21 August, 2014

ART AND CRAFT – FRIENDS IN THE GARDEN


Tanya Valecha
Principal
Rustomjee Cambridge International School and Junior College


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Reception classes had fun doing the art and craft activity friends in the garden. Teachers helped children use clay to make faces of flowers which helps in enhancing imagination and also improving eye-hand coordination.

Fwd: PARENT VOLUNTEER – THEME (FESTVALS)


Tanya Valecha
Principal
Rustomjee Cambridge International School and Junior College


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Parents of the Reception classes spoke about different festivals to their children. They even came dressed accordingly and children were very happy to see their parents perform.

Grade 8 – Comprehension Passage 1
Read the following passage carefully and answer the following questions:                                 
One hour passed, and another. The sun began to sink behind the trees, and the king at last struck the spade into the ground, and said, "I came to you, wise one, for an answer to my questions. If you can give me none, please say so, and I will go home." "Here comes someone running," said the hermit, "let us see who it is."
The King turned round and saw a bearded man come running out of the forest. The man held his hands pressed against his stomach, and blood was flowing from under them. When he reached the king, he fainted and fell to the ground, moaning feebly. The king and the hermit unfastened the man's clothing. There was a large wound in his stomach. The king washed it as well as he could, and bandaged it with his handkerchief and a towel the hermit had. But the blood would not stop flowing, the king again and again removed the bandage soaked with warm blood and washed and re-bandaged the wound. When at last the blood stopped flowing, the man revived and asked for something to drink. The king brought some fresh water and gave it to him.
Meanwhile the sun had set and it had become cool. So the king, with the hermit's help, carried the wounded man into the hut. The man lay there quietly with his eyes closed. By now, the king was so tired after his walk and the work he had done, that he lay down himself and also fell asleep. When he awoke in the morning, it took him some time to remember where he was and who was the strange bearded  man lying by his side and gazing intently at him. "Forgive me!" said the bearded man in a weak voice, when he saw that the king was awake and was looking at him. "I do not know you, and I've nothing to forgive you for," said the king.
"You do not know me, but I know you. I am that enemy of yours who swore to revenge himself on you because you executed his brother and seized his property. I knew you had gone alone to see the hermit, and I resolved to kill you on your way back. But the day passed and you did not return. So I came out of my ambush to find you. Your bodyguards recognised me and wounded me. I escaped from them but would have bled to death had you not dressed my wound. I wished to kill you but you have saved my life. Now if I live, and if you wish it, I'll serve you all my life."
The king was very glad to have made peace with an enemy so easily, and to have gained him for a friend. He not only forgave him but said he would send his men and his own physician to attend to him. The king then took leave of him and went out of the hut to look for the hermit. Before going away he wished once more to beg for an answer to the questions he had asked. The hermit was outside, on his knees, sowing seeds in the beds that had been dug the day before.
Questions:-
1. Did the king behave as an ordinary person at the hermit's hut? Give reasons from the passage to support your answer. 

2. Pick out a word or a phrase from the passage which states that the bearded man was in pain.    
      3. Give synonyms for the following words from the passage.
a. sodden – ____________
b. recovered – ___________
 4. Summary Writing:
a. In the above passage there are eight significant points about the stranger and why he asked for forgiveness from the king. Write the eight points below in note form. (You do not need to use proper sentence.)

b. Now use your notes to summarize the above points. Use your own words as far as possible and continuous writing (not note form). Write between 80 – 100 words.

Grade 7-Practice Comprehension August month


                                                    A Planter's Retreat
Coonoor retains much of the old world charm, the residents fervently cling to tradition.  They continue to live largely untouched by the outside world. Their ups and downs metered by the growth or decline of the tea industry. The Coonoor season lasts from April to June.

Essentially plantation state, the town situated in the Nilgiri ranges of the Western Ghats, has not changed much from the time the pioneers opened up the land in the early 19th century. Its near inaccessible hill tracts, dense jungles and malaria infested marshes have given way to plantations,   holds, timeshare resorts and blue gum covered hill sides. There are still more jungle trails and winding footpaths than roads.

There are numerous places of interest for the adventurous. The Sim's park, founded by J.D.Sim, is situated in a ravine and has several exotic species of plants and trees. Further ahead is the Dolphin's Nose where the road winds through forests and tea estates. Lady Canning's Seat is a rock where legend has it that the lady liked to rest her weary legs. It offers a panoramic view of the plains. Situated on the spur of the Hulikal ranges, the Droog was an outpost used by Tipu Sultan. A sheer drop on one side known as "Tipu's Drop" is supposedly the place from where Tipu threw his prisoners to their untimely death.

Hunting and trout fishing were past times of interest. To the West of Ootacamund, the Wenlock Downs provided an ideal place for riding to the hounds. But it was the jackal, not the customary fox, that was hunted.

Questions:
1.Write a summary of the above passage highlighting the main points of Coonoor.
2.What has given way to the inaccessible hill tracts and jungles?
3.There are more of something than the roads. What are they?
4.As mentioned in the first paragraph, can we relate to such a place in today's time.Why?
5. Find one word from the passage which means:
(i) explorer
(ii) continue to have or hold
6. Find the antonym word from the passage:
(i) straight                         (ii) sparse
7.Write the homophones for the following words:
(i)not         (ii) way      (iii) blue       (iv) road       (v) nose      (vi) place
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Grade 7-Practice Comprehension August month

                                                                      A Planter's Retreat
Coonoor retains much of the old world charm, the residents fervently cling to tradition.  They continue to live largely untouched by the outside world. Their ups and downs metered by the growth or decline of the tea industry. The Coonoor season lasts from April to June.

Essentially plantation state, the town situated in the Nilgiri ranges of the Western Ghats, has not changed much from the time the pioneers opened up the land in the early 19th century. Its near inaccessible hill tracts, dense jungles and malaria infested marshes have given way to plantations,   holds, timeshare resorts and blue gum covered hill sides. There are still more jungle trails and winding footpaths than roads.

There are numerous places of interest for the adventurous. The Sim's park, founded by J.D.Sim, is situated in a ravine and has several exotic species of plants and trees. Further ahead is the Dolphin's Nose where the road winds through forests and tea estates. Lady Canning's Seat is a rock where legend has it that the lady liked to rest her weary legs. It offers a panoramic view of the plains. Situated on the spur of the Hulikal ranges, the Droog was an outpost used by Tipu Sultan. A sheer drop on one side known as "Tipu's Drop" is supposedly the place from where Tipu threw his prisoners to their untimely death.

Hunting and trout fishing were past times of interest. To the West of Ootacamund, the Wenlock Downs provided an ideal place for riding to the hounds. But it was the jackal, not the customary fox, that was hunted.

Questions:
1.Write a summary of the above passage highlighting the main points of Coonoor.
2.What has given way to the inaccessible hill tracts and jungles?
3.There are more of something than the roads. What are they?
4.As mentioned in the first paragraph, can we relate to such a place in today's time.Why?
5. Find one word from the passage which means:
(i) explorer
(ii) continue to have or hold
6. Find the antonym word from the passage:
(i) straight                         (ii) sparse
7.Write the homophones for the following words:
(i)not         (ii) way      (iii) blue       (iv) road       (v) nose      (vi) place
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Grade 6 - Answer Key - Practice Comprehension (August)

Ans 1.  Mr. Eckerd's house was different from the other houses in the colony as it was full of animals. He shared his home with rescued animals that the county couldn't keep. Large cats and other strange creatures live on his property.
OR
Ans 1. Mr. Eckerd's house was different from the other houses in the colony because it had the ivy-covered brick wall around it and the iron gate across the driveway. Even the iron gate had animals prancing and jumping in twists of black metal.

Ans 2. C - in tanks and cages

Ans 3.  D – elephants

Ans 4. Mr. Eckerd didn't allow kids to enter his house without the permission of their parents as he thought that these strange animals may harm the children. (Application question)

Ans 5.  Mr. Eckerd's house is called as the most unique and worth visiting because:

1.     As we enter the house, we see hedges carved in the shapes of animals.
2.     There were various animals like dolphins, kangaroo, giraffe, squirrels, etc.
3.     There were pretty plants on the grounds around a giant bird cage, which held birds with long feathers all the colors of the rainbow.
4.     There were fish tanks with exotic and colorful fishes. 
5.     Everything in the house was painted with scenes from around the world, all full of plants and rare animals.
6.     The house had a large courtyard for monkeys who shimmied up and down ornamental trees and swung from vines.
7.     It also had a hall full of snakes and lizards, which was very interesting.
8.     And it had a glass bird cage where Mr. Eckerd sat on a marble bench from where he watched the large cat prowling inside the cage.

Ans 6. Find the words from the passage which mean

a) safe from danger or harm - rescue
b) very different, strange or unusual plant or animal- exotic
c) an official document that gives you permission to do, use or have something - license
d) walking in very lively and proud way - prancing
e) a fence or boundary formed by closely growing bushes or shrubs.- hedges
f) an area of territory owned or controlled by a particular ruler or government - domain
g) a sealed transparent globe or similar container in which plants are grown - terrarium
h) move about restlessly and stealthily, especially in search of prey - prowl

Fwd:





Grade 8 – Comprehension Passage 1
Read the following passage carefully and answer the following questions:                                 
One hour passed, and another. The sun began to sink behind the trees, and the king at last struck the spade into the ground, and said, "I came to you, wise one, for an answer to my questions. If you can give me none, please say so, and I will go home." "Here comes someone running," said the hermit, "let us see who it is."
The King turned round and saw a bearded man come running out of the forest. The man held his hands pressed against his stomach, and blood was flowing from under them. When he reached the king, he fainted and fell to the ground, moaning feebly. The king and the hermit unfastened the man's clothing. There was a large wound in his stomach. The king washed it as well as he could, and bandaged it with his handkerchief and a towel the hermit had. But the blood would not stop flowing, the king again and again removed the bandage soaked with warm blood and washed and re-bandaged the wound. When at last the blood stopped flowing, the man revived and asked for something to drink. The king brought some fresh water and gave it to him.
Meanwhile the sun had set and it had become cool. So the king, with the hermit's help, carried the wounded man into the hut. The man lay there quietly with his eyes closed. By now, the king was so tired after his walk and the work he had done, that he lay down himself and also fell asleep. When he awoke in the morning, it took him some time to remember where he was and who was the strange bearded  man lying by his side and gazing intently at him. "Forgive me!" said the bearded man in a weak voice, when he saw that the king was awake and was looking at him. "I do not know you, and I've nothing to forgive you for," said the king.
"You do not know me, but I know you. I am that enemy of yours who swore to revenge himself on you because you executed his brother and seized his property. I knew you had gone alone to see the hermit, and I resolved to kill you on your way back. But the day passed and you did not return. So I came out of my ambush to find you. Your bodyguards recognised me and wounded me. I escaped from them but would have bled to death had you not dressed my wound. I wished to kill you but you have saved my life. Now if I live, and if you wish it, I'll serve you all my life."
The king was very glad to have made peace with an enemy so easily, and to have gained him for a friend. He not only forgave him but said he would send his men and his own physician to attend to him. The king then took leave of him and went out of the hut to look for the hermit. Before going away he wished once more to beg for an answer to the questions he had asked. The hermit was outside, on his knees, sowing seeds in the beds that had been dug the day before.
Questions:-
1. Did the king behave as an ordinary person at the hermit's hut? Give reasons from the passage to support your answer. 

2. Pick out a word or a phrase from the passage which states that the bearded man was in pain.    
      3. Give synonyms for the following words from the passage.
a. sodden – ____________
b. recovered – ___________
 4. Summary Writing:
a. In the above passage there are eight significant points about the stranger and why he asked for forgiveness from the king. Write the eight points below in note form. (You do not need to use proper sentence.)

b. Now use your notes to summarize the above points. Use your own words as far as possible and continuous writing (not note form). Write between 80 – 100 words.

Grade 1- English Grammar Activity

A recap activity related to nouns, verbs and adjectives, was conducted in class. Students had to pick up a placard and place it in the appropriate glass  with the word class mentioned on it. They also had to frame a sentence using the word. Students enjoyed the activity.

Grade 5 - Answer Key


  1. Why did Susie often feel like crying?
Susie often felt like crying because she watched all the other toys go home.  She had been in the store for a long time and everyone had forgotten about her.
  1. Describe Susie in short.
Susie was once a beautiful rag doll, with bright yellow yarn for hair and big blue eyes.  Her once pretty blue dress was in bad need of washing. But as time passed a layer of dust settled on her and she was missing an arm and nobody had ever bothered to sew it back on.
  1. Why did Mr. Brown say "You don't want that doll"
Mr. Brown said the above words because Susie was dusty and old and her arm was missing. Also he wanted to throw her in the garbage a long time ago.
  1. Why did Nicole choose the wanted doll (Susie) to take home with her?
Nicole chose Susie as she felt that the doll needed to be loved and also thought that she was a pretty doll just broken like she was at that time.
  1. If  you were Susie in the above passage, how would you feel when nobody wanted to take you home with them?
Application
  1. Find words from the passage which mean:
    1. likely to have an unfortunate and inescapable outcome; ill-fated   doomed
    2. Giving a feeling of comfort, warmth, and relaxation.   cozy
    3. A piece of old cloth, especially one torn from a larger piece, used typically for cleaning things.    rag
    4. Protect and care for (someone) lovingly.   cherish


Directed writing 2:
Imagine you are Nicole in the above passage. After you go home with Susie you make an entry in your diary. Include the following points:
  • Your feelings when you first saw the doll.
  • Why did you buy the doll?



24th December 2013
Friday
10:15 pm

Dear Diary,
First paragraph will consist of  a few opening statements including you( Nicole) describing your day(your visit to the toy store and your plans for Christmas)

Second paragraph will consist of you describing the doll and your feelings for/ towards the doll.

Third paragraph will comprise of your decision to buy the doll. Conclude your entry by making future plans.

Love,
Nicole  

Grade 7 - Answers for Practice Cmprehension Passage-August month

Coonoor retains much of the old world charm, the residents fervently cling to tradition.  They continue to live largely untouched by the outside world. Their ups and downs metered by the growth or decline of the tea industry. The Coonoor season lasts from April to June.

Essentially plantation state, the town situated in the Nilgiri ranges of the Western Ghats, has not changed much from the time the pioneers opened up the land in the early 19th century. Its near inaccessible hill tracts, dense jungles and malaria infested marshes have given way to plantations,   holds, timeshare resorts and blue gum covered hill sides. There are still more jungle trails and winding footpaths than roads.

There are numerous places of interest for the adventurous. The Sim's park, founded by J.D.Sim, is situated in a ravine and has several exotic species of plants and trees. Further ahead is the Dolphin's Nose where the road winds through forests and tea estates. Lady Canning's Seat is a rock where legend has it that the lady liked to rest her weary legs. It offers a panoramic view of the plains. Situated on the spur of the Hulikal ranges, the Droog was an outpost used by Tipu Sultan. A sheer drop on one side known as "Tipu's Drop" is supposedly the place from where Tipu threw his prisoners to their untimely death.

Hunting and trout fishing were past times of interest. To the West of Ootacamund, the Wenlock Downs provided an ideal place for riding to the hounds. But it was the jackal, not the customary fox, that was hunted.

Questions:
1.Write a summary of the above passage highlighting the main points of Coonoor.
Untouched by the modern changes Coonoor retains much of its tradition. Numerous places of interest welcome/attract the tourists. They spent their past time in hunting and fishing. Visitors rush during the month of April and June. Its economy is mainly from tea industry.
2.What has given way to the inaccessible hill tracts and jungles?
Plantations, holds, time share resorts and blue gum covered hills have given way to inaccessible hill tracts and jungles.
3.There are more of something than the roads. What are they?
Jungle trails and winding footpaths.
4.As mentioned in the first paragraph, can we relate to such a place in today's time.Why?
Subjective answer- If Yes / No – give reason for it.
5. Find one word from the passage which means:
(i) explorer- pioneer
(ii) continue to have or hold - retain
6. Find the antonym word from the passage:
(i) straight - winding                        (ii) sparse- dense
7.Write the homophones for the following words:
(i)not- knot  (ii) way-weigh  (iii) blue-blew (iv) road-rode (v) nose-knows (vi) place-plays
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Grade 6 - Math - Venn Diagram

Grade 6 – Activity on Venn diagram
An activity on Venn diagram was conducted for the students of Grade 6, for their better understanding of the concept. The class was divided into groups. They drew Venn diagrams on the chart paper. They shaded the diagrams creatively to show the union and intersection of the different sets. The abstract concept was made concrete with this activity and the desired aim was achieved.

Grade 4- Salad Party

The students of grade 4 relished sprout salad in class. They noted down the ingredients used and understood the nutritional value of it. Through this activity children realized that healthy food can also be very tasty and easy to prepare. The "Salad Party" was a great success.

Math Activity-Circles Grade 6

Grade 6 : Math Activity for Circles
Students of grade 6 did an activity on circles with chart paper cut outs marking radius and diameter on the same. Also the concept of Secant, Tangent, Segment ,Sector and Arc were introduced. This activity reinforced the already known concepts and the new concepts were welcomed with a lot of fun by the students.

12 August, 2014

Grade 3 Parent Workshop

Parent Workshop-Grade 3
An English and SST workshop was conducted for Grade 3 Parents on 8th August'14. Paper pattern¸ directed writing ¸creative writing and rubrics were explained in depth. All doubts regarding the subject was cleared during the workshop. It was a very interactive session.

D n T blog

Design and Technology-Hydraulic Bridge
Students of Grade 5 worked on the project to design a Hydraulic Bridge .It helped them  understand that hydraulics is a system used in various machines which help to carry, push, and pull objects with the help of fluids.

Design and Technology-Pin hole camera


Students of Grade 4 constructed a model to understand the concept and design of a pin hole camera. They designed a simple camera without a lens and with a single aperture, a light-proof  box with a small hole in one side.

Grade 4 Comprehension 1 (answer key)

Read the given passage and answer the following questions:

1. What kind of farmer is Luke's dad?
Ans. Luke's dad is a fruitandvegetable farmer.

2. Luke's father pays a lot of attention to his son.
    What evidence from the story supports this statement?
A Luke's father is a fruit-and-vegetable farmer.
B Luke's father says that most worthwhile things require a lot of attention.
C Luke's father pays a lot of attention to Luke's mother.
D Luke's father listens to his son's questions and answers them.

3. What is Luke's opinion of the work his father does?
Ans. Luke thinks his father's work is special and interesting.

4. "Luke's father is a farmer. To be more precise, his dad is a fruit-and vegetable farmer." Why does the author start the second sentence with the words, "To be more precise"? Explain this sentence in your own words.
Ans. "To be more precise" means that the author wants to let the readers have a clear understanding of what Luke's father does on the farm.

5.  Why is Luke certain that the tomato plants he is working with will become "the most beautiful tomatoes he had ever seen" once August arrives?
Ans. Luke is certain that "a little bit of family magic and a lot of attention" will result in the most beautiful tomatoes he has ever seen once August arrives.

Directed writing:

Imagine you are Luke from the passage. Write a letter to your friend about your father's farm. 
·        Why do you think your farm is magical?
·        How did you help your father in the farm?
·        What lesson did you learn from your father's advice?

(do not write the address)
Your first pointer paragraph could begin like this……………

·        Why do you think your farm is magical?
Dear Mandy,
How are you? Thanks for the book you sent me. I have not finished reading it as I was busy helping dad with the farm work last week. Mandy I must share with you the story of my dad's magical farm.
Now use the following points from the passage to continue………….
Ø  dad casts a spell……
Ø  pretty special that my dad is able to create something…

·     How did you help your father in the farm?
Ø  sinking wooden stakes…….
Ø  I tied them to the stakes……
Ø  tying the vines double and triple as the weatherman had……….
Ø  need a lot care and attention……..

·        What lesson did you learn from your father's advice?
Ø  Most worthwhile things do require a lot of attention………
Ø  We should pay close attention to things that make our lives better…….
Ø  a little bit of family magic and a lot of attention…

After you have covered the pointers, you need to end the letter properly look at this……….

I was certain these would be the most beautiful tomatoes I had ever seen once August arrived. Mandy I hope, one day you will come to visit my dad's farm. I must say a bye to you for now.
 I will surely write to you again.

Your loving friend
Luke.