Nouns and Its Types

A noun names a person, place, animal or thing. Therefore, they are also called naming words. They are of different types. We will deal with them one at a time. Here’s a list of all the major types of nouns and their explanation. Proper Nouns Common Nouns: The video given below covers common and proper…

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21 Reasons Why the English Language is So Confusing

The effects of the current lockdown on people have been quite varied. Some people are finding this as a good time to build on themselves through engaging in various activities and hobbies, reading and just spending more time with family. And then there are others who are dreading this lockdown as they are shut from…

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Blogging in Times of Corona

Dear children Since you have more time than usual at your hand, why don’t you use that to build a new skill, improve in weak areas or just to try new things. Here’s one of you, trying out blogging. Do have a look and share your feedback with her. Click here to access Anaisha’s blog…

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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. The image below sums up what the video is trying to tell you about character traits. Here’s an…

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Subject- verb Agreement Exercises

Here are some practice exercises on subject- verb agreement. Exercise 1: Based on the use of “or”/ “nor” Exercise 2: Use of “each”, “every”, “neither”, “either” etc. Exercise 3: With collective nouns

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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…

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A Proverb a Week: Persuasion is Better Than Force

Proverbs are well-known sayings that give us some advice or state a truth. Here’s a proverb related to a story based on the text “The Milkman’s Cow”. Do you think this proverb fits in well with the story? Give reasons for your response. Happy learning!

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My Donkey Won’t Move

This story reminds me of something I am about to teach in the coming days. What do you think is happening in the video? Why do you think the donkey isn’t moving? Can the man try something else to make the donkey move? If yes, what can it be? Do share your thoughts below.

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Subject-Verb Agreement: Best Friends with a Twist- Video

I still remember the day I introduced my grade 4 students to The Grammar Family. I told them about how each member of the family has its own place without which everything would be topsy-turvy in the Grammar family’s household. But, there are some words that are naughty and keep breaking the rules. And how…

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Bambi- Story of the Week

Here’s the story of the week. It’s called “Bambi”. It was a very famous cartoon movie.The film received three Academy Award nominations: Best Sound (Sam Slyfield), Best Song (for “Love Is a Song” sung by Donald Novis) and Original Music Score. Click the links below to watch the complete movie:Part- I Part- II So what was your favourite part of the story? What…

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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…

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Exercises on Commas- II

Comma is an extremely important member of the punctuation family. But it is slightly confused too. It is like the young siblings of the full stop for it doesn’t know whether it should end the sentence or let it go on. So it kind of does both and neither of these things completely. Here are…

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Adverbs and Its Kinds

Whenever I teach adverbs to my grade 4 and 5 students, these resources prove to be really useful. Here’s a look at some of them. Video 1: Adverbs and Its Kinds Video 2: Adverbs of Frequency Video 3: Adverbs of Frequency- Description of Different Words Happy learning! Do like, share, follow and comment if you…

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The Lazy Girl

Here’s the story of the week. Here are some things to ponder on: 1. Were you able to make any connections with any story that you have already read? 2. What were the similarities and dissimilarities between the two sisters? 3. Do you think the mother was fair to her step daughter? Why or why…

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Pinocchio- The Story

We have heard the above statement so many times in our life. Let’s find out what happened with a puppet named Pinocchio who would always lie. Could you make any connections? Have you experienced the ill-effects of lying in your life? What do you think about the story? Do leave your comments below. And don’t…

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Tenderquill: A Blog by a Nine Year Old Plus India’s Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day, everyone! Before we get into this blog post, here’s the inspiration I was talking about in my last blog post. Click here to read the last blog. I teach grade 4 and 5 students. Today India is celebrating its Independence Day. We generally discuss about what freedom truly means to them. They…

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5 Phrasal Verbs with the Verb “Take”

Here’s something interesting I found which will help you speak and write better English. Click here to view it. Do let me know what you think about this. Use them in sentences so that they stay with you. You can leave your sentences in the comments section for your friends to see. Happy learning!

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Robinson Crusoe- Video

Robinson Crusoe sure is an interesting story. Here’s a summary of the text “Robinson Crusoe”. Good readers are always visualizing while they read. After watching the video, ask yourself these questions: Did the visuals in the video match with the visuals I had in my mind while I was reading the text? What was different…

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Present, Past and Future Continuous Tenses

The continuous tense shows an action that is, was, or will be in progress at a certain time. The continuous tense is formed with the verb ‘be’ + -ing form of the verb. Questions to guide your thinking: What are continuous tenses? Give two examples of each of the following by writing complete sentences: Present…

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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…

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Winner: Word of the Day- July 13, 2019

A while back we had tried something new on the blog. We decided to start a short story competition with the “Word of the Day” blog posts. The word we started this with was – enrol. Click here to view that blog post. There were quite a few good sentences I got and some short…

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Direct and Indirect Speech (Declarative Sentences) – Videos

Direct Speech is when the exact words of the speaker are used in a conversation. The exact words of the speaker are enclosed in quotation marks. Indirect Speech is when we convey the words/ message of the speaker in our own words. Therefore, it is also called Reported Speech. Here the quotation marks are not…

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Word of the Day- July 13, 2019 and Special Mention

Are any of you enrolled in any after school classes? Isn’t it a wonderful word that we can use instead of the word “join”? Like many a time we say – I joined skating classes. Instead, we can use- enrolled. Eager to know who gave this word? It’s Aditya Shaw of class IV- B! Well…

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