Reading is fun �What did the child see? �What was the little bird doing? Let’s talk �Do you see any birds around your school or your house? �Have you tried talking to them? Let’s do Join the letters from a to z. Say these words aloud and talk about the picture. Then tick the right colour. roof door windows walls floor plants dustbin The roof is pink / blue. The walls are yellow / red. The windows are green / brown. The door is blue / grey. The dustbin is pink / green. The plants are green / orange. The floor is grey / brown. Mittu came to the tree. He ate the big yellow mango. “Yummy yummy, what a nice mango!” he said. He was very happy. Clever Mittu! Chitra Narendran New words black crow mango parrot Let’s read I like eating a mango. I like feeding a crow . Reading is fun �What did Mittu see on the tree? �What did the big black crow say? �What did Mittu see under the tree? Let’s talk �Do you like eating mangoes? �Do you like green mangoes? Why? �Do you like yellow mangoes? Why? Let’s share Colour the chilli red and the parrot in colours of your choice. Trace the path of the lady bird. Match the fruit and vegetables to the trees they grow on. banana coconut tree coconut apple tree apple banana tree grapes tree mango Learn to write Draw over the dotted lines. Say aloud bat bed bit dot bun cat fed hit hot fun mat red pit pot run Choose a letter from the box and complete the words below. a e i o u s__t p__g b__g d__t s__n f__n l__g s__t l__t b__n The children look forward to this active approach of hearing, doing and participating. Now they can be given the freedom to choose their groups and tasks. Groups can be divided into those who want to (i) taste something tangy like a lemon, (ii) sweet like sugar, (iii) bitter like neem/bitter gourd or (iv) salt. Let them make nimbu pani with the required ingredients and drink it. Shared activities will foster healthy relationships. Develop reading skills • By this time children should be able to read a few words. Involve them in a reading activity, laying emphasis on the highlighted words in the text. Develop pronunciation • Say aloud with the children ‘Stop’ says the red light, ‘Go’ says the green. ‘Wait’ says the yellow light, Blinking in between. Exposure to language • Display sight words in the classroom. Sight word vocabulary is developed by using words repeatedly in meaningful contexts. Let children read these: Develop speaking skills • 1. The peacock is our national bird. The male bird has a beautiful tail. The female is called a peahen. Encourage children to talk about other birds they see in their school or near their homes. 2. Conversation based on ‘Role play’ At this stage children should be able to identify different sounds • in their environment. Ask them to imagine that they are birds and let them call out to another bird. Encourage them to listen to sounds of nature (chirping of birds, rainfall, wind blowing etc.) �Act out a scene when the children are birds flying in the sky. �The children may be taken out and given their food outdoors. Let them be motivated to talk about different tastes after the meal or have a conversation about nimbu pani if the activity has been done. �Develop writing skills / fine motor coordination 1. Write the following words and numbers on the blackboard — hop, stop, shop, mop and digits from 1 to 10. Use Activity Sheets and you can also start using a notebook to further encourage the patterns as on pages 43, 44, 48, 49 and 50. 2. Show the children how to draw a bird/ make a bird with clay/play dough. �Raising awareness Tell the class that birds are our friends. We can feed them with some grains or bread crumbs.

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