Exercise Corner | Farida Plans A Feast
A note on feeding neighbourhood animals
It is a good habit for children to care for the animals in their neighbourhood. It builds compassion towards all kinds of living beings and also teaches children to look out for the animals. But sometimes, children tend to get very enthusiastic about feeding animals and they do not adhere to the proper norms to be followed. In this exercise, we teach children about the common practices to be followed when they feed animals. Read through the exercise and instruct them to strictly follow these practices. Also, teach them about the kinds of foods different animals eat.
1. Underline the words that indicate movement in the story.
Walk, Skip, Hop, Jump, Leap
2. Complete the story given below with the types of words described:
Match the following animals to their food:
Think & Write
Describe the most memorable meal you’ve ever had in your life (It could be either a good or bad memory). Write in detail about the people who were there with you (if any), what the occasion was, and how you felt before and after the meal. You can also answer creatively by including drawings towards the end of your response.
Describing an experience is one of the best methods to get children to practice writing. Since they already know the occurrences that were part of their experience, they simply need to focus on how they would write it. Ask students to take some time to think about their most memorable meal. It could be a good or bad experience. Then, ask them to write in detail about their experience by explaining all the aspects. Ask them to mention the reasons why it was such a memorable meal, the food they had, the way they felt, etc. In their response, check if they captured the essence of the experience and give them suggestions to make the readers visualise the experience better. Also, make sure you give special appreciation for responses that have a drawing about their memory.
1. Why was Farida sick?
Farida was sick because she played in the rain a couple of days ago despite Amma’s advice to stay indoors.
2. What was Farida’s promise to Amma?
Farida promised Amma that she will never play in the rain again.
3. What did Amma give Farida?
Amma gave Farida hot soup to make her feel better.
4. Why was Farida worried about being sick?
Farida was worried that she wouldn’t be able to feed the neighbourhood animals since she was sick. If she doesn’t turn up, they would stay hungry.
5. What surprised Farida finally?
In the evening, Farida went out for fresh hair and was surprised to see that her favourite animals were eagerly waiting for her outside the gate.
Am I a food hero?
It is very important to teach children about consuming food responsibly. Through this activity, we gauge how responsibly children consume their food. First, ask the students to read through the questions given and ask them to pick an honest answer for each one. After they have picked the answers, ask the students to grade themselves for each answer based on the given guidelines. For every option a they picked, they get 2 points. For every option b they picked, they get 1 point. For every option b they picked, they don’t get any points. After grading, ask students to count their total points. If the students are in the 10-12 points range, appreciate and applaud them in front of the entire class. If the students are in the 7-9 points range, tell them that they’ve done a fair job but that they need to need to make improvements and consume responsibly. If the students are in the 0-6 points range, tell students that they definitely need to improve and give them specific suggestions by checking their responses and seeing where they are falling behind. You can also ask the students in the 10-12 points range to provide some guidance to the other students.
Overall, give all the students the following suggestions:
– Try to consume organic food and food that is grown locally
– Do not waste any food
– Try to avoid packed food items and foods that have plastic packaging attached (to reduce plastic waste)
– Make compost from the food waste or feed it to neighbouring animals
– Try to check if the farmers who cultivate our food also get good quality food as we do
My morning walk – Bird watching
Bird watching is a common form of wildlife observation that is both relaxing and fun to do! Additionally, there’s the added bonus of learning about new birds and getting to know the birds in the neighbourhood. Ask students to pick a time and go bird watching with an adult. On their bird-watching walk, ask the students to keep an eye out for the different kinds of birds they spot. Ask them to note down the details about the birds in the table given. If students are unsure about the name of a bird, tell them that they can use this website to try and find the name of the bird. They can also find the details about the kind of food each bird eats from the website.
Additionally, children might approach you for help regarding tally marks. They are a common system used in counting. In tally marks, one vertical line is put for each number until four, and to denote five, a line is drawn across the first four lines. Then for six, a vertical is drawn after the first set denoting 5. Check out this video for more information about tally marks.
Finally, after the students are done with their activity, check their responses for each of the questions and also start discussions about new birds that you notice among the birds students have mentioned. You can even talk about some of the distinguishing characteristics of birds in your locality.