Books

How to Write a Character Sketch (For Beginners)

A character sketch is description of a person's qualities or traits. It tells you what makes a person who he/she/it is. Here's a video describing how to find character traits. It will also talk about character development. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWYpj9aqTr0 The image below sums up what the video is trying to tell you about character traits. Image… Continue reading How to Write a Character Sketch (For Beginners)

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Here's the story of the week. The video is a summarized version of the "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" written by Mark Twain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pNO6dU-9k4So which was four favourite part and why? Is there anything that you learnt from the story? Do share your views in the comments section below. Have a great day!

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Alice in Wonderland- The Cartoon Movie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZiYYflms-w " Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." Just today Videh of 5-B asked me to post three stories as that's how many stories were due. You all know how busy your teachers have been this past month. And as much as most of you would like it, I can't upload three stories… Continue reading Alice in Wonderland- The Cartoon Movie

Books, Motivation

Snippet of Wisdom #5

Society has told us a series of mistruths... That pleasure is preferable to the terrifying yet majestic fact that all possibility requires hard work, regular reinvention and a dedication as deep as the sea to leaving our harbours of safety, daily. From "The 5 AM Club" by Robin Sharma. Good day to you!

Books, Motivation

Snippet of Wisdom #3

The truth is that every challenging event you've experienced, each toxic person that you've encountered and all the trials you've endured have been perfect preparation to make you into the person that you now are. You needed these lessons to activate the treasures, talents and powers that are now awakening within you. Nothing was an… Continue reading Snippet of Wisdom #3

Books, Mentor Texts, Reading Workshop

The North Wind and the Sun

A fable is a short story that teaches a lesson or has a moral. The main characters in fables may be animals, legendary creatures and people. Aesop was a Greek fabulist and storyteller who wrote many fables. His fables are collectively known as "Aesop's Fables". Here is one of his fables for you. It's called… Continue reading The North Wind and the Sun

Books, Motivation

Snippet of Wisdom #1

Hi everyone! I wanted to share something amazing I have started to read. I haven't even finished the second chapter and I am already blown away by the reservoir of wisdom this book contains. In case you're wondering, I am talking about "The 5 AM Club" by Robin Sharma. I thought since it's so useful… Continue reading Snippet of Wisdom #1

Books, Motivation

A Book Review By a 5th Grader!

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am feeling to be sharing this- to see my students following in my footsteps and taking forward what was started many months back. A couple of weeks ago, as India was celebrating its Independence Day, I had urged some of my students to free themselves of… Continue reading A Book Review By a 5th Grader!

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Alice in Wonderland- Story of the Week

Alice is a little girl who finds herself in an unusual world. She sees things she had never dreamt in this topsy-tuvry land. Find out more about her adventures in the story below. Do pay special attention to the diction, voice modulation and sentence structure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc7WuYfGbrA When I speak to my students, many of them… Continue reading Alice in Wonderland- Story of the Week

Books

20 Children’s Book That Redefine Gender Roles

Children are exposed to gender roles sometimes in very obvious ways, but sometimes very subtly. One of the subtle ways was the fairytales and story books we read while growing up where the girl was always the damsel in distress in need of being saved by a handsome and strong boy. Ugh! There were many… Continue reading 20 Children’s Book That Redefine Gender Roles

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Peter Pan

Stories take us to a different world. Let's see what happen in the world of Peter Pan. Here's the story. https://youtu.be/yJIrCIqA-6c So, how did you find the story? Any connections that you made? Any predictions that you came up with as you were listening? Do share your thoughts below. Happy learning!

List Posts

Word of the Day- August 7, 2019 and Special Mention

Don't you collaborate almost everyday in school? So do you have any interesting stories to share of the time you collaborated? How did the work turn out to be? Do you like collaborating? Do you think it's important? I think we must congratulate the person who contributed this word. It's none other than... Ananya Goel… Continue reading Word of the Day- August 7, 2019 and Special Mention

Motivation, Writers' Workshop

A Special Comment on the Word of the Day- July 3, 2019

The blog on July 3rd featured the word "exotic". I received a lot of brilliant sentences on the word. (Click here in case you want to read that post again.) However, there was one comment that stood out for me. Here are the reasons why: 1. Due to the effort put in by the person.… Continue reading A Special Comment on the Word of the Day- July 3, 2019

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- May 7, 2019 : Special Mention

The Word of the Day has been contributed by Devansh Trehan of class IV-E. He came across this word while reading "Alice in Wonderland". Click the link below to check out the pronunciation of "perplexed" in British English: Pronunciation of "perplexed". Let's put our thinking caps on: Why do you think the visual of the… Continue reading Word of the Day- May 7, 2019 : Special Mention

Reading Workshop

Reading Strategies

A good reader is consciously or unconsciously always using these strategies while reading. Well, to be more precise, while learning, these strategies are consciously used, but once a person keeps reading using these strategies, it becomes an automated process. These strategies have proved beneficial in more than one way in the classes I teach. My… Continue reading Reading Strategies

Word of the Day, Writers' Workshop

10 Ways to Say “Beautiful” in English

Everytime my students describe something with the words " beautiful/ nice" like- "The dress looked "beautiful/nice", "The place was "beautiful/nice", I tell them to use more descriptive words to show what they saw. It is one of the first ways to make the reader of your story, visualize details. (Remember, the reading strategy that makes… Continue reading 10 Ways to Say “Beautiful” in English

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The 5 Finger Rule of Choosing the Just Right Books

Good readers are somehow good writers and speakers too. I have seen this with most of my students over the years. Even with me, the books I read somehow have a direct impact on the way I speak and write. Just now, while reading "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" for a book discussion with my… Continue reading The 5 Finger Rule of Choosing the Just Right Books

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The Talkative Barber- Audio

Here's the audio to the story of "The Talkative Barber". Close your eyes and see if you can visualize the whole story in your mind. Do notice the voice modulation, diction and pauses of the reader. Also, do mention if you think of any connections or were able to visualize anything while listening to the… Continue reading The Talkative Barber- Audio

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- November 11, 2018

aplomb (noun) self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a demanding situation Sentence- During the bomb scare, the teacher managed the children with aplomb and kept everyone calm. Question- What visual comes to your mind when you see this word? I can visualize a child standing on the stage with bright lights all around. She is… Continue reading Word of the Day- November 11, 2018

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- November 9, 2018

proactive (adjective) creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened Sentence- The proactive student who worked on his weak areas with a plan in mind, scored better than his friend who idled away his time in video games and studied at the last moment.