different places gives us an opportunity to explore history and old cultures. We read a story by Mukesh Nautiyal ‘ek boodhi kahani’ after which we discussed the challenges in life. We also wrote an article on – ‘Can we say life is a journey?’

 

 

Phase 4

We prepared a PPT on the uses and consequences of Internet in present times. We continued reading travelogues and discussed how travelling to different places gives us an opportunity to explore about History and old cultures. We read a story by Mukesh Nautiyal ‘ek boodhi kahani’ after which we discussed the challenges in life. We also wrote an article on – ‘Can we say life is a journey?’

ICT For the past 2 weeks, we have been rigorously working on our own digital products. While some are making websites, others are making app. What we’ve done during the past 10 working days, all falls under working towards the completion of criterion C. We also had a one-on-one feedback session in which we were given constructive feedback. Furthermore, we were sent samples to refer to make sure that we produce quality product and work to the best of our abilities.

–       By Dhruv Garg

 

DT For the past 2 weeks we have been rigorously working, towards the completion of our design portfolio. While developing our ideas and creating four sketches, we have been taking feedback from our classmates, that has enabled our designs to have a broader outlook. In the process, we developed our collaboration and thinking skills. Furthermore, we all were sent samples of the separate strands of the second criteria, to refer to, to make sure that we create products that are refined and we work to the best our abilities. The students were also notified about the deadline of this criteria, and were briefed, along the lines of each individual strand.

 

– by Rishav Haldar

 

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MYP 5 Blog September

ENGLISH

We wrapped up Unit 1 with Individual Oral Presentations. As a preparation to this, a PPt was created in class by the teacher which was the result of a class discussion. Thereafter, each of us selected a source (any of the non-literary text types covered in the unit) we thought had potential for advocacy. After approval from the teacher, we analysed its content, structure, devices used, author, audience and perspectives existing within the text. We received meaningful feedback from our peers and teachers. We are now gearing up for the summative assessment on this unit.
SCIENCE Biology: We covered several unit related concepts in Biology. We ended and concluded the previous unit “Building Blocks” by learning about two specific concepts, fertilization and gametogenesis. We built upon previously learnt knowledge and were given pictorial representations of how gametogenesis takes place in males and females (spermatogenesis and oogenesis). We discussed the next few processes of implantation and gestation, the functioning of enzymes and made individual posters listing what enzymes were, illustrating the lock-and-key model (ES and EP complex) and explaining the concept of enzyme specificity.

Later, we commenced with our new unit “Green Canopy”. We were introduced to the details of the unit (GC, RC, KC) as well as an SOI and inquiry questions for the same. We initiated the unit by recapping the process of pollination and the two types of pollination (self and cross pollination). We performed a group activity on gaseous exchange in plants. We used various Microsoft tools for this.

-by Aryamoy Mitra

Physics:  In the course of the past two weeks, we learned about Fleming’s right-hand rule and its application on AC generators. We also outlined the difference between AC and DC motors. We learned about transformers, their working and their types.  Based on the previous concept, we took a formative assessment on electromagnets, and we also had a practical lesson on how the electromagnets work. This helped us to understand and practice a concept taught in class.

Furthermore, we had a group presentation task, where each group got a different concept to work on (DC motors, transformer, electromagnet, cells, etc). This helped us look back and revise the concepts covered in the unit.

-by Neeharika Goel

 

Chemistry:  The week started by comparing advantages, disadvantages and sustainability of the two methods for preparation of ethanol. This week, we were  introduced to the new concept, isomerism using layman’s terms. This simplified an otherwise tough concept. Further, during the week, we were shown examples to solve questions related to isomerism and then tested on our understanding. We learnt the two types of isomerism, chain and position.

– by Dhruv Garg

 

INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES In the past few weeks, we wrapped up our previous unit on social and civil rights and we started with our new unit, Sustainable Management of the Natural Environment. We had interactive class discussions and read a few case studies about the different climatic regions and their problems. We researched on deforestation and global warming and recently had our formative assessment on it. We had to write about the usefulness of the de-horning process of Rhino’s and its effect on the environment and on the species. We continue our current class with the economic view point of resource management.

 

By Inika Anand

MATHEMATICS (Standard) We learnt the Laws of Probability and its representation using tree diagram a grid and a Venn diagram.

More importantly, we learnt what are independent events and how the multiplication law helps us identify independent events.

 

MATHEMATICS (Extended) We have started with the unit ‘Probabilities’ and revised simple events, sample space and formula to find probability. We have understood the meaning of compound events, independent events and mutually exclusive events. We practiced a variety of questions to find probability using Venn diagram, two-dimensional grid, tree diagram and tabular form.

 

FRENCH Phase 2:

We received the feedback for our Formative Assessment and worked on the corrections. Afterwards, we carried on with practicing our grammar concepts (simple past tense and imperatives) from the relevant resource book. We further explored the “Surfer Prudent” website for continuation on the theme of Internet. To make our learning interactive, we have started to design posters to create awareness in school on safe utilization of Internet.

 

SPANISH After practicing “imperatives” and enjoying a treasure hunt, we made posters on usage of internet in school. We enjoyed a group activity where we were given cards on pros and cons of internet. We segregated them as per their use and understanding. This activity helped us in honing our social and thinking skills. We also learnt to synthesis a text and offer our opinions.

 

HINDI Phase 3

We watched Hindi feature film ‘Pankh’ which tells the story of an anonymous traveller’s arrival in a village and after developing good connections there, he disappears. We also practiced Criterion A based on the same. We watched another short movie named ‘The Joy of Giving’. We read travelogues and discussed how travelling to different places gives us opportunities to explore history and old cultures.

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

 

Phase 4

We worked on our own Hindi blogs and learning Hindi typing. We read many Hindi websites and blogs. We read travelogues and discussed how travelling to different places gives us opportunities to explore history and old cultures.

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

ICT We started criterion C for which all the students were eagerly waiting. Criterion C is when we create our digital product and also a process journal. We were instructed on how to maintain a process journal and referred to a check-list for the must-haves in it. As this is an online process journal, we have been given the task of screen-recording the process of making the product and presenting it in the journal itself.
The students made two entries each for two weeks. They are expected to continue with the same. We are regularly taking feedback from our peers to improve the quality of our products.

 

– by Dhruv Garg

 

DT In the course of the past two weeks, we started working on criterion B of our portfolios. We have written a lot of portfolios but every time there is something new to learn. For this particular unit, we learned how to use Revit, a modelling software. We started working on criterion B by identifying the design specification. Then each one of us thought of four different designs. While some were finishing the theoretical part of the portfolio, others were creating layouts and making elevations for the school being designed by us.

-by Neeharika Goel

 

 

 

MYP 5 Blog September 2018

 

ENGLISH We have explored various text types over the past few weeks and have examined how they lend themselves to advocacy. As part of the preparation for our next formative assessment, we have identified a source (blog/editorial/feature article etc) and evaluate how it lends itself to advocacy/critical discourse. The presentation is being prepared after a sample was created in class through a discussion on a feature article on Ableism. We are now in the process of making our Individual Oral Presentations for this task.
SCIENCE Biology: We learned about the human reproductive system. We did a group-based task in which we used the given information card on parts and function of male and female reproductive parts and summarized our understanding in a table. We also labelled a diagram on the same. We observed different stages of mitosis using prepared slides. We took a formative assessment on nervous system.

Chemistry: We learnt the basics of organic chemistry i.e. how to name the organic compound using the number of carbon atoms and learnt some mnemonic for the same. We discussed the general formula for various hydrocarbons, alkanes, alkenes and alcohols. We learnt and practiced deriving the names, molecular formula and structural formula using the general formula for the first five members of each group. We discussed their physical and chemical properties and also their uses in our daily life. We discussed the term homologous series and correlated the characteristic properties of the same with the hydrocarbon series, alkanes, alkenes and alcohols. We discussed the two methods for preparation of ethanol and compared their advantages, disadvantages and sustainability.

Physics: We learned about DC motors, AC generators and Transformers and watched videos on the same. We made our notes from the handouts given to us during the class as well as from the videos. We discussed our homework.

 

INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES This week in Individuals and societies we were introduced to the new unit Sustainable Management of Natural Environments. We formulated our own inquiry question related to the topic. We did a recap on factors affecting climate of a place and analysed the graph pertaining to different climate zones, discussed their flora and fauna and human impact on these regions.

 

MATHEMATICS (Standard) We reflected on our learning of linear inequalities this week. We also connected the coordinate space to Vector notations. We learnt how to add, subtract and multiply vectors and find the resultant vectors.

 

MATHEMATICS (Extended) We reflected on our learning of linear inequalities and used most of the graphing tools on Assessprep to practice this week. We also connected the coordinate space to vector notations. We learnt how to represent, add, subtract and multiply vectors and find the resultant vectors. We also practiced applications of vectors using the concept of bearing.

 

FRENCH We learnt advantages and disadvantages of internet, the do’s and don’ts while using Internet, and how Internet has made our life easier by exploring interactive resources and websites such as “SurferPrudent.com”. We also explored the theme of safe online shopping and measures to protect our personal identity while accessing different social networks. To strengthen complex grammatical structures such as Simple Past tense (in negative form) and imperatives, activities that require collaborative thinking and management skills such as “Jenga” and “Catch the Fish” were conducted in class.

 

SPANISH After revising “imperatives” we implemented our learning and understanding in finding the treasure. We enjoyed “La busqueda de tesoro” (Treasure hunt) which honed our social skills to help each other in finding the treasure and communication skills to understand the instruction.

 

HINDI Phase 3

We discussed why we celebrate Hindi Diwas. We wrote our messages for Hindi Diwas. We also practiced writing paragraphs and shared these with our peers in class. We discussed grammar concepts like ling, vachan and Kaal and how these concepts affect the sentence structure.

 

Phase 4

We discussed why we celebrate Hindi Diwas. We wrote our messages for Hindi Diwas. We also practiced writing paragraphs and shared these with our peers in class. We discussed grammar concepts like ling, vachan and Kaal and how these concepts affect the sentence structure.

 

ICT We have started creating our digital designs for the unit on tourism. This caters to criterion C which is ‘creating solutions’. It is enjoyable for us as we have decided on these designs independently and our focus is on creating good products for our clients. This task is challenging our problem-solving skills as we are trying to resolve issues related to app and website creation. We have been given a wide variety of tools to be utilized to create our products. The few tools that we are using are MIT app inventor, Dreamweaver, Python and Xcode. To develop better social skills, we are regularly interacting with our peers and taking their feedback.

 

DT We are developing a detailed design specification which will outline the success criteria for the design of a solution based on the data collected. Next week, we will work on presenting a range of feasible design ideas.

 

 

 

MYP 5 Blog

ENGLISH We continued working on the quality of our written expression by examining an array of text types such as articles, blogs and editorials. As part of media analysis, we examined a video on a powerful character and commented on the ways he used language, body language, tone and inflection to establish, undermine and exert power. We compared how the same global issue has been represented by various media and how each uses language to create bias. We have had an introductory session on advocacy and we created our own petitions in groups. Each group, then, selected one other petition they would like to support and justified their choice.
SCIENCE Physics:

We learned about magnets and magnetic fields. We learned about electromagnets, their applications and figured out how to alternate the strength of an electromagnet. We identified benefits of electromagnets over permanent magnets. We learned the right hand thumb rule to find out the direction of magnetic field around a current carrying conductor.

Chemistry:

We enhanced our graph interpretation skills by practicing a variety of questions. We applied our understanding of scientific investigation to find out independent and dependent variables for the given questions.

Biology:

We learned about the nervous system and parts of a brain by annotating the given diagram and watching a video on the same. We learned about the reflex arc and annotated the diagram of reflex arc and the neuron. We also watched the video on synapse, parts of the brain and its function. We learned about the sensory neuron, motor neuron and the inter neuron and how they transmit the nerve impulse from receptors to the processing centre and the effectors. We discussed and summarized our understanding about the role of different sense organs in detecting the stimulus and producing the required response.

 

INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES We examined stages of civil rights movement in the USA and discussed the significance of those events. We worked in groups and investigated about other civil and social right movements that have taken place in the 20th century. We presented our findings in the class.
MATHEMATICS (Standard) We plotted the tan function graph. We appeared for a formative assessment using the assess prep interface. We learnt about transforming various sine and cos functions using real life references like Ferris wheel and tidal waves.

 

MATHEMATICS (Extended) We plotted the tan function graph. We appeared for a formative assessment using the Assessprep interface. We learnt about transforming various sine and cos functions using real life references like Ferris wheel and tidal waves. We revised trigonometric identities and practiced questions on the same. We also discussed the use of sine and cosine rule and practiced applications of the same to gain a better understanding.

 

FRENCH Last week, we appeared for the bench marking assessment and received the results. After we were placed in the appropriate phase level, we started with the introduction of the first unit of this academic year, World Wide Web. We had a class discussion on the unit’s statement of inquiry as well on the unit questions which led to a healthy debate. Lastly, we watched interactive videos on the issues pertaining to the uses of internet followed by relevant activities such as summary filling, true-false questions, etc.
SPANISH We appeared for a benchmarking assessment. We started our new unit, World Wide Web. We discussed the inquiry questions made by the teacher and enjoyed making our own statement of inquiry and inquiry questions. We also saw the difference between the desk (study table) of modern wo10-15 years’ back.

 

HINDI Phase 3

We had a discussion on the unit ‘Travel & Tourism’. We discussed the various benefits of traveling to different places and had writing activities based on the same. We read a travelogue titled ‘Kothi Banaal’ which talks about journey to a remote Uttarakhand village. We also had vocabulary building activities in the class.

 

Phase 4

We had a discussion on ‘The Role of Internet’. We discussed the various benefits and adverse effects of excess use of internet and how that is affecting our lives. We had writing activities based on the same. We had debate on the topic – Internet should be banned till grade 8th in schools.

 

ICT We have reached the criterion B stage i.e. developing ideas of a design cycle where we have to plan the design we want to create for tourism. We are focusing on design specifications such as aesthetics, function, safety and more.

 

DT As a class, we have decided to create the architectural layout of an IB school. We have identified the scope of work and each one of us will design one building related to the school. Next week we will take a tour of our school premises to understand the infrastructure of an IB school. After creating the school layout, we will make the model of the same using the laser machine.

 

 

 

ENGLISH BLOG MYP 5 Aug 2018- 2nd week

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We began the new academic session by revisiting Key and Related Concepts pertaining to Language and Literature. We made connections between language and power and how language can be used to establish, exert and undermine power. We supported the learning by looking at different text types such as editorials, feature articles, blogs and speeches. We established the key terms for the unit and are aiming at their practical application.

SCIENCE Chemistry:  We discussed key concept, related concept, global context as well as the relevance of the statement of inquiry for our new unit in Chemistry, Organic chemistry. As a starter activity, we discussed different branches of Chemistry, what are organic compounds and how Chemistry and Biology are interrelated. We explored and learnt the reasons for carbon forming millions of compounds and thus, organic chemistry is treated as a separate branch of Chemistry. We discussed the term hydrocarbon and learnt their different types. We learnt a new term, functional group and analysed the same using examples.

 

Biology: We started the unit ‘Building Blocks’. The global context, key concept and the related concept were shared in the class. We reviewed the process of mitosis and endocrine system. We learned about the nervous system and discussed about the sense organs, receptors and the structure of neuron. We annotated the diagram of reflex arc and the neuron.

 

Physics:  We discussed inquiry and purpose of the new unit titled ‘Electromagnetism’. We worked in teams to inquire similarities and differences between electrical and magnetic fields. We represented the same with the help of a Venn diagram.

 

INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES We started the unit on Social and Civil Rights by examining key concept, related concepts and global context. We worked in groups to compare and contrast segregation and discrimination. We started the case study of civil rights movement in the USA and explored various stages of the civil rights movement till the passage of Voting Rights Bill of 1965.

 

MATHEMATICS (Standard) We were able to review our progress with an essential revision test. We also bridged our previous learning of the unit circle to the current unit Sinusoidal Curves. We drew the f(x) = a sin b(x-c) + d curve to understand various types of translations in graphs.

 

MATHEMATICS (Extended) We started the academic session with the revision of linear and quadratic functions. We discussed the applications of linear and quadratic functions with the help of graphs. We have started with our new unit ‘Sinusoidal Functions’ and understood the meaning of unit circle, graphing of quadratic, sine and cosine functions. We learned to dilate the graph with vertical and horizontal translations. We practiced variety of questions to understand transformation of graphs.

 

FRENCH And we are back to our French class! After a relaxing summer vacation, it is time to gear up and prepare ourselves for the final year of French assessment. Our first week started with an introduction to the criteria being assessed for bench marking assessment. In the second week, many skill-based activities were conducted to practice our communication skills such as creating a story in French, learning the vocabulary of web and technology and reading different texts as well as watching interactive videos. These activities have helped us to recapitulate our vocabulary and develop a clear understanding of the format of assessments.

 

SPANISH Brainstorming and scaffolding activities were conducted in the class. We discussed the benchmarking assessment which will be conducted next week. We revised two types of past tense in class and played some kahoot quizzes on the same.

 

HINDI We shared our summer vacation experiences and discussed about our areas of improvement, new terms related to the language and ATL skilsl.  We also had various activities like Just A Minute and Pahchan Kaun in our class which were helpful in 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.

We read the non-fiction travelogue article ‘Kothi Banal’ and discussed the vocabulary and issues mentioned in it.

We also discussed the essential agreements for our classes. This week, we also had our benchmarking assessments.

 

ICT We are working on a very interesting topic of ‘ Tourism’ and have started using our research skills to identify what kind of products we can create on tourism. Some of the questions we pondered upon:

Who could be our client or audience?

What could be the time required to create an app or a website on tourism?

We are brainstorming to develop research questions and perform authentic research on the information required.

DT

We have started with our new unit ‘Creation to Evolution’. Main intent of this unit is to focus on exploring various design soft wares. We have started with the basic tools of Autodesk Revit software.