One little kitten Two big cats Three baby butterflies Four big rats Five fat fishes Six sad seals Seven silly seagulls Eight happy eels; Nine nervous lizards Ten brave bees Eleven smelly elephants Twelve fat fleas Thirteen alligators Fourteen whales Fifteen donkeys With fifteen tails. Carolyn Graham sad ten A fat cat saw a rat. Reading is fun �How many kinds of creatures are there in the poem? �Are the seals happy? Let’s talk �Where do the fish live? �What are the other things found in water? �There are many creatures in the poem. Which ones have you seen? �Tell us about when you feel — sad brave happy nervous Let’s share Make faces to show your feelings to your friends. sad happy brave nervous 30 Let’s draw Look at the pictures of the animals given below and underline them in the poem. Then trace the letters. butterfly cat kitten fish rat seal eel seagull bee elephant flea alligator whale donkey lizard Say aloud am he if in is it me my no of on so to us we all and bad big bit but can cat cry day dog fat let met not one pig ran red sad saw sit sun ten the try two was wet you Look and read Say these words aloud. Then match them with the pictures by drawing lines. bag tin hen pen tap axe ant fox cap cot Fill in the blanks from the words given above. b __ g h __ n t __ p c __ p t __ n c __ t __ nt p __ n f __ x __ xe Listen and enjoy this story There was a hen. She had two chicks, Lalu and Peelu. Lalu was red. He loved red things. Peelu was yellow. He loved yellow things. One day Lalu saw something on a plant. It was red. He ate it up. Oh, no! It was a red chilli. It was very hot. Lalu’s mouth started burning. He screamed. Mother Hen came running. Peelu came too. Peelu said, “I’ll get something for you!” Peelu brought a yellow laddu. Lalu gobbled up the laddu. His mouth stopped burning. Mother Hen and Lalu kissed Peelu. Vineeta Krishna New words chicks hen hot plant yellow Reading is fun �Name the chicks in the story. �Who liked yellow things? �What did Lalu eat one day? Let’s talk �Peelu brought a yellow laddu for Lalu. What are the other things Peelu could have brought that are both yellow and sweet? Name at least two, e.g. a mango. Let’s share �Lalu loves red things. Peelu loves yellow things. The colour red is called ‘lal’ in Hindi and yellow is called ‘peela’. What do you call these colours in your language? �Give names to these chicks using the names of some other colours in your language. Lalu Peelu Let’s write Match the chicks to the eggs they have hatched from. One has been done for you. Trace the letters on the eggs a e i o u Let’s draw Trace and colour these flowers. Bluebells Red plus yellow is orange Red plus blue is purple Blue plus yellow is green Add white to make them light. Mother! Mother! I can do what you do. Look at me. Down and up. Up and down. Adapted from E.H. Grassam Act out this story with the class. While working with the children provide them with activities that are interesting and challenging. Give opportunities for fun to the children and encourage early writing attempts. Help them to develop the skill to identify and discriminate objects, pictures, colours, shapes etc. Develop listening skills • Recite the poem to the children using appropriate actions/gestures. Read the story with emphasis on new words and make sentences with reference to the story. Develop pronunciation • Read the text and say aloud with the children ate, date, gate boy, joy, toy burn, turn bees, fleas Exposure to language • Use sight words in the classroom such as visuals and cue cards. Let the children read these: ae iou Develop speaking skills • The little play on chicks can introduce vocabulary in an interesting, conversational way. 1. Have a talk on eating healthy food. 2. Conversation based on ‘Role play’ Divide the class into four groups Red , Yellow , Blue ,• Green Group Red: to make paper bags. Group Blue: to collect leaves for eyes, nose, ears. Group Yellow: to roll a string/play dough for whiskers. Group Green: to roll a rope/twigs to make tails. All groups will join to complete the paper bags. The children can decorate them with animal faces or figures. Afterwards these can be used as hand puppets. You can encourage the children as they go about doing this activity. Add any other material that you may want. �Imagine you are eating a fruit and it falls down. Ask the children what they would do. �Act out a situation when (i) you are hungry (ii) you are full (iii) you overeat. �Develop writing skills / fine motor coordination 1. Write the words hat, bed, pin, hot, cut and numbers 11 to 20 on the blackboard. Let the child write numbers and read from the board. Use Activity Sheets to further encourage the patterns as on pages 31, 33 and 37 and numbers 11 to 20 (here co-ordinate with the maths teacher). However, do not force the child. 2. Sorting things into groups is an essential part of learning. By differentiating between objects, children start to think about similarities and differences and how things can be categorised. Show children how to sort leaves and twigs by placing them in two different piles. 3. Give children coloured beads and ask them to string them in a sequence. For example, one blue bead, two red beads and so on. Or on a string, thread two or three beads and ask the children the number of beads. �Raising awareness Tell the children to wash their hands before and after meals.

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