Exercise Corner | Same-Same or Different?


GK Challenge

I am also known by another name. Who am I?

Grammar Good

Choose the correct homophone and complete the following sentences:

Think & Write

1. With the help of the comparing and contrasting words from the above-given word bank, write a small report on the similarities and differences that you notice among your classmates.

Through this exercise, we aim to help children understand how to use different words to point out similarities and differences. This doesn’t just have to be about people, but it will give students the base for how to use it in other kinds of writing as well. Ask students to think about differences and similarities between classmates. This could be the differences between them and all of their classmates or it could also be more generic. Then, ask them to use the words given and prepare a small report on the differences and similarities and write a report for at least one page. In their responses, check if they have correctly used the words and check if they have evaluated correctly based on the question. Also, verify their language (spellings, punctuations, grammar, sentence structure, etc.).

2. If there is a school for animals and you are in charge of appointing the staff, whom will you choose for each of the following positions? and why?

This is a fun activity through which we help children to understand how to reason the choices they make. This will be very useful for them when they need to support a stance in a discussion or when they have to give reasons for something they write. Ask the students to pick any animals for each of the positions given and write it down along with the reasons why they picked the animals. There could be varying answers here, and all of them are welcome. But, in the responses, check if the children have given a proper reason for why they picked that animal. If the reason is not convincing enough, tell the students that need to make a better argument and give them suggestions to do the same.


Do I really need friends?

Read through the importance of having friends with the students and ask them to think about why they would want to make friends. Tell them that these shouldn’t be selfish reasons and that they need to be part of a friendship in a way that it is mutual and beneficial for both of them. Then, ask the students to write down at least 3 of these reasons.

Few Famous Friends

There are many famous people who are known to have very strong friendships. These friendships blossom and grow based on very different reasons for different people. Read the exercise with the students and get them to understand the basis for friendships. Also tell them that you can be completely different from one person and still be their very good friend. Certain common interest and likes and respect for each other is what helps a friendship sustain.

Reading Comprehension

1. What happened after Headmaster Elephant spoke to Mamma Sparrow and Pappa Snake?

Headmaster Elephant strictly told them not to differentiate between their kids and warned them that they would face severe consequences if it ever happens.

2. What did Pappa Snake do when he saw Sparrow, before Headmaster Elephant spoke to him?

Headmaster Elephant strictly told them not to differentiate between their kids and warned them that they would face severe consequences if it ever happens.

3. Choose the meaning of the word ‘gradually’ from the below options:

b) Little by little 

4. Choose the meaning of the word ‘consequences’ from the below options:

c) The result of something

5. What were Sparrow and Snake grateful for?

Sparrow and Snake felt grateful that Headmaster Elephant spoke to their parents. They could both be best friends now, without worrying about anything.

Activity Corner

Are we same-same?

Teaching children to appreciate the differences between each other and respecting them is very important. Through this activity, we aim to help students to think about how they are different from another student and list down the similarities and differences. Ask students to divide themselves into groups of 2, but tell them that they should only pair up with a student who they don’t know very well. If you notice friends pairing up, pair them up with different students. Then, ask them to talk to each other about themselves and figure out how they are the same and figure out the differences between them. Finally, ask the students to list them down in two circles. Then, talk to the students about how these differences make us who we are and that it is important to cherish the diversity among people.

Additionally, you can also use this exercise to tell the students that what they did now is a Venn Diagram and introduce them to this concept. You can find more details on Venn Diagrams in this link.