Enjoy this poem Hiawatha Hiawatha was a young Red Indian boy. He lived with his old grandmother, Nokomis, in a wigwam. Nokomis taught Hiawatha about the wonders around them. She told him about the stars, the trees, the insects, the birds, the animals, and many other things. Hiawatha grew up to love them all. He could talk to the birds and the animals, and they to him. “Then the little Hiawatha Learned of every bird its language, Learned their names and all their secrets, How they built their nests in Summer, Where they hid themselves in Winter, Talked with them whene’er he met them, Called them ‘Hiawatha’s chickens.’ Of all beasts he learned the language, Learned their names and all their secrets, How the beavers built their lodges, Where the squirrels hid their acorns, How the reindeer ran so swiftly, Why the rabbit was so timid, Talked with them whene’er he met them, Called them ‘Hiawatha’s Brothers’.” – H.W. Longfellow New words wigwam, beavers, acorns, reindeer, timid Now talk about the secret aloud. 2. Form a circle and whisper a secret into the ear of the person on your right. He in turn whispers into the ear of the person on the right. Pass the secret on till it goes around the circle. The last person will tell the secret aloud. Is the secret the same as what the first child had whispered? Let’s talk 1. Do you think that – (a) Hiawatha liked learning new languages? (b) Hiawatha called the birds ‘chickens’ and the beasts ‘brothers’? What do you think this shows? (c) Do birds have secrets? (d) Do you know the secret language of any animal? Tell the class about it. Say aloud squirrel quarrel queen quick quill quilt quiet quality 1. Use words beginning with ‘ ’ sound like –h hat, house, hen, hide, horse, heart, hand etc. Make a pair of words, one a ‘describing word’ and one a ‘naming word’. Happy Hiawatha, hungry hippopotamus, high horse, heavy hand. 2. Have you seen (a) a hippopotamus(b) a hen in in a hat? a beehive? drink honey? (c) a helicopter (d) a horsewith hair? Let’s share Make a story of the poem and share it with your friends. You can change Hiawatha’s name and give the name of your classmate. Start the story which other children can continue. You could begin like this – Once upon a time there was a boy called ... Let’s write 1. This is a park where children talk to different animals and birds. Write four sentences about the picture. Use capital letters where required, complete sentences and punctuation. 2. Where do the following live ? (a) Birds live in (b) Rabbits live in (c) Beavers live in 3. Describe Hiawatha, his home and friends in ten lines. 5. Match ‘A’ with ‘B’ and write the complete sentences below 6. Complete the following stories by using an appropriate word from the box given below – (A) Ram was a farmer. ____ wanted to sell _______________ goats and sheep. So he went to the market. There _______ sold all ____________ animals to a rich man and got a lot of money. When he was going back to _______ village, three thieves stopped him. “Stop! Give us all _________ money.” Ram was very clever. He said, “I'll give _________ money to the strongest of you.” On hearing this, the thieves started fighting amongst themselves. Ram slipped away quietly. (B) Sitting on a tree a crow was enjoying a piece of bread. A hungry fox wanted to have that bread. _______ said very sweetly, “Dear brother, I've heard that __________ voice is very sweet. Please sing a song for me.” The foolish crow opened ____________ beak and the piece of bread fell down. The fox picked it up in _____________ mouth and ran away. 7. Some words have similar sounds, but different meanings. Choose the correct word from the box and fill in the blanks. (a) The bird sits on a _____________. (bow, bough) (b) The squirrel has a long _____________. (tail, tale) (c) I have to leave at _____________. (too, two) (d) This sum is _____________. (right, write) (e) I can _____________ the bird's song. (f) Do you _____________ a secret? (g) The King sits on the ____________. (h) He is our school ________________. (hear, here) (no, know) (thrown, throne) (principal, principle) the court to name his mother tongue. When everyone failed, the challenge was taken up by Birbal. That night, Birbal went quietly to the Pundit’s room when he was asleep. He whispered into the Pundit’s ear and tickled it with a feather. The Pundit, half awake, cried out suddenly and shouted out words in his mother tongue. Birbal came to the court the next day and told everyone that the Pundit’s mother tongue was Telugu. The Pundit was surprised and accepted the truth. King Akbar then asked Birbal, “How did you find the truth?” Birbal answered, “In times of difficulty, a person speaks only in his mother tongue.” He also told the King how he had gone to the Pundit’s room at night to find out the truth. – Adapted from Akbar and Birbal stories 1. Listen to your favourite advertisement on the radio or T.V. Repeat it with stress on the words. Act, draw and write the advertisement. ask bask mask task scholar school scan skim We say – . ( )I my lessonlearnt action word But A learn-ed pundit came to the court. ( describing word) We pronounce it as learn-id to rhyme with created waited 1. Tick (�) the words which end with the sound id. Say each word aloud accepted answered irritated failed completed challenged cried surprised find licked celebrated fried Word building 1. Make a class dictionary with words from the story. Try to find suitable words for them in your mother tongue. Say these words aloud. Then make sentences with those words in your class dictionary. Neena : Can I have _____________, please? Rahul : Yes, here you are. Jeevika : Can I have _____________, too. Nikhil : No, sorry. You can’t have that. Make more sentences using words from the baskets. Let’s share 1. How did Birbal find out about the Pundit’s mother tongue? 2. Act this out with your friends and make it into a class play.

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Hiawatha
UNIT-7
The Scholar’s
MotherTongue

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