Exercise Corner | Dive!
1. Complete the following sentences using the words this, that, these, or those, with the help of the given denotations:
2. Choose the correct demonstrative pronoun from the brackets and complete the following sentences:
3. Complete the following sentences using the appropriate demonstrative adjectives:
1. What is diving?
Diving is a sport where people can swim underwater for a long time, with the help of a tank filled with compressed air.
2. Why is a tank needed while diving?
A tank is needed while diving to supply the divers with oxygen.
3. Why do people go diving for leisure?
People go diving for leisure to interact with the underwater environment.
4. What do professional divers go underwater for?
Professional divers go underwater for research purposes. They study marine life, perform research, etc.
5. What is essential before diving into the ocean?
It’s essential to have necessary training and required diving equipment before diving into the ocean.
The Alphabet Race
Stepping into their shoes
In this activity, we aim to build compassion in the children by helping them realise what animals go through when they get caught up in a piece of plastic that we dispose into the ocean. After they witness how difficult it is for them to get out of plastic, they will understand how animals suffer and sometimes even die. Provide the rubber bands for this activity in the class and see how they perform the activity. Once all the students are done, ask them how difficult the activity was and ask them to think of animals who have to do the same to get out of plastic without having as many resources as we do. For example, we can look at our hands as we remove the band, but a lot of animals would not even be able to do that, of the plastic covers up their face, affecting their ability to sense the surroundings or even eat.
Later, ask them to write answers to the given questions and see if they realise the importance of being mindful in our actions. They need to understand how difficult animals’ lives could become because of our actions. Finally, talk to them about adopting practices that would be best for the environment. Some measures they could take could be reducing plastic usage, segregating waste correctly, using eco-friendly products, etc.
In this section, we aim to help children understand the effect of pollution on the oceans and their animals. Ask students to take a look at the pictures given and follow the given instructions as much as possible. Talk to them about the harmful effects of plastic, overfishing, etc. on the ocean’s creatures. Tell them that overconsumption has been putting the lives of the ocean creatures and their habitats at stake and that we need to take preventive measures to reduce the effects.
Educate students about the concept of a turtle walk and ask if they would be interested in getting turtles back into the oceans. Talk about the endangerment of these turtles and the possibility of extinction if these measures are not taken. Tell them how each and every organism plays a vital role in the sustenance of a healthy ecosystem. If possible, organise a class trip to the beach during the turtle walk season.
Think & Write
If you have the choice to transform and live as either the biggest ocean creature or the smallest ocean organism, which one would you choose, and why?
Imagine how your underwater life would be and write in not less than 100 words.
Ask students what the biggest and smallest animals in the oceans are. Now ask them to think about which of these ocean animals they’d want to be. Ask them to keep in mind the pros and cons of being the biggest or smallest while making their decision. Now, with reasons ask them to write about the animal they choose to be in a minimum of 100 words. You don’t have to set a maximum limit, since longer writing gives them better ideas about sentence structures, grammar, etc. Evaluate their responses based on the ideas they have put down and their language.