Activity : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 118
Q1 : Activity I
Put down the images that come to your mind immediately when you see the words in the box.
Cat: rat, milk, fur
Cupboard: Clothes, books
Wall: Clock, paint, colours
Pond: ducks, water, lotus
Bird: tree, nest, sky
Q2 : Activity II
Try to write four lines of poetry or four sentences of prose with one of these as the starting point.
Answer : A bird is a beautiful little creature. It is an epitome of freedom and independence. Human beings must derive inspiration from the hard work they do to fetch their food and make their nests. Seeing them winging in the vast sky fascinates children to fly as high as them.
(A model answer has been provided for students’ reference. It is strongly recommended that students prepare the answer on their own.)
Q3 : Activity III
Write a short story beginning with this sentence:
When the last of the guests left, I went back into the hall.
Answer : When the last of the guests left, I went back into the hall to look for my mobile phone that I had left by mistake. As I went near the table that I had occupied, I saw a man hiding under it. The black mask he wore covered the whole face except his brown eyes, which were filled with terror.
Though dressed as a thief, he seemed incapable of stealing. When I asked him to come out of his hiding, he complied. Standing face to face with the man who had come to rob my house, the only thing I was able to notice about him was his teary, simple and honest eyes. On being asked to remove his mask and reveal his true identity, he broke down inconsolably. I gave him water to drink and made him sit comfortably. He revealed that he had decided to take to robbery as the last resort to save his daughter’s life, who was in coma. Hearing this, I decided to not report the matter to the police.
Already regretting taking to robbery, he was grateful that I was not handing him over to the police. Though he refused to take financial help from me, I insisted. He promised never to rob anyone and work hard to fight the problems of his life.
Q4 : Activity IV
Look for a story, a poem and a newspaper article on environment conservation and see how the style of each is different from the other.
Answer : 1. The Ailing Planet: the Green Movement’s Role by Nani Palkhivala (newspaper article)
2. ‘Country Town’ by Judith Wright (poem)
3. ‘Environment story for children’ by Ninfa Ortiz
(This question is to be answered on the basis of students’ own reading, understanding and experience. However, names of a newspaper article, a poem and a story on the conservation of environment have been provided for students’ reference)