18 August, 2017

Grade 4 Science Adaptation in Plants


Grade 4 Science Adaptation in Plants

Students observed pine cone, needle shaped leaves, water stored in aloe vera stem and hollow stem of lotus plant. 

Students did an activity to see how a thick stem of cactus stores more water.

Students observed the specimens of underwater plants.

Students observed how the waxy coat of leaves shed the most amount of water.

Grade 3 Design and technology tallest tower



Grade 3 Design and Technology
Tallest Tower

Students used their creativity to construct structures as tallest as possible.

Grade 5 English Blog Comprehension (August)





Diving is my passion, my life. I have been doing it since I was a kid, starting out with somersaults on the trampoline, and graduating to the springboard of our neighborhood pool. I was taught by my dad, who had been a diver at the University of Pennsylvania.

Later, I attended Pennsylvania State University, where I became a platform diver. A 10-meter platform is as high as a three-storey building. You hit the water like a bullet. My first time on the platform, it took me a half hour standing at the edge before I got the nerve to dive. I have never looked back since.

After I graduated, I moved to Florida to train with legendary diving coach, Ron O'Brien. Coach O'Brien said I stood a chance of making the US Olympic team that would compete in the Barcelona summer games.

Diving is my passion, my life. I have been doing it since I was a kid, starting out with somersaults on the trampoline, and graduating to the springboard of our neighborhood pool. I was taught by my dad, who had been a diver at the University of Pennsylvania.

Later, I attended Pennsylvania State University, where I became a platform diver. A 10-meter platform is as high as a three-storey building. You hit the water like a bullet. My first time on the platform, it took me a half hour standing at the edge before I got the nerve to dive. I have never looked back since.

After I graduated, I moved to Florida to train with legendary diving coach, Ron O'Brien. Coach O'Brien said I stood a chance of making the US Olympic team that would compete in the Barcelona summer games.

Training is grueling. The impact of hitting the water at high velocity again and again takes its toll on the body. But all the training was worth it. When I was named to the US Olympic Diving team, I called back home immediately: "I made it, Dad !"

Though I had good news, Dad had bad. He was scheduled for open-heart surgery. My first impulse was to skip the Olympics so I could stay with him. Dad would not hear of it. "After all, Mare," he reassured me, "isn't this what I got you started on ? Remember ?"

Through all my years of competition, one image I kept close was that of my father bending me into the proper dive position on the springboard when I was little.

Now, hugging me goodbye before I left for Barcelona, my father said, "I'll be watching you on TV, Mare." Dad, who had taken all seven of us children to church every Sunday, kept a strong faith that would sustain him through whatever lay ahead. On the plane, I prayed and received the strong impression he would be all right.

Soon I was faced with another dilemma. The opening ceremonies were scheduled to take place between 8.00 pm and 1.00 am the night before my first event. I would get only a few hours' sleep if I marched with the other US Olympians. "We can always watch it on TV back at the Olympic village," Coach said.

I recalled Dad's words: "I'll be watching you on TV." I had got word he had come through his surgery nicely and was recovering well. It would make him very proud to see me with the other Americans. So I marched, the only platform diver at the ceremonies.

After the next day's competition, I was in second place. My coach said I was "a dark horse for a medal". The Russian and Chinese divers had been heavily favored. At 29, I had been written off by most people as too old to win. "Maybe you should march before all your events," Coach joked.

But my next-to-last dive was a disaster and plunged me into fifth place. I had one final shot at a medal. As I stood on the platform ready to take my last dive, I paused a bit longer than usual. The announcement came over the loudspeaker. "Mary Ellen Clark of the United States, doing a backward one-and-a-half somersault with two-and-a-half twists.

I stepped up to the edge of the platform and turned my back to the water. With a quick prayer and an incredible sense of lightness, I was airborne, arcing out over the pool, twisting and tumbling, the Barcelona skyline flashing by. A micro-instant later, I ripped into the water. I knew I had nailed the dive. When I shot back to the surface, Coach O'Brien was yelling, "Bronze, Mary Ellen, bronze!"

As I stood on the awards platform to accept my medal, I knew Dad was watching. This is for you, Dad, I thought. What an incredible feeling!
Language record-
Word
Word Class
Meaning
grueling


incredible


somersault



  • Frame sentence of your own:
1) grueling: ____________________________________________
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2) incredible: ____________________________________________
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3) somersault: ____________________________________________
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  • Answer the following questions in your own words.

1)  Who had been Mary Ellen's first diving coach?
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2)  Mary Ellen loved platform diving and yet, she found it a frightening thing to do at first.. Quote a phrase that expresses how frightening this experience was.
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3) Why did Mary Ellen consider missing the Olympics ?
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4)  Mary Ellen was the only platform diver at the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Give the main reason why the other platform divers had missed the ceremonies.
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5) Why did she finally decide to take part in the opening ceremonies?
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6) Mary Ellen's coach said she was "a dark horse for a medal".
(a) Explain what this phrase means.
(b) State two reasons why he called her "a dark horse for a medal".
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7) Express in your own words how Mary Ellen had performed for her last two dives.
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8) Give a suitable title to this passage.
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Directed Writing:
Imagine you are Mary Ellen from the given passage. Make a diary entry recounting the challenges you faced in your bid to win a medal as a platform diver. Include the following points.
  • Your passion and the difficulties you faced.                                                             
  • Your interaction with your dad.
  • Your thoughts and feelings.
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Grade 4 blog comprehension



Grade 4 blog comprehension

Read the following passage and answer the questions given below.

It has been my lifelong dream to play on the middle school basketball team. I began playing basketball when I was in the fourth standard. My older brother taught me to play. He is three years older than I am. He practices with me every afternoon. And always encourages me before a match.
This year I started sixth standard. The school basketball team selections were announced. Last month. Every day since the announcement, my brother has helped me prepare for the team tryouts. The selections were held last Saturday morning. Twenty-three students from my class tried out for the team. The team only has spaces for fifth sixth standard students. I know I worked as hard as I could to prepare for the selections. I felt like I had a good chance but I was still nervous on Saturday night and Sunday morning, waiting for the team list to be posted. On Sunday afternoon, my parents took me to the school to see who had made it to the team. I was so happy when I saw my name on the list! It is so exciting to be part of the team.
When we left the school, my parents said we would go out for pizza. It would just be a little family celebration in my honor. They called my brother, and he met us at the restaurant. He walked in with a big smile on his face. He was really proud of me. My parents were very proud too, although they warned me about not neglecting my studies and making sure I did all my homework every day. They do not need to worry about those things. I'll work very hard to stay on the team.

1.  What was the boys dream?
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2. Who encouraged and helped the boy for his basketball match?
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3. What was the boy's reaction when he saw his name on the list?
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4. How would you feel if you would have been selected for the basketball team?
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5. The word 'warned' means……

a. notified in advance             b. shouted
c. celebrated                            d. joined a team

6. Language record:


nervous





announcement



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Directed Writing. 
Imagine you are the student in the passage. Write a letter to your friend giving him the news of your selection in the basketball team.
        Your practice with your older brother
        The day of your selection and the celebration
        Your parent's reaction.


09 August, 2017

Grade7: Biology- Organisation in living things



Students were provided with clay and asked to make a neuron model.Students used their own creativity of different combination of colours and make attractive model.This activity was conducted to revise the neuron concept and each student actively participated in this activity.

Grade 5 Robotics_ Fox






                                       Grade 5 – Robotics 
                                             Fox

Students made the model of Fox. They enjoyed the activity of assembling the different parts in a fun filled way.                                              


Life skill: salad activity- 3 F.

Grade 5 Robotics Giraffe and Elephant


Grade 5 Robotics
Giraffe and Elephant

The students enjoyed assembling these models. They used their skills to balance the neck of the giraffe and had fun fixing the ears of the elephant.


Grade 3 Comprehension Blog Answer Key - July 2017




Grade 3 Comprehension Blog Answer Key - July 2017

       The child who saw Santa Claus
Once upon a time, there was a child who wanted to see Santa Claus. 'I am old enough now to see Santa Clause,' the child said. 'I am seven years old. Show him to me, mother,' he begged.
'Oh, I cannot show you,' the child's mother said.' I can tell you about Santa Claus but I cannot show you his face.' 'May I go out and look for Santa Claus, myself, then?',the child asked. 'Yes, you may go out and look for Santa Claus,' the child's mother said, and she brought him his warm coat and cap and his mittens (gloves). 'But do not go too far away from home,' she added. At the gate, the child met his grandfather. He was a very old man with white hair and spectacles. Now, his grandfather's arms were full of fat packets. One packet looked as if it were a toy fire engine and another packet looked as if it were a mask, and a ball and gloves.
'Where are you going?'the child's grandfather asked. 'I am going to see Santa Claus,' the child answered.  

The grandfather smiled until his blue eyes shone(looked bright and shiny). 'Will you know Santa Claus when you see him?' he asked. 'Oh, yes,' the child said. 'Santa Claus is an old man with white hair, and twinkling (sparkling) eyes, and a nose like a cherry-' but the child suddenly stopped. 'Oho!' his grandfather laughed, and the child listened in surprise. He had never heard such a merry laugh before. The child saw some horses coming his way but did not know which way to go. He might have been hurt, but a hand took hold of his and helped him safely across the street. He looked up at the man, who wore a long red cloak. 'Who are you?' the child asked.  'One of the christmas helpers,' the man said. 'I stand here at the street corner and ring a christmas bell. People who pass by give me money for the poor people I help. And where are you going?' he asked the child.'I am going to see Santa Claus,' the child answered. 'Will you know Santa Claus when you see him?' the man asked. 'Oh , yes,' the child said , ' Santa Claus wears a long red cloak-' But then the child stopped...wondering.

A little farther on, there was an old man, sitting in a shop, and making toys. The toyman turned to the child who was just going out of the shop. 'Where are you going?' the toymaker asked the child. 'I am going to see Santa Claus,'  the child answered. 'Will you know Santa Claus when you see him?' the toyman asked. Oh , yes,' the child said, 'Santa Claus will be making toys-' but he did not say any more. He got down from his bench and put a box of little wooden animals in the child's hands.'Merry Christmas to you from Santa Claus!' said the toyman, as the child thanked him and went on, wondering. The child went back home and his mother was very glad to have him back.'Did you see Santa Claus?' she asked. 'Oh , yes!' the child answered. 'I saw him when I met Grandfather, and I saw him standing in a red cloak at the street corner and helping the poor. I saw him in the toyman's shop. I saw Santa Claus everywhere,' the child said.

QA. Answer the following questions:-

1.  How old was the boy?
a.  5 years old
b. 6 years old
c. 7 years old

2. Did the boy stop speaking each time he described Santa Claus to the three people he met and why?
Yes the boy stopped speaking each time when he was describing Santa Claus to the three people he met because he could see the qualities of Santa Claus in them.

3.  The christmas helper performed a good deed, explain what was it?
The christmas helper stood at the street corner and people who passed by gave him money for the poor people whom the christmas helper used to help.

4. Write down any two points how the boy described Santa Claus to his mother?
The boy described Santa Claus to his mother when he saw him standing in a red cloak at the street corner and helping the poor and he saw him in the toyman's shop who was sitting in a shop, and making toys for the children.

5.Which festival does the story remind you of? Write down two wishes that you would like to make to Santa Claus. (Application question)
The story reminds me of Christmas. I would wish for a new toy and bag full of chocolates.

6. a. From the passage give the synonym for carefully = safely
    b.From the passage give the antonym for cry  = laugh       
7.      Tick the correct word class and frame a sentence of the given word:
word
word class
sentence
spectacles
noun
verb
adjective
My grandfather wears his spectacles while reading the newspaper.
wondering
noun
verb
adjective
Rita was wondering if she could win the chess challenge.