Exercise Corner | Jadav and the Tree-Place
1. In the following passages, certain words have been omitted and replaced with blanks. Find the omitted words and write them in the spaces provided. The first blank has been filled as an example:
2. A word or phrase has to be omitted from the following sentences to make them grammatically correct. Identify the words and circle them:
3. Read the following sentences, and identify the words that have been omitted in the second part of the sentences from the options given:
My State Tree Report
In this exercise, we aim to increase children’s understanding of native plants and their uses. In Tamil Nadu, the state tree is the Palm Tree. Ask students to fill in information by finding their state tree and researching according to the given questions. For the ‘How well is this tree protected in your state?’ prompt, ask them to find details on whether specific measures are taken to protect these trees from being felled, and to foster their growth. You can also have a discussion about how more measures can be taken to protect these trees.
With the help of the clues given, identify the eco fighters and write their names in the space provided:
Power of One
In this exercise we aim to teach children that even if an individual puts in effort, they can bring about change in their own capacities. This will inspire students to work on any area they’d like to make an impact on. Read through the exercise with students and bring about a discussion where they can recognise areas they’d like to make an impact in and probably guide them to start working towards it.
It is important for students to know the kind of measures that are taken to protect our ecosystem and diversity. In this section, we teach students about the different organizations that work on protecting our ecosystem. Read through the exercise with the children and talk about the kind of work that each organization does. You can even encourage them to look up organizations that are in need of volunteers and join to contribute their part to protect the environment. Otherwise, you can even suggest groups of students to think of ways in which they can protect the environment and guide them to start working towards it.
Think & Write
Building the character for a story or for any piece of writing is very important. Learning to build a character is a skill that comes with practice. In this exercise, we aim to teach children how to build a character by asking them to list down the character details of Jadav in the story. In their responses, check if they have correctly captured all the characteristics of Jadav as mentioned in the story. Based on the prompts given, then ask them to build their own character. Tell them that they can get creative with however they want the character to be, and even give them superpowers! Check their character chart and look for their creativity and coherence with respect to the character (for example, if a person is described as courageous, they can’t be timid too since they are conflicting characteristics). Appreciate the most creative character descriptions and suggest improvements to the students wherever required. You can also choose to ask them to write a story with the character created as the central character.
1. What is the name of the forest reserve that Jadav worked on?
The name of the forest reserve that Jadav worked on is Molai forest.
2. What documentary about Jadav was made in 2012?
A documentary named ‘The Molai Forest’ was made about Jadav in 2012.
3. Who is Jitu Kalita?
Jitu Kalita is the producer of the documentary ‘The Molai Forest’.
4. Where was ‘The Molai Forest’ screened?
‘The Molai Forest’ was screened in the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
5. What does ‘Foresting Life’ celebrate?
‘Foresting Life’ celebrates the life and work of Jadav Payeng in the Molai forest.
My Plant Sheet
It’s important for children to learn how to grow and take care of plants since plants play a vital role in maintaining the balance in our ecosystem. Additionally, they also create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere around them. In this activity, we observe children as they handle a plant and record its growth over time. Ask students to grow a sapling at home and record the measures in the given table. Give them few simple tips to maintain the plants such as:
– do not overwater
– do not let the soil dry out completely
– depending on the plant, choose the level of sun exposure the plant gets
After they have recorded the measurements in the table, appreciate the students for growing healthy plants and you can also give more suggestions to help them take better care of plants.
Let’s build terrariums
In this activity, we aim to help children build a mini garden as a group. This terrarium or mini garden that they build should be kept in the classroom and be taken care of by the students.
If possible, divide the class into groups of 10 or the entire class could be one group (in case there are material shortages) and ask them to collect materials they find outside to build their terrariums (a plant, pebbles, any decorative items, etc.) Make sure they watch the video so they have an idea of how to build it. You can even make it more engaging by setting a challenge that the group that recycles or reuses the most waste materials will receive a special prize. Please watch more videos online to guide children through the process. Also, give them guidelines to take care of the terrarium since it won’t need to be watered every day. This beautifies the class and also gives children some interest in group gardening!