Exercise Corner | Punctuality Is Key
Understanding the intent of a piece of writing gives students perspective into what the author has set out to do. In this exercise, walk students through the differences between the three author’s purposes. Give them multiple examples of all the three types from any other pieces of writing that might have come across. Then, once the class has a understanding, test it out by asking them to do the following exercise:
Determine if the author’s purpose for each of the following sentences is to persuade, inform, or entertain. Colour each grid according to the colour code given below, to denote the author’s purpose.
The colours and the respective sentence types are given below:
Blue – Entertain
Read – Persuade
Yellow – Inform
Match the following monuments with the city/state in which they are located and label them on the map of India given below:
Trip around the world
Think & Write
Describe your dream vacation. Include the places you’d visit, the people you’ll travel with, the activities you’d do, the season you’ll travel in, etc. Also, draw a depiction of your dream vacation to support your response.
Instruct children to think about which place they would like to travel to for their vacation, the people they’ll travel with, etc. Tell them that they can choose any place of their choice. Ask them to do a little research about the place (weather conditions, famous spots, etc.), and include this information too in their response.
Finally, ask students to write a short essay (at least one page), and give a drawing supporting their response. Check their responses for grammatical correctness, good flow in the passage, and correct sentence structures. See if their responses reflect whether they have done enough research about the place they’d like to visit. You can also share facts about some famous places with the class to make it more engaging!
This activity aims to teach students about time management and efficient usage of time. Ask students to write down the timetable that they’d like to follow. Take a look at the timetable and check if the activities they have put in are diverse in nature. For example, if a student has written only studying as the main activity, ask them to include time for playing/physical activity and for their other hobbies as well. Additionally, if you feel that the timetable could be more efficient in some places, suggest to them to edit it accordingly.
Once they have written down the timetable, ask them to start colouring the circles if they follow their timetable correctly. This includes both the school days and the non-school days. Remind them that ‘Honesty is the best policy’, and that they do not get anything out of cheating in this activity. This is just for them to assess themselves and induce self-discipline. Ask them to inform you once they have finished colouring on their circles. Give them a star once they complete it and applaud. This will also serve as a motivation for the students who are lagging behind. If some students do not complete it for a long time, ask them why they are finding it difficult to stick to a schedule and help them out one step at a time!
1. On which day of the week was the Indian team’s cricket match held?
The Indian team’s cricket match was held on Thursday.
2. Which team did India play the cricket match against?
India played the match against the Australian cricket team.
3. For how long did David and his friends play in the school playground?
David and his friends played in the school playground for about half an hour.
4. How did David feel when he thought about the times he came late to school?
David felt glad that he had changed his behaviour when he thought about the times he came late to school.
5. What did David gain by arriving at the school on time?
David gained good friends in the school and was also appreciated for his punctuality.