Let us meet some children and see how they reach school. Let us do Observe pictures 1 and 2. In the pictures, children are pulling the buckets from the well. Can you tell the difference in both the pictures? Which would be easier – using the pulley or not using Ö Look around you – where all do you see the use of pulleys? List them. Ö With the help of a pulley, try and lift various things, as shown in the picture. Going to School Cement Bridge We often need to go across some water bodies, so we use bridges. These are made of cement, bricks and iron rods. The bridge may also have steps. Ö How is this bridge different from a bamboo bridge? Ö How many people do you think can cross the bridge at one time? You have seen how children use different kind of bridges, to cross rivers and other uneven areas to reach school. Ö If you had a chance, which bridge would you like to use? Why? Ö Do you have to cross any bridge on the way to your school? If yes, what is the bridge like? Ö Find out from your grandparents, what kinds of bridges were there when they were young. Is there any bridge near your house? Find out more about the bridge. Ö Where is the bridge – over water, over a road, between two mountains or somewhere else? Ö Who all use the bridge? Is it used by people on foot and also by vehicles and animals? Ö Does the bridge seem to be old or is it new? Ö Find out what materials are used in making this bridge. List some of them. Ö Draw a picture of the bridge in your notebook. Do not forget to draw the train, vehicles, animals or people who cross the bridge. Ö Imagine what difficulties there would be, if the bridge was not there? Let us find out some other ways by which children get to school. Going to School Ö Have you seen any other kind of boats? Ö Can you think of other ways by which we can travel on water? Ö Have you ever sat in a camel-cart or horse carriage (tonga)? Where? Did you climb on it yourself, or did someone help you? Ö How did you feel riding in the cart? Also share your experience in the class also. Ö Do you have bullock-carts where you live? Ö Does it have a roof? Ö What kind of wheels do they have? Ö Make a drawing of the cart in your notebook. Bicycle ride We ride our bicycles on the long road to school. At first, girls here did not go to school, because it was too far. But now groups of 7-8 girls easily ride even through the difficult roads. Ö Can you ride a bicycle? If yes, who taught you to ride? Ö How many children come on bicycles to your school? Going to School Ö Do you have such vehicles in your area? Ö What do you call them in your area? Ö Would you like to ride in something like this? Why? Ö Can you tell why it is called jugad? Ö The jugad has been made by using waste material. Why don’t you also try to make something by putting together some waste material? Can you think of a place where none of these vehicles can reach? Yes, there are such places! Ö Have you ever been in a thick jungle or any such place? Ö Write your experiences in your notebook. Ö Can you recognise some birds by their sounds? Can you imitate the sounds of some birds? Do it. Northern Hills Going to School Ö Do you think that such places have snow all the time? Why? No matter whether there is a dense forest, farms, mountains or snow on the way, we manage to reach school. Ö Do you face difficulties on the way to your school? Ö Which is the best month, in which you like to go school? Why? See Me Walk! Ö Go to a ground or an open space with your friends. Act the way you will walk in these situations. Ö The ground is made of soft and smooth rose petals. Ö The ground is covered with thorns and there is tall grass on the sides. Ö The ground is covered with snow. Was there a difference in the way you walked each time? From Children’s Pen Failed in the test – 30 rulers Fooled around in the test – 15 rulers Homework not done? – 8 rulers Nails, teeth, dress not clean – 30 sit ups Having fun in class when teacher is out – Stand on one leg for two hours. Not back in class after the recess – Stand on the bench with your hands up in the air for one hour. – Sagar Mishra, Class V Chakmak, August 2006 Devas, Madhya Pradesh Talk about it Ö Do you also have punishment in your school? What kind? Ö Do you think that punishment should be there in schools? Ö Is punishment the only solution to misdeeds? Make some rules for school to prevent misdeeds. Ö Draw a picture of your ‘dream school’ in your notebook and write about it. For the teacher: For the teacher: The purpose behind giving this column is to totally discourage punishments in schools. Discuss this issue sensitively in the class. Encourage the students for self discipline.