Exercise Corner | Balkissa Chaibou


Grammar Good

1. Fill in the tense forms of the missing verbs to complete the below table:

2. The following sentences are based on the images in the story. Complete them using the present progressive tense forms of the verbs denoted in the images:

3. Complete the following sentences or questions using the past progressive tense forms of the verbs given in the brackets. Make sure you add the correct punctuation marks at the end.

4. Fill in the blanks with the future progressive tense forms of the verbs given in each sentence:

GK Challenge

Africa is the world’s 2nd largest and 2nd most populated continent in the world.
Which continent holds the first place?


List all the continents in alphabetical order:

Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America 

Two countries were part of India previously. But by 1971, they became separate independent countries. The flags of both countries are given below. Can you identify them?

Solve the crossword given below with the help of the flag clues to identify the 7 countries India shares its borders with:

Note: Make sure children write the first letters of all the countries in capitals.


It is important for students to know their rights to oppose child marriage and the measures to be taken if they witness child marriage around them. So in this exercise, we educate students about the minimum age required for marriage and the laws in country against child marriage. Read through this exercise with children and make sure they understand that forcing anyone below 18 years of age into marriage is a crime. Bring their attention to the welfare committees and the toll free numbers set up to help out children in distress.

Think & Write

In this activity, we aim to help children understand that even though there might be people around them who know them very well, the children themselves should also be aware of their needs and speak out their opinions wherever required. Even though it is important to listen to parents, help them understand that as they grow up, the decisions made need to be agreeable for themselves too. In their responses, check their thought processes and see whether they understand that nobody can know them as much as they themselves do. So the decisions made by others can only help them to a certain extent. While this shouldn’t be said to students drastically, introduce subtle conversations around this to help them understand that they need to be part of decision making processes too, especially as they grow up.

Activity Corner

For the first activity corner exercise, divide students into groups (not more than 4 in each group). Ask them to discuss the prompts given among their groups and put down their thoughts in the space provided. Since these thoughts are entirely from students’, it will be a good perspective. In the prompt where students need to come up with exercises, tell them to think of practical implementable solutions for each of the categories after properly analysing the problem among themselves. Once everyone is done, ask each group to read their problems and solutions, and guide them towards solving the ones that are practically possible. If you find an intersection of problems from multiple groups, you can even encourage them to work together to solve the problem.

Transforming Classrooms

This is an activity to bring out the issues children might feel are unfair. You can choose to retain the same group as for the previous activity or mix it up. Ask them to work in groups to identify problems without pointing out any student in particular. Rather, ask them to focus on just the problem that they face and ask them to think of solutions to the problems. Now, instruct them to present the problem and the solution in a way that is convincing for the rest of the class as well. They can use posters for the same. Ask them to make the posters engaging and creative in way that has an impact on everyone. After their presentation, put up the posters in the notice board as a reminder to solve the problems and to alleviate the extent of it as much as possible

Reading Comprehension

1. The rate of which cultural practice is high in Niger?

The rate of child marriage is high in Niger.

2. How many girls in this region are married at a young age, according to the UN?

3 out of 4 girls in this region are married at a young age, according to the UN.

3. How often does Balkissa meet girls to discuss their rights?

Balkissa meets the girls in her country twice a month to discuss their rights.

4. What choice does Balkissa say girls have?

Balkissa says that the girls have a choice to say no.

5. Why does Balkissa ask young girls to spread the message to their friends?

Balkissa asks girls to spread the word to their friends that nobody can force them to marry and that they have the right to make a choice