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Class: 5 - Poem

Topsy – Turvy Land

Day 1:

Picture based interaction.

Show this picture to the children and elicit their responses

  1. What do you see in this picture?
  2. What do you tell about this kind of a room? (Elicit and write Topsy-Turvy room)

It was a Monday evening. The boy came back from the school. He was very angry. He had quarrelled with his friends. On reaching his home, he threw away his school bag to the bed. The bag fell down. The pens and the pencils came out. The books got scattered.

“Oh! It looks not bad!,” the boy got excited.

“Wow! Everything got upside down!”,the boy felt happy.

Narrative

That night, the boy had a strange dream while sleeping.

He saw a big board. He read it “WELCOME TO TOPSY TURVY LAND”.

“What kind of a land is this?” He thought.

He started walking through this Topsy-Turvy Land.

Show these pictures and elicit children’s response.

  1. How do these people different from others?
  2. How these people walk differs from our walk?

Narrative:

The boy saw a man walk upon his head. He was wearing his hat upon his feet. Then, he saw many other people walking upon their heads. They were all wearing their hats upon their feet.

“How strange are these people!”, the boy followed them.

These people – men, women, children, were all walking upon their head. They moved towards the sea shore. The boy looked at the sea. He wondered.

“What kind of a sea is this!”

Interaction:

  1. How do people walk in the topsy turvy land?
  2. Where do the people wear their hat?

BB: “The people walk upon their heads”, “People wear hat upon their feet”.

(Ask children to take turn and read from the black board)

Continue the narrative: There were more things to surprise the boy. Do you know what they are? Look at the picture.

Picture interaction.

1.    When do children go to school in Topsy-Turvy land?

BB: “The children go to school by night”.

2. In our land the sea is made of water, so what do you think the sea is made off in Topsy - Turvy land?     (Show the picture)

BB: “The sea is made of sand”

(Ask children to take turn and read from the black board)

Narrative:

The boy was walking on the side of the road. He saw no steps for the front door. All the front-door steps were built at the backside of the houses. He saw people say ‘walking’ when you stand.

Interaction

  1. Where is the front door step in Topsy-Turvy land?
  2. What do the people say for ‘standing”?

BB: “The front-door step is at the back”, “Walking when you stand”.

Reading Process:

Ask children to read individually the first two paragraphs of the Poem and the introduction part.

Ask children to put (?) on words, ideas or sentences, which they did not understand.

Ask children to sit in groups and discuss about what they understood.

While children sit in groups show the earlier pictures that we have shown them once again. Glossary words can be written down.

Ask few comprehensive questions during group reading.

  1. What is the sea made off?
  2. When do children go to school?

Ask children to read aloud the poem

Writing

What ideas do you get from the first two stanzas about the Topsy-Turvy land? Write a description.(Draw pictures, Home assignment).

Day 2:

Home work review:

Review the home assignment and give feed back and continue.

Narrative:

Where is the boy now in his dream? Now listen to the story.

Suddenly, the boy was on the road side. He saw many boats on the street. They were sailing up and down. And people were going in the boats to different places. They were laughing and shouting”.

“I think they are pleasure boats”, the boy said to himself.

He saw many buses on the sea and one bus came near to him from the waves. And all the people got in; the boy too wanted to enter the bus. But there was no door!.

“Where is the front door step?” He asked the driver.

“It is on the back”.

The boy thought it was amazing. He entered the bus through the back of the front door steps.

Interaction

  1. What did the boy think about the boats?  BB: Pleasure boats
  2. What do the pleasure boats do?  BB: “Pleasure boats travel up and down the streets”
  3. What were there on the sea? BB: “There were Buses on the sea”

(Ask children to take turn and read from the black boad)

Narrative:

After some time the boy got down at a shop. He wanted to buy some food. He saw people giving money and buying nothing.

He asked the shop owner, “Please give me two apples, what is the cost?”.

“Twenty rupees, give the money”. The boy gave the money and waited. There were no apples.

”Where are my apples? I paid for it!.” . “Here, you pay for what you never get”.

He thought it was a fun / jolly.

Suddenly, the boy hears his mom’s voice, “Hey, I am going”. And she came near.

The boy laughed and said “when people go they are coming back, what a land is this!”

Interaction:

  1. What do you pay for in Topsy-Turvy land?
  2. What are you doing when you go?

“You pay for what you never get”, “When you go you’re coming back”.

(Ask children to take turn and read from the black board)

Reading Process:

Ask children to read individually the last two paragraphs of the Poem.

Ask children to put (?) on words, ideas or sentences, which they did not understand. Ask children to sit in groups and discuss about what they understood.

While children sit in groups show the earlier pictures that we have shown them once again. Glossary words can be written down.

Ask few comprehensive questions

  1. What will you meet on the sea?
  2. What will you say for anything that is upside down?

Ask children to read aloud the passage.

Grade: 
5

Term: Term 2

Subject: 
English

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