Independence Day Lessons, Excercise and Activities
The teacher will enter the class and eventually students will greet her/him as usual with good morning/good afternoon etc. The teacher will respond to the class with warm gestures and body movements. Then the teacher will show some pictures of great freedom fighters of India. Then he will declare that today we will learn lesson no. 6. Independence Day of English Book-V. India became free on 15th August 1947 from British rule after a long struggle. Since then, this day is celebrated as a national festival in India. This lesson is written in the past tense as it is being narrated by the students who celebrated Independence Day a few days ago.
Some colorful pictures or charts depicting the celebration scenes of Independence Day should be put in the classroom. During model reading, the teacher may match the content of the lesson with the celebration scenes in the picture. Some pictures are also given in the textbook itself.
The lesson can be covered through the model reading of a paragraph followed by the explanation of the keywords/phrases. The help of the mother tongue can be taken for easy comprehension of the lesson.
After the model reading by the teacher, the students should be prepared for reading the lesson. It can be done in a way that the students should read aloud one by one.
For effective loud reading and correct pronunciation, students can be divided into four groups A,B,C,D. Different paragraphs should be allotted to different groups. Turn by turn each group should read aloud. Teacher will move among the children to ensure that reading is rhythmic, simultaneous, and with the correct pronunciation.
There are some new and difficult words in the lesson. These will be written on the blackboard and will be explained to the students, e.g. struggle, banners, slogans, supreme sacrifices, patriots, unfurl, memorable, etc.
Question 1: Consisting of five parts is based on the content of the lesson. With a little guidance, the students can answer these questions easily, e.g.
When do we celebrate our Independence Day?
Almost every child can answer this question.
Discuss and write the correct answer on the blackboard.
Question 2: There are two columns A and B. Students are to match the correct parts of column A with the correct part of column B to complete a sentence, e.g.
(i) Children take out (i) in school and other places.
(ii) Functions are held (ii) morning procession.
Children take out morning procession.
Question 3: There are some describing words. Students are a bit familiar with the term ‘describing words’ as they have already read these in class IV. These describing words are called ‘adjectives’.
To make the students understand the concept of adjectives, some words are given in column A and column B. Column A contains adjectives and B contains ‘nouns’. Students are to match the right adjectives in column A with the right nouns in column B.
The teacher should write some more words on the blackboard and students should be asked one by one to make the adjectives by adding the suffix ‘ful’.
Question IV : Students have to encircle the correct form of verb in the given sentences. All the sentences are in past tense. Students should be helped to identify the correct form of the verb.
Students should also be told that ‘did’ is always followed by the 1st form of the verb. This would help the students to choose the correct form of the verb in the sentences given in the exercise, e.g.
1 I send/sent you a letter last month. Did you like/liked it?
2 It rain/rained heavily yesterday. Did it rain/rained heavily yesterday?
3 Did you play/played with paper boats?
There are six boxes. Names of some special days are written in these boxes. Children are to frame the slogans suitable to the importance of that day.
One is already done for the students and some clues should be given to frame other