A knowledge trade is indeed a wonderful opportunity for students to connect with peers and share their expertise, thoughts and ideas about the topic under study. Students of grade 2 and grade 4 thus indulged in the same. In an attempt to understand culture and its importance, students of grade 4 connected with students of grade 2 who enthusiastically facilitated an understanding of different cultures, traditions, beliefs and values. Students of grade 2 have also been inquiring into cultures as part of the theme - WHO WE ARE and were thus dressed as per their culture which further enabled students of grade 4 to gain a hands on experience about the same . They also explained their cultural norms which includes the festivals celebrated in their households, food, their clothing for different occasions etc. Through this knowledge trade, students of grade 4 understood that the way people present themselves is greatly influenced by their cultural norms.
Marathi Bhasha Diwas is celebrated in honor of the Marathi language. It is celebrated every year on 27th February to rejoice the birth anniversary of Dyanpeeth award winner late poet V.V. Shirwadkar who is also known as Kusumagraj.
Marathi being the official language of the State of Maharashtra, the main focus of this celebration was to promote the Maharashtrian culture amongst the students of DYPIS. The assembly commenced with students of grade 4 performing the Ganesh VandanaDance. Following which they presented a PPT on the 'Significance of Marathi Diwas'. Students of Grade 4 also recited a poem that they had learnt in their Marathi Class.
The assembly concluded with a scintillating and stunning dance performance, once again performed by students of grade 4.
We, at DYPIS believe that exposing students to multiple languages enhances their access to people and resources, for better communication and fruitful travel experiences. Imparting the learning of different languages, both native and foreign; facilitates students to gain a better understanding of varied cultures and unfamiliar customs. The assembly thus enabled the students and teachers to actively participate in the Marathi language day celebrations where they got an opportunity to display an appreciation of the multi-cultural world.
After an in-depth inquiry into the theme- Who we are, with a focus on Role Models, student groups of Grade 4 decided to enact a role play on a selected Role Model. They thus collectively decided to identify a Role Model (one per group) and shared their knowledge of values and beliefs of the selected Role Model with their peers. Through their role play, students shared how they can inculcate certain values in order to change/influence people i and make a difference to the society the way their Role Model did.
Grade 4 students are currently inquiring into role models. . They used the Kath Murdoch strategy- Laying it on the line and listed 5 reasons for choosing their Role Models as they gathered detailed information about their chosen role model thereby enhancing their research skills of collecting data.
Students then asked their peers to provide their opinions through an 'Agree', 'Disagree', 'Strongly Agree' and 'Strongly Disagree' chart.
Central idea: Students of grade 4 demonstrated an understanding about the various characteristics of a Civilization as they gathered data from a variety of first and second hand sources, describing and recording observations and further drawing conclusions from relationships and patterns that emerged from the organized data.
Following which, students reflected back on their inquiry journal/ PPT previously created and shared their acquired knowledge with their peers.