Even the biggest trees begin life as tiny seeds. Read about how the little acorn grew big.

A plant.

Little by Little

An acorn sipping a drop of water from a leaf.

“Little by little,” an acorn said,

As it slowly sank in its mossy bed;

“I am improving every day,

Hidden deep in the earth away.”

Little by little each day it grew,

Little by little it sipped the dew.

An acorn tree.

Downward it sent out a thread-like root

Up in the air sprang a tiny shoot;

Day by day, and year by year,

Little by little the leaves appear,

And the slender branches spread far and wide

Till the mighty oak is the forest’s pride.

New words

hidden, slowly, downward, slender, mighty, branches, pride, improving, sipped, shoot

Reading is fun

1. Name the tree that the acorn grows into.

2. What things does a seed need to grow?

3. How many describing words can you find in this poem?

Talk time

Look at the two pictures. Find four things that are different about these trees and talk about them.

A boy smiling and a tree with pictures of medicines, vegetables, nest and fruits  

Picture 1

I give you all this

       A crying tree with pictures of a tyre and birds flying away. Some wood sticks are burnt and some garbage is also burnt releasing smoke.

Picture 2

What do you give me?

Let’s write

Look at Picture 1. Write three sentences on what the trees give us.




Now look at Picture 2. Write three sentences on how we harm the trees.






These words describe parts of a tree. Write them in the given space.

stem _________________      

bark  _________________

leaves ________________

branch ________________

twigs __________________

root ___________________

shoot __________________       

Match the opposites. One has been done for you.














Old man and a woman pulling out a huge turnip from the ground.

Once upon a time, an old man planted some turnip seeds.

The turnip seeds grew. The turnip seeds grew and grew.

“I want to pull up that enormous turnip,” said the old man.

“ I will help you,” said the old woman. The old man and the old Woman pulled and pulled. But he could not pull up the enormous turnip.

Old man and woman trying to pull out a huge turnip and a boy is offering help.

A boy came.

“We want to pull up that enormous turnip,” said the old woman. "I will help you," said the boy.

Old man, old woman and a boy are trying to pull out the turnip and girl is offering help.

The old man and the old woman and the boy pulled and pulled.

But they could not pull up the enormous turnip.

A girl came. “We want to pull up that enormous turnip,” said the boy. “I will help you,” said the girl.

The old man, old woman, the boy and the girl pulled out the enormous turnip.

The old man and the old woman and the boy and the girl pulled and pulled.

UP came the enormous turnip.

“We will help you to eat the enormous turnip,” said the old woman and the boy and the girl.

And they did!

New Words

enormous, turnip, old man, old woman, pulled

Reading is fun

1. What did the old man plant?

2. Why was it difficult for the old man to pull up the turnip?

3. Who helped him to pull up the enormous turnip?

4. Who ate the enormous turnip?

Talk time

1. Name and draw four vegetables that have to be pulled out from the earth. Now name them in your own language.

A blank sheet divided into four boxes.

ii. Let’s go shopping!

How many vegetables can you find in this maze? Draw a circle around each word. One has been done for you.

A maze with pictures of carrot, peas, beans, turnip, tomato and potato.

iii. A Game of Opposites

The entire class can be divided into two groups where one group says one word and the second group says the opposite word.

Group I

Group II

eg. pull





This is how the game goes on. Some words are suggested here. You may pick up some more words from the lesson.

far, good, dark, up, old

Team time

Activity: Grow a plant

Things required — A glass, blotting paper, some sand, some seeds of beans or rajma.

A glass.   Blotting paper.   Sand.Some beans or rajma.


Water poured into a glass with beans, sand and bloating paper.

1. Line the blotting paper inside the glass.

2. Place the sand in the glass.

3. Wet the sand.

4. Place a few seeds between the blotting paper and the glass.

5. See that the seeds are separate from each other.

6. See how the roots and shoots of the seeds grow.

Make a Friendship Salad

Things required —

Carrots-2, Tomatoes-2, Peas-2 spoonfuls, Lemon-1.


1. Wash all the vegetables well.

2. Cut the carrots, tomatoes and lemon.

3. Mix the peas, carrots and tomatoes together.

4. Squeeze lemon juice on top.

5. Add salt.

6. Mix well.

7. Share your salad with your friends.

Let’s write

i. How do you like to eat these vegetables — raw or cooked? Say why.









ii. Name four vegetables you ate last week. Write their names here.



iii. Complete these columns











One word in each of the following sets is different from the others. Circle the odd one out.

i. turnip, potato, tomato, sunflower, carrot, brinjal (clue – vegetables)

ii. cow, horse, goat, fox, kangaroo, melon (clue – animals)

iii. banyan, neem, peepal, mango, snake, apple (clue – trees)

iv. rose, lily, sunflower, lotus, cauliflower (clue – flowers)

v. peacock, parrot, lizard, crow, woodpecker (clue – birds)

Say aloud












  • Plants, trees, vegetables
  • Growth
  • The importance of trees and plants in our lives.


  • Read the poem aloud so that children appreciate the beauty of the words and phrases. Let children recite the poem.
  • Help children with the materials for the plant growing activity. You can use blotting paper, damp cotton wool or muslin cloth placed on a plate.
  • Discuss the importance of plants and trees and all the things we get from them. Encourage children to help you make a list on the blackboard.
  • You can also emphasise how plants help to keep the air fresh and clean.
  • Let the class talk about the cutting of trees around where they live. Let them imagine a world without trees (Where will the birds go? etc.).
  • The story must be read out for enjoyment. In telling the story the imagination of the child should be so raised that he actively participates, is ready to enjoy the text and is certain that success will follow.
  • A story with repetitions is always loved by children and is found to be more useful in dramatisation. The children can use their own words to make a new sentence. This language experience has more life and meaning.
  • Tell the class why vegetables are good for us. You could ask the children to bring one vegetable each to the class. This can help them in the writing activity.
  • Encourage children to guess the meanings of difficult words, before you explain them.